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Jason Kottke

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Jason Kottke
Kottke in 2005
Born (1973-09-27) September 27, 1973 (age 50)
Alma materCoe College
Occupation(s)Blogger, Designer
Known forkottke.org
SpouseMeg Hourihan (divorced)

Jason Kottke (born September 27, 1973) is an American blogger, graphic designer, and web designer known for his blog Kottke.org.[1] He won a Lifetime Achievement Award as a blogger.[2] As of July 2013, his blog is ranked #66 overall and #20 in Science on the Technorati Top 100.[3]

Design work[edit]

Kottke attended Coe College on scholarship in Iowa and eventually began a career in design.[4] In 1999, he designed the Silkscreen typeface—since used by Adobe, MTV, and Volvo among others.[5] His design work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Forbes, and Brill's Content. Kottke created the iconic Gawker logo in 2002 in what he claims was "whipped up in Photoshop in 30 minutes as a placeholder".[6]

Kottke.org (blog)[edit]

Kottke is considered a pioneering blogger and began his blog in March 1998.[7] In 2000, Kottke and his then-girlfriend were profiled in a New Yorker article, "You've Got Blog", which introduced blogging to a wider audience.[8][9] His contributions to blogging were acknowledged when he won a Bloggie Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 after five years of blogging. In 2005 Kottke was able to quit his day job to focus on blogging full-time.[10] Kottke writes that as of 2019, "Probably 60 percent of my revenue is from membership, and the rest is from Amazon and ads."[11] His blogging got him in trouble with Sony[12] when he broke the news[13] of the loss that broke Ken Jennings' Jeopardy! win streak.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Kottke was married to Meg Hourihan and they have two children.[15] He lives in Vermont.[16]


  1. ^ "About kottke.org". kottke.org. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  2. ^ Wearden, Graeme (2006-02-23). "Professional blogger throws in the towel". zdnet.co.uk. CNET Networks. Archived from the original on 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  3. ^ "Blog Directory — Kottke.org". Technorati. Archived from the original on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-07-01.
  4. ^ Mod, Craig. "Jason Kottke — Twenty Years of kottke.org", On Margins. Retrieved on 14 August 2019.
  5. ^ Houston, Thomas. "5 Minutes on The Verge: Jason Kottke", The Verge, 25 January 2012. Retrieved on 14 August 2019.
  6. ^ Gobry, Pascal-Emmanuel. "Hate Gawker's New Design? Here's What Its First Design Looked Like", Business Insider, 12 February 2011. Retrieved on 14 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Jason Kottke, August, 2006 :: Rebecca Blood: Bloggers On Blogging". Rebecca Blood. 1997-01-07. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  8. ^ Mead, Rebecca (November 13, 2000). "You've Got Blog: How to put your business, your boyfriend, and your life on-line". Archived from the original on 2001-02-02. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  9. ^ Mead, Rebecca (May 29, 2006). "Meg and Jason". The New Yorker. New York. Archived from the original on 2006-06-12. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  10. ^ Glasner, Joanna. "QUIT YOUR JOB TO BLOG, BLOG, BLOG", Wired, 23 February 2005. Retrieved on 14 August 2019.
  11. ^ Owen, Laura Hazard. "Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20", Nieman Lab, 13 February 2018. Retrieved on 14 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Sony, Ken Jennings, and me". kottke.org. 2004-12-02. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  13. ^ "The Final Jeopardy of Ken Jennings". kottke.org. 2004-09-09. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  14. ^ Brian Braiker (2005-03-03). "The Blogosphere's Matt Lauer - The Daily Beast". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  15. ^ Stone, Madeline. "These 2 Bloggers Are Selling Their New York City Townhouse For $5 Million", Business Insider, 3 October 2013. Retrieved on 14 August 2019.
  16. ^ Woo, Michelle. "I'm Jason Kottke, Creator of Kottke.org, and This Is How I Parent", Lifehacker, 6 August 2018. Retrieved on 14 August 2019.

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