Early in 2010, I got frustrated with my blogging life. I had stuff to say, and I thought it was worth reading, but I was too busy to write frequently enough for my blog to be worth checking. Unless I posted constantly, it seemed, the prospects for building a readership were essentially nil. It occurred to me to start a group blog, the idea being that even if everyone only contributed once every two weeks, fourteen contributors would enable us to update the site daily. I mentioned the idea to Henry Casey, whose drive and know-how propelled my faint little notion forth into what it eventually became: The Busy Signal.
I remain in awe of all that we’ve accomplished, our articles featured on many blogs and outlets, shared, praised and retweeted by intellectuals and commentators from every point on the ideological spectrum. We’ve got both video and audio interview series going, we’ve provided provocative commentary and reporting about a huge variety of topics, we’ve fostered a lively comments section where vigorous debate thrives… the reasons for pride are many.
So it is with considerable sadness that I announce my resignation as Executive Editor of The Busy Signal, having become too busy even for a blog whose express purpose is providing an outlet for the too busy. I’m excited that my work has begun receiving publication elsewhere – at Foreign Policy in Focus, at AlterNet, at Truthout – but it means that I can no longer handle day-to-day operations of this blog. I am leaving it in the fantastically capable hands of Mr. Casey, Editor-in-Chief, and our excellent Managing Editor Julia Wentzel.
And, of course, the writers will persist.
Akie’s lyrical essays on music, race and culture remind us all what stylistic prose can be.
Andi’s passionate treatises about the human side of injustice focus the mind and exhilarate the spirit.
Brian’s provocative screeds about secularism and freedom force all of us to re-examine our values and the first principles to which we attribute them.
Celia, our wunderkind, has shown that will surpass us all someday – look out, world.
The breadth of subjects about which Colin is eloquent shames one-trick ponies into reading more widely.
Genya’s perspective on issues affecting the LGBTQ community is reliably among the most considered and hard-hitting available.
Henry’s 4 Fails and a Win tech series is the only one I can stomach, because it’s consistently so amusing and sophisticated.
Jackie’s articles about American politics, especially her series on reproductive rights, constitute a truly smart and compelling response to the condition this country finds itself in.
We are so lucky to have published some of Katy’s comments on pop culture and gender – her lives at Jezebel, Literary Traveler and NBC’s nightlife blog The Feast have all benefited as we have from her grace and earnestness.
Matthew’s contributions are the rhapsodic poetry of The Busy Signal: highly intellectual roller-coasters of prose, the doctoral theses of the blogging world.
Meg’s deep thoughts on science, religion and the relationship between the two add a level of poise and honest inquiry to a debate that can easily spiral into platitudes and shouting.
Randa’s brave journalism from Mexico brings into stark relief a side of globalization from which American readers are often shielded.
Thomas’s polemics on food politics allow us to consider the topics with which we are most familiar from a standpoint with which we are not, and they do it with grace and fervor.
How lucky I have been to work with such a roll of contributors.
I will still post occasionally – keep your eye out for more diavlogs – so this is not a clean split. I feel very lucky about that.
Ever, as the Argentine was known to say, onward.