Goodbye, Washington and awesome magazine job. Hello, South Florida and whatever comes next.
I know I’m doing this on April Fool’s Day, but never mind that bunk. I have a for-real announcement:
Come the end of this month, I will be leaving my full-time post as an editor for Mother Jones and returning to my native South Florida, so my newborn son can get to know his extended family as he grows up… and so I can see palm trees in December.
It’s a bittersweet transition, to be sure: MoJo and its leadership have been my family for more than a few years now. They saw potential in me when I felt less than brilliant; they gave me leeway and patience and license to chase government big-rigs through a nuclear plant in South Carolina. I’ve been able not just to watch MoJo’s rising influence in the national conversation: I was empowered to help make it happen. Expect to still see my byline over in MJ’s friendly confines… especially now that MoJo Sports is a thing.
What I jump into next, I don’t know. I plan to finish a PhD that I started some time back. You’ll be able to find my byline this spring and summer at the Columbia Journalism Review, where I’ll be the Florida-Georgia correspondent. Beyond that, I’ll be looking for any opportunity I can find to report, write, edit, tweet, Tumble, and generally rock the publishing world. (Suggestions are most welcome.)
Which means you’ll probably see a lot more of me around here, too. I’ve long neglected my personal Tumblr for MoJo’s, which will continue to be in awesome hands. This one will be my new home base — my longform Twitter, if you will. Hope to see you here sometime. And if you’re ever in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Palm Beach area, look a brother up!
Early Tumblr Tuesday, y’all. Follow this guy here. We’ll miss ‘im!
rncresearch.tumblr.com- Did you know the Republican Party’s oppo researchers have a Tumblr? Apparently you didn’t, because we can’t find any post of theirs that’s gotten more than 2 notes. These guys must be so lonely. Keep them company and give them some feedback, won’t you?
"A new video attacking Obama for backing the now-bankrupt solar firm Solyndra received just two notes, one of which read simply, “I just feel bad because Mitt Romney doesn’t get any notes on his posts."
"The back-and-forth between the campaign’s Tumblr and its followers, and the enthusiasm it engenders, is typified by the story of April Watkins. In December, the University of Kentucky grad, who blogs under the nickname Apsies, launched an online campaign to get Obama to follow her on Tumblr. Watkins posted a .gif of Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler’s character in Parks and Recreation, frowning, with the caption “Barack Obama still hasn’t followed me.” It quickly picked up steam, and eventually the Obama Tumblr team caught wind. They followed her, reblogged the post with a Parks and Recreation joke—”You had us at Leslie Knope”—and let the good vibes roll. The original post received 8,270 notes; in March, the Obama campaign staff cited it in a slideshow on their social-media strategy."