A+ Birthday Roundtable: For All The Stories We Wrote Because We Knew We Could

Hello! Seven years ago today, Jenny died and Autostraddle got born. Much like I do to my mother every year, I forgot it was our birthday today until yesterday, but that hasn't stopped us from putting together a somewhat ambitious plan for posts commemorating the occasion. Like this one, right here! This is a roundtable wherein many Autostraddle team members reflect on stuff they've written and talk about stuff they've yet to write. We are certain this will be fun for the whole damn family.

Birthdays are obviously ripe for reflection on where we've been and where we're going.

Rachel celebrates Autostraddle's 7th birthday

Regrets, We Have A Few
On posts we regret writing/publishing and those that led to negative repercussions we weren't quite prepared for.

Heather Hogan, Here Since October 2014: The thing I regret the most is the totality of Skins work I did when I was writing for AfterEllen. It was absolutely not the fault of any of the editors at AfterEllen. I had ...

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This is one of the 3-4 posts we publish each month just for A+ members. Why? Well, because...

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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 2707 articles for us.