[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]
It’s my honor to address you from this lofty new position. If you’ve read Mike’s recent post, you know that Critically Touched has undergone a dramatic change – not just in look, but in leadership.
First things first. I must extend my heartiest thanks to Mike for the twelve years of work he’s put into building this website. He gave me my first online writing opportunity back when I was just an unassuming teenager, and has allowed me to grow and flourish as a writer, critic, and pop-culture enthusiast in these last five years. I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors, and hope he continues to maintain his presence here whenever possible.
Now, you’re all probably wondering what else has changed. Well, fundamentally, things at Critically Touched will run as they have before. TV and film reviews, as well as Blog posts, will continue to appear on a regular basis. All our other writers (Jay, Noah, and the inimitable Guttersnipe) have made the jump to this new site. In the coming weeks, I will return to posting West Wing reviews, and will from time to time throw in a few film reviews/Blog thinkpieces for good measure.
This process may be touch-and-go for the first few weeks, as we try to get acclimated to the new site structure. (As well as the new forum, which will be up and running within a week or two.) And I know that, even though the content will remain relatively unchanged, the structural alterations to the site can seem a little jarring. So I’ve made myself available on social media to field questions and help smooth the transition. Yes, you heard right – I’ve finally joined Twitter.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Twitter? Jeremy, haven’t you noticed how crazy social media has gotten in recent months? I mean, you wrote a 4,500-word article about the problems with online debate. Why would you open yourself up to that world?” Well, first of all, I’m quite glad you remembered that article. Second, while it’s true that there are some pretty nutty aspects to the Twitterverse (and, by and large, the Internet in general), I aim to do my best to focus on the positive side. (Plus, it will be quite a challenge to try and whittle my oft-rambling thoughts on pop-culture down to under twelve dozen characters.)
As time goes on, I hope that this site will continue to thrive, with fresh creative voices and perspectives. The new site structure, in many ways, allows for even more formatting flexibility than the previous one, and once we’re settled in, it is my hope to take full advantage of that.
So there you have it. I hope this change marks the dawn of a new era for Critically Touched, one in which we can continue to thrive with deep and meaningful discussions – on television, on film, on the world at large. And I hope you’ll join the fun.