What The Hell Is Going On At Manhunt Daily?

Posted May 6, 2015 by with 22 comments

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If you’ve been following any of the Hot Links over on the right side of the homepage this last month, you know that Manhunt Daily’s longtime blogger “Dewitt” was let go on or around April 15th, shortly after his final post went up. What you might not know is that the people at Manhunt had been planning on firing Dewitt weeks before April 15th.

I first caught wind of it at the Phoenix Forum, as Manhunt reps in attendance were letting people know that they’d be firing Dewitt as soon as they got back to Boston. I’m told that Dewitt— who ran the Manhunt Daily blog for over five years—was becoming a liability due to his increasingly outspoken persona, which was on full display during his Twitter meltdown over Johnny Rapid’s arrest in January (if you saw his tweets at the time—they’ve since been deleted—you know what I mean), and his erratic outbursts put a huge strain on Manhunt’s business relationship with Men.com At any rate, Manhunt had been planning on firing Dewitt since at least the end of the March, and they obviously had plenty of time to plan for his replacement—so why didn’t they?

This might be of no interest to any of you (does anyone care about the inner workings of a gay porn blog?), but considering Manhunt Daily was (and still is) the most highly-trafficked gay porn blog in the U.S., it’s obviously of interest to me and people working in the gay porn industry. The Manhunt Daily blog refers a ton of traffic to other websites, resulting in a considerable amount of revenue for studios, DVD retailers, sex toy manufacturers, etc., so if the blog dies, eventually a lot of that traffic and revenue will, too.

Today, after over three weeks with no new posts, the Manhunt Daily blog was finally updated. The problem is, this “update” (if you can even call it that) is even more confusing than if they had not posted anything at all. What does this even mean?

It’s true: we’ve been down for awhile now! Our beloved Dewitt dutifully managed our services for many years and provided us with numerous stories on cocks, butts and everything in between. The good news is that we are actually splitting content across multiple new formats and sites, which will feature more opportunities for our loyal readers to engage, see the hottest content and naturally, get back to our adult ways. Stay tuned for more information about our new blogs, too!

???

I have no idea what “splitting content across multiple new formats and sites” is supposed to mean, but my best guess is that it translates into something along the lines of: “We have no idea what we’re going to do with this website.”

Then, the post concludes with an advertisement for Mr. Skin:

In the interim, our friends at Mr. Skin have compiled their Top Ten Celebs in Speedos, which we are happy to report and share with you below.

You’re running the highest ranked blog within your industry, and after firing your employee and not posting anything for three weeks, you return with an ad for celebrities in speedos?

UPDATE: Another bizarre post just went up, with even more weird doublespeak:

The Manhunt Daily as you know and love it will be transitioning into different servings. Many people loved / hated Mr. Dewitt Daily, but we want to focus our return to YOU, our readers, members and supporters. To that, we will be unveiling in the coming weeks new plans to focus on Manhunt members and what makes them unique (not to mention reward members for their loyal patronage with new ways to win love and swag).

[…]

Last, and certainly not least, we will be bringing back the Daily. Well, sort of. Another helping entity with us at Online Buddies is OLB Media, the same fine folks that have created scenes from Maverick Men, Deviant Otter, Sketchy Sex, Fraternity X and more. In addition to exclusive content and insights on those sites, we’ll provide the same adult-oriented content that you’ve known and loved.

It took them over a month to come up with something that still doesn’t make any sense?

 

  • Pascal

    I think you mean ‘April’ in that first paragraph, not ‘May’…

    Gloating made you slip, boo.

    • Zachary Sire

      Thanks!

      (Gloating over having one less competitor? I would never…)

    • sxg

      If this was QMN or Zach’s old home, I can see him gloating. But him and Dewitt are very friendly, in fact Dewitt might be the only other gay porn blogger that Zach gets along with! 😉

      • Pascal

        Yep! And that newsflash about ‘Dewitt’ doing doggy listicles nowadays was in no shape or form snarky…

  • Todd

    Sounds like they’re dropping any type of original blogging by Manhunt personnel and will (possibly) be using other sources (like they just did with Mr. Skin ….. or possibly just linking to other sources)
    But I don’t even go there, so as you said ‘Who The Hell Really Cares ?’

  • WillG

    Judging by the number of comments those two new posts got, their readers aren’t “staying tuned for more information.” They’re gone. That’ll happen after 3 weeks of silence.

  • La Bambi

    Partnering with Deviant Otter, Sketchy Sex and Fraternity X? It’s like they’re aggressively trying to curate the worst gay porn on the internet. Gross.

    Zach, you should have a tea spilling session with Dewitt. It seems like his bridges are burned, so have him on to read all those Manhunt bitches for filth.

    • nodoubtfan

      I thought everyone knew Manhunt owns all those sites. They also had “On the Hunt”.

    • Luca

      ooooh I would like that (I mean an interview between Zach and Dewitt – also, what is he doing now? has he disappeared completely?)

  • funster

    Dropped them from my feedly feed already.

  • NG212

    I find it shocking that Manhunt Daily is the most trafficked gay porn blog. Being part of a hookup site certainly has its perks. Have you ever considered starting a Str8UpDick section where visitors can cruise?

    The best thing about Dewitt was that he loved to share dickpics. Now that he’s gone, Zach, do you have any to spare? It could help you capture their audience.

  • sxg

    Isn’t it a little bit amusing that they posted a top 10 list as their post after their hiatus, when Dewitt is now posting at Buzzfeed of all places?

    And what a disgusting list! Possibly THE WORST collection of male celebrities in speedos! They have some fucking nerve not including Terry Crews!
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_bM02KRpjW9w/TEhf1RzjzXI/AAAAAAAAR98/p_6vDikugEE/s1600/terry-crews-shirtless-07.jpg

    • LeanStud79

      He’s posting on Buzzfeed? What’s his name there?

  • McM.

    “Splitting content across multiple new formats and sites”.

    A central portal meant even if a frequent visitor was most interested in one part of the site they could still easily find and know of the others. Maybe splitting it up will allow them to focus their advertising and revenue.

  • Donkeyteefus

    im shocked that it was the number one blog. never read it once or knew it existed. it is akin to manhunt and gay.com being outdated as internet tricking mediums

  • That “splitting content” went over my head. I have no idea what that means. I really like Manhunt Daily. I wasn’t just checking it for the porn images and scene previews. It was also because of the personalized writing behind it. Your site has personalized writing too. That’s the real entertainment. Another entertaining aspect was reading Dewitt’s sassy replies to certain comments. Hilarious!

  • burrlaburr

    I miss Dewitt. He was my kind of crazy.

  • Stiffo

    “…reward members for their loyal patronage with new ways to win love…”

    Contests to win nights with escorts? Porn stars? Of my choice?

  • Mike

    That’s shitty about Dewitt, and these recent posts are idiotic! Do you remember the names of the reps you talked to? I wonder if we can reach out to them to see if they have any other dirty little secrets up their sleeves? Sounds like they like to gossip, so it shouldn’t be too hard getting things out of them! 🙂

  • James Simonsen

    AND they just removed the mobile version of the site. Wtf is going on? Its likr they’re trying to make the site less appealing!!

  • Nerve

    I’m proud to report that ManHunt Daily is back up! Despite the unforgivably long absence of original content, I as well as several others have begun contributing new daily content. Stop by and check it out if you haven’t already!