Did you know that one of the most popular news blogs, The Huffington Post, was co-founded by a female blogger? That’s right – The Huffington Post was co-founded by Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer and Jonah Peretti on May 9, 2005.
Of course, considering the name “Huffington” it is safe to assume that Arianna plays a major role in the news blog.
A brief on The Huffington Post
If you haven’t visit The Huffington Post, you are missing out something… it’s loaded with news blog posts and also aggregates posts from the web – almost all topics covered: media, business, politics, entertainment, etc. – contributed by multi-authors.
Starting from 2008, The Huffington Post launches local version of the sites – HuffPost Chicago, HuffPost New York, and so on… The latest would be The Huffington Post UK for UK audiences, just launched in July 6th, 2011.
Arianna Huffington’s success story
Arianna Huffington is an author and syndicated columnist. Was born on July 15, 1950, she is active in politics. Back in 2003, she ran as an independent candidate for Governor in the California recall election.
In 2009, Arianna was named as one of the most influential women in media by Forbes. The Guardian also lists her on number 42 on its Top 100 media list.
Probably her biggest achievement to date as a blogger is the acquisition of The Huffington Post by AOL on February 7, 2011 for US$315 million.
Arianna is appointed as president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group that also manages AOL’s existing web assets, such as Engadget, AOL Music, Patch Media, and StyleList.
I learn from time to time that in order to turn your blog into an authoritative one, you need to have “less you” in your blog. Sure, there are successful personal blogs on the web today, but you need others’ help to grow your blog.
Just have a look at another successful blog I closely follow: SmallBizTrends.com – a small business news blog – founded by Anita Campbell. Plenty of authors actively contributing blog posts, “less you” and more news coverage and opinions.
If you are wondering, Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger has also evolved from a one-man blog into a multi-authored one.
So, here’s a recap – the most common pattern of successful blog: Start a blog, turn it into a multi-authored blog, and start covering news alongside personal opinions.
Back to Arianna; So yes, you can make money blogging and turn your blog into an authoritative one, like The Huffington Post. Just learn from Arianna Huffington!
If you are interested in learning more about Arianna Huffington, you can do so by reading her profile on The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington wiki and by reaching her via her Twitter account @ariannahuff.
Female bloggers rock!