Today is my last day at The Vine. I am moving on and looking forward to new adventures in life and business.
I will greatly miss working with Viners on fun projects like the DNC & RNC, CES, breaking news coverage, running for office, Lost in the Vines, Newsvine Guides, televised debate analysis, Entertainment Gateway, charity events, disaster relief, investigative journalism, political analyses, original reporting from the Iraq and Afghanistan, publishing of books, interviews with celebrities, The Arena of Death, Newsvine Podcasts, community photography, radio interviews, structured debates, coverage of music , and way too many more to list them all.
I want to express my gratitude to the entire Newsvine Community for all the amazing experiences over the past 5 years. I also want to thank the Newsvine Guides for their unending patience, integrity and support in doing some of the least fun but necessary things around the Vine. Last, I'd like to thank and re-congratulate all of our RAV recipients - whose accomplishments will never fade in my mind.
I will miss having the opportunities to support so many of the creative and intelligent endeavors that Newsviners have come up with over the years. Though not all of those instances of Sweet Fennel got the recognition and attention that they deserved, you should all know that I have always appreciated and understood the significance of and hard work that has gone into each and every one of those.
I hope that the period of my stewardship of the Vine will be looked back upon as a fruitful one.
As far as what's next for me, I will leave that as a mystery for a little while yet. But, I will be doing quite a bit of traveling. One of the things I really have been grateful for in this crazy Newsvine adventure, is that I have had the good fortune of meeting many amazing people who I would have otherwise probably never have known. I consider many of them to be good friends now. I would love to put more faces to familiar names in this way. So, if you're willing to tolerate a possible visit from this soon-to-be retired Newsvine co-founder, please include your city/country in a comment below so that I can look you up if I'm ever passing through your neck of the woods.
One more thing: I am really looking forward to finally being able to participate as a "regular member" of the Newsvine Community. Well, almost. I have been given a Newsvine Immunity Idol - and will be impervious to moderation. But, I promise not to use the idol unless absolutely necessary (e.g., if someone disagrees with me).
Update January 2011: I'm happy to announce my new endeavor. Please pay me a visit at my new online abode, Tangfish.com. :)