First post! I am very excited to be here and will be posting more srrious stuff soon, but for now I just want to say thank you.

I'm pretty new to the GT scene. I've been reading Jez for years (with occasional visits to other Gawker media sites) and even though I love it, I sometimes find it frustrating. The authors are so smart. I've seen brilliant work from all of them, but more often than not the pieces felt fluffy and skirting around a bigger issue. Then I started seeing more and more pieces I loved with a GT author. I know there's some controversy about the mainpaging, but I'm very happy about it since it's how I found all of you. I started visiting here more and more. You all have such interesting things to say, and I love reading everything from the hard-hitting pieces on trans issues to the hilarious OKCupid message stories. The love and respect granted here is unlike anything else I've ever seen on the internet, and I think it's amazing.

Requesting publishing privileges was a big deal for me, and something it took me a while to actually do. I fancy myself a writer and often feel compelled to put words to the page, but I haven't actually done it in a long time. I had a very hard first year out of college, and my creative endeavors (which used to be my entire life) took a back seat. I knew that if I was given the privilege to write here, I'd actually have to start writing again, and that scared the hell out of me. But here I am, finally once again putting words to the page.

So thank you, Groupthink. Thank you to the moderators who keep this space safe, to Laura Beck for sharing your work on Jezebel and giving me the chance to find you, and for giving me the courage to write again. I will work hard to be an interesting an insightful addition to your conversations, and hopefully will start a few fun ones of my own.

On a different note entirely, how do I put a photo in the header?