Hi, I’m Paul Thurrott. You may remember me from such web sites as Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows and Windows IT Pro, and from podcasts like Windows Weekly and What the Tech. And with that Simpsons reference out of the way, I’d like to welcome you to my new web site, thurrott.com. If you enjoyed the goings-on at the SuperSite, you’re going to feel right at home here.
Thurrott.com is a partnership between Blue Whale Web—which also publishes the highly-respected Petri IT Knowledgebase—and myself. Leaving my previous employer was a difficult decision. But the wonderful team of people at Blue Whale Web, led by Managing Partner George Coll, made this next step very easy.
If you were a fan of the SuperSite, no worries: Thurrott.com will be similar, and I will continue to focus largely on Microsoft, its products and services, and on consumer technology in general. I will be expanding my coverage a bit to include some more technical topics such as building and upgrading PCs, software development, and more, but that will be phased in after we work to get this new site up and running.
And the “we” there is very important. My voice, my enthusiasm for technology, and my desire to get to the truth of things all remain unchanged. But Thurrott.com is indeed a partnership, and while many have congratulated me for striking out on my own, the truth is that I couldn’t—and don’t want to—do this by myself. I’ve been lucky in life in a variety of ways, but I’ve been particularly lucky in this case.
Blue Whale Web is a small team of very dedicated people who are … just awesome. Watching them get this site up and running quickly has been incredible, and a whirlwind compared to the slow-moving corporate behemoth to which I was previously shackled. I’m in good hands here. We all are.
So here’s what’s happening.
This site is brand new, it still has that new car smell, and there are content holes and kinks that will need to get worked out. We’re using this initial soft-launch long weekend to get some of those issues fixed. But do let me know if you see something particularly egregious.
In addition to posting to thurrott.com regularly, I will also be posting news stories to Petri.com five days a week. This means I get to work alongside Petri’s esteemed cadre of authors—Daniel Petri, Aidan Finn, Jeff Hicks, Russell Smith, and many others—as well as editors like Jeff James and Blair Greenwood, both of whom I’ve worked with in the past. I also want to thank my new Blue Whale Web teammates Tim Speciale, Maria Plasterer, Sean McCabe, and Cindy Roth-Wurster for helping make this site a reality so quickly. You are all amazing.
Here on thurrott.com, the content will be driven by what you want to see. As I noted previously, I have some ideas for the future, and I previously asked my podcast listeners for advice about the types of articles and series of articles they’d like to see. The feedback so far has been incredible, but I’d like to extend this offer to everyone reading the site. So please, use the form on the Contact Paul page to send me any feedback about the site, and any thoughts about what you’d like to see.
One thing I’m particularly excited about is that this site is based on WordPress, so I’ll be able to improve it far more quickly over time. But even in this initial state, thurrott.com offers much bigger and higher-quality images (with lightboxing coming soon), simpler sharing, and, much better commenting: while I had to manually moderate comments at my previous site, we’re using Disqus here. How delightfully modern.
So take a look around. Tell me what you like, and what you don’t like. Please do subscribe to the RSS feed, and sign up for my Thurrott Daily email newsletter, which will arrive via email Monday through Friday (starting Tuesday, as this Monday is a holiday). And what the heck, follow me on Twitter, and listen in on both Windows Weekly and What the Tech.
I’m so excited to be a part of this site launch. It’s scary and different and new, but the one thing I am sure of is that this is the right team of people to make it work.
Thanks for reading,