I’ve been listening to a lot of Willie Nelson lately. I blame it on the fact that I’ve been doing a lot of traveling. So every time I sit down to write something new, one of his lyrics or another pops into my mind. In this case, it’s “On the road again, going places that I’ve never been…”
So umm…I’m not actually hitting the road, but it is time for me to move on — today is my last day writing for The Gloss. I’ll be heading over to LA Weekly to edit After Dark, their sex and relationships blog. Please read it! (No seriously, read it).
I started writing for The Gloss in April of 2010. It was when the site had just launched, and I worked with the wonderful and talented then-editor Lilit Marcus. Lilit built the foundation for the site, and gave it direction before handing the reigns over to Jennifer in 2011.
Since taking over as Editor-in-Chief, Jennifer has consistently inspired me to do better, more thoughtful and more engaged writing. I was challenged to write feature length articles each week, which kept me constantly in the habit of brainstorming ideas. The site developed a clear voice, rounded out by my incredibly talented fellow contributors, Ashley, Jamie, Amanda, Lindsay and Jen. I’ve been honored to work alongside such amazing women, each of whom has something different to say and a unique point of view about the world.
In fact, in addition to having a place to spew my own thoughts and ideas, it’s the other writers here that have made me love and value this job so much. Not all ladyblogs (a word I kind of loathe, but go with me here) have such a diverse array of voices. Not only are my colleagues nuanced and thoughtful in their articles, they don’t always agree (Jennifer and Ashley sometimes openly), they’re not afraid to put their sometimes controversial opinions on the table, and they consistently write fearless, funny and thought-provoking pieces.
I’ll add that The Gloss also happens to have a great group of commenters. We rarely have to deal with the overwhelming snideness or snarkiness that other blogs of our ilk face daily (ahemJezebel), you’re all smart and introspective, and a lot of times you make me think about my writing in a new way.
On a personal note, The Gloss has been part of my life through some serious changes. From moving apartments to a massive break-up to learning how to sext (thank you to all who contributed to answering that question), I feel like I’ve had a community of support here and a place to voice my feelings, ideas and to get through shit that’s gone wrong, and shit that’s gone right.
Even though I live in L.A., I have gotten to know each of the women who write for The Gloss through email and chat and through their stories. I’ll miss reading their stories every day and being part of this awesome team. I’m proud of how I’ve grown as a writer over the past two and a half years, and so grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute here. I’ll miss you all and I’ll miss The Gloss.