If you haven't noticed, and judging by the numbers on my SiteMeter you haven't, my "local politics" drive isn't what it once was. I've been pondering for a while what my next blogging step would be, of if there would even BE a next blogging step for LaE heading into the 2009 Mayoral race and beyond into 2010.
After some soul-searching I've come to the conclusion that the answer is "no". Not only has poli-blogging run its course, but there's precious little to say in a medium that's filled with echo-chambers populated primarily with "my party 'tis of thee" bloggers who's idea of witty political discourse is using either "wingnut" or "libtard" in a blog post describing their political opposites. The blogosphere is so entrenched in their bunkers of late that even requests for discussion are met with anger and vitriol. Otherwise good ideas are overlooked.
Which leads us to our media, a group that's so lost its way no one cracks a smile when massive conflicts of interest are overlooked time and time again, when an internal memo suggesting news coverage that is pro-rail fails to act as a disqualifier in local debate.
In short, I'm shuttering Lose an Eye, not just for a while, but for good. I'm getting out of the poli-blogging game altogether. It's starting to take up too much time while accomplishing too little.
In the meantime, I plan on continuing my sports blog, as well as my Outside the Beltway food blog because those are things that still interest me. I might do something for dog rescue as well, but no more politics for me. (And no more BARC for sure) I'm also going to be working on my house in hopes of selling it soon in hopes of following the advice of a certain local celebrity chef.
I'm closing comments here but will leave the blog up as an archive. I know some people have links back to this so thank you very much if you took the time to link, even if it was to call me an idiot for not seeing things exactly as do you.
So, since I'm no longer a member of the Houston political blogosphere could all of the political campaign's with my e-mail do me a favor and take my e-mail off your lists? I live in Houston's ETJ so I couldn't vote for you anyway. Save the bandwidth for someone who can.*
And, with that, I leave you with the best of all goodbyes: "Good Morning, and if I don't see you, Good afternoon, Good evening and Good Night." - Jim Carrey as Truman.
*One last asterisk just because, in honor of Slampo, who I truly hope wins best blogger in the Houston Press this year and for year's to come