Hi folks, while I had to miss today’s meeting for $dayjob reasons, I
had an overdue to-do on my list to discuss my future with Magazine.
I started working with Ryan Lerch on reviving the Magazine several
years ago, and I would argue we were very successful. Several awesome
folks like Adam and Clément soon joined us in this work, with great
results. We went a few 10K’s of views a year up to over 2 million just
a couple years ago. We established a good-looking visual theme, and an
open and transparent editorial process that also provided quality for
But most importantly, thanks to progress such as Adam moving us to an
easier discussion platform, Discourse, and a kanban-style method of
tracking work, we have a steady stream of new contributors. In fact,
there are more people contributing now than I remember ever seeing 3
or 4 years ago. This makes me tremendously hopeful for the future of
I think the Magazine has always had numerous leaders – not just one.
So I only see myself as “an editor,” someone who was a co-leader with
other Fedora folks. That being said, one of the goals for any
community leadership is to remove obstacles from people’s way so they
can do and own work. Having the tools support all the contributors
involved has been a major success on that path.
Over the last five years a lot of things have changed both at work and
in my personal life. Lately, I’ve struggled to find time to work on
Magazine. But more importantly, I feel lately there is solid, fresh
leadership around the Magazine, that needs to be unfettered to do what
they feel is right. They should feel confident in making decisions and
owning the direction of the Magazine – folks like Stephen, Greg, Ben,
and others who have stepped up to do excellent work.
So rather than unintentionally being an obstacle, it’s a good time for
me to step back and make room for others to lead the Magazine forward.
That being said, if there is anything I can do or clarify to make
that easier, I remain at your service!