For over three years, a hardy corps of South Dakota bloggers have contributed commentary to the KELO website, under the current heading "Issues Blogs." I've done my part to contribute some Madville Times content, usually one a day, for no more compensation than the pleasure of some URL referrals to my home blog and folks threatening to try me for treason and run me out of the country and telling me I'm generally full of s#!%. Ah, show biz....
But the curtain falls next week Wednesday. KELO Managing Editor Jaine Andrews e-mails us volunteer KELO bloggers (and some who haven't posted for months) to inform us that KELO is removing the Issues Blogs from its website. Andrews cites "low number of regular contributions and our desire to take the site in a different direction."
The experience has been generally enjoyable. While the capacity for anonymous and pseudonymous comments predictably led to ruder dialogue on the KELO site than on my own blog, I still enjoyed the challenge of defending my point and sometimes covering stories and viewpoints that slipped below the radar of KELO and the rest of the professional media. And to their credit, in my three-plus years of association with KELO, the professional newsroom tried to exercise editorial authority over my content just once. KELO was wrong... but one error in over three years isn't too bad, especially when I rode their backsides on TransCanada bias and other issues.
So Badger, taxpayer, Jason, Dave B, Dean, jackie, and everyone else who's come to the KELO blogs to throw kudos or kumquats at me, thank you for the conversation. I can't save your comments (well, I could, but it would take me forever!), but everything I've posted on KELO is available here on the MadvilleTimes.com and on the 2005--2010 archive site on madvilletimes.blogspot.com.
And your further spitballs, speculations, and sparkling conversation continue to be welcome here on the Madville Times.