It is with sorrow that I must announce that Nashville Blotter will be ceasing publication, effective immediately. It's been a great nine years, but the time has come for me to move on.
Nashville Blotter was my first blog. Before Local Government Watch. Before State Government Watch. Before Middle Tennessee Racing Scene. Before I turned it into a business. Before photographers, contributors and others came on board with our little company, to help make it grow.
It was just me at the keyboard. I always considered Nashville Blotter to be my personal blog. I put on it whatever I felt like putting on it. It wasn't about getting readers, page views, unique visitors, demographics, blah blah blah. I put it out there, and if anyone saw it, great. If no one saw it, that was fine too.
But some did see it. It certainly caught the attention of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. Regular emails came in from the mayor's office. The emails stopped after I realized Dean was really a pig. and my support changed to opposition. Dean's gone now, and the fairgrounds are still here.
A school board member once became completely unhinged and stalked me for a day, leaving her car in the middle of the street in front of my house. Then she kept banging on my door and ringing the doorbell nonstop. She kept calling me. I was about to call Metro Police. I should have. She became a Metro Council member, which is just frightening.
I used Nashville Blotter as a platform to share my opinion on various subjects, but mainly politics. Readers soon discovered I never pull a punch. If I'm giving you my opinion, you're getting ALL of it.
By far the most popular item was my Stray Thoughts column. It once was a regular feature, but became less so as time constraints mounted. After a snarky letter from a reader, I changed it to Flippant Stray Thoughts. BAM!
The Nashville Blotter Facebook page will continue to be updated. The Twitter page will not be updated and will be closed.
I will use my gained time to pursue other projects, which will definitely include more writing. There will be a new blog developed for my writing, and I will invite others to submit articles as well. Who knows? There may be some more flippant stray thoughts. More information will be posted on the Facebook page once it is known.
I want to thank you for taking this ride with me. It's been (mostly) fun, and I'm happy you found something here worth looking at.