Hello. Rusty here.
I tried e-mailing Liz to see what was up and I got no response. Which really was no surprise since she obviously gave up on this blog.
Just because I'm in a weird city like Columbus doesn't mean that I still don't hate DC. In fact, for some reason, mail being sent to me from the District isn't getting to my apartment in Columbus. And what kind of mail should I be getting from DC? Why security deposits and paychecks of course! It might not be DC's fault, but, come on, DC has always been a good scapegoat. Why stop now?
Well, as you probably have noticed, Liz didn't work out. It was my mistake to select a writer instead of a blogger. Writers are awesome, but don't necessarily want to write three times a week. We don't need writers. We need bloggers.
(Which is not to say I condone the way some people treated Liz. Some of you were total assholes. I liked her posts. I liked some of them an awful lot. The transition from writer to reader was almost seamless. I looked forward to her posts. Then they stopped.
Liz is going to check this site or try to post and see that she got her privs revoked and that probably isn't fair. But it's October 1st and her last post was September 13th. I had to do this.
Liz, I am sorry. You probably deserve better. I thought you were great until you disappeared.)
So, what to do? To be honest, I don't know. I am incredibly disappointed that this site is floundering. I very much want it to succeed. There is so much to complain about and my predecessor's work (James F, duh) is going to waste. He created a popular site and, according to SiteMeter anyway, I helped it grow. I want that growth to continue.
I get the feeling that I may not be very good at assigning successors. If you'd like to write here, send me an e-mail to the old address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and state your case. Obviously, I would prefer it if you already have a blog. I need to know you can update more than twice a month. Design skills would also be appreciated since -- and I didn't think this was possible -- the site looks shittier now than it did under my watch.
Before I could offer potential bloggers a built-in audience. I don't know if that audience is still here. I hope it is. If you have faith, send me that e-mail.