Moving On

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Today is my last day with TheForce.Net, Rebelscum.com, and The ForceCast.

I joined the team on May 2, 2009, having been recruited to help with social media. In the six years and six days since then, I've had some incredible opportunities, met some fantastic people, and gone to exciting places. I've interviewed talented Star Wars creators, reviewed Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, reported news, written book reviews, managed our book reviews team, and coordinated giveaways. I've covered three Celebrations, two Star Wars Weekends, and one New York Comic Con, along with many smaller events. I've also helped remotely with our coverage of events like San Diego Comic-Con and Toy Fair.

I helped rebuild the ForceCast podcast network in early 2013 and hosted or co-hosted multiple shows on the network, including the flagship program. It's great to see the network continue to expand and bring in new hosts.

I've had fun doing all of this, but all good things must come to an end. No matter how great things are at the beginning, time takes its toll. In the words of Sam Cooke, "a change is gonna come."

While I am leaving the team that led me to a world of fantastic people, I am not saying goodbye to those people: the Twitter and Facebook friends, the Star Wars actors, the Lucasfilm employees, and everyone else I first met through TFN or the ForceCast. Meeting awesome people has been the best part of this whole experience for me, and I'm glad that won't end just because this chapter of my life is closing.

I really do consider TFN and the ForceCast to be an important chapter in my early life. In ways big and small, professional and deeply personal, I can't imagine where—or who—I would be right now if I hadn't joined the team. As strange as this may sound, I honed many of the skills that led me to my current day job while trying to apply journalistic principles and practices to my Star Wars work. I am better at things like interviewing people, dealing with confidential sources, and taking notes during fast-paced events because I did so much of that for TFN and the ForceCast.

But now I'm here, and I have an important day job that demands my full attention.

Speaking of that day job, I'm happy to say that the Daily Dot wants me to do some Star Wars writing for them. Although my official job responsibilities are editing and politics/policy reporting, you will occasionally see my byline on Star Wars stories as well. On May 4th, a.k.a. Star Wars Day. we published my comprehensive overview of the state of the franchise. I'm really proud of that piece, as I am of everything I write for the Daily Dot. You should check out my stories sometime.

Oh, and don't worry, I'll still be reviewing Rebels, but now it'll be on this blog.

Out with the old, in with the new!
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3 comments:

  1. You know I'll be around for even more Ericocities, which is a word I made up that might confuse anyone who skims over it.

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  2. Hey Eric

    I just wanted to wish you all the best for the future, and say a massive 'Thank You' for all your hard work and intelligent, concise insights, and witty discussion on the ForceCast, Clone Wars and Rebels Roundtable.

    I first stumbled upon the ForceCast almost by accident in January 2014 about the same time that I first discovered podcasts. I am gardener, and it was a cold wet afternoon where I couldn't do much, except sit in my shed and browse podcasts on my phone.

    I've always enjoyed Star Wars, but I'd describe myself at that particular point as just a casual fan.

    Listening to you, Erik, and then Justin too, talk on and on about Star Wars, gave me a whole new appreciation for the galaxy far, far away.... I now have a much, much deeper understanding and respect for the saga as a whole. Listening to you has encouraged me to delve deeper into my fandom. I'd never picked up a Star Wars novel before, but now I have 7 of them! And now I watch The Clone Wars about as often as I watch the movies.

    So really, a big thank you for inspiring me to punch my fandom into hyperdrive.

    You are certainly missed, Fridays just aren't the same without you in my earbuds. But I shall certainly keep up with reading your Rebels reviews on your blog. And I hope you make the odd guest appearance on Rebels Roundtable from time time.

    May the force be with you

    Bob Gordon
    Scotland

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