This seems like the best place to whisper how pleased I am with the current TSJ lineup, in particular the women who are raving and panning and stanning with complete abandon. Whole comment sections are stocked with them breaking shit down regarding race and gender and genre and general industry practices. It’s raised my game by necessity, and it’s helped me to learn when to shut up. I dunno how many house painters or jells or Sturgill Simpsons we have contributing (the census forms are in the post), but I’ll stack our crew against any others doing anything close to this weird little beat.
I’ve said this so much, and I can’t stop: I’m picked up every time I think of the Singles Jukebox, from the new folks to the long-termers. We do jokes, we do trends, we go long-view, we geek out. I’m going to contribute alongside them as long as I possibly can, if only to keep Megapop stocked.
TSJ really does just keep getting better! Y’all hear me talk about them all the time, but I can’t help it: the women of the website are amazing, inspirational, and make me want to be better everyday. I started a podcast with one of them! There are new writers and a lot of them happen to be women who are cool, funny, talented, and already writing shit that makes me swoon. There are even MORE writers joining soon, and I can’t wait.
We shouldn’t exist in a world where men get commendations for getting out of the way, but two shout outs for two outstanding dudes who have been enormously kind. Our fearless leader Ed gives me as much leash as I want to play with and has never said no to me even when my requests cut into his personal time and/or are on the verge of ridiculous. Iain is a gem of a human being, the cool and kind dad of the Jukebox who recruited me a year and a half ago, works very hard to make the site better, and genuinely bolsters the women in his life and all around, the type of dude who gets it.
We’re far from perfect as far as diversity is concerned, but we’re aware and we’re trying really hard. Application season is over, but please always feel free to reach out if you or someone you know is not a white bro who wants to write. I want to listen.
Awww, this was nice to read. I am really keen on doing what I can for the Jukebox because I love it so much. Almost all of what I do is in aid of giving other more talented people the opportunity to shine and I am so happy when they do.