The Stopgap is an editorial website run by Jo Livingstone and Daniel Lavery, with technical support from Daniel Shannon and Joe Bernardi.

The idea is to have a general-interest blog that updates a few times a week, with occasional posts by guest writers. Both Jo(e)s and Daniels thought the internet used to have more websites on it five or ten years ago, and we preferred it that way.

We take our cue from home-goods retailer MUJI: “We do not make objects to entice responses of strong affinity, like, ‘This is what I really want,’ or, ‘I must have this.’ MUJI’s goal is to give customers a rational satisfaction, expressed not with, ‘This is what I really want’ but with ‘This will do.’”

Hence our motto: “Better than nothing.”

Who We Are

Jo Livingstone is a writer from London who lives in Brooklyn.

Daniel Lavery used to run another website called The Toast. It no longer exists because he tried to make money with it.

Joe Bernardi has like six more minutes to come up with a bio. He's computer

Daniel Shannon is a software engineer who has worked in digital media since six CMSes ago.

Pitch Guide

None! This is strictly for fun. The Stopgap is not a business. We aren’t paying ourselves or anybody else. Digital tip jars will let readers donate directly to guest writers, but please—don’t pitch us anything you could get paid for elsewhere.

If you still think you have a worthy thought that no one with a budget is ever going take on, but it just doesn’t feel right for the chat and you already got rid of Twitter—you might send it to The Stopgap.


Our logo is by Hallie Bateman.