Ladies! Gentlemen! You may have noticed, I think, some changes on this our Tiger Beatdown. For one, you may have noticed that an increasing number of posts Not By Me have been appearing on the site! For two, you may have noticed that some new names, and a brand-spanking new e-mail address, are now listed in our sidebar.
But why? What could have caused such a thing? Who can you blame? Change is scary! Such are the things I imagine you all to be saying. And by “you all,” I mean “my grandmother,” and by “imagine you to be saying,” I mean “hope she never reads this site.” That may or may not line up grammatically, and, if I may reveal to you some top-secret information, the fact is that I do not care. I’m busy. Because Tiger Beatdown is bringing on new writers!
Here, in case you are on Google Reader and therefore cannot see the sidebar because you are A MONSTER and make EVERYTHING HARDER, are the contributors we currently have!
- C.L. Minou, our Senior Contributor, whose accomplishments include contributing to Feministe, Below the Belt, and the Guardian’s Comment is Free, running The Second Awakening, and taking charge of the template re-vamp we oh, so sorely needed.
- Garland Grey, whose accomplishments include being the only contributor ever to come on staff as the result of a single guest post (we make everyone else do at least two! But this one just worked), being a total nerd in the best sense, and running Garlandgrey.com.
- B. Michael Payne, whose accomplishments are many and varied, and are often linked to or mentioned at his Tumblr.
- AND THE REST! Meaning me, Sady Doyle, editor-in-chief and founder. My many accomplishments (by which I mean, of course, “blog posts, on the Internet”) are typically mentioned, with links, at my Twitter.
Now, since there are several of us, it no longer makes sense for all of the correspondence for the site to be directed to me, Sady; nor does it make sense for that correspondence to wind up in the same e-mail account where I plan drinks with friends and check out the cute pictures my mother just sent me of her cats. Therefore, PR people, readers with tips, and other assorted hooligans are invited to send your correspondence to our new address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, but there’s more! We need MORE contributors! MORE writers! And I have the sneaking suspicion that at least some of them could be YOU! Yes, that’s right. Do your hobbies include:
- Writing frequent blog posts that are funny and incisive?
- Having an appealing and unique voice that meshes with the other voices around here, while not being identical to any one of them?
- Doing theory that is well past the 101 level?
- Meeting deadlines?
- Reading and responding to group e-mails about stuff we need to get done on this here website?
Well, in that case, please do submit an idea for a Tiger Beatdown Guest Post! (To, again, email@example.com.) If we accept your idea, you’ll be encouraged to write a guest post of between 800 to 1,000 words. And if that goes well, I will edit it and post it to the site! You may then be asked to do further guest posts, and audition a little bit more, and ultimately find your name on that proud Roster of Contributors mentioned above. I would really look forward to that, to be honest with you!
As to further information about what we’re looking for: Careful readers will note that the Tiger Beatdown Roster is 50% dudes and 50% ladies, at the moment. We are really looking to bring on additional ladies, before we bring on any more dudes. Not that more dudes wouldn’t be welcome, in the future! I just want to keep Tiger Beatdown leaning the lady way. We are also tragically short on guest posts and contributors who happen to be women of color. Which is, as many have pointed out, a recurring and serious problem for lady blogs. I would say it is probably more of a serious problem for Tiger Beatdown than for others, because as far as I am aware all of the women who have ever contributed or guest-posted have been white! That is one fucking obnoxious track record we have! So, ladies of color are particularly encouraged to pitch us.
Other than that: Uh, funny people? We tend to prefer those? People with areas of expertise we don’t share, but which could somehow be shoehorned into the concept of “pop culture?” Nice people? People with whom Sady Doyle has never had screaming Internet fights???? (And, suddenly, the list of potential contributors became 98.7% smaller.) I don’t know, lady. Just go ahead and pitch us! It’s easy! You never know what will happen next!