​Blogger Gets $250,000 Bonus Then Fired From Mashable

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November 22, 2011

Blogger Gets $250,000 Bonus – Blogger does a fine job and gets $250,000 bonus, then fired the next day. His name is Ben Parr, whose employer is Mashable, the tech blog.

Parr was a “critical… brand on the site,” according to Business Insider, which broke news of his $250,000 bonus. Ben’s 3+ year career with Mashable began when he joined as a writer in August 2008. He helped birth the cottage industry of professionally hating Facebook when he started the 284,000-member group “Students Against Facebook News Feed” at Northwestern University.

He soon graduated and joined Mashable to begin his epic “3+ year career,” which was to be extended until at least July of 2012 as a condition of his bonus.

But now he doesn’t even have to do that, because he’s been fired by an unpopular new editor.

“I’m exploring options in… the entertainment world,” the blogger now writes.

The modern blog evolved from the online diary, where people would keep a running account of their personal lives, to writers who are now calling themselves diarists, or journalists.

Justin Hall, who began his personal blogging career in 1994 at Swarthmore College, is generally recognized as one of the earliest bloggers.

There are over 156 million public blogs on the Internet.