Verge Love: The Connection
I'm not a frequent commenter and this is my first post but this is one of the few times I felt like I have something to share and I hope you all enjoy.
There are tons of things to love about The Verge, the articles, the news, shared interests, amazing video reviews, trustworthy reporting, great layout, and much more. That's not unique to the verge though, many other websites also have great content, great video reviews, report on tech and so on. What brings me back every single day, excited to take in everything that is produced, is the connection the verge has made to me, the user.
I enjoy seeing the personal/human side of Tech journalism. Between the Vergecasts, On the Verge, Video Reviews, deep articles, video interviews, and the articles themselves we form a personal connection with the writers. I get to know their personalities, their humor, what they appreciate, how they look, and even their quirks. I catch my self wondering when reading articles from other sites or hearing about some new tech coming what some of the editors from the verge would think and I began to hope I see a verge article on it or its brought up in a Vergecast clearly its not just about getting the news because I'm waiting for the verge to cover what ever it is even if I already know all about it.
I remember being genuinely bummed when i found out Joanna was leaving the Verge. Its crazy, I knew the verge would continue on with the great quality content and it was only getting better but I still felt like I was loosing something. I would never get to that connection again and I felt like I lost something.
I love Paul Millers articles about his offline adventure because I feel like I am getting to know him on a much deeper level. Through him and I am learning about something that a lot of us have thought about but never could do in practicality. We are empathizing with him and putting our selves in his shoes feeling what he feels, the very basis of human connection. It's amazing stuff.
I hope to see this trend continue. 90 seconds on the verge is a good example of this. The fact that it isn't just Josh is a cool chance for us to put a human face to the connections I have made through their writing. To further that thought while offering a suggestion, I believe there is a missed opportunity putting writers profile picture on the top of their article instead of just the name. It helps to have a face and a name. I'm sure there are other things as well and I encourage The Verge to embrace the connections they make and keep being awesome!
What do you guys think, does anyone else enjoy these connections, or have anything else to add? I'd love to see the what the rest of the community has to say about this.