Gaiam closing down gaia.com

The place I first did most of my blogging is gaia.com. It was orginally known as Zaadz which operated without profit as I understand, but was bought by Gaiam which was a for-profit company. Zaadz was committed to helping people create a better world which included conscious capitalism. It was because of this ideal that Gaiam bought it. The problem is that it didn’t make money. Conscious capitalism is still capitalism and profit is the one rule that can’t be broken. The sad part is that Gaiam wasn’t open about the decision and so didn’t demonstrate the ideal of conscious capitalism. A corporation is just a corporation no matter what its mission statement.

I left a while ago. I was already feeling disenchanted with internet communities in general. I didn’t put in great hope in gaia.com. It was for me just a place to blog and to meet some interesting people. I vaguely knew about it when it was Zaadz, but I didn’t start blogging there until it had been taken over by Gaiam. There was much unhappiness about Gaiam’s way of operating it. I’m not surprised that they closed it down. It is sad, though.

Fortunately, someone I knew from there visited my blog here and told me about it’s imminent death. I’ll have to spend some time in the near future transferring my blog posts over to WordPress. So, there will be an influx of posts here in the next week. If you wish to visit my former blog posts in their native habitat, follow this link:

http://benjamindavidsteele.gaia.com/blog

If your curious about what Gaia/Zaadz was all about, you can check out the new Ning group:

http://anewgaia.ning.com

2 thoughts on “Gaiam closing down gaia.com

  1. Hi Benjamin,

    I’m doing a little Zaadz/Gaia grieving this morning, due to The Imminent Demise of Gaia scheduled for today.

    I have created a space for myself here on WordPress in order to have somewhere to transfer all my Gaia blog posts. I had never blogged until I signed up on Zaddz in 2007 and got hooked.

    This morning I wondered if any of my fellow Zaadzsters and Gaians moved here to WordPress… so I did a search and found you. Hello. I’m glad to see you.

    Have a lovely last day of March,
    Crystal

    • Hello Crystal,

      I visited yout new WordPress blog. I noticed you had a post about Portland. I have a friend that lives there. I visited once and it seemed like a nice town. It was larger town than I personally prefer, but it also has the largest bookstore which I liked.

      I see you had a challenge figuring out how to move all your blogs. I hope you figured it out. I believe it was Siona who mentioned that all your blogs could be made into a single feed and copied all together. I didn’t do that method myself. Fortunately, the number of my blogs there was limited as I started doing my blogging here instead. I individuall copy/pasted each blog post (with comments) to this here blog. It was a lot of effort. Between that and saving other stuff, it was a several day project.

      I’m glad it’s over… but I’ll miss Gaia. It’s not too sad because I’ve joined several new groups on Ning. I still can stay connected with all my Gaia friends.

      Blessings,
      Ben/Marmalade

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