AnimalNY Blog is Put to Sleep After 12 Years Online
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Notorious rabble-rouser Bucky Turco announced yesterday morning that his stint at Animal New York, the blog he founded twelve years ago, had officially concluded. Its relatively new online overlord – Woven Digital – suddenly decided to pull the plug.
Turco insisted to Gawker that the cessation was at the behest of Woven and not his own choice. He wouldn’t elaborate more on the overall reasoning. Reading between the lines of the article and other subsequent tweets, though, it seems like web traffic was the likely culprit.
It’s worth mentioning that Woven owns a stable of “bro-type” websites, including Uproxx and Brobible. Animal never reall fit that mold, and its two-year association was somewhat dumbfounding. CEO Scott Grimes noted that the brand might live on in some “evolved” form. But for the moment, publishing is suspended.
“While AnimalNY has developed a niche following in New York, we have made the decision to temporarily suspend its publishing as we evaluate opportunities to expand its presence nationally,” Grimes told Gawker. “We thank the AnimalNY team for their contributions over the last 2 years as part of Woven, as well as the 10 years prior. We look forward to sharing the evolution soon.”
@tracegilton I’m working on some projects with ANIMAL, but am still much a very free agent. Ratter did not acquire, still owned by Woven.
— Bucky Turco (@buckyturco) July 28, 2015