Letter From The Editor
Jim Hodapp takes you on a trip through GNOME Journal memory lane to when GJ was first started back in the fall of 2004, and makes an important announcement.
Back in September of 2004, we released the first GNOME Journal issue. One small team of people wrote articles, added formatting to the articles, checked spelling and grammar, and provided the core website infrastructure to publish the GNOME Journal. We had no idea how far it would grow, or in what direction. Today, GNOME Journal has had 18 issues and has thousands of loyal readers.
The GNOME Journal has had volunteers come and go and provide some fabulous work. It is a testament to voluntary organization that we’ve produced original content about GNOME on a consistent basis. Sure, there were periods when GNOME Journal struggled to keep volunteers motivated through busy stages of their lives. I include myself in that list. The beauty of this being voluntary participation, though, is that people either want to participate, or they do not. If they do, they are motivated by something to add value to an issue. If people are not motivated, then there is no force or pressure to have them give of their time and skills against their wishes. This is a beautiful thing.
You, the reader, might be wondering what all of my reflecting is about. Well, it is a sad day for me to say that I am leaving the leadership role of Editor-in-Chief; my ability to devote the time and energy to bringing the best content to the GNOME Journal is currently not possible. But it is a happy day that I’m passing on that role to Paul Cutler. Paul has been an outstanding volunteer within the GNOME Journal and throughout the rest of the GNOME community in general. Just over a year ago, he stepped up by volunteering to be the GNOME Journal release coordinator. Since then, GNOME Journal issues have been the most consistent, coordinated issues we’ve ever had in the 6 years of existence. We’ve even had issues dedicated to a certain theme, which we had not done prior. Paul is a consistent communicator within the GNOME Journal community on the mailing list and in the IRC chat room. So this day is sad, but it is also a very bright day because new and fresh leadership is coming to the GNOME Journal.
Please help me congratulate Paul on being Editor-in-Chief and give him your full support, ambition and creativity. GNOME Journal is situated better than ever to provide original, creative, and innovative content that will hopefully keep pushing GNOME and its community in the right direction. It’s been a fun ride for me for the last 6 years, but it’s time for me to move on. I will still be in the community and I hope to devote more of my time to diving into contributing code to GNOME. Thanks to all of the loyal GNOME Journal readers for your support and, most importantly, for reading the GNOME Journal.