About

What are all these words?
This is The Tangential, a pop culture and creative writing blog. Every day we publish writing about anything and everything, as long as it isn’t boring and doesn’t suck.

Is this pornography?
No. Mom, quit Googling me.

When did this all start?
The Tangential was started in January 2011 by Becky LangJay Gabler, and Katie Sisneros. Since then, more people have joined the party. Fortunately, our party needs are minimal: cheap whiskey and an Internet connection.

Where are you based?
This whole blog is written by cute teenagers at sleepovers who we’re communicating with through Ouija boards. Heaven is pretty cool. We just Ouija-blog five hours a day while drinking margaritas and making homemade barbeque sauce with Jesus. Some say none of this true, and we’re actually living in Minneapolis as some kind of purgatory punishment thing, but they’re just jealous.

Are you independent?
Yes. We’re part of a network of blogs that includes PhiLOLZophyThe Sport Hole, and The Party Whip. Each of our partner blogs is run independently by its own team of editors, but we share some content and a general aim to neither be boring nor suck.

Who designed the site?
Becky did.

How many people write for you?
We have a core group of about a dozen contributors who write most frequently, but we’ve published writing by everyone from fiction grant winners to a guy who works at a pizza shop by Becky’s house. You can submit if you want.

How do you decide what gets published?
We pass your submission among our inboxes for a couple days and decide whether or not it’s any good. We also run the rest of your email through our “do they suck?” test, so best not to say arrogant stuff like, “I think this would be a great addition to your blog.”

I just got something rejected from Thought Catalog. Will you publish it?
No.

Do you make any money from this?
No. We know how to write about blow jobs and Shakespeare, but we’re not sure how to get rich from creative writing. Is that even possible? Nonetheless, ideally at some point we’d like to pay writers while getting ridiculously rich ourselves, so if you have any ideas, drop us a line. Please don’t suggest those link ads or anything dumb like that. We want to keep the site pretty and free from any advertiser influence that might tell us to quit writing about mercy lays and stuff.

Please note this is our Tumblr and you can get even more dick jokes and whatnot at our real website.