My new role at Engadget: editor-in-chief
Back in June of 2004 when Pete
tricked me persuaded me to write a bit on the side for Engadget, I figured it’d be an entertaining way to flex my then-atrophying writing muscle and play with some gadgets. But I never fathomed just how Engadget would change — and change me — in the coming years. It’s almost surreal to say, but just a couple weeks shy of my third year I’ve accepted the role of Engadget’s new editor-in-chief, an honor I’m ill-equipped to articulate and unsure I’ll ever be able to live up to — but I’ll try.
I’ll save the mushy stuff for my eventual (unauthorized) autobio, so it only seems appropriate to get down to the brass-tacks, and I think the thing most people will wonder is exactly how things are going to change around Engadget. The long and short of it is that I’ve been managing the site’s editorial for well over a year now, and the publication itself has always been a constantly changing, constantly evolving entity. I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved and I think we’ve long since reached an excellent stride as the go-to source for obsessive, exhaustive, entertaining, and enlightening coverage of the CE space. In other words, things will be as good (or better) tomorrow as they were yesterday.
I’m also very glad to say that busy as we all know Peter is, we won’t yet be losing him to the world at large. He’ll be sticking with us in his new role as editorial director, wherein he’ll continue to help guide and contribute to Engadget — so you’ll still hear us on the podcast, still see us eyes-deep in posts at trade shows, and still hang out with us at reader meetups. Frankly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. For my money, Pete’s the best in the business and I’m extremely grateful Engadget’s magnetism hasn’t lost its hold on him.
Of course, Engadget is a team effort before anything else, and none of it would be possible to sustain without the incredible work done daily by our unwavering team of writers and contributors. The success of brand like Engadget falls on no one person’s shoulders, and I’m as stoked as ever to be a part of such an amazing team.
There’s no doubt: we’ve still got a long road ahead of us and plenty more to accomplish. I’m personally really looking forward to the second half of this year (starting, of course, with the momentous launch of a certain cellphone). And as always, I’m extremely grateful for the support of my family, friends, and colleagues; the readers and fans of Engadget whose undying love of tech truly makes everything we do possible; and especially Peter — not only for getting me involved three years ago, but for giving me this next unbelievable opportunity.
(Press and media can reach Peter and myself via email: mediacontact at engadget dot com.)