Out With the Old, In With the New

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After over four years of running the good ship Jezebel, I'm finally hanging up my commodore's hat (those things are hideous anyhow) — today's my last day as Editor-in-Chief. Emma Carmichael will be taking the wheel; I hear she's a pretty bad feminist, so I imagine things around here will continue apace.

I suspect many Gawker Media writers and editors at some point think about what sort of big insight or badass, bridge-burning statement they want to make for their final farewell post. Even if you have no intention of leaving anytime soon, there's still a looming sense of your own blogging mortality, the awareness that a day will come when it's your one last chance for a killer mic drop.

But I don't have an epic farewell post (I've already gone down that road) because I'm not exactly leaving so much as taking a step back. I'll be staying with Jezebel as Editor-at-Large — I'll be less involved in the daily grind of feeding the bloggy beast, and instead I'll be writing more and working on some other stuff 'round here. This is Emma's party now, and I'm happy to be along for the ride.

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The chance to lead this site has been amazing, plain and simple. I can't even begin to list my favorite posts; there are just too many. Working with so many smart and talented individuals, laughing every single day, and watching readership quadruple in the process — I feel very lucky to be a part of this crazy coven, and I'm excited to see where the site goes next.

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markshrayber
Mark Shrayber

Jessica, thank you so much for everything. I can't tell you how grateful I am that you took a chance on me and allowed me work for this awesome site. I am also so grateful for your guidance, your challenging me to take on harder and longer (pun proudly intended) stories and for always saying "Hell yeah!" when I pitch something insane. I didn't know I had a beat before I came to Jezebel, but I sure have one now. (Also: Thank you for letting me interview Tori Amos even though we both knew that it was like 5 percent for me.) I owe you so much!

My guinea pigs did a completely impromptu and not at all coerced photoshoot of themselves reading The Book of Jezebel to say goodbye. (I will send you the other 40 pictures by email.)