It’s come to my attention in light of the nasty anonymous shit we’ve been getting that we should reiterate why we do Wesleying.
Xue and I created Wesleying on a whim back in August. We felt that a blog where everyone could post their news bits and events would really benefit the school in creating a community that is accessible anywhere from within and throughout the community. People have been great about sending in their stuff and we want to see more pictures, more reviews, more ideas. Whatever. More, send us more.
But again, on that same note, we created Wesleying on a whim. We do not hold pretensions of journalistic integrity or fancy the idea of breaking out of Wesleyan to become a huge superblog.
We find things that we think are of interest to the school and we post them. If you will notice all the criticism I received about the UCLA post, you will note that I posted that early in the morning. As the article mentioned, the identity of the man being tasered had not yet been revealed, least of which was his racial identity. Nor had BoingBoing covered the story yet. Yes, to ye who have little internet faith, there are other websites out there besides BoingBoing where one might get news.
Please note before you criticize what we do that we don’t get anything out of Wesleying. It is not a student group. We cannot put this on our resume. We are not accountable to the school. We do not get paid. You are basically anonymously attacking people who are doing a service (that you read every day) for not doing something they have never promised or intend to do.
While our site stats say about 25% of the school is reading our website every day and our page views say that they are reading it more than once a day, we feel pretty good. But when all our comments are negatively framed like “You didn’t do this.” “You forgot to mention this.” “You aren’t doing this right.” We start to feel bad. We’re human. We’d like some positive feedback from the other 24% of the school who is reading.
We just want to have fun and let you guys have fun with us. I don’t know what more one could hope to get out of a blog.
Thanks for the support, guys. I just wanted to build on something Holly said–
We’re not a news source, nor do we pretend to be. We post things as we find them, things that we like, things that we hope you will like, things that we might not like but someone else likes. We don’t have the manpower to run interviews, have features, collect student opinions or even source-check. Here you will find tirades about chalking and breaking news at other colleges along with instructions on how to make skittles vodka and tips on jerking off in your dorm. We want to be fun, light-hearted, relevant, and yes, silly and sometimes opinionated.
We encourage discussion in the comments if you disagree with something we say, and if you point out that we got something wrong, we will change it. But at the point where someone anonymously tells one of our writers to “get a life,” please keep in mind that the reason that we DON’T have lives is because we’re trying to get this thing off the ground.
Some quick notes on the technicalities of running Wesleying: We don’t have editors. We have no assignments or deadlines because we feel that it dampens the sincerity and enthusiasm inherent behind writing for a blog; No limits on subject matter behind the very broad one of “make it sort of relevant to college/Wesleyan,” which is (obviously) broken very, very often. Every contributor posts completely independently. Holly and I change the formatting of posts (punctuation, html, spelling, etc.), but most of the time, that’s it unless we personally contact the writer and suggest changes for them to make as per the content/phrasing. This is because: 1) we want people to get an idea of the raw college experience at Wesleyan on a personal level and 2) encourage the free flow of ideas and facilitate communication among different campus groups, including, yes, different representatives of the administration, who e-mail us with events and FAQs once in a while.
Finally, we are doing this because we love Wesleyan.
And I guess that’s it.
Thanks again, friends.