24 Reasons Why I'll Never Forget My Time As A Writer For Pajiba
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24 Reasons Why I'll Never Forget My Time As A Writer For Pajiba

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | January 31, 2014 | Comments ()

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Today's not technically my last here at Pajiba. I'm a completist, so you will get a final Sherlock post from me this Sunday night. But that's a strange time to say goodbye. Sunday night. So we're going to get it out of the way today. I've already cried my fill because of all the sweet things both the staff and the commenting community has written for me today so this post seems a little late. My posts were always a little late anyway. But I *had* to say something. And who knows, friends, this may not be goodbye at all. Dustin, peach that he is, has said I can come running back to y'all whenever I want. But it's at least a farewell and that honestly breaks my heart. So I thought I'd express my fondness and my regret in traditional Robinson fashion. It's self-indulgent, it's insider-y and, brace yourselves, poppets, there will be gifs. Know this: I Pajiba Love you all.

Because Before I Was A Writer For The Site, I Was A Fan Of The Site
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Because Despite Me Having No Experience, Dustin Plucked Me From The Commenting Section And Let Me Write
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Because, Holy Hell, I Was Still In My 20s When That Happ-FINE. I Had Just Turned 30. The Truth Just Feels Different, Doesn't It?
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Because Most Of You Are Borderline Alcoholics...And I Like That About You
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Because, My God, Can You People Turn A Phrase. Writers And Commenters Alike
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Because You Put Up With My Aster*sk-Laden Rants
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...And My Ellipses And My CAPS LOCK And All My Other Quirks
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Because You Let Me Talk About Fassbender...A Lot.
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Because This Community Helped Me Through Some Rocky Life Decisions
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And Terrible Heartbreak

Because Of The Commenters Who Showed Me Support. You Made Me Feel Better Than I Had Any Right To.
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Because Of The Commenters Who Didn't Care For Me. Your Hatred Made Me Stronger. Also Feck You.
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Because Like Any Family, Our Staff Has Had Its Rockier Moments. But At The End Of The Day, We Always Have Each Other's Backs

Except For TK. He's The Worst. He Knows Why.
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Because Dustin Rowles Is Truly An Incredible Human Being And His Encouragement Has Changed My Life Forever
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Because He Absolutely Won The Lottery In The Wife Department And I Might Miss Mrs. Pajiba-hyphenate Just As Much. She Gives The Best Gifts.
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Because Just Like Every Doctor On Doctor Who You'll Hate The New Writers Until You Love Them. But You WILL Love Them. They're Incredible.
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Because I Know TK's Real Name...It's Lady Goodman
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Because I'm Head Over Ass In Love With A Pajiban And Nobody Has Ever Made Me Happier

Because You're Not Really Rid Of Me. I'll Come Back And Visit Y'all In The Comments Section
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Because Of This. This Place. You People.
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No Place Has Ever Felt Quite This Much Like Home To Me
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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Mario Gp


  • theKelz


  • Magiel


    this Lurker was sick this weekend, and now I know why
    I see just now you're leaving, it makes me too sad to cry

    All the best and luck in that crazy world outside this site.


  • denesteak

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh feeelinnnngggssssss

    don't go.

    or go. but come back.

  • JayWantsACat

    Although I rarely post a comment, I've been a long time reader of Pajiba and have always enjoyed your articles, Joanna. Congrats on the move and you will be missed.

  • Nadiney


  • kirbyjay

    <-----My dog and I wish you the very best and are thrilled that you'll be writing for Vanity Fair. I feel sad that you're moving away from the neighborhood, but psyched that you're going to the big city where I can visit.

  • I'm de-lurking just to say that I'm going to miss you so much Joanna. I listen to all your podcasts and I'll continue to read everything you write. Vanity Fair is unbelievably lucky to have you and you'll be incredibly missed on this site. All the best.

  • RalphM

    Hate makes you stronger. Your self-absorption will make you fit in at Vanity Fair.

  • You'll FitRightIn

    Hate those who disagree with you? See ya!

  • Addy

    This post was perfection Joanna. Thank you for all your amazing posts. Good luck!

  • lowercase_ryan


  • OldSchool60

    I'm very sad.

  • intheyear2000

    You're lovely. I'll definitely be looking out for your work at VF. Good luck!

  • Berry

    "And who knows, friends, this may not be goodbye at all. "

    Of course it's not. Because as one of your very favorite fictional characters once said on a fortune cookie, true love stories never have endings.

  • JoannaRobinson


    (xoxo, never change)

  • Target_Blonde

    That was fantastic and lyrical - just like you're writing. Best of luck to Joanna, you're gonna knock 'em dead.

  • Sirilicious

    Thank you for helping making Pajiba Pajiba.

  • baxlala

    So much congratulations -- you are awesome and deserve every bit of success coming your way! Your voice will be missed around these parts, that's for damn sure. (Also USING ALMOST FAMOUS? SO MEAN! SO MANY FEELINGS!) But seriously, CONGRATS!

  • phofascinating

    NOOOOOOO OH MY GOD I'M SO SAD! My absolute favorite writer is leaving my absolute favorite site. You're fucking incredible and you're going to kill it at Vanity Fair. At least please never stop doing The Station Agents, A Cast of Kings, and Holler Back!

  • NyTxToast

    I never feel quite witty enough to converse with you genius commenters but I have been a faithul silent-pajiban for years and tonight I just have to say thanks Joanna for speaking directly to me so many times. I'm gonna feck'n miss you. Night.

  • John W

    I subscribe to VF! Yay! I'll be looking for you. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  • Joanna Robinson is simply the best!

  • I'm a total lurker, but I've always been a fan of your posts. Congrats!

  • chanohack

    Oh Joanna, I'm head-over-ass in love with you too! *cries*

    (You meant me, right?)

  • Uriah_Creep

    And on this day, all the commenters were sad, and all of the lions were dry...

  • brite59

    okā€¦that was PERFECT. Thanks for all the fish and have fun girl!

  • demondoll

    Coming out of lurkdom to say thank you... Thank you so much, and congrats on your new gig!

  • Dragline

    Borderline? Really?
    I have difficulty believing it has taken your leaving the site for me to finally comment, Joanna. It is hard to quite remember what actually transpired or what clandestine stars aligned which allowed me to stumble upon this community so many years ago. A community which beyond its warts and faults does in fact feel like home. As countless others pave pointed out, we of course wish you all things great, and you shall be sorely missed. It has been a pleasure reading you, Ms. Robinson.

  • SgtJohn74

    Vanity Fair = Katey Rich + J-Rob = MOVIE GALS SUPER-TEAM!! Get lost Avengers, you're old news.

  • Miss Kate

    I can't say anything that hasn't already been said better. Thank you for your wonderful writing, voice, and point of view. You will be missed.

  • loo shag brolley

    You know Joanna, I was COMPLETELY FINE being TOTALLY HAPPY FOR YOU and then you bust out the Cry Gifs and the Sincere Sentiment and--

    ---okay I'm back. *sniff*

  • The Mama

    Joanna -
    I rarely comment but I always read, and I always loved your pieces. Best of luck at Vanity Fair (my absolute favorite, by the way!), and I can't wait to see you there!

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I haven't been here very long, but I enjoy the sense of community among the writers and the commenters (and that the site's god is a giant multi-racial lobster in a Kangol hat). I enjoyed your writing. All the best.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    But, but, but... You can't do this... you can't do this to me... Might as well shut the site down now. It's over. IT's DONE! I'M DONE! NO! NO GOD NO! YOU CAN'T JUST... you... what? It's a joke. Heh, it's just a joke guy. Right? RIGHT!? Yeah, okay, okay. I can get through this... *where will a get my weekly Justified recaps now* GOD DAMN IT! Oh well... Good luck with the new job, Joanna. Don't let the big corporations change you.

  • Caitlin_G

    Read this while Passenger's 'Let Her Go' played on the radio... Definitely elicited a blurrier reading then normal

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Thanks for all the cravat-wearing Brits, JoRo. I'll miss disagreeing with you on Very Important Matters (i.e. all the unimportant pic-spammy, nitpicking matters). Good luck with your Vanity Fair job!

  • Thanks for everything Joanna. You might have been my favorite Pajiba writer, and that's saying a hell of a lot.

  • nosio

    Congratulations, Jo! While I'm bummed to see you go, I am so thrilled for you, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for your career. You're lovely and kindhearted and talented beyond measure, and VF is beyond lucky to have you.

    Basically, you're the bee's knees. The covered in bee's knees.

  • Jessie Soto

    I'm in a glass case emotion about this. Joanna, you're one of my favorite bloggers here, if not EVER. You will be missed. :(

    Now excuse me while I go drown out these feelings with vodka. I WILL KILL THESE FEELINGS IF IT'S THE LAST THING I DO!!!!

  • Pat

    This was beautiful as always.

  • e jerry powell

    I am beyond stunned.


  • mrsdalgliesh

    I have a sad. A really strong sad. :-(

  • PDamian

    I'll be in my bunk -- sobbing my eyes out.

    Best of luck to you, Joanna. Come back often.

  • I'm not gonna say goodbye, I'll just say see ya later.

  • AvaLehra

    AW! I was at a conference on Social Media all day (that had no wifi OR cell reception) and I come back to read this. :( BUT! Much success and happiness on your gig at Vanity Fair. You will be fantastic.

  • "I was at a conference on Social Media all day (that had no wifi OR cell reception)" If that's not the definition of irony, it'll do until something better comes along.

  • Carl J Moodie

    Joanna you're one of the writers that made me write, made me discover Pajiba and for this thank you from the bottom of my soul

  • Wigamer

    Because the best day I ever had here was the day I made you laugh...Vaya con Waltos, JRo. I hope you're made Chief Fassbender Corespondent over there with the fancy people. Don't be a stranger.

  • $3150730

    Probably unrelated, but will you still do the Cast of Kings podcast with Dave Chen over at SlashFilm? If not, I can't imagine who they'll find to replace you...

  • Pat Sponaugle

    Will Vanity Fair allow you to have Spoilerwhore editions of the Game of Thrones episodes? Because nothing is better than retweeting/sharing a headline with "spoilerwhore" in it.

    You'll always be the classy Spoiler Lady of the Evening

  • Fleetwood Mac Sex Pants

    Noooooooooooooooo!! But also huge congratulations. If this move means more people get to love your words, then that can only be a good thing. I have loved every minute of reading what you had to say. Godspeed and don't forget to write!

  • I am so happy for you and still a little sad, but still mostly happy.

    Or something like that.


  • HasenKlub

    Aaaaaaannnnd now you have me sobbing again. The combination of the subject matter and the presentation just made me lose it. And the fect [mispelled "fact" there, but you know what? I'm leaving it as is. Seems strangely appropriate...] that, for some unknown reason, I have had all the more emotional parts of that film going through my head for the last week is absolutely strengthening their impact. So perfect.

    Congratulations again! I can't wait for you to come back and hang around the comments like it's your old high school.

    "Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid. Goethe said that."

  • damnitjanet


  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Well, these posts have been emotionally draining...

  • Austin

    I've never commented here before, but I just made an account to say that the reason why I found this site was because I heard you when you first started doing a Cast of Kings, and I've been a fan of you and Pajiba ever since.

    I hope your new job allows you enough time to still do Cast of Kings (sad there will be no more "The Ones Who Knock" ) and guest on Republic City Dispatch and the other podcasts you occasionally do. I'll be looking for your articles on Vanity Fair but will definitely miss you here on Pajiba. :'(

    PS... this was a perfect farewell post.

  • DarthCorleone

    Wow. Epically clever and beautiful post. Cameron Crowe would be honored!

  • Perfect. Best of luck Joanna. You'll be ever so missed

  • L.O.V.E.

    "Borderline" alcoholic?

    No half-measures.

  • loo shag brolley
  • God Of Bal-Sagoth
  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Dammit I was about to post this very video. Thanks for stealing my 90s thunder, Bal.
    But in all seriousness Joanna-
    1) You can't go (grumble grumble I know it's inevitable).
    2) Please come back (yes, ok, Vanity Fair and rubbing elbows with Matt Taibibi etc.)
    3) Given your own luck, Pajiba should have a spin off dating site. Just saying.

    You've left a popculture hole in my heart.

  • Congratulations on your new gig! You will be missed.

  • Yocean

    Farewell our tiny-dancing golden goddess.

  • Lovely Bones

    No matter how much we disagreed on, I'll always love you for your wonderful writing and the amazing post about why we love Buffy. Congratulations and good luck with your new job, Joanna. Thank you for all your time and work on here.

  • Slim

    Joanna, much appreciation for the thankless work of writing for the internet's unwashed horde, and not just writing, but giving us something to think, talk and laugh about. Best of luck in the new digs.

  • laylaness

    Dust. So much dust.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Can I say congratulations again? Because I'll do it! CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations on surviving and triumphing in Pajiba's trial by fire for its writers. Congratulations on your past successes and every one the future is sure to bring. This is how happy I am for you: the combined joy of a small child and an ungulate.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Damn I guess I'm a bit late to the farewell party.

    Oh well, maybe if I strategically place my comment under Mrs J's then Jo'll see it...

    Sad to hear you're leaving, Jo. I remember when you first started writing here, and suffice it to say: Pajiba'll be a sadder place without you. Having said that, congratulations on the new gig! I'll raise a glass to you tonight. Best of luck for the future, and remember: 'be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.'

  • Jamie Dello Stritto
  • Muertemaria

    You will be missed. Love your recaps and you have now made me want to go home and watch Almost Famous again for the 500th time.

  • AudioSuede

    This should cheer everyone in this thread right up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

  • Mrs. Julien

    If this were the Stevie Nicks version, I would be a puddle right now. As it is, I'm coping. Barely.

  • AudioSuede

    There is nobody in the world with a sadder voice than Antony.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I cannot agree more.

  • Mrs. Julien

    But the Stevie Nicks version pierces my soul.

    (that last part was for Joanna)

  • BWeaves

    This is why I love Pajiba.

    Everyone here, writers and commenters, are the best!

    Good luck with the Vanity Fair job, Joanna!!! It's fantastic.

  • John G.

    I will miss you, Joanna. You were always one of my favorites. Good luck!

  • bastich

    HA! "Borderline"? You give me way too much credit!

    *cough* I mean...um...good luck on all of your future endeavors.

  • mc-rox

    I have so enjoyed your writing here in my almost daily journey to Pajiba and really liked what you had to say in the odd times I listened to The Station Agents. I will miss you here and wish you nothing but the most wonderful things both personally and professionally. Thank you very much Joanna.

  • Woman. You're killing me.

  • AudioSuede
  • jptaylorsg

    Stay frosty, Jrob.

  • Wrestling Fan

    Thank you for everything, Joanna. I've enjoyed the hell out of your work, and am so happy to see that you're moving on to something so prestigious as Vanity Fair. You've made an impact here, and you will do so there, too.

  • Been getting a lot of mileage on this gif lately. Perhaps it's because the modern world is in the midst of a bipolar vortex; Troy gone, Jo leaving, next up, an international epidemic of kittens re-enacting Requiem for a Dream before jumping into a giant kitten blender made of discarded kitchen appliances and the encrusted salt of orphan tears.

    Thank you, Joanna Robinson. It's been awesome, this here. Now go and be awesome elsewhere.


  • Bert_McGurt

    As of last night, Troy (and Levar Burton) being captured by pirates in the Gulf of Mexico...

  • TheOtherGreg

    Sad, and happy.

  • You are one of my favorite people, a sister I never had, a friend I always will. Fassbender doesn't deserve you, he with his rapey eyes (men with their SALES). Go forth, loved one, and make us proud. Because some of us look way up to you (and not just because you're a good foot taller than I.)

    See you soon? Can-doozeville, baby doll.

  • Samantha Klein


    PS - Who is your #11? Is that a Doctor Who reference?

  • Buellie413

    You SLORE.

    I need some raspberry cordial to calm my tears.

  • Sarah Weissman

    Joanna! You are what brought me to Pajiba. Your writing is wonderful and best of luck at your new gig! Congrats.

  • emilya

    oh goddamn. this was just absolutely fucking perfect. i am so going home and watching almost famous while drinking, crying, think fondly of joanna's writing, and how much i love my pajiba community.

  • Jelinas

    I am a mess. This was beautiful and funny and perfect. We love you, JoRob. See you on the flip side.

  • Also, are you traveling to Vanity Fair in a DeLorean? How did you post this from the future?

  • TK

    Now you know why they hired her. She has powers you couldn't hope to understand.

  • She even found out your real name...Milady.

  • kali yuga

    The tear is because one kid managed to escape his drone strike.

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