Many people are familiar with the fact that the world of journalism has contracted in nasty ways in recent years, putting many fine writers out of business and sending them into new fields. The trend has carried over to the blogosphere and many online publications, causing previously high-quality sites to shut down and writers to go silent. With that in mind, it’s sad to see one of the better tech media sites shut down: The H. The H frequently covered Linux and open source topics, and you can find a farewell post from the sites’ authors here.
The problem with journalism and online publishing these days is that the advertising model has shifted in unfavorable ways, and it’s tough for even established sites to monetize their publishing efforts. This works against everybody, and has even prompted Warren Buffett to note that without journalism, bad people will find it much easier to get away with bad things.
At The H, apparently, lack of monetization was the problem. The site authors report the following:
"Although The H has produced many widely read stories, it has not been possible to effectively monetize that traffic to produce a working business model. Because of this, after four and a half years as The H and six years online, The H is, sadly, closing its doors."
There will apparently be an online archive of The H’s older stories, many of which provided good insights on Linux and open source topics. The H was widely linked to by many of the content aggregation sites around the web, and the site is just about as old as OStatic is. It’s sad to see it go.
In a final post, site editors at The H have collected the top ten stories covered at the site.
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