Farewell, Strollerderby! And Thank You, Readerscarolyncastiglia
Earlier this evening I published a short “We’ve Moved” post over at the old Strollerderby, which as of this writing is no more. The entire Strollerderby team is still posting here at the new Babble, but I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge that even though we’re all moving forward together, this is the end of an era.
I’ve met and worked with several amazing people over the course of my almost three years (!!!) on this job, including Forbes writer and author Helaine Olen, author and social media manager Paula Bernstein and The New York Times’ Motherlode columnist KJ Dell’Antonia. I’ve interviewed people like renowned love expert Helen Fisher, Go the F*ck to Sleep author Adam Mansbach and my pal, comedian and Sh*tty Mom author Laurie Kilmartin. I’ve had my articles shared on Jezebel and the front page of Yahoo!. I’ve been quoted by The Week and ABC News. I’ve appeared as a commentator on Fox News, WPIX 11 and HLN, and I was honored as one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year. During my tenure at SD, we were voted the third most influential mom blog on the web, and Babble overall was named one of the Top 50 Websites of 2010 by TIME magazine. There is much to be proud of on Strollerderby’s pages, where I began writing about my divorce, coming to terms with my co-dependency issues and admitting finally that my relationship with my Borderline mother may have actually caused me more harm than good.
In the past few years I’ve learned more about parenting and child development than I ever knew there was to know, and my stances on several child-rearing issues have evolved as I’ve acquired knowledge on such a broad, deep, fascinating subject. I’ve come to profoundly understand that what happens to us in childhood affects every aspect of the rest of our lives. I have heartily agreed and argued politely with my colleagues on a wide variety of topics from free-range parenting to atheism and become virtual best friends/office mates with a woman living in California who I’ve never actually met. I’ve developed a strong community of readers (and dare I say fans?) made up of both friends and strangers who have supported my work, challenged and prodded me when necessary and who have just generally been awesome to engage with every day. Thanks to this job, I’ve been given the great gift of becoming a professional writer, a dream for so many, and a privileged reality for the few of us who are somehow lucky and plucky enough to make a life of the mind pay.
I’m so thankful for all of the time I have spent at Babble reading and re-reading posts, creating and editing content for SD and thriving off of the community that both generated and sustained it. When I started blogging in 2003 — thanks to my friend, former comedy producing partner and fellow Internet pioneer Nichelle Stephens — I had an idea that I wanted to become a “professional blogger.” Who even knew there’d be such a thing? Fortunately, the stars aligned and allowed me to make that wish (and so many others) come true. Thank you to everyone I have ever worked with on the edit team at Babble, to the Strollerderby contributors past and present and everyone who has encouraged my writing along the way. It has been an incredible ride.
Looking forward to discovering what the future holds! Welcome to the new site!