So, Anna returns to triumphantly retake the Jezebel helm on Monday, which makes it time for me to say a fond farewell to you guys here on Jezebel and to slink on back to Wonkette. I have to say that this has been a really strange and interesting couple of weeks for me as it was hard to walk that line between revealing myself and not revealing my identity and I really appreciate everyone's supportive and often hilarious comments as I found my footing. But, because I like neat little endings, I thought I'd answer an "Ask a Lobbyist" question, after the jump.
Why do you write "Ask a Lobbyist"? Is your goal to transition out of lobbying and into writing under your own name (which I suppose means you'll someday have to reveal your identity)? Or is this simply a way to vent and avoid doing your normal work?
When I started writing the column, I was working in a soul-suckingly horrible job and I literally e-mailed Alex Pareene after the demise of the Anonymous Hill Staffer and offered to write it out of a need to do something with my intellectual capacity other than thinking up various ways to kill my boss and not get caught. He thought my email was funny, and a column was born. For months, I pretty much just wrote it drunk, and then I got a new job with a boss I didn't hate most of the time and kept going because I enjoyed it and, well, I'm a cheap bitch and Alex squeezed some money out of Nick Denton for me. It was never really a goal to transition out of lobbying because (as I've often written) I had no idea what else I could do or what I might even like doing and lobbying was the path of least resistance.
And, then I got let go from my job last month and I basically sat at home all day wondering what the fuck to do with my life and whether I really wanted another lobbying job... and I kinda didn't. And at the same time I was contemplating my navel, Wonkette started its own transition. I'm guessing people are guessing where this is heading, but I shall plunge bravely ahead and state the obvious.
So, as of Monday, I'll be your new full-time associate editor at Wonkette. I'll have a real name, quite possibly a picture to share, and I'll be a real girl, Geppetto! I'll be drinking through the weekend to prepare for the hazing.