Well ‘splitters, we’ve been at it for a full three months now. I made a bunch of ridiculous-ass claims when I first started about fixing motorcycle journalism and now you’ve gotten a taste of what life is like with me. How are we doing?
You Guys (and Gals)
As I sit down to write this, it’s 1:02 a.m. on Tuesday the 24th, and I’m sitting in my hotel in Spain preparing content for you to read tomorrow while I’m testing the Ducati Panigale 959.
Personally, it’s been/will be an intense week. My beloved grandfather passed suddenly (although I was able to make the six hour drive home in time to say goodbye - and thank you for your kind words on IG) in addition to the busiest news days of the year with EICMA, the LA Auto Show, the IMS show in Long Beach, and spending my entire weekend strapped into the tiniest seat imaginable on a plane so I can ride Ducati’s latest and greatest.
If that weren’t enough, mix in some other personal drama, Gawker undergoing some changes, and, to top it all off, being offered full time employment by Jalopnik.
Yes, you read that correctly. I haven’t been a full-time employee until now.
While many of you have noticed the increased moto coverage, you might not know that Jalopnik has never had a person devoted to motorcycle content. I was given the job more because I convinced/bullied/begged them into let me take a crack at it and, while they did agreed, they also said I had to first prove as a freelance writer that I was worth a full-time salary being dedicated to the segment—which meant growing readers and engagement (which is more than fair.) Thanks to you guys reading, and more importantly sharing, our stories, that gets to happen.
I normally wouldn’t be this transparent (it’s kind of you, but let’s not fill the comments with condolences or make this about me) but, on the heels of one of the most difficult weeks of my life, I feel compelled to tell you how thankful I am for you. Not really because you clicked on articles or because I get to keep eating (though that’s very good news and my mom is puuuumped), but because together we’ve started to build the best little corner of Jalopnik.
We have the best commenters by far, and it’s you guys who make this more fun than any of the normal perks people are jealous about. That, while I could not be more tired or spent right now, it was your guys’ responses, excitement, and comments in articles last tuesday (EICMA day) that keep me saying “what else can I write about,” or “how can I make this story better” rather than “can I be done yet?”
So, thank you for the comments and questions. Thank you for keeping our little corner of the Kinjaverse positive and feeling like a community instead of the comments section of a YouTube video.
Thank you for your grace when I disappear for a day. Thank you for the jokes, memes, and for making fun of me about butter coffee or
looking like being a shitty hipster or having chicken legs. Keep ‘em coming, because building this community or feeling like I actually improve your experience of this site or motorcycling is worth more than any piece of gear or fun trip - and it makes me want to work even harder to make this site even better.
You guys matter just as much to this site as I do, so thanks and keep up the good work. Those of you who read, comment, and share are doing your part to help us fix motorcycle journalism.
What I’m Doing
As I mentioned above, I made some pretty big claims about fixing motorcycle journalism. Part of that is because we’re Jalopnik and that’s what we do, and part of that is because I think things can and should be done differently and better than most places do them, and that’s what we’re trying to do.