By Shelton Bumgarner
Editor’s Note –I have written a post about this before, but if there is anything I like to write about it’s me, Gawker and Gawker and me. And the last post I wrote about this got a modicum of attention, so I feel like rehashing this, only a little bit more serious and less silly. But it’s still silly.
So why should Nick Denton hire little old me? Well, I have passion for his brand. I continue — long, long, long, long after it is apparent that it doesn’t deserve my emotional investment — to have just that: an emotional investment in the brand. I really like the name “Gawker” and I fancy myself a good enough writer that I could run with the big dogs of Gawker Media.
I have a descent amount of experience with publications and how to grow them. I grew a piddily little photocopied zine into an actual magazine over the course of a few months. But, like I said, I’m being silly. Even when I was running ROKon Magazine in Seoul I was a little too old to work for Gawker (as I understand it.) I’m way too old to work for them now as a rookie. Way, way, way, too old.
But I still have passion. A whole lot of passion. I love the Gawker brand for personal reasons and given the opportunity I would do my best to grow the brand. I am well aware that even should this fanciful daydream happen, that I’m just setting myself up for a huge, epic fall, but I’d at least like to be given the opportunity. I’d like the opportunity to fail on my own terms.
Another issue where I live. I live in Richmond, VA. And I don’t have the means to move to NYC anytime soon. But, I must note, Gawker (at least at one point) had two Norse guys writing for them who were there for….what? If Nick Denton gave me a chance of some sort, I could at least be as good as those guys.
And, I must note in passing, that people continually underestimate me. All the time. They think I’m not worth anything and then I prove them wrong in an astonishing manner. It happened repeatedly while I was in Seoul and it would happen if Nick Denton gave me a shot. If you’re all that interested in what I’m talking about, read this –> Somehow.pdf and here –> SheltonBumgarnerRESUME5.
I am not doing much with my life right now, that’s for sure, and that might be difficult to explain to people in New York City….but I swear if Nick Denton gave me a shot, even a minor one, something interesting would happen.