Well, that just happened…

UPDATE: The 4th quarter miracle we were all hoping for seems to be happening. No specific details yet, but we think we have options that will allow the sites to continue on. More info very soon, in the meantime for those people who have offered to donate to help save the sites we’ve created this donation option. Thank you all so much for your support. It’s been truly humbling.

[Metblogs Authors, please be sure to read the authors forums for the most up to date info.]

It’s with a heavy heart that we have to make this post. After our post earlier this year we’ve made repeated attempts to secure either financing or a buy-out and neither of which came to fruition. Left with no other alternative we’re sadly forced to shut our doors at the end of the month. After 6 and a half years it’s been an awesome ride and we can’t thank the authors and captains enough that have made it possible. Seriously, you guys (and gals) completely rock and we’re humbled by all you’ve done to keep us going and making the sites so awesome. We’re not going to get into the nitty gritty of the finances but the rebound in online ad sales is taking it’s sweet ass time among other factors and has just put us too far personally into debt keeping the old girl afloat.

We want nothing more than to keep the sites online and going strong so if you’ve got some spare cash around and want to own the granddaddy of local news blogs drop us a line. We can be reached at sean or jason @metblogs.com. Barring a 4th quarter miracle the site will be going offline on May 31st.

Once again though we want to seriously thank everyone who’s been there for us for this crazy ride. We’re just 2 guys who started this with no budget and no idea it would have grown into the awesome community it has become. We’re going to leave you with some stats on what an all volunteer community can do when they care about where they live.

Atlanta Metblogs: 2,967 posts / 9,830 comments
Auckland Metblogs: 52 posts / 34 comments
Austin Metblogs: 2,375 posts / 2,502 comments
Azeroth Metblogs: 666 posts / 2,069 comments
Bangalore Metblogs: 1,803 posts / 7,732 comments
Bangkok Metblogs: 520 posts / 1,996 comments
Berlin Metblogs: 1,266 posts / 1,470 comments
Birmingham Metblogs: 303 posts / 257 comments
Boston Metblogs: 949 posts / 757 comments
Chennai Metblogs: 1,578 posts / 8,602 comments
Chicago Metblogs: 3,457 posts / 7,318 comments
Dallas Metblogs: 464 posts / 652 comments
Washington D.C. Metblogs: 6,984 posts / 13,633 comments
Denver Metblogs: 658 posts / 984 comments
Detroit Metblogs: 2,218 posts / 3,722 comments
Dubai Metblogs: 393 posts / 614 comments
Dublin Metblogs: 420 posts / 439 comments
Graz Metblogs: 315 posts / 222 comments
Hawaii Metblogs: 356 posts / 591 comments
Houston Metblogs: 1,177 posts / 2,111 comments
Hyderabad Metblogs: 144 posts / 204 comments
Islamabad Metblogs: 1,865 posts / 10,808 comments
Istanbul Metblogs: 519 posts / 590 comments
Karachi Metblogs: 4,811 posts / 69,567 comments
Kuala Lumpur Metblogs: 218 posts / 167 comments
Los Angeles Metblogs: 14,313 posts / 60,645 comments
Lahore Metblogs: 2,363 posts / 11,923 comments
London Metblogs: 1,579 posts / 2,341 comments
Manila Metblogs: 1,082 posts / 2,008 comments
Melbourne Metblogs: 1,826 posts / 3,424 comments
Miami Metblogs: 545 posts / 362 comments
Minneapolis Metblogs: 3,297 posts / 7,452 comments
Montreal Metblogs: 1,650 posts / 2,890 comments
Mumbai Metblogs: 781 posts / 1,585 comments
Nashville Metblogs: 544 posts / 1,399 comments
New Orleans Metblogs: 2,056 posts / 14,563 comments
New York City Metblogs: 3,338 posts / 5,364 comments
Orange County Metblogs: 1,990 posts / 3,869 comments
Orlando Metblogs: 1,067 posts / 1,972 comments
Paris Metblogs: 446 posts / 286 comments
Philadelphia Metblogs: 3,129 posts / 2,535 comments
Phoenix Metblogs: 759 posts / 547 comments
Pittsburgh Metblogs: 1,036 posts / 609 comments
Portland Metblogs: 4,912 posts / 14,701 comments
Rio de Janeiro Metblogs: 892 posts / 2,981 comments
Sacramento Metblogs: 766 posts / 1,033 comments
San Diego Metblogs: 123 posts / 101 comments
San Jose Metblogs: 1,091 posts / 711 comments
Seattle Metblogs: 7,399 posts / 9,358 comments
San Francisco Metblogs: 4,035 posts / 7,185 comments
Singapore Metblogs: 412 posts / 398 comments
Sovietunterzoegersdorf Metblogs: 26 posts / 12 comments
Spoon River Metblogs: 247 posts / 10 comments
Tokyo Metblogs: 698 posts / 1,013 comments
Toronto Metblogs: 1,604 posts / 1,951 comments
Vancouver Metblogs: 2,233 posts / 3,561 comments
Vienna Metblogs: 2,015 posts / 3,880 comments

So long, and thanks for all the fish…

Sean & Jason

* Posted by Jason DeFillippo on May 21st, 2010
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