It’s been roughly a year and a half since I first dropped into FishbowlNY. Today is my last day as a managing editor of mediabistro.com and, too, this media blog. Two talented bloggers, Ron “The Corsair” Mwangaguhunga and Neal Ungerleider of Gawker Media’s Gridskipper fame, are taking over here at Fishbowl; Chris Ariens, a.k.a the new TVNewser, is assuming managing editor duties. Here’s my note to the staff, which applies to, well, everyone:
From: Dylan Stableford
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2007 11:43 AM
Subject: mediabistro.com ruined my sex life
* Actually, not at all. Just wanted to get y’all to read this. *
A month or so ago (i.e. before the phrase “twenty-three-million” became synonymous with mediabistro) I was approached by my former company, Red 7 Media, with a great offer. I’ve decided to take it. I gave notice to Laurel a couple weeks ago, but was under strict orders not to say anything until after the sale/TVNewser party hangovers were sufficiently medicated.
I want you all to know that it was truly a tough decision because I love working with everyone here, and I think it’s an exciting time for mb. But there’s a lot of stuff I have been putting off — a music site that’s gonna put Billboard to shame, a book proposal about (my nemesis) John Cusack, a non-profit skateboard project, etc. — and normal guy stuff (dog, mojitos, uneven tan) which I really don’t want to put off any longer. Moreover, I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished in the year-and-change I’ve been here (more than doubled traffic across all of our blogs, broken some big media stories, infuriated a CEO in his townhouse) and for the most part accomplished what I had really set out to do: carve out a place for mediabistro in the national media conversation. I can only imagine the upward spiral’s gonna continue.
I want to thank Laurel, Kyle, Omer — and Taffy, who let me teach humor writing classes on little more than a hunch; Carmen thereafter — for giving me the opportunity.
My last day in the office is Friday, but I am going to continue to work closely with Chris, Rebecca, Noah and the bloggers in the short-term, and will contribute to the site and blogs as (hopefully) a regular contributor.
You can always reach me at the following coordinates. Use them often.
p.s. I would rather not accept parting gifts, but if you must, high-end tequila never hurt anybody.
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