As we launch into this new year, this new decade, many of us are using it as a time of reflection. When I look back on my time with The Mantle, I’m amazed at the journey we’ve taken together. Ten years ago, our publisher Shaun took a chance on a grad student he found on Twitter. As a result, I published my first piece with The Mantle. That first blog post evolved into me becoming a hosted blogger, then international affairs editor, and finally I took on the role of managing editor. Through the years I have had the opportunity to meet and work with talented writers and editors from around the world. It has been one of the greatest blessings, and I have learned so much.
My love of working with all of you is what has made writing this letter so difficult. As of today, I will be stepping down from The Mantle. It has been an amazing 10 year run, and I can’t thank the editorial staff and the writers enough for the opportunity this has been for me. But every journey has an end, and it has become clear to me that it is time to start working on new and different projects. I look forward to sharing some of them with you in the future.
I want to sincerely thank all of you–The Mantle editing staff, all of our wonderful writers, and our readers and supporters–for everything you have contributed to The Mantle over the years. I hope you continue to do great things with this project, and I look forward to watching from the sidelines.
So keep writing. Keep reading. And stay on your passion!