Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Eve News Wars

I've been writing for the Eve Tribune for well over 6 months now and I consider myself somewhat of a regular. Its been around for over 3 years and publishes weekly about 4-5 articles. As a side note, we are currently recruiting more writers.

Recently a newcomer to the Eve News scene has arisen called Eve Network News. Its tagline in the header reads: "Your #1 Source for Eve News, and Entertainment" which is quite the boast if you ask me. It too has advertised looking for writers to submit articles.

Also out there is Eve-Mag.com which claims to be "an independent Eve Ezine" (and I use the word 'claims' in a non-pejorative way here). And they also want writers to submit articles for payment.

All three have selected articles read in the weekly Fly Reckless podcast by fellow blogger Silicon Buddha.

While I have doubts three Eve news websites can thrive in a game with this smaller subscriber base, I applaud the owners of the respective sites for giving it the old college try. The community can only benefit from the competition.

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:19 pm

    Subscribers? I didn't know anyone actually paid to read that...

    Eve "newspapers" are free and therefore they would produce their "papers" whether or not anyone actually read them.

    What the newspapers might be competing for is donations, not subscribers.

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  2. Hey, Serious Sally from ENN here. While i agree that my Tag line is a bit presumptions given this site is still fairly new, the stats i seen prove that ENN has quickly risen to get the same reader base that BOTH EVE-Mag and EVE tribune have. Though those other two sites do not openly share there website stats, ENN provides a link form the site so you can see the REAL numbers.
    Here is a link to the ENN stats so one can see, ENN is getting the same viewership that EVE-Mag, and Tribune claim to have.
    http://www.sitemeter.com/?a=stats&s=s32ennblog&r=6

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  3. @Anon: The subscriber base I was referring to was Eve's, not the news magazines. With 250K potential subscribers in which to solicit readers from, can three such sites garner the reading time to get the corresponding contributions? A game like Wow with millions of subscribers could support many more for example.

    @Serious Sally: I didn't think your tagline referred to page loads, I thought it referred to quality of articles, resources, etc.

    My personal opinion is that a tagline like that is "tabloid" style and I wouldn't approve of it on any website. Even if you took out the "#1" it would still sound confident and assured without boastfulness.

    Regardless, that's just my stuffy nitpick viewpoint, and I really like the layout and style of your site and what you are doing with it and I wish you all the best. :) If you put Eve Tribune out of business expect my resume to cross your desk ;)

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  4. Hi Kirith,

    This is Smak, from EVE-Mag.
    First off, I like your articles you are writing for the Tribune. They are well written, well-founded and compelling. Congrats on that and please do keep up the great work! Thank you also for supporting my other website EVE-Places.com from day one!

    I see, that the Tribune has an outstanding history and I felt excited reading about it on EON #013. The guys fully have my respect on what they have achieved in the last 3 years.

    You see, you titled this post "EVE News Wars" ... personally I don't think, we have a "war" :) I can only speak for myself, but I believe, that the Tribune, ENN and EVE-Mag share one common thing: the passion of publishing quality articles for the good of the community.

    I'll take EVE-Tribune as an example, as you are familiar with the guys: I don't agree with everything they write and publish. Still they do inspire me on how to do my work, what to publish and what to do different or even better (in my humble opinion). I even supported them with a couple of million ISK, when they needed it. No need to thank me for it (honestly!), because I felt good in helping them continue their work. Without them being there, my (EVE-Mag.com) right to exist would immediately cease. Of course I could go on and write about my stuff in a personal blog, but that would be something totally different.

    I don't see, there is a "EVE News War", so I respectfully disagree :) On the long run, people want a consistent place available for them to get their 'EVE news, article, stories fix', and they'll choose whatever seems compelling and worthy to them. May it be EVE-Tribune.com, ENN or EVE-Mag.com ... basically it doesn't matter because at the end of the day, we publish FOR THE COMMUNITY.

    Thank you for your time reading this.

    All the best,
    Smak

    (smak@EVE-Mag.com)

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  5. Smak, thanks for the kind words and the comment. I guess the word "Wars" was over the top, inspired as it was by ENN's tagline.

    Good luck and good work.

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  6. Thank you for your kind words... let me say this the "tag line" is meant to be controversial... That said, i too am finding it more bad than good... any ideas on a replacement tag line?

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  7. Serious Sally: If you removed the "#1" from the line and just had "Your Source for Eve News and Entertainment" it still sounds confident without the extra "Nyah nyah" that the #1 adds to it.

    It kind of implies you HAVE no competition without explicitly saying it. :)

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