I’ve thought about writing this post for quite some time now, but never really sat down and did it until now. After about 10 years of writing about music, and music in the Cincinnati area, ENS is done.
We said what we wanted to say, now it’s someone else’s turn.
The site started because I needed a creative outlet to talk about music during a time period in my life when I couldn’t consume enough new stuff. We started around the same time as some other amazing blogs like Donewaiting, You Ain’t No Picasso, My Old Kentucky Blog and Gorilla vs. Bear. We never really had the following those guys had, but we also focused a bit more on our hometown than they did. Everything was new, exciting and the way people listened to music was evolving rapidly.
After about five or six years I realized I needed help if I was going to keep ENS moving at a good pace. Thankfully, some great and generous writers came along and made big contributions. Our regular contributors, Caitlin Behle, John Crowell, Keith Klenwoski and Dave Tobias have been nothing short of fantastic. There were times when I wanted to shut this down and they encouraged me to keep it going, they gave me energy I didn’t think I still had for this humble blog. Others have contributed as well, I’m sorry if I didn’t mention you here.
So why am I ending it now?
Well, there are lots of reasons but the main one is simple. My heart isn’t in this anymore. I still love music. I still love Cincinnati. I still love writing. But I am finished with ENS. We were never a big deal, but I don’t want to be like that once respected athlete hanging on for a few extras seasons after anyone cared. I also think that the age of the music blog being a tastemaker is done, or close to done, but I won’t go on about that today.
I’m going to keep the archives up, I’m not sure for how long, but I hope there is still some stuff here worth finding and looking at or reading. It’s been a blast and it hurts me to end this thing, but I’m excited about what is next for myself, my contributors and the Cincinnati music scene.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who I didn’t mention that has contributed, and to everyone that read what we had to say here.
Time to fade out.
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