Jill Pantozzi Says Farewell to io9

Jill Pantozzi Says Farewell to io9

Eleanor, at peace with her bottle of margarita mix.

Candy freedom.
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A few of you could keep in mind the quote “mind and romance over brute drive and cynicism” from Craig Ferguson’s excellent tribute to Physician Who on the previous (and much superior) The Late Late Present. However considering again—on what’s to be my final day working io9—I feel it sums up how I’ve felt about working right here for the final 4 years.

I misplaced rely of what number of instances I informed the workers I wanted to speak to them as a bunch—about one thing completely innocuous—and several other of them would blurt out “oh god, please don’t inform us you’re leaving.” I’m gonna let their therapists unpack that however when it lastly got here time to make an exit announcement a actuality… effectively, let me simply say it was one of many hardest issues I’ve ever needed to do in my lifetime. I’m certain as we speak goes to come back shut.

I’d wished to work at io9 for ages. Despite the fact that this weblog and my private “The Nerdy Chicken” weblog had been launched at virtually precisely the identical time, I yearned to be a part of an excellent cool crew. Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders are a few of the coolest round. Whereas I by no means labored aspect by aspect with them, I did get to satisfy them and several other io9 alums I already knew “from on-line” on the web site’s fifth anniversary occasion. Nonetheless, at the same time as I used to be working the Mary Sue, I hoped in the future to hitch them “on the workplace.” There have been a number of Sliding Doorways moments within the ensuing years the place I mentioned with the parents there about becoming a member of up. I typically think about what life could be like had I began working at io9 earlier however the world works in mysterious methods and I wish to suppose I got here on at simply the suitable time.

I’d beforehand freelanced for Rob Bricken at Topless Robotic (I additionally contributed to its sister web site: RIP, Heartless Doll) and we regularly had conversations about him wanting to search out the suitable place for me at io9. It lastly occurred towards the tip of 2017, as Katharine Trendacosta was leaving for an additional alternative. I used to be over the moon. After all, by that point, io9 had been merged into Gizmodo “thanks” to some issues we received’t speak about and I used to be greeting a relatively giant crew after I confirmed as much as the places of work for the primary time. It was daunting attempting to recollect everybody’s names however in time I received to know the personalities of everybody who made up io9. Quick ahead a bit and, “thanks” to another stuff we received’t speak about, Rob left and I used to be promoted to Deputy Editor. I used to be slightly scared (they by no means crammed my previous place so I’ve been doing two jobs), very excited, and greater than slightly pumped for the instances forward. Rob, you fucking nerd. Thanks for being in my life all these years and for every thing you’ve finished for me.

You would possibly already know this for those who’ve stayed with me this far however… these individuals are superb, this web site is superb, and nothing will ever evaluate to my time right here. When you’ve saved up on firm information, you possibly can think about why I (and too many others) began considering leaving this behind some time in the past. I really don’t need to go, I’ve to go—for me. That stated, making the ultimate choice was agonizing due to my folks. I’ve been known as “Weblog Mother” for a great cause, I’d do something for them; they’re not simply gifted journalists, they’re a few of the finest folks I’ve ever had the pleasure to name mates. I’m going to say some sappy and possibly foolish stuff about them now, so flip away for those who can’t deal with that.

Autumn, our social grasp, it’s been a pleasure attending to know you. You’ve persevered via some tough instances in your neck of the woods right here and by no means as soon as gave up your enthusiasm for spreading io9’s nice works. I can’t thanks sufficient for that. You’re joyful, enthusiastic, and helped make us shine. Plus, you got here into Slack with zingers after we had been all least anticipating it and destroyed us. That’s expertise. In case you forgot, inform your mother “thanks for the socks.”

Beth, Beebo, no matter your identify is. It wasn’t the identical with out you. Individuals didn’t are inclined to stop io9 as a result of we like it a lot and I’m sorry your hand was compelled. Your work ethic and inventive thoughts is aware of no bounds. The movies you made for us and those we labored on collectively had been so good (and underappreciated). You questioned me loads however I feel that helped me evolve in my managerial function. Plus, your ridiculous vacation film multiverse pitches couldn’t have been written by anybody else. I blathered on about you sufficient in your roast so enable me to maneuver on.

Charles. Charles! You’re unbelievably gifted and I can’t wait to see the place you go in your profession over the following few years. However I wish to thanks for hanging in there with the remainder of us and placing up with extra bullshit than anybody ought to need to with a grace they didn’t deserve. After I first began, I wasn’t certain we’d get alongside however as we received to know one another and started making little connections, I used to be so glad. I’d made a extremely cool good friend with somebody who was gifted to the purpose of ridiculousness. Frankly, you must have ditched us. I’m glad you didn’t. I’m glad I had the possibility to edit you. I’m glad for the various side-Slacks. I’m glad for the thrill we shared. For the center to hearts and the laughs and the witches. Let’s get you on that Cindi interview asap.

Cheryl, what can I say besides… your canine is the best factor I’ve ever set eyes on. Okay, there’s extra. You made my life slightly simpler every day as my right-hand lady and for that, I’m without end grateful. I cherished attending to bond with you over our tastes in TV and music. I cherished discovering out about what you probably did in the dead of night instances earlier than io9. I cherished your numerous nicknames for Leroy, you don’t know this however I cataloged all of them (additionally, yours is the ONLY Instagram story I watch). Each time I assumed you for certain needed to have run out of concepts for horror lists you got here up with 5 extra distinctive ones. How? HOW? Lol. I’m gonna miss you method an excessive amount of. I do know you’re not going wherever however nonetheless! I assume the very last thing I’ll say is: at the least we’ll all the time have the great seasons of the X-Information.

Germain, my foremost film man! I do know we form of knew one another earlier than I began right here however attending to know you (and your cats) higher has been a pleasure. I’ll without end be in awe (aka jealous) of your artwork assortment and the power to get a lot of it up in your partitions. You’re so rattling good at your job. Your interviews are all the time distinctive, you actually know the best way to get the products. It was all the time a pleasure to edit your opinions… your many, many, many opinions. You’re a continuous machine, I really don’t know the way you do it. Stick with it, give the cats a hug, and don’t overlook to comb the leg (or the oxford comma).

James, sod off, you bloody git! Did I exploit these accurately? I can’t consider I’ve edited you for 4 complete years and I nonetheless can’t break you from placing the punctuation on the skin. It’s spectacular. You’ve been right here longer than me and actually helped me settle in at io9. You had been the quickest to make mates with as a result of we now have a lot in frequent however I’ll by no means perceive your love of [insert like 1,000 things here]. I can’t consider I allow you to get away with as a lot as you probably did, from horrible jokes and shitposts to inappropriate jokes and sentences the dimensions of paragraphs. It’s actually, actually exhausting to depart your each day presence since you’ve been an amazing companion and good friend. Having the ability to work with one another via a few of the most aggravating, the happiest, and the silliest instances has been an honor. Proceed to boldly go. Now piss off and go eat a disgusting chip butty.

I’d be remiss right here if I didn’t point out only a few extra folks (I informed you, everybody right here is one of the best). Evan, I’m so bummed I didn’t get to work with you longer however holy shit am I excited for what you’ve finished since. Proceed kicking ass. To my weekend warriors through the years, Julie, Courtney, Valerie, and Justin, my endless thanks. I’ve finished weekends and so they’re not straightforward however I by no means as soon as needed to fear about work on the weekends due to you all. That was a present. To our many video producers, thanks for making us look and sound good. It’s not the identical with out you.

To the Gizmodo Prime and the Earther crew… uhh, sorry, there are simply too lots of you. You’re like ants! All the time exhibiting as much as smash a picnic, however on this case, the picnic is horrendous corporations or politicians attempting to get away with shit so it’s a great factor you’re right here. You’re one of the best reporters within the enterprise. Stick with it. To Alex Cranz: fuck you, eat shit, and so forth. To Marina: for the love of god, write about Mission Unattainable and deal with your self.

Enable me to circle again to “mind and romance over brute drive and cynicism.” My of us, it’s one of the simplest ways to reside. Attempt to keep in mind that when instances are robust right here. Anyway, I’m not useless… I simply received’t be round as a lot! For now, it’s time to go. Hope everybody stays badass.

Farewell, to weblog mother.
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