Pardon me while I psychoanalyze myself.
It’s been a few days since I’ve been back from vacation, and I still can’t get my head around what’s happening in the Nashville blogsphere. I feel like there is a huge storm that’s raging just below the surface, but it’s just a feeling.
I would comment on what’s going on, both at NiT and MCB, but to be honest, I don’t know what’s going on. I just get the feeling everything has changed, old grudges are resurfacing, alliances seem to be forming, positions dug in.
I do know that the recent content at NiT just isn’t my “cup of tea”, as it were. But I know that official change is coming (or at least I hope it is). I still check to see what’s going on from time to time, but the emotional connection just isn’t there. Hopefully, that will change in the future.
MCB looks very, very promising; however I feel that site has not yet truly found it’s voice. At MCB, the “connection” is ready-made for me; I have many friends who are knee-deep in getting the site off the ground. I have some technical quibbles, but they are small, and I know the site is in its infancy. It will be fun to watch as things improve. And I say the same thing about NiT.
It’s interesting, I was reading the article about Sterling Marlin losing his ride. The comments at the Tennessean are mostly insults toward other drivers. This is what I’d like to avoid, if possible.
I am fiercely loyal to Brittney Gilbert. I do not forget a kindness, and Brittney showed more patience to me than I deserved. We’ve only met in person two or three times, yet I can say in all honesty that there is a part of me that was genuinely hurt, watching what happened in her last days at NiT. I’m weird that way.
Yet, I do not want to display that loyalty by publicly disparaging other bloggers, in the way my fellow Sterling Marlin fans are insulting Jeff Gordon and others.
I only mention it because those emotions are a subtext of this whole discussion. Loyalty, hurt, fear of change, these are present in my mind when I think of the current state of the Nashville blogsphere. I need to keep them in mind when I make snap judgements about this or that site.
Everything is changing. I have to deal with that. It would be nice to fully understand why. Farther Along, maybe.