As I grow increasingly aware of the few short months that lie between now and graduation, I look down at my navel and think about my time at Wesleying.
In my first semester at Wes, Wesleying was a fresh experiment, an increasingly poorly kept secret that the girl down the hall consulted to corral our motley crew of Butts freshmen to weekend destinations – Wine and Cheese at WestCo, Psi U parties, shows at Eclectic.
Now, four years later, Wes is minus one Mocon and plus one Usdan, without Presidents Bennett or Bush but with Roth and Obama, and has weathered too many other changes to reduce to a few trite clauses. Wesleying has moved from one blogging platform to another, developed an audience larger than anyone could have hoped back in 2006, and grown into a significant enough part of the Wesleyan media (such as it is) that often enough, the Argus gets tips from us.
I still feel a surge of pride when people sitting ahead of me in class refresh Wesleying on their Macbooks, flattered that their minds wander here during lectures instead of FailBlog or LATFH. I think how strange it is that so many Wes administrators keep tabs on this site, when Wesleying was far enough under the radar back in the day that nobody got crap from the SJB about people holding beer cans in photos here. And it feels even stranger that so many administrative departments now have their own blogs, whereas four years ago I was still getting over my high-school Xanga/Livejournal (like many in my generational cohort), and a “Bennett Blogs” would have been highly improbable to see linked on the University homepage.
So while I and the other seniors on board brush our shoulders off and look ahead to THE FUTURE, it’s time to refresh.
Without a whole lot of people on the team, Wesleying would be just a few hypercaffeinated individuals with deteriorating posture and creeping Carpal tunnel syndrome, writing successively more solipsistic rants and rarely posting your events on time.
Luckily, enough people express their love of Wesleyan through blogging that we’re somehow consistent enough to keep you all coming back. But this is the last semester for a bunch of us, and as bittersweet as it is, we will not be blogging here once we graduate. In fact, some of us are trying to focus more right now on figuring out life after Wes than we are on blogging. The site must go on, so we’re looking for new contributors to help keep this thing going stronger than ever this semester, and next year.
If you want to express your Wesleyan love through the Internet, click on for details.
A bit from the last recruitment post:
Do you know or have a lot to say about Weslife? Do you or people you know do cool stuff on/around campus? Do you want to break news as it happens? Do you take sweet campus photos? Do you like to Photoshop things? Are you into Wes music, and can you describe it in words? Are you a human filter for Internet media? Do you know your memes? Are you a news junkie with an eye for things relevant to Wespeople? Do you possess keen wit and/or discerning taste? Do you write good? Do you encounter weird shit sometimes; wanna talk about it?
Are you into digging up forgotten pieces of Wes history? Do you know secret things? Do you explore little-known, little-seen parts of campus? Is campus deconstruction second nature after SOC 151? Do you have more opinions than your friends can bear to listen to? Do u miss wen we used 2 speak LOLspeak? Do you miss yesteryear’s Wesleyan weirdness; wanna bring it back/keep it going? Do you think things just aren’t the same as they used to be? Do you want to keep up the kind of content we’ve been posting over the years? Do you have a perspective you think we’re missing, or have been neglecting lately? Are you just REALLY EXCITED TO BE HERE??
If the answer to any (or a few, or all) of the above is yes, join Wesleying! Previous blogging experience is excellent but not necessary, all grades are welcome [whether you’re a frosh or transfer just getting the hang of this place, or an upperclassman with more time than you know what to do with]. All you need is Internet access, the ability to string sentences together [or take photos/videos], and an interest in life at Wesleyan as it is, was, and might be.
Particularly wanted: more photographers and bloggers on board to post reviews/recaps of events, and more people with opinions/advice about campus life.
If you’re interested at all in anything mentioned in this post, or have your own ideas, stop by the Wesleying recruitment meeting this Monday evening (2/8) in Usdan to see more of what we’re about.
Date: Monday, February 8th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Usdan 110
Also, email us at staff(at)wesleying.org with “Wesleying recruitment” in the subject line, and your name, class year, and a little bit about yourself and why you want to join Wesleying.