I've avoided this whole OMGSSSSS NEW BSD WRITERS (MINUS THE 2 GUYS WHO DIDN"T LEAVE) argument for a while. I think for the most part it doesn't fit who I am (The blogospheres nicest person ranking of #1) so I just kind of watch it all happen and let it go on it's way.
But at this point I feel like we've got to step back as a community and realize a few things.
1. This isn't real life
Does that mean I want to put up crappy articles everyday? Nope. I value my content and my writing. It's something I'm passionate about, and something every person on the site who writes is passionate about. None of us would put hours of our day into something if it wasn't going to be our best effort (yes...I halfassed the links sometimes..sue me)
2. It's hard to be me
Readers don't realize what it's like to be a blogger. No, I don't mean eating hotpockets all day. I mean people commenting on the articles. I'd write posts at VBR that would get 10,000 hits and 3 comments. For these guys coming from LBU, the thought that you can get a thread with 300 comments is mind-blowing. For the most part bloggers talk to the wall. When people start saying things, you really see what your readership looks like. It takes time to get used to it.
3. Mike is gone.
I love Mike. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for him. I wouldn't be blogging still if he hadn't helped me. But he's gone, and that's ok. For the most part, BSD has been coasting. Not in a bad way, but it was getting too easy. Links, Fugi, Thread, bed. What we're trying to do is bring you more of that. But I can't write like Fugi or Mike. I can try, but it'll come out badly. All I can do is give you me. Sorry Rambler.
4. It'll be ok.
I get why people are worked up. New people. New articles. More content. More snark. It isn't hard to see why you might be upset that things have changed after 5 years of something we've all grown to love. Change isn't easy, and sometimes it doesn't go smoothly, and sometimes people overreact. But in the end it'll be ok.
So what now..
Anybody who writes on the internet will tell you that we're nothing without all of you. Do we get defensive? Yes. We say things we shouldn't. We write things that some people won't like, and maybe we should try harder to not do things that upset people. It isn't anyone's goal to make you all rage, but that's just how the cookie crumbles. If you got to jump up and down. Ok. Let the rage fly. But then let it go.
In the end, BSD is a special place, filled with special people. I know it isn't easy, but this place can be so much better if we'd just let it go, and work together to move forward.
I don't say any of this because I want to preach. You're all grown up. It isn't my job, and I wouldn't want it to be my job to tell you what to think or how to feel. I'm just asking that we just move forward together. And I only ask because I care enough about you, and the future of this site.