Well, what can I say? It's been real and it's been fun, but it hasn't been real fun, right? LOL! JK! Actually, it has been pretty fun. It's hard to believe that I first started this blog almost eight years ago. And while I had about a three year dormant phase, this blog has been pretty productive in my opinion.
Times change, and things change, and I've just gotten to the point where I don't have the inclination to do this blog anymore, nor the need to in my opinion (more on that later). Anytime you get to the point where you only have two blogposts in a two month period is usually a sign that it's time to hang it up.
The specific reason for shelving the East Metro Blog? Well, that's a good question. Hmmm...let's see, laziness? Yes, that would be one. But the biggest reason would be that...I don't know, I just don't think I need to anymore. For starters, I've come to the opinion that "winning the hearts and minds" rarely happens online. Most people, I think, are going to believe what they believe, and nothing you can say or write is going to change their minds. Either you're going to be preaching to the choir, or you're going to have people reading that will never, ever agree with you. So...what's the point? Well, the point is - you want to have your say. And there's something to be said for that; however, there are other avenues to do that. Also, I am of the opinion that actions speak much louder than words. I'm very much a "political activist" and I think I can do more with that, politically, than I ever could on this blog.
With all of that said, I actually do believe that it is important to fight the battle of ideas in order to win those aforementioned "hearts and minds." If I feel so inclined, and if my copy is good enough, I can always publish something over at United Liberty, a blog I occasionally contribute to. This is one of the premier libertarian-leaning, conservative blogs on the web. Based out of Washington, D.C., it usually get thousands of hits per day. In addition to that, an old college mate of mine, Perrin Lovett, has a very active blog that fights the good fight in its own, albeit weird and sometimes bizarre, way. There are so many other great pages out there that can be easily found if you sniff 'em out (hint: check my blogroll).
But the real reason why I'm shelving the East Metro - I want to recommit myself to the things that are really important to me: my family, my job, my music, and my non-political writing. Those are my true passions, and also where my true talents lie, in my honest opinion.
If you really want to keep up with me politically, click on my twitter feed at the top of this page. I'm not the biggest tweeter, but I'm fairly active with it. And I'll probably end up starting a new blog that may occasionally cover politics without being political. Keep an eye out, and I'm going to get serious about Tumblr, so check my page there when you can.
8 years...what a ride.Until next time...
Peace be with you.