Stepping down

Starting today, I will no longer be the main editor of Caracas Chronicles.

For the past few weeks, several of us who write for the blog have concluded that Caracas Chronicles has become a brand that deserves a look and a content befitting its reputation. This calls for the blog to undergo some major, exciting changes.

I am not the person to lead this reboot.

I have enjoyed my year-and-a-half as editor, but it has taken a toll. In between my full-time academic job, my writing about Venezuela for other media, and my family life, I have little time left. Editing and uploading frequent content has left me with scarce mental space to write longer, more thoughtful posts.

Someone else needs to lead Caracas Chronicles into this new phase. That person is the blog’s founder and co-editor, Francisco Toro.

During the past few weeks, I have become convinced that the passion with which Francisco started this little corner of the web is still there. Serious differences between us regarding editorial decisions in the past few months have also played a role in this mutual decision. The blog works best when it has a singular leader, and Francisco has the vision and the energy to be that person.

Starting tomorrow, Francisco will become sole Editor once more. I will remain as Contributing Editor. I hope to continue writing from time to time, with regular columns and features. Yet the baton is in his hands now.

I want to thank the contributors of the blog for their tireless work, particularly the stalwart Gustavo Hernández Acevedo. I also want to thank you, long-time readers, for sticking with Caracas Chronicles. Our new-found readers also deserve our gratitude.

The readership, the variety of voices, and the frequency of posts have increased notably in the past year-and-a-half, so I feel like the blog is in a good place.

Now, it’s on to the next phase.

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