I would probably give a try to a Gawker Media-backed sci-fi blog no matter what, just to see what it becomes. And, as it happens, my crucial first few minutes on i09 left me open for more. But they got into my RSS feed once I chanced on the About page.
I also plan to make a strained (or brilliant!) analogy between Gawker’s new pay-for-traffic labor regime and the healthcare crisis in America… once I’ve slept a little more.