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WRITE A COLUMN LIKE YOU JUST DON’T CARE …

sicBy Will Folks  ||  In case you haven’t noticed, this website has been featuring a lot of different voices lately – whether it’s the emergence of intrepid new FITS columnist Liz Gunn or the reemergence of Mande Wilkes.  It’s all part of the evolution of this site … an effort to give you something to read beyond my incessant libertarian hyperventilation.

Evolution is a good thing.  FITS has undergone (and will continue to undergo) plenty of changes as it moves forward.  For example, the site has been cleaned up dramatically – and undergone several redesigns.  More and bigger changes are on the horizon, too.

But the new voices excite me the most …

Why?  Well, I like publishing stuff I wouldn’t think of writing about … or stuff I don’t necessarily agree with.  And I love it when those perspectives and opinions come from strong, smart (and sexy) women.  Like Liz and Mande.

Or like our former associate editor Amy Lazenby.  Or Megan Jones.  Or Sarah Nuckles.  Or Mia McLeod.  Or Faith Falise.  Or Colleen MacMillan.  Or any of the other women who have shared their opinions here …

Anyway, reactions to the recent diversification of content have been interesting …

First and most importantly, FITS traffic has been up (a.k.a. the point of all this).  Second, there’s been plenty of praise for my marketing genius when it comes to broadening the demographics of FITS readers.  Third, the vast majority of people I’ve heard from seem genuinely appreciative of the new content (and are, as noted, voting with their clicks).

All good in the hood, right?  Not quite …

There are the commenters …

For those of you who don’t read past the end of each article (who has time for that?), FITS is …. um … “blessed” with lively comment boards.  Except when I say  “lively,” I mean it’s like Lord of the Flies in there.

Their take on our new leading ladies?  To quote Fred Chappell, they’ve already had an “elegant sufficiency – any more would be a superfluity.”  In fact several of our most obnoxious commenters seem to have made it their mission in life to chase these new perspectives away from the site.

Well, good luck with that … because these girls don’t scare easily.

The point of this column isn’t to defend Liz or Mande.  They are bona fide badasses who can take of themselves – and they will address their critics as they see fit.  If at all.  Hell, if I didn’t know better I’d say both enjoy mixing it up.

The point is simply to say this: The only opinion that matters even remotely in this process is … well, mine .  This is my ball, and I decide who gets to play with it.  Moreover, I love what I’m seeing – in content, hits, buzz and yes, criticism (there’s a thin line between love and hate, people).

If you really don’t like what you see, though, remember: You’re literally one click away from never having to see it again … ever .  Although I (and my bank account) certainly hope the haters will decide to continue their entertaining spleen-venting below … in 3, 2, 1 …