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New Deputy In Town

July 8th, 2008 by Jeff Simmermon

“Who the hell is D.Billy?,” a number of you have asked over the past month or two. Well, I’ll tell you: D.Billy is the new deputy in this here town. And by “new deputy in town,” I mean that he’s got the keys to the blog and can pretty much do what he wants.

He wouldn’t be here with passwords and access if he wasn’t an awesome new friend, for starters. But beyond that, D.Billy (short for David William) brings energy, excitement and passion to this blog that I’ve really been missing.

I’ve been writing this thing for 4 years, and I’ve gotten pretty burned out.

Or, rather, I thought I had.

I started this thing because I wanted to write stories and essays, which I still do, very much. But it takes a lot of creative energy to do that, and doing it five days a week year in and year out will grind you to whiny little pulp that bitches about traffic and generally mopes and carps. After four years of brain-dumping, I’m ready to strip-mine the pile, seperate the stories from the ore, polish them, get them off the screen and into someone’s hands.

So much of what passes for quality writing online these days is little more than lurid typing, and I’m not into that. I had hoped the blogosphere would be a great literary groundswell, an electronic distillation of art and beauty for the 21st century. Turns out that generation blog just Google-maps the contours of our own navels, and the greatest oversharers get the biggest prize.

Fuck that.

There’s still beautiful, amazing stuff to be seen and shared, and David’s got the energy and enthusiasm to really bring it into the light. He sees a crystal clear swimming hole where I see a big brown shit-river, and vice-versa. Since coming on board, he’s discovered that fight club in Union Square, taken tons of photos at the mermaid parade, found Captain America down in the dumps, and pretty much doubled our daily visitors. This leaves me the energy to focus on my own writing — giving me both the freedom and the responsibility to make my efforts on here really shine.

He’s a really great artist out in the real world, too. Some of you may have seen his artwork up and down the East Coast, either in galleries in DC/Baltimore or on the streets of New York City. You can see some of his stuff on this post, and more on his website.

A good blog is several things:

1) original content — stories, essays, observations, art, etc.
2) an appreciation/amalgamation of other people’s content/ high Web weirdness
3) a celebration of life OFF the screen and out in the fresh air

These three things form up into a tiny, powerful robot that can educate, motivate, or just make the time pass while you’re dicking around at work.

David William has the eyes, humor and heart to totally pull this off with me in a way I could never do alone, and I’d really appreciate it if y’all would show him a big welcome. I’m thrilled to have him here, and I hope you guys come to feel the same way.

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