Good morning, or whatever time of the day it happens to be while you’re reading this. Welcome to the brand new Persephone Magazine! We’ll be doing our best to bring you fresh content all day, every day, at least once we work out the kinks. I’m Ophelia Payne, your humble editor, and I’m actually three people.
This blog was created for a variety of reasons, but our primary motivation was to provide a place where all women can feel comfortable, where we can all tell our stories and where we can learn with and from each other. Additionally, we’re all unemployed, so we have some time on our hands. In the spirit of the American Dream(tm) and unfettered optimism, we’re hoping we can eventually build this site into a way to create jobs – not only for ourselves (hey, we all gotta eat) but for other women writers, techies and artists. For now, we’re all here because we love to write and we’re hoping to stimulate some great conversations.
As you’ll surely be able to guess, none of us are writing under our real names. You’ll all surely form your own opinions on whether that’s the best choice, but most of us have been around the web for long enough we understand the value of separating the online from the meatspace. Also, it’s not about us as individuals. Who we are shouldn’t be more important than what we say.
You’ve also probably noticed that we take a lot of cues from Jezebel. I think it’s important to note that we’re not trying to compete with the wonderful team over there (for one, we can’t; there aren’t that many of us, most of us don’t have a background in media and they get paychecks) we aim to complement them. We’ve been regular readers over there for years (one of us since they opened) and we plan on continuing to read and comment over there, and strongly encourage anyone who reads us to read them as well. Jezebel, for the most part, knows where its key demographic is, and they do a great job of attracting eyes and opinions. We notice that the Jez audience tends to fall into some fairly narrow parameters (which I’m smart enough not to outline here, there are plenty of places on the web to read criticism of Jez better than what we could write) – we want to attract the readers (and especially the writers and tellers of stories) who don’t see their experiences reflected there.
We are brand new at this, so we will stumble around for awhile as we figure out what the hell we’re doing. Be patient with us, and feel free to let us know if something doesn’t work correctly or as you would expect. Let us know if we piss you off, too. We might agree or not, but we’ll always listen and try to be fair. We may even ask you to expand on your critique and post it as an Op Ed piece.
A quick note on commenting before we really kick things off. If all is working as it should, you should be able to either create a new account with us, use your Gravatar account or your Facebook account to log in. We’ll have to approve your first comment (which we’ll do unless you’re trying to sell us dick pills or are an Obvious Troll.) One of us will be around all day to do that, so there shouldn’t be any major delays in getting your comments live. We do have a commenting policy that I encourage you to read before you post, but like everything else around here, it could evolve if we find a better way to do things.
So grab a fresh cup of whatever gets you going and join us for what is sure to be a very interesting first day.
Ophelia Payne, the three headed EIC of Persephone Magazine.