It’s somewhat in the nature of inside baseball, but Roger L. Simon is announcing his retirement, come February 14 of this year, as CEO of Pajamas Media. Nothing will change at PJ to the outside eye, although it will change for Roger, who’s going to devote himself more to his original pursuits of writing screenplays and novels.
I wish him the best. His resignation takes me back in happy memory to the blogophere’s heady beginnings and heyday, and my own entry into it, when Roger’s blog was instrumental in giving me the notion that there were a lot of political changers out there, left to right (Roger himself is a mega-changer), who were eager to talk about this strange transformation they’d undergone. If not for participating in those discussions in the comments section of Roger’s original blog, I probably never would have become a blogger myself.
Then there were the exciting blogger get-togethers that PJ and Roger hosted way back in 2005 and 2006. It was incredible fun to meet so many other bloggers, and to experience firsthand how much bloggers can talk. Get a hundred of them together in a room and the din is almost deafening. If you want to say something, don’t wait your turn or it will never come.
So I want to give a heartfelt thanks to Roger for all of that and more, and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.