Yup, we love advertisers.
Okay, we love MONEY from advertisers.
It helps to pay for things like servers and business cards and all the other stuff it takes to keep the Empire of Awesome up and running. So pretend we didn’t just launch and we have actually had time to complete a media kit.
If we HAD, this is where it would live.
So in the meantime, just get in touch, and we can chat about how we can help each other out.
Sincerely & Smartly,
Marcy & Andrea
(Founders and Editors)
How about a purty press release in the meantime?
THE SMARTLY.COM LAUNCHES NETWORK OF REGIONAL WEBSITES
AIMED AT BRINGING WRITING BACK TO BLOGGING
New Blog Network Publishes Work From Top U.S. Writers
Orange County, Calif. (July 27, 2010) – TheSmartly.com, a regional blog network created to bring writing back to blogging, today announced the launch of TheSmartlyLA.com (Los Angeles) and TheSmartlyChicago.com (Chicago). The sites join TheSmartly.com (Geo-Neutral) and TheSmartlyOC.com (Orange County), which launched on July 7th 2010. With an army of 150 writers across the United States blogging for the sites, TheSmartly.com network was started to provide readers with one great essay-style blog post per day.
Marcy Massura and Andrea Memenas, the founders and editors of TheSmartly.com, are veteran bloggers who wanted to see more focus on great writing and interesting topics in blog posts—not just brand sponsorship and product promotion that they saw permeating the blogosphere.
“We are responding to an important shift in the ‘mom blogging’ circuit where writers seem to have a desire to move away from that cliché title with cliché content and broaden both their readership and topic range,” said Massura.
Intended for a broad readership, TheSmartly.com will feature engaging posts on a wide range of topics from business and entertainment to parenting and spirituality to humor and technology and beyond.
“Of course many of the writers on the site are moms. And some are dads. And some are neither. We find it silly to target a demographic based on their reproductive situation. After all, smart people—whether they are moms or not—love smart content,” said Memenas.
To attract talented writers to provide the top quality content, the founders set up an online form and began emailing, posting and tweeting invitations for writers to apply to write for TheSmartly.com. The response was overwhelming. In four days they had over 100 writers apply from all over the United States. Some are mom bloggers, while others include journalists, published novelists, ministers, rabbis, educators and political experts.
“The writers are from all walks of life, and we love that. It’s what makes the writing so interesting,” said Memenas.
With the Orange County, Los Angeles and Chicago sites up and running, TheSmartly.com is slated to launch TheSmartlyNY.com (New York City) and TheSmartlySV.com (Silicon Valley) in August. More regional sites are scheduled to follow in the fall of 2010.
“We’ll launch sites wherever we have enough writers to justify it. Our goal is to offer a uniquely high quality product every single day,” says Massura. “It is a bit amazing how many sites spend time, money and energy running around the internet trying to attract readers—instead of working on creating a better product that people will naturally share with others. After all, excellence is not doing something great once. It is doing something consistently well.”
TheSmartly.com a national writers collective, created to showcase authentic, clever and smart essays written by people who know what they are talking about. The network of TheSmartly.com regional websites offers readers one well crafted essay each day on topics ranging from Tech to Parenting to Motivational and more. We are doing this by working with some of the best writers on the internet today. TheSmartly.com intends to raise the benchmark for Internet writing, and help to garner the respect the medium deserves.