Posts Tagged: Housekeeping

Change Comes From Within Website

We are flipping the polarity here today, give or take. From now on, we—your faithful Awl servants Alex Balk and Choire Sicha—will be answering to the new editors of The Awl, Matt Buchanan and John Herrman. They will now officially be in charge, and will begin finding their way. They will make the decisions. We will take our demotion to feature writers and guest editors in stride.

Do you want to have a word with them? You can reach us all at notes @

Later today, give or take a day, you know how we are, the masthead will change. Alex's new title will likely [...]


Job Open

When we started this site in early 2009, it was with the hope that some things could be different. It is hard to remember back to those dark days, when anything more than 400 words was considered “longform." But the Internet of that era was a very different place, one where cheap traffic and quick hits threatened to crowd out anything else that required even momentary reflection. (Little did we all know what other horrors would later evolve, but never mind that.)

With considerably more conviction than evidence, we started a place that prized engagement over eyeballs, community over crowd, contemplation over manufactured outrage. And then we went to [...]


And Now It's Pretty Too

Okay, we had our launch fun. Now The Wirecutter, our always-updated guide to the best tech available, is also pretty to look at.


The Awl Turns Two

Oh, so, yeah, hey, The Awl turns two today. We've got big plans for the next year and beyond, but right at this moment we'd like to take the time to acknowledge everyone out there who has contributed, offered words of encouragement, or mentioned the site to a friend. (We would also like to take the time to take a nap, because we have felt every minute of these two years, but that's probably not part of the deal.) We could not have done it without you, and we appreciate that. Thanks.


Two Click Minimum: Splitsider Is Here

And here we go… Ladies and gentlemen, Splitsider is live. Adam Frucci's new site-the first addition to what Publisher David Cho refers to as "The Awl Network"-is about comedy, comedians and all things funny in the age of the Internet, and it will appeal to anyone who has ever laughed at anything ever. It's a fine product and we'd be most pleased if you made a few visits, added it to your RSS, told your friends… you know, the whole bit. Thanks! See you there!


Keep Those Comments Coming

At some point within the next day or two one of you will take issue with/register your praise of/make a completely unrelated point to a post on this website and hit "submit comment." Assuming it is not spam and is immediately approved, it will be the Awl's 100,000th such response. That's right, kids, we are rapidly approaching our 100,000th comment, and we could not be more excited.


Staff Memo: Some Plans For Year Two

To: All Awl Staff From: Alex Balk Re: Year One And Beyond

One year ago today exactly we were all giddy with anticipation for the launch of The Awl. (I was also giddy with liquor, which continues to be the case even up unto this moment.) I can recall the mixture of pride, anxiety, and perhaps a bit of arrogance as we gathered together around that Herman Miller conference table in Meeting Room B of the Awl offices and prepared ourselves for the endeavor we had pledged to undertake.


Meet The Awl

For the past five years, we've operated this website in a public beta. We've been working out some of the implementation. Next month, around the time of our fifth anniversary, The Awl will finally launch. (April 20th is our anniversary, if you're thinking of gifts. Hold on to your 4/20 jokes, though, we are full up.) We have gathered some data and done some user testing and think we're ready for this big step.


Who will run The Awl?

The Awl will be run by John Herrman, currently of BuzzFeeᴅ, and Matt Buchanan, currently of the New Yorker. We'll introduce them in more detail [...]


Please Welcome Emma Carmichael, Editor of The Hairpin

Emma Carmichael—recession-era graduate, hip hop enthusiast, most recently managing editor of Deadspin, and previously managing editor of Gawker—will become the editor of The Hairpin beginning next Wednesday. She plans to turn the site into a field hockey fan forum. Lots of gifs of amazing goals. Kidding! No, it's mostly just NASCAR coverage from here on out. And what of trusty Hairpin founder Edith Zimmerman? She will take a little break and then return to continue making The Hairpin the Special People's Club that it is. Questions? Ask them in the comments over there. Just not here. We're trying to keep this a safe space. (Yes, [...]


Please Welcome….

The Awl is pleased to announce the hiring of John Shankman as publisher of The Awl, The Hairpin and Splitsider.

Shankman will begin next week. He is departing his position as account director at the Huffington Post. Prior, from 2007 to early 2010, he was a regional sales manager at Federated Media.

He can be reached at


In Case You Are Not A Fan Of Sleeping.

Starting at 2am EST, commenting (and posting) will be disabled for a few hours, possibly through the morning, while we do some server work on this site (and its two sister sites). Sorry for the inconvenience!


Summer of Death: The Next Chapter

To: Staff From: Alex Balk Re: Seasonal Demises

The passings this weekend of former child star Gary Coleman and actor/director/Ameriprise pitchman Dennis Hopper have resulted in pressure from both internal and external sources for this organization to reassert its hold on the phrase "Summer of Death," an appellation first bestowed by the site early last July. There are obvious arguments for why we should insist upon our claim over the expression, not least of which being the fact that those sonsofbitches in the rest of the media will happily steal it from us without giving it a second thought. Also, two famous people died.


Looks Like Our Server's Mostly Back!

Oh yay, our server is (mostly, sorta) back (on the mend at least), so now you can all go back to fighting about Arizona/racism and Rivers Cuomo/ladyism.


Housekeeping: Say Hi (Again) To Maura Johnston

A quick note about happy news: We have somehow conned the amazing Maura Johnston into spending the next few weeks here with us. You know Maura from Idolator when it was good, her recaps of "American Idol", and the terrific contributions she has made on this site previously. Maura will be tasked with writing all the lady stuff that Messrs. Sicha, Bry and I are too masculine to address. KIDDING! She's going to write whatever she wants. Anyway, we're thrilled to have her and we hope you will be as well. One small warning: She'll have access to our general e-mail line (to which you send [...]


The Awl Is Looking For A New Office

We have outgrown our current workspace, and our wonderful landlord has outgrown us at the same time as well! Everything comes together for a reason or whatever. So we are on the hunt for an office. If you see something, won't you say something? Hit us at

WHAT Let's say more than 700 (real) square feet, fewer probably than 1500 square feet. (I mean sure we'll do bigger, but it starts to get beyond what we want to spend generally.) We're open to "unconventional" or "non-traditional" or even "ugly" spaces. We're not really interested in shared open spaces: we need to be able to talk to each other [...]



We're going to have a little peace and quiet here while accurate information trickles slowly in from news organizations about the situation in Boston. The world doesn't need a lot more blather right now.


Branded Content: Do You Have Thoughts?

Let's have this conversation here!


Tiny Tiny Changes Happen to Website

Some wee changes have occurred here overnight! Upgrades and things. We may be a little bit dodgy this morning. Send us your bug reports if you like (include browser and operating system and pictures if you can)!


The Awl In Your Internet Mailbox!

Remember last year (seriously, the last one was in June of 2009) when we were sending out an e-mail newsletter that delivered all sorts of tidbits from Choire and Alex's brains into your inboxes (and hearts)? Well, a few months later than we promised we would, we're doing the newsletter things once again! Just go here and sign up for our mailing list to read their musings on all sorts of fun topics! We've already done two this week! One about 'zines and the other about wives!


User Experiences: Pageviews And You

Let us geek out a bit and discuss the absolutely fascinating and sexy topic of pagination. There's an excellent colloquium on the subject going on over at MetaFilter which you should definitely read, but I also have some thoughts and am curious about yours. Mine are somewhat mixed.