It was fascinating to watch Buttermilk & Molasses slide down my priority list over the last year, replaced by my new consulting business, a sweetly demanding daughter, time with my wife, sleep. You know, the essentials.
What was once at the top of my daily to-do list – read through dozens of news sites and blogs, ink an observation or two, and then share it all with the broader world – barely breaks through the task list any given week.
Buttermilk and Molasses officially began in April of 2002 as a repository for random musings about politics and culture, and as a place to share interesting links with others. For several years, others rarely topped 35 or 40 people a day.
The horrible murders of the Harvey family, two days of schlepping around town with the Greater Richmond Challenge, and a unique twist on engaging the public in the creation of a new Downtown Plan changed all of that.
For a four year stretch, Buttermilk & Molasses was averaging upwards of 1,000 page views a day – primarily, I suspect, people who were interested about Richmond and extremely bored at work. (Those were the days, as you recall, when America didn't have to work to make money.)
Things changed when George W. Bush and L. Douglas Wilder left their respective offices as President of the United States and Emperor Palpatine of Richmond. (I mark it as a coincidence that my daughter became an active toddler and I began work for paying clients at the same time.)
Better yet, blame it on life and all of its transitions.
It seems fitting to be closing the door on the Buttermilk and Molasses chapter now. Floricane, my consulting business, has moved from a good idea to a functioning business. Thea is sleeping through the night (and so are we). And the readers of Richmond Magazine just named Buttermilk & Molasses Blog of the Year Best Political Blog (Thanks for the clarification, Susan!) – during the one year where I barely posted on the site.
It's been a fun ride.
In addition to the glory – making Style's Top 40 Under 40 list; a big blogger feature in the Times-Dispatch; being named a media favorite by Richmond Magazine; making the grade with the readers of RVA News – there's been something even more important to come out of all that time behind the computer.
Yes, real relationships.
Buttermilk and Molasses introduced me to hundreds of the coolest people in Richmond – the known, the less-known, and the not known at all.
And for that reason alone, I have no regrets.
So, more than 10,000 posts, almost a million lifetime page views and 2,673 comments later it comes to a close.
Thanks for the fun times, Richmond. Say goodnight, Gracie.