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This Is Just a Note to Say Goodbye

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Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

Since I started working at age 14, I’ve had at least 17 different jobs, so I can confidently proclaim this one, Racked’s editor-in-chief, a dream. It gave me my first full-fledged panic attack and actually got me to read hardcover books on management, but it was my dream job, and today is my last day doing it.

Lucky for you — and also for me, a loyal reader long before I worked here — Julia Rubin, an extraordinary editor, will be leading a stellar team of editors and reporters into Racked’s next phase. (Stay tuned for details.)

It was a privilege to work with this* brilliant group of women and men who burst with bright ideas, sharp observations, and searing wit (even when the world is falling apart). They didn’t just grow Racked’s audience by 42% over the past year, they successfully convinced that audience that there is real substance to the topic of self-presentation, that scripted satire belongs on Facebook, that investigative style journalism must exist, and that adult women getting their news on the internet want to know about the hot new face mask one minute and the Trump administration’s effect on border taxes the next. Radical!

It’s been so great, in fact, that I’m going to take a break from editorial and head behind the scenes here at Vox Media after some time off. It’s kind of like when you take the perfect last bite — dessert is still left on the plate but you relinquish the spoon because you’ve been sated. Team Racked’s work over the past two years has dazzled me, and my heart overflows with gratitude for each and every one of them as it does for you, our loyal readers. Thanks for sticking around while we tried some weird stuff; it’s meant the world.

*Anywhere I refer to our “team,” I mean the entire staff prior to last week’s layoffs and even those who came and went before them. My gratitude extends to everyone who contributed to Racked over the past two years, and those who launched and built it into what it was before me.