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Public Service Announcements: FBomb Book Title and the Future of the FBomb

Posted on the 25 July 2011 by Juliez

So, you may remember about a thousand years ago when I announced the FBomb’s title contest. WELL we have a winning title. Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, my book will have a title and it won’t just be a series of symbols that I refuse to reveal the meaning and purpose of or explain how to pronounce.

The winning title is *drum roll please* ….

A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word

I’m so happy with this title and hope that you guys like it, too! I’m also going to try to keep you all updated on the book’s status as it progresses and try to include all of you in any way that I can.

On another note, a lot of people have been asking me about what is going to happen to the FBomb in about a month (eek) when I go to college, and especially as I rapidly lose my “teen” status.

I have previously said that I’d love to hand the FBomb off to still-teens who are interested in taking it over. And hypothetically, I’d still love to do that. But in running the FBomb for the past two years, it’s become clear that that may not be the best option, especially since I have no idea who exactly I’d give it to. I think ideally, down the line, I’d love to hand it off to multiple teenagers. I think maybe that could take the form of an application process, or possibly just a few submitters really distinguishing themselves in the number of posts they submit, the quality of those posts, and their overall demonstrated dedication to the site.

For now, though, I think the best solution is going to be for me to keep editing/running the FBomb. I want to do this to keep the FBomb alive, obviously, but also because I want to extend the FBomb to college-aged readers. I think the FBomb already has a lot of feminists that would be more accurately classified as “young” rather than “teen” anyway, and want to be as inclusive of all of our readers as possible. And while there might be a significant difference between what feminists experience in high school as opposed to college, I think we’re still all part of the same generation/wave of feminism, and we certainly can learn from each other.

Since I am starting college, though, and dealing with my book and generally living my life, I think the frequency with which the FBomb publishes posts is going to have to change. I love that the FBomb is able to put up new content every day (with only a few exceptions), but I just don’t think it’s going to be realistic from now on. I plan to post submissions as I receive them – definitely at least a few times a week – and will write my own posts when I feel I have time and am able to write posts that meet my own standards content-wise.

All of that being said, I’d love to get your opinions on this. What do you think should happen to the FBomb now? Are there things we can take this opportunity to change up? Would you be interested in having an application process to create a board of FBomb editors, while still retaining a submissions feature? I want to hear from YOU.

Oh, and by the way, you’re all wonderful and I love you all and wish I could stay a teenager forever for the sole purpose of running this blog. Thanks for making the FBomb what it is today.

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