2018 By the Numbers: An A+ Members Exclusive

Hello, it's me again and also — it's you again! Or perhaps you're brand new here in which case, here we are for the first time, what a pleasure. Welcome to this thing I started doing in 2016, during a time when nothing made sense to me except numbers and it turned out that wow, you really liked numbers, and that makes sense too. So I did it in 2017, a winter too dark to remember and then I did it in 2018 because listen I like to keep a good thing going. Now here I am in 2019, at the mercy of the universe, as we all are, you know? But we do have this: these numbers, the charts and graphs and lists of our lives like sand through the hourglass.

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Riese is the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

Riese has written 2828 articles for us.