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You may have noticed that VSB underwent some changes over the weekend. Some tweaks have been made to the layout, which should help the site be more responsive and cohesive. And, most importantly, we switched servers, which, well, HOLY SHIT IT IS PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO EXPRESS HOW HAPPY I AM ABOUT THIS! No more waiting 10 seconds for VSB to load completely. Or waiting 10 seconds for it to load…and then getting an error message. Or taking 45 minutes to publish a new post. Or having to change the url on a new post 6367832 times so that the post could be shared on Facebook without it reading as an error message. Or waiting an entire freakin’ day for the hosting company to reply to a support request. And having that reply be “We received your request.” (Fuckers.)

Also, it finally allows us to do something we’ve been meaning to do for a while: a call for new contributors. We didn’t want to do it before because, well, it’s not the best idea to increase your contributor pool while the server water is full of shit. But, we just copped some chlorine, so jump in!

Two things:

1. If you are interested in writing for VSB…you should probably read VSB. One because it would be helpful to have an idea of the type of content we typically publish. Also, it saves both you and I some work. For instance, if Drake releases a new album, and there have already been two Drake-related pieces published on VSB in the last week, it’s probably not the best idea to pitch an idea about…Drake. Obviously, there are some exceptions to this rule. Some topics (i.e.: Baltimore/police brutality) are so expansive that you can find multiple relevant angles to the same story. Aside from those instances, get in where you fit in.

2. We are not looking for Damon clones. Or Panama clones. Or clones of anyone who currently writes for VSB. We are, however, looking for people with strong voices who love to read and write. Basically, be yourself and shit. And have that self be awesome.

If I’m describing you, hit me at damon@verysmartbrothas.com with your ideas/pitches with the subject line “I want to write for VSB.”

***2pm edit. We are having a minor server-related issue with our email accounts. If you sent an email and it came back undeliverable, please try again at 3pm est. Or, just email me directly at damonjyoung@gmail.com***

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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Begins drafting post to pitch about why the Bucs are still going to be trash with Jameis Winston at the helm.

    • Nah they might be iight

      • Watch. For all the talent he has on the field, he won’t be able to focus enough to maximize it.

        • On the field hes focused, hes going to throw a bunch of picks but hes going to win some games

        • He’s Forrest Gump like. No matter what happens around him personally he shows up on the field.

        • Nicholas Peters

          He is a football savant…Mayweather esk…may have issues off the field but goes into the zone inside those white lines

      • panamajackson

        If they can find him an O-line that can keep him alive he might be alright.

        • Paradigm

          True indeed… And look at the weapons he has at wideout…

          Sidebar tho: Let’s go Cam! #NFCSouthChamps

    • Nicholas Peters

      They will be ok….probably much better his second year

    • they’ll be okay on offense.

    • Paradigm

      The Bucs won’t be trash because of his football talent

  • TeeChantel

    Sounds great, but the way these comments are set up I don’t have the balls to write for VSB.

    • I dont want them problems

    • Meg

      Girl….the perfect example of “go in and let have!” lol.

    • panamajackson

      One of the more interesting parts of this VSB thing has come in the form of emails after individuals who have insisted on writing for VSB have been given that shot, THEN letting us know that they have a new found level of respect for what we do daily. That’s happened quite a few times.

      • miss t-lee

        Oh, I bet.

    • Epsilonicus

      Right. I have been thinking about it the last few days but folks in these parts with test how thick your skin is lol

      • TeeChantel

        I have been thinking about it too. TBH, I’ve been stressing over what I can contribute. I may just break down and pitch an idea

  • Lea Thrace

    *cough* dara * cough*

  • h.h.h.

    interesting…

  • ChiChi

    *Looks at Tristan*

    • Im a commenter *sits and counts upvotes*

      • JamaicaDislocata

        ¯_(?)_/¯

  • hmm….

  • Damon Young

    We are having a minor server-related issue with our email accounts. If you sent an email and it came back undeliverable, please try again at 3pm est. Or, just email me directly at damonjyoung@gmail.com

  • Agatha Guilluame

    I wanna do an Ask Agie column. Where I answer everything from “should I shoot my shot” to “what’s quinoa?” Answer. No one knows.

    Anyway, I’m a visual person so all relationship questions have to be submitted with all kinds of receipts like screenshots of text messages and pictures of the subjects. Then I’ll give my advice. My advice will always be terribly bad advice but heartfelt but cruel but funny but still bad but given sincerely.

    • panamajackson

      As fcuked up as this is, I think most relationship questions should come with pictures in order to more accurately assess whats happening.

      • Agatha Guilluame

        Right. I don’t want to give advice without all the facts. You’re writing in asking me why he won’t commit. Baby cause you’re a 4 at best. Question answered.

        • Kim

          lmao dead

        • Lea Thrace

          ^^This is why I need an Ask Agie column to become a reality.

        • uniquebeauty79

          LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

        • PhlyyPhree

          Can this happen? CAN THIS HAPPEN??????? I am here for all of this. Can I just email you my questions and you answer me? Lol but for real

    • Sigma_Since 93

      I want to know has Toddagatha set a wedding date????

      • Agatha Guilluame

        We did but only yo momma is invited.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          I’m her +1 ! #stillgoingtothewedding #singleparentbenefits

  • Can’t Wait.

  • Agatha Guilluame

    Also, good job on the new vector logo. Very clean and professional looking. Funnily enough, I didn’t even notice until someone else pointed it out.

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