Happy for my pal Dave of WickedGayBlog. Does this mean there's hope for a buyout of Boy Culture or KIT212 one day? :-)
From a release:
Online Buddies, parent company of the world’s leading gay dating website, Manhunt.net, and the dating app, Jack’d, is announcing its acquisition of WickedGayBlog.com, the popular online journal that has delivered news with a wicked gay twist for over nine years. According to Online Buddies
CEO Hector Camacho, the joining of the two brands will continue his company’s commitment to serving its audience of men seeking men with material they are interested in. It will also support Online Buddies’ brand building strategies and help to drive traffic to its dating website and apps. Online Buddies properties – including Jack’d, Manhunt, and the Manhunt Daily blog – currently receive two million unique visits daily.
“Blogging isn’t going away,” said Mr. Camacho this morning from the company’s Cambridge, MA headquarters. “It continues to evolve, delivering real value to the millions who prefer to get their news online.”
Online Buddies’ owner and founder, Jonathan Crutchley, was among the frequent visitors to WickedGayBlog.com. When blogger ‘Dave’ announced his plans to retire the journal, Mr. Crutchley contacted him with an offer to take it over.
“The process was seamless and in less than a month, the acquisition was completed,” continued Mr. Camacho.
“I started WickedGayBlog out of frustration that so many of my gay friends had no idea about equal rights measures, LGBT ordinances taking place across America, and the severe discrimination many of us experience,” said ‘Dave’ in a post to his readers. “I wanted to create a blog readers came to for photos but stayed at for information and lighthearted fun.”
As part of the acquisition, ‘Dave’ has agreed to remain as blogger of WickedGayBlog.com during the transition and to help find his successor.
The blog will be run by a newly created online media business group within Online Buddies, who will also manage the company’s existing and future online journals.
“We won’t be concerned with traffic or page views,” explained Mr. Camacho. “Instead, we will monitor our engagement rate. We want WickedGayBlog to continue to stimulate the eye yet provide vital information for our community. It will contain news, gossip, photos, scandal, and yes, sex; all with a wicked gay twist!”