Hi, everyone! As Kerry mentioned in his post introducing me, I've recently taken over for Thomas Rogers as Open's editor. Before I tell you more about myself, let me just say this: I have been reading Open since it launched, and I am both thrilled and humbled to be a part of such a vibrant site. The journalists, memoirists, fiction writers, poets and humorists that populate Open never cease to surprise and impress me. Of course, it isn't just your writing that I love -- it's also the powerful, supportive community you've created.
As Kerry wrote, I've been involved with Salon for quite a while -- in fact, I've been here in various capacities since just before Open launched and remember how excited and curious we all were about this great experiment. A longtime blogger who typed out her first LiveJournal post nearly a decade ago, I was especially intrigued about what a content site driven by the voices and interests of Salon readers might look like. And I'm still marveling at how quickly Open has become the lively, unique forum it is today.
Over the past year and a half -- and in the week I've already spent as Open's editor -- I've learned a great deal about many of you. During the next few weeks, as I continue to orient myself (with the help of Thomas and Kerry), I hope we can get acquainted more personally. I am excited to hear your ideas for Open, and I have a few new ones of my own: Currently, we're trying to set up a "guest editor" feature that would allow some of your favorite bloggers to share posts that they've enjoyed. And I share Kerry's enthusiasm about showcasing some of Open's strongest and most timely content on Salon. I can't wait to begin posting regular Open Calls. In fact, I already have a list of ideas two pages long.
Meanwhile, I will be maintaining an active blog here -- including not just Open Calls but also roundups of big stories you may want to use as jumping off points for your own posts. And watch out: I'll also be bombarding you with posts about my own fixations, most of which reside in the realm of pop culture.
I apologize in advance (and, if necessary, retroactively) for any hiccups that the transition may cause and ask you to bear with me as I continue to learn the ropes. As you did with Thomas, please feel free to message me with your questions, suggestions and feedback. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!