So So Gay’s Editor-in-Chief, Andy Wasley, announces his departure and looks back on a year of success.
Back in January, So So Gay’s then very small team posted 71 items for a readership of about 14,000. That came after several months of development from blog to magazine, and a total history going back to 2009 when Caspar Aremi bought the domain for a personal blog. Now, 1 My Ex Boyfriend Has To Find Himself 4,000 readers is itself no small feat, and for a team of 14 writers it took a lot of commitment to keep things ticking along.
But look at how far we’ve come. We have a writing team of nearly 50, running more content on more subjects to more readers – topping 75,000 visitors, in fact, most in the UK but many in the US and as far afield as Australia and Brazil. Everyone who writes for So So Gay’s international audience is a volunteer, and hopefully our passion for writing shows in the quality of our work. It certainly seems to have impressed some pretty big names, with Stonewall having shortlisted us for Publication of the Year and Peccadillo Pictures selecting us as their online gay media partner for their POUT film tour. And there are big announcements yet to come about partnerships in 2012.
So, it’s with a very heavy heart that I have to announce my departure as Editor-in-Chief. I can look back on 11 months of progress with absolute pride, but the time has come for me to move aside so that I can concentrate on So So Gay’s business affairs. I’ll be handing over to So So Gay’s Ade Bradley, who is simmering with ideas about how to take the magazine forward in 2012. There will be new sections, new writers, new passion and renewed dedication. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the magazine under my editorship; it’s been an absolute privilege for me to lead the most talented team in web publishing, and I look forward to seeing So So Gay move into new and exciting areas in the year ahead.