Three guesses, which one is Jake?
Jake, the JakeMan, the Jakester, the Jakerlator, welcome to Open Salon, or as we wienies like to call it, simply OS. You come at a time when there was a lot of confusion in the ranks, with a lot of people pissed off because while Emily was starting a book and you were lurking in the shadows to see what was going on and wondering if you could fix this place, we were in the closet, sucking our thumbs and waiting on word if we should take our shit off this site. Thanks for that by the way.
You had people who left, who threatened to leave, and even some who spent time figuring out how to first buy, and then sell the joint. There were many people writing tearful stories, for the most part, but as is our way, there were also a few funny ones. But for the most part, it was not a good time to be at OS. I've been here a long time, 3 1/2 years and I've seen editors come and go. I've also seen some good people, who wrote beautiful stories and first-class opinion pieces on current events that are as good as anything you can read anywhere. Even I, occasionally, do a political piece from time to time which I publish here and on OpEdNews. So, we are not just a bunch of bloggers who just write about our kids and how bad we were treated growing up.
We, and I'm speaking for myself, want to be treated with respect and would ask that you please let us, the people who keep the wheels turning, in on the inner workings for a change and tell us some of the things that are going on. Not the secret stuff, but we are a curious folk, hell, we are writers, we have to be. How hard is it to do what you did today and write a short post telling us we're doing OK or we that we suck. It doesn't matter which, because as curious writers, we'll take what we can get and run with it.
I love this place. As I said, I've been here for 3 1/2 years, but what I didn't say is that I could not string two sentences together when I came here. These writers, these great writers and great people, taught me to write and now I am obsessed with it. I started out doing your favorite style, politics and current events and I raised hell. I could not write a story or a poem, but I could talk politics with anyone at one time and I made friends and enemies with my abrasive style. But I saw the light and rarely write about what's happening in the world and for a person who used to read 4 or 5 newspapers a day, now I barely read one.
I say this because while you want people to write the headlines and politics and the red-hot stories, this place is a writers paradise and there is no other place like it on the Internet. You may well get PM's and emails from disgruntled OSer's, but you got lucky when Kerry hired you. You are now in charge of some of the most talented people on the Internet. So again, welcome, but please, do not forget us fiction writers, poets and the comedians who keep us all laughing. This is not a one size fits all kind of place. Look at us like a giant puzzle that you have to put together. Just remember, always start with the corners. (and keep us informed)
Now, go to work and please, get rid of this S***!!!