It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing at The Next Web part-time for 18 months. When I started, it was just a way of writing about technology for a larger audience than I could get at my old personal blog. Since then The Next Web has grown unbelievably and it’s been a pleasure to be part of the excellent team of editors and writers there. So, I was thrilled to recently be asked to join as part of the full-time team.

Yes, as of Monday I’ll be a full-time tech blogger. To say I’m looking forward to it is an understatement – the amount of stories I’ve been unable to cover due to time constraints has become increasingly frustrating in recent months and it will be great to get my teeth into new challenges.

However, it does sadly mean that I’ll be leaving the brilliant team at Marketing Manchester, where I’ve been Digital Content Editor for 14 months. It truly has been a pleasure working there. I know people almost always say nice things about the workplace they’re leaving but seriously, from my first day there I felt totally at home with a group of people who are hard-working, positive, on my wavelength and who love Manchester. I honestly haven’t got a bad word to say about the place. Heck, when I handed in my notice I actually went through a kind of grief process and I’ve never experienced that before when quitting a job.

Looking forward though, I’m really excited about sitting down at my keyboard on Monday and seeing what happens. In particular, my ‘beat’ will be startups from across Europe, online media (digital publishing, IPTV etc) and web/mobile apps so feel free to get in touch at martin[at]thenextweb.com with any news tips or story pitches.

[Image credit: Valeriana Solaris]

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  • Martin,Congratulations and all the best for the job, you deserve it. Hope you will be sticking around Manchester?

  • Thanks Alistair, yes I’m staying in Manchester – working from anywhere is one of the joys of the Internet!

  • Courtney,,,and Martin you keep saying ”CONSUME” THE NEWS….BULLSHIT! ….CONSUME? EAT? DIGEST? YOU ARE WRONG….we ”.READ” THE NEWS….. The 10 Best Ways to Consume the News The 10 Best Ways to Consume the NewsInboxXReply |Dan Bloom to Courtney show details 7:49 PM (1 minute ago) On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM, Dan Bloom wrote:>> In 2010: The 10 Best Ways to Consume …….Courtney,,,you keep saying CONSUME THE NEWS….BULLSHIT! ….CONSUME? EAT? DIGEST? YOU ARE WRONG…..READ THE NEWS….. the News The 10 Best Ways to Consume the News>> Posted on Dec 28th, 2010 by Courtney CONSUME Boyd CONSUME Myers>> While I started to put together a list of the ten best news apps of 2010, I paused to think about how drastically our consumption ……..Courtney,,,you keep saying CONSUME THE NEWS….BULLSHIT! ….CONSUME? EAT? DIGEST? YOU ARE WRONG…..READ THE NEWS….. of the news has changed over the past year. Fortunately, my brilliant colleague Martin Bryant has written a post about just that, “How Online News Evolved in 2010.”>> Essentially, the iPad and Twitter have brought new media back to rock and roll status. In response, media companies who were still mourning the twilight of print, can now experiment with ways to make a buck again. The best media companies have been on Twitter for years and are now tailoring their sites for mobile, developing Web apps for Web stores like Google Chrome’s and pushing out super slick apps for the iPad and other reader devices.>> We consumed ………………….Courtney,,,you keep saying CONSUME THE NEWS….BULLSHIT! ….CONSUME? EAT? DIGEST? YOU ARE WRONG…..READ THE NEWS….. a lot of news in 2010. But how did we consume Courtney,,,you keep saying CONSUME THE NEWS….BULLSHIT! ….CONSUME? EAT? DIGEST? YOU ARE WRONG…..READ THE NEWS….. it? On your tiny iPhone screen? Hopefully not. The best way to consume news this year was in a socially curated, real-time fashion with big pretty pictures and video. Here’s how:Strange, how Courtney keeps ragging on about HOW CONSUME NEWS, Courtney, please, we do not CONSUME THE NEWS, we do not EAT the news, we do not go SHOPPING for the news….1. we read the news2. we watch the news on TV3. we listen to the news on the radio4. we view the news on the InternetBUT WE DO NOT CONSUME THE NEWS, please re-write your article. WE ARE NOT CONSUMERS, we are readers, listeners, viewers, and I like to say now for people who get theirnews off screens, we SCREEN THE NEWS……but consume? YOU GOT IT ALL WRONG!

  • Strange, how Courtney and Martin keeps ragging on about HOW CONSUME NEWS, Courtney, please, we do not CONSUME THE NEWS, we do not EAT the news, we do not go SHOPPING for the news….1. we read the news2. we watch the news on TV3. we listen to the news on the radio4. we view the news on the InternetBUT WE DO NOT CONSUME THE NEWS, please re-write your article. WE ARE NOT CONSUMERS, we are readers, listeners, viewers, and I like to say now for people who get theirnews off screens, we SCREEN THE NEWS……but consume? YOU GOT IT ALL WRONG!

  • do you consume the sea? when you go there for a vacation? NOdo you consume a book when you read one? NOdo you consume a travel destinatiuon when you go there? NOstop this CONSUME THe news MEME…..WE SCREEN THE NEWS ON SCREENS, YESBUT WE DO NOT CONSUME THE NEWS….PUHLEASE!DONT BELIEVE ME. EMAIL ME AT DANBLOOM at GMAIIL dot COMI AM IN taiwan i know everythinhg!

  • Hi Martin I came across your Twitter profile through random browsing and eventually your blog. As an IT recruiter, I keep on top of tech news too, so im hoping to follow youfor some good stories! Do you use the Pulse app, i find that quite ueful for my mobile to read several tech blogs. Also, I don’t know if you go to events, but their is one on digital marketing in manchester city centre that I am thinking of going to, just FYI if you are interested:http://www.linkedin.com/share?viewLink=&sid=s235348600&url=http%3A%2F%2Flnkd%2Ein%2Fw8nn2-&urlhash=FqAR&pk=nprofile-edit-success&pp=1&poster=53616065&uid=5433863255770542080&trk=NUS_UNIU_SHARE-title

  • Hi Martin I came across your Twitter profile through random browsing and eventually your blog. As an IT recruiter, I keep on top of tech news too, so im hoping to follow youfor some good stories! Do you use the Pulse app, i find that quite ueful for my mobile to read several tech blogs. Also, I don’t know if you go to events, but their is one on digital marketing in manchester city centre that I am thinking of going to, just FYI if you are interested:http://www.linkedin.com/share?viewLink=&sid=s235348600&url=http%3A%2F%2Flnkd%2Ein%2Fw8nn2-&urlhash=FqAR&pk=nprofile-edit-success&pp=1&poster=53616065&uid=5433863255770542080&trk=NUS_UNIU_SHARE-title

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