Have A Great Summer And Stay Sweet, You Guys!

Dear You Guys,

So for the past 15 months I’ve gotten to help plan and launch a totally unique new website, working with a team made up entirely of people who were already my friends on an idea so crazy it just did work. I got to write about almost anything I wanted and share editorship of the site with a writer who makes me laugh out loud every day. And it was my full time job. Not a bad deal!

Now it’s time to move on to write for other sites, including my six year old blog, where they always have to take me back because they is just me. But I have a few people to thank first!

First, thank you to Scott Lapatine for dreaming up Videogum and thinking of me to write for it, and for being the coolest boss in the world, even though “boss” still sounds like such a weird word. Thanks to Amrit Singh for his constant support and for never making me feel like an idiot because of my inability to learn punctuation (I still haven’t totally mastered it.) Thank you to Jim Jazwiecki for his infinite patience in teaching me the most basic tech stuff and for always knowing the answer to every question, and to Angela Williams for her encouragement and ability to pull off a perfect party in a matter of days. And thanks to Stereogum’s Brandon Stosuy for his funny emails and impossibly cool true stories of crazy rock shows. You guys were all an absolute pleasure to work with.

And, obviously, Duh Aficionado Magazine Cover Story Of The Year: Thank you to Gabe Delahaye, my friend of over three years and a person whose enviable writing talent was evident from the moment I met him. Thanks to Gabe for putting up with me when I was a gigantic pain in the ass, for his generosity of spirit, time, and with funny tips (I still owe him big time for letting me have Mark Gormley), and for being a good friend to have with me in the blogging trenches. We made a great team, and I hope to work with Gabe again someday, like when he becomes the President Of Entertainment. To use a cliche that’s a cliche because it’s true: Videogum is like our baby, and it’s a huge relief to know it will go on in good hands and not be sold off to some terrible company that will turn it into a bot-written celebrity gossip zombie site. That would be The Worst.

Thank you to my friends, both bloggers and normals, for putting up with my constant complaining about “having to watch 30 Rock” and for listening to me agonize about the mean comments that one time I got Cookie Monster and Ernie mixed up. (“They called me shit for braaaains!”) You all know who you are and I love you.

And, finally, thank you, the readers, commenters, and tipsters. I want to tell you a secret: ever since you guys started showing up and commenting here, every time we’ve met up to talk about the site, Gabe and I have marveled, in hushed, conspiratorial tones, about how we got so lucky in getting the smartest, funniest, sharpest commenters of any blog we know of. Let’s face it: the comments sections on most blogs are too full of trolls and idiots to even glance at, but you guys have turned ours into an ongoing on-topic conversation full of one-liners and, like, almost no hate-speech at all, except the few times we got linked on those weird right wing sites. You guys are, literally, the best. Even our trolls have been mostly funny!

For anyone who’s read this far, I have lots of big plans in store but until then you can find me on the aforementioned personal blog, which will be much more frequently updated than it has been recently, and on which I’ll continue to do my thing, whatever my thing is. And also, while we’re at it, what the hell: on Twitter. This job has been the most creatively fulfilling project of my life so far, and the one I’m most proud of. Yay!

Now I will go and be like this hilarious little horse, running around wild and free, all over the entire internet:

K.I.T., and I’ll see you back here in the previously praised comments on Monday. GO you guys, and GO GABE!