Well — hello there.
I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. I’m Jon, your new (and first) editor-in-chief at I Am Second. More on what that means in a bit.
It’s incredible when I think about how I found my way to you. Have you ever done that? You know, stop and think about all the twists and turns, bad decisions, good luck, and hard work that has brought you to this exact place in time. I’ve been doing that over the last couple days since I announced I was leaving my job in the news business to join you. I’ve lived in Wisconsin, New York City, Colorado and Texas. My goal at one point was to be the White House press secretary. That was before I found writing. I still remember the first article I ever got published, what that felt like, and then realizing I wanted to do that for the rest of my life.
Now, here I am.
So what does this mean? What is “editor-in-chief” anyway? Let me put it this way: I’m here to make sure you have relevant, fun, and thoughtful things to read. Sometimes, you’ll read something that’s all three of those. Sometimes you’ll read something that’s just one of those. And if you read something that is none of those, I hope you’ll let me know about it.
In short: Soon you’ll be seeing more written content from I Am Second. We love making the films, and will continue to do so, but we wanted to give you more. This isn’t anything radical, but it is something that required us to bring someone in to lead those efforts. Enter me.
My passion is story-telling. I want to tell stories that make a difference; stories that make you think; stories that you disagree with; stories that make you want to change, to be different, to be better; stories that are bigger than you and me; stories that take us on a journey; stories that stay with us. That’s why I came here.
I’m really picking up where others have left off, though. People such as Nathan Sheets, Adam Leydig, Mike Jorgensen, Oscar Castillo and, of course, Doug Bender have laid the foundation. I’m just building on it. And with the team we have in place here I can’t wait to get started.
Now this is the point in this little post that I tell you a little bit about me:
• My birthday is in January
• I’ve been married for six years*
• I have a 3-month-old little girl
• I’m originally from Wisconsin
• I went to college in New York City, where I lived for six years
• I can cook a mean brat
•Don’t try talking to me during a Packers game
• I ride a Harley
• My wife is taller than I am
• I lost 50 pounds two summers ago and I’m trying to get back to that
But the most important thing you need to know about me: I am second.
We’re going to have a great time together.
*I originally said five years. Folks, that’s wrong. It’s six. And, well, that was an embarrassing reminder from my lovely wife.