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Welcome Aboard! The Weed Blog is now live on Maven! “The Weed Blog is one of the most trafficked marijuana sites in the world, and Maven handles the security, coding and backend work which requires great skill and a team of knowledgeable engineers,” said founder Travis Maurer.

He added, “Since migrating to Maven a few days ago, our traffic is already rising, our bounce rate has been chopped basically in half, and average session duration has increased by almost 100% from about 30 seconds to 60 seconds.”

Maven’s product design encourages high user engagement via easy-to-use community features, the “More To Read” block below every story, clean presentation and more.

Newly Signed Mavens: A big welcome to Original Path, covering alternative education and homeschooling, and MishMoments, a photography channel. Want to know about all of our signed Mavens? Check out the list here.

Maven of the Week:The Chocolate Life was founded in 2008 by Discover Chocolate author Clay Gordon as a means of crowdsourcing answers to questions about cocoa and chocolate. You’ll find a spectrum of chocolate-related activities, interests and participants at The Chocolate Life, from cacao farmers in countries where it grows, to confectioners, chocolate makers, connoisseurs, chocoholics and celebrity chefs.

“Clay brings an incredibly unique channel to our line up,” says Maven CEO James Heckman. “The Chocolate Life is part lifestyle and travel, part sustainability and science, and part history. The bottom line is deep, impressive expertise. That’s what Maven is seeking out and nurturing: true, passionate mavens across categories.”

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