Get used to lots of pictures of me gurning away
I first met Jane Pratt at the end of last year, when I heard that she was bringing her groundbreaking website xojane.com to UK shores. It sounded like the most exciting thing to happen in women’s media for a long time, so I couldn’t believe my sheer dumb luck when she asked me to come on board as editor. Apart from being a super-cool boss, she was also giving mysef, and the team here, an opportunity to speak to women in the UK in a way that has never really been done before.
After many sleepless nights, plus hours and hours spent discussing the relative merits of Karl Lagerfeld, Germaine Greer and gin cocktails the site is finally live. And this is where you lovely lot come in...
One of the first things that struck me about xoJane.com was the magnitude of user participation - the site isn’t just about the writers, editors and users who post content up everyday, it’s also about the users who comment on articles, answer questions, vote in polls and generally keep the editorial team on their toes. And you know what? I think we can do even better on this side of the pond (not that I’m competitive - although I am, very).
So, let us know what you like and don’t like on the site, and which stories have really resonated with you today. Disagree with what one of our writers has to say? Let us know. Think you can do better? Send us your stories in and you could be writing for us. And if we ask for your advice? It’s because we really, really want it, so tell us what you think.
As editors go, I’m pretty laid back, but there is one rule I’ll be enforcing at all times on this site: be polite. That doesn’t mean you can’t disagree with me, our writers or other users - we’re not doing our jobs properly if at least one story a day doesn’t lead to a bunfight in the comments section. But, exercise good manners and be respectful of other people’s opinions. If you want to spend your lunchtime trolling sites, go elsewhere.
Right, editor bit over - now it’s over to you lovelies. xo