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Christian Science Monitor Buys AriWriter for $500K

Here is a picture of the Christian Science Monitor when they announced they would stop printing on paper

A day after Christian Science Monitor editor John Yemma talked about the future of newspapers in the frame of the web, I’m pleased to announce the 112-year-old publication offered to purchase my blog for $500,000 — and I’ve agreed to sell.

In his interview yesterday (and in stark contrast to my last article on repurposing news), Yemma said the paper doesn’t like to recycle. “We try to keep the content as fresh and unique as possible, because people are paying $3.50 an issue for this.”

I’m thrilled that Yemma and his colleagues see value in my work and want to share it with their engaged readers.

Mark Drapeau, the director of innovative social engagement at Microsoft Corporation’s U.S. public sector, is not surprised. When asked to comment, he was strangely compelled to share his thoughts that this move by the CSM is on-target with their 2010 financials.

Kristi Hines of Kikolani remarked on the sale, “I enjoy reading the articles at AriWriter and my name and brand is frequently highlighted whenever I add a comment there. I applaud the CSM’s board for recognizing talent and going after it.”

I don’t know what’s next for me — but I can assure you that my insights on social media are not poised for change. Further, I intend to continue opining, whether apparent or subtle, about similar announcements like this.

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