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John NeffAfter nearly ten years as Editor-in-Chief of Autoblog, today is my last day. In that time, I built this site by writing 5,961 posts, attending dozens of auto shows, driving countless cars and leading the greatest team of people who will forever be my friends. But I have decided that now is my time to move on and leave the site's exciting future in the capable hands of friends and colleagues I leave behind.

What Autoblog is today I could never have dreamed back in 2004, but thanks to the efforts and talents of so many people both on this team and within AOL, it has become the biggest destination of auto news, reviews and show coverage for enthusiasts and the industry at large. It is my life's greatest achievement to date, but more than big traffic numbers, I'm so proud of these people – these writers, editors, developers and everyone involved who treat Autoblog like the very special thing it is, and give more of themselves for its success than I ever had to ask.

I now happily rejoin the legion of loyal daily Autoblog readers from whence I emerged all those years ago. My next endeavors, whatever they may be, await. To Autoblog, to AOL and to every reader who ever enjoyed this website, I simply say thanks.


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      Alex Nunez
      • 1 Year Ago
      The moment my entire career path changed: 2006 NY Auto Show, at the Saleen press conference for the Parnelli Jones Mustang. I'd been emailing tips to Autoblog and Jalopnik for months from my for-fun blog, and they'd run stuff and link back. I managed to somehow scam...I mean SECURE a media credential using my site as my "in." (I still can't believe it, really, but I digress.) John was in front of me wearing an Autoblog shirt, so I tapped him on the shoulder and introduced myself. John being John, he was super-gracious, and thanked me for all the news tips. A few weeks later, I got a call asking me to become a regular Autoblog contributor. That relationship lasted six years, and we watched the site grow to into the monster it is now. Today I'm at Road & Track. But that never would have happened if not for Autoblog, and, most importantly, John. So thanks, man. And good luck.
        John Neff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alex Nunez
        Thank you, sir. Out of all of the people I've hired and contracted to work for Autoblog over the last decade, I remember your origin story most vividly.
      Chris Paukert
      • 1 Year Ago
      So we're really doing this, eh, Neff? John and I worked together in the early days of Autoblog, back when we both had day jobs and burned the midnight oil to help get this site off the ground. I left for a while for another automotive media startup where I learned an incredible amount, but I was always hoping that our professional paths would cross again. The lure of working with John again – and the lure of Autoblog – was too much to ignore, and I came back over five years ago. It was a tough decision, but it's among the best I've ever made. With Autoblog, John has done nothing less than transform automotive media as we know it, putting traditional outlets on notice and helping dispel the myth of blogging as the exclusive preserve of anonymous ranters operating from the safety of their parents' basements. He, along with others at the now-disbanded Weblogs Inc. empire turned blogging into a defining media force, and he turned Autoblog from a ragtag bunch of automotive fans into the leading source for automotive news. Along the way, he also revealed himself as an excellent manager, a creative visionary, a formidable talent scout (Neff-tutored Autoblog alums litter this industry's mastheads), a pretty decent car guy and a dear friend. We all owe Neff a debt of gratitude. For me personally, it's been a singular honor and privilege to serve with him.
        John Neff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris Paukert
        CP, I just want to thank you for being a huge source of support for me not only this past year, but for all the years we've worked together. You've really been a co-editor-in-chief on whom I've relied on for so much at times, so I share my successes with you.
      Michael Harley
      • 1 Year Ago
      Exactly six years ago (yesterday, in fact), you gave me — an unknown in this industry — a position on the Autoblog team. Nearly one million published words later, I couldn't be more pleased. I genuinely owe my career to your faith, guidance and direction. Thanks, John. You will be missed. - Mike
        John Neff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Harley
        Wow, you've been writing for Autoblog for six years. I think that's one of the things I'm most proud of is that many people I invited to join our team stayed for a long time (some, like you, are still here), which says something about how much fun we have.
        Dan Murphy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Harley
        John: I've enjoyed AB for countless years and I thank you for that. Harley… now don't you even think about leaving!
      Zach Bowman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've had the pleasure of working with some of the best people in this business, and John is at the top of that list. I learned more about being a thoughtful, gracious, and savvy leader from John than any of my previous editors combined. Good luck, man. You deserve all the great things coming your way and more.
        John Neff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zach Bowman
        Thank you, sir. I've never had a writer fight so hard to be better as you, which in turn made me work harder to be better, so thanks for that.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I’ve only been around Autoblog for a relatively short year and a half at this point, but that’s been more than enough time for me to understand that Neff is/was/will be one of the best bosses I’ve had the privilege to work for. (I’ve told him that already, but as he was still on the payroll at the time, he probably just thought I was ******* up…) In the car-writing biz and elsewhere, it’s rare to work for someone that is genuinely willing to listen to his or her employees and coworkers open mind. It is a special kind of person, in both professional and private realms, that is actively able to adopt his behavior, preferences, and point of view based on a compelling argument or new data. Part of John’s genius in his decade of work here, it seems, is that he has done just that, more often than not. With Neff virtually no position was intractable – his unwarranted loathing of serial commas being a noted exception – all sides were heard from, every opinion was considered. That’s a hard thing to do with a team of two or three, strong-minded editors, let alone the huge, rotating herd of car guys that John dealt with on a daily basis here at the AB circus. I really believe that Neff’s ability to listen, hear, and move forward with the most well-informed plan has everything to do with the amazing success and growth that the website has seen over the last ten years. I’m sure that other editors could have done his job, but you’ll have a hard time convincing me that any could have done it better. I’m enthusiastic about Autoblog’s present and future, but there’s no question that we’re a poorer staff for John’s leaving. I haven’t worked here long enough to merit much more vertical space in this comments section – I’m sure you’ll see a word or two more from other colleagues and friends before the day is over – so let me just say, Thanks, Neff. You’re a hell of a guy.
      Doug Neff
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congratulations, little brother. Proud of you for the community and colleagues you gathered around you and proud of you for the courage to go out and find your next awesome thing.
      Stephen
      • 1 Year Ago
      The title of this article scared me for a moment. I thought Autoblog was going bye bye! Good luck with everything, John!
      EricC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are you sure you don't want to stick around a little longer and make it an even 6,000? Best of luck!
      ingolstadtblau
      • 1 Year Ago
      autoblog is the first thing i check when i wake up, and the last one i read before i hit the sack. thanks for keeping us gearheads fed with the daily diet of fresh car content. from reading the posts by your colleagues, you sound like the kind of boss most folks wish they could have. best of luck on your next adventure.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good luck with your future endeavors. Can we get an edit feature in the next ten years?
        John Neff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        Ha, you can take that up with the next EIC. The commenting system will forever be my albatross.
      Zaki
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know of no other automotive website that has such a following and creates as much passion. Well done and I wish you the very best!
      Jakes
      • 1 Year Ago
      I found this site nearly 7 years ago and I'm surprised to know I was practically one of the first readers ever! I thought Autoblog was a lot older because of the high quality in writting and photography since day one. Since then, this is my homepage for my pc and smartphone along with the spanish version of the site (I'm mexican) so I want to thank you for your exceptional work here and I wish you the best on future projects. I know this site is in good hands.
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