After much pleading, bribes, threats, and cajoling I managed to convince Seismic Stan to hand the custodianship of the Blog Banters to me:
Thanks for the kind words, Stan.
Handing over to Kirith also makes me feel a little better as I pretty much snatched the then dormant Blog Banter out from under his nose by relaunching with BB27 in August 2011 off the back of his blogpost comparing and contrasting EVE Online with World of Tanks. This feels like the right decision to me.
I think Kirith's broad experience and maturity makes him the perfect man for the job. It is important that the Blog Banter tradition remains a grassroots community service and I think Kirith's experience and conduct shows he would continue to steer the good ship BB in the right direction.
Put simply, the guy is EVE royalty and an all-round solid fellow - leaving the Blog Banters in his hands takes much of the sting out of the decision for me.
With that said and the hand off happening already, I want to assure everyone that the Banters will continue to operate much like they have under Stan's regime: every month I'll send out a call for posts on blogs about a topic that are due out a particular day, I'll compile the posts into a list, and then get a volunteer to make a summary (with a reward of a PLEX if all goes well). Why change what isn't broken, right?
So what happens next is that I have Canada Day this weekend and I'm off work next week (but not going anywhere other than day trips) so I will work on setting everything up for the next Banter which I plan to have go live in the middle of July. I'll be emailing those bloggers on the list next week with the topic.
If you have ideas for topics, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Twitter: @KirithKodachi.