As you are all now aware, Mark is taking a leave of absence from blogging for a while, and I have been more of a silent partner with Blogs for Victory for a year or so now… okay, maybe longer.
First, let me assure you that Blogs for Victory is not dissolving. But, yes, changes are coming. These changes will be good, I believe, because as my absence has probably suggested, I’ve recently determined that I have new priorities (personal and professional) that have prevented me from blogging the way I used to.
In the past three years, I have moved out of my home state, got a new job, gotten married, bought a house, etc. etc. In between that stuff I have dissolved other, smaller blog projects that I no longer had time for, and also started other projects that have been rather successful. It’s painfully obvious that had Mark not kept things going here, Blogs for Victory probably would have withered away. Thankfully, that didn’t happen, and I’m not going to let that happen.
I was told this was the closing of a chapter, to relish in some of the glory this blog, and your the readers and commenters who have made this a reality. So here I go:
Many of you have been with us since Blogs For Victory was Blogs For Bush, my first national political blog that became one of the most successful political blogs in the country back in 2004, and took me places I’d never expected. I was at the 2004 Republican National Convention as one of the first credentialed bloggers. I was invited to Capitol Hill on more than one occasion for various blogger conferences, and even had a few meetings with the staff of high ranking Republican members of Congress, as well as Karl Rove and well known political pundits. It’s also worth noting that while my wife never read my blogs before we met, it’s safe to say we’d have never met had it not been for my political blogging. Also, Mark and I have both been on national television, and have a book deal. On the local level, I started political blogs in Massachusetts and Upstate New York that saw similar successes with media exposure and recognition from local political leaders. It has been a tremendous ride, but my time in the driver’s seat has come to an end.
I accept that fact that when it comes to political blogging, be it on the national stage or local, my fifteen minutes of fame are up. No regrets. I did what I had to do when it needed to be done. I can just be thankful that what I did made an impact. But, other, non-political projects are starting to take precedence, and the management of a national political blog is becoming harder for me to handle as I pursue these other projects. Amongst other things, I’d like to take a stab at writing fiction, and hope to start writing a novel in the near future. Who knows where that will go, but it’s something I want to try, and I recognize that now is the time. I believe that I need to make my own success, not wait for success to find me. I think I have a good track record so far, and I look forward to this new challenge.
So, you’re probably asking what this all means. Well, I’m not leaving this community behind. I’m not going anywhere. I’ve spoken with my friend Ali Akbar about all of this. Ali and I go way back. You may have tuned in to our once popular online radio show, The American Resolve. I am pleased to tell you that one of Ali’s companies, Pundit Syndication, will be acquiring Blogs For Victory in the near future. What does this mean? It means Blogs for Victory is about to get faster, better, and bigger. Over the next month, you’ll notice major changes in content and branding. I will be staying on, of course, as editor-in-chief emeritus, and working with Ali as he transforms Blogs for Victory into what I always hoped it could be.
So, rumors of the end of Blogs for Victory are grossly exaggerated. We still have a mission and a purpose, so stay with me as we take the next step.
Ladies and gentlemen, I must announce at this time that I am going on a blogging hiatus. I do appreciate all of you here on Blogs for Victory – and especially those who go all the way back to Blogs for Bush. But it has just become impossible for me to blog at the rate that I have been (its got to be more than two entries per day, on average, for each day of the last 8 years). It has been taking too much time away from my other responsibilities, especially to my wife.
So, this will be my last entry for a while – at least 6 months. If I do come back to blogging, it will only be to make weekly or maybe bi-weekly entries. I hope that you can all forgive me for leaving you so suddenly and with such little warning, but it is just the way it has to be, for now. As an aside, if any of you have wished to write for a blog, this would be a good time to contact Matt…I don’t know what his firm plans are, but he may wish to keep this blog going and as both he and I found out over the years, that takes a lot of doing.
God bless you all and good luck and I do hope to see you in the blogosphere in the future.
A growing US/Russian/Turkish dispute over Cyprus? I don’t like the idea that we’re going to base drones in Turkey, and I like it even less that we would be on the Turk’s side in a dispute over Cyprus. In fact, if Russia ever wanted to induce me to want an alliance, a Russo-Turkish war would be a good way to do it. Don’t trust the Turks, at all…an increasingly Islamist nation with historic designs not just in Syria, but also in places like Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus. Yeah, can’t stand Putin either…but I can count on Great Russian nationalism in a war against the Turks.
Korea regulator says Korea’s banks are safe. I’d pull my money out. Just sayin’.
Just too many issues to write about and, as it turns out, I’m not feeling very well…bad headache, upset stomach. Can’t explain it. Haven’t listened to Obama talk for days. But, since I’m not up to writing anything worth reading, here’s a few bits and pieces for you to ponder and discuss:
Conservative House GOPers kill continuing resolution – and a good job, too. Democrats want more spending without cutting anywhere…our more weak kneed GOP leaders are willing to go along with it. Hopefully the leadership will now listen and pass a bill with some genuine cuts in spending.
Not sure how much we should really put in to this, but one financial guy is saying we should watch the Hang Seng stock market…down 17.5% since August and he says it usually leads the rest of the markets…if this is the case, then the S&P (off 9% of late) has a lot further to go down.
Marines ticked off at brass which is more worried about careers than the needs of the Marines…it actually turns on what sort of underwear the Marines want to wear. As for me: any Jarhead can wear any kind of skivvies he chooses. Why are our officers even worried about it?
Only 19% say the US is heading in the direction. I figure that 19% reflects how many Americans have had three or more drinks on any given day the pollster calls.
Come to think of it, Obama can still run on pretty much all the platforms he ran on in 2008: Close Gitmo. End the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and now also Libya). Turn around this horrible economy. End the incompetent, divisive leadership of the current president. Sucks to be the incumbent, huh?
Sorry I just couldn’t get it together and write a morning post…but it is a gorgeous day out here in Las Vegas, so I’m off to have some time outside. Discuss the events of the week and I’ll be back later.
I hope that everyone has a delightful day today – as for me, I have to work. Being a mindless cog in a faceless, corporate entity does have its draw backs. Seems that the bosses have a misconception of what “labor day” is about. Ah, well. On the other hand, I’ll be earning double time and a half…and my vacation starts after work today! Two weeks off…including a trip up to Reno to see the new grandson! This does means that from the 9th on blogging might be a bit light, but we’ll make it all work.
We are, of course, all waiting in breathless anticipation of Obama’s jobs speech…while my leg hasn’t quite started to tingle over it, I’m sure I’ll be fainting dead away when The One tells us how he’s going to undo all the garbage he’s done up to this point. I’m sure you all feel the same way – so, you can discuss that. Or, if that proves a bit boring, you can go on to more exciting subjects, like how to clean lint out of the dryer.