Technically, I'm on quasi-vacation this week but I do feel like I should address the editorial shift that will take place once I officially begin January 9th. Maybe it will be drastic, maybe it won't be. The only thing I know for sure is that in order to guarantee job security at this site I must avoid increasing traffic too much, since both former editors Gabriel Snyder and Remy Stern did that and were swiftly let go. Let's lay out the list of iterations for Gawker I've been told to think about creating, just to give a glimpse at what soon may come.
Overall, this is an extremely talented staff and one that should flourish, regardless of who's in charge. Of course there will be changes. Ones you won't like, ones that I won't like, but somewhere along the way, I hope to get something right. One of those should be to make sure there are writers working over long holiday weekends, so I don't receive emails like the ones I received on January 2 ever again:
SUBJECT: is no one on Gawker the third day in a row?
FROM: Scott Kidder
There is no such thing as non-publication days, especially on our flagship site! See io9 for an example of a site that manages to understand what this means!
SUBJECT: But what if something actually happened?
FROM: Nick Denton
SUBJECT: Fw: Gawker
FROM: Gaby Darbyshire
Sent from my iPhone
Begin forwarded message:
From: "Angelo, Jesse"
Date: January 2, 2012 1:32:48 PM EST
To: Gaby Darbyshire
No new post for almost three days? Is that usual over a holiday period?
What nobody liked the fireworks video? Noted.
Also, I can be reached at email@example.com. Please remember the "d" since there is a Gawker account executive named A.J. Frucci who's received several emails meant for me.
Now for the next hour I'll take commenter questions down below until I have to run over to Tekserve.