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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.

It’s not you, Cincinnati, it’s me.

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.

Posted by Joe Long   @   7 October 2013 10 comments


Oct 7, 2013
11:59 am
#1 Lee :

Congrats on a great run, Joe. ENS has long been a bright spot in my music reads and it will be missed.

Author Oct 7, 2013
2:23 pm
#2 Joe Long :

Thanks Lee.

Oct 7, 2013
3:35 pm
#3 Mike Breen :

Thanks for all you did for local music and new music in general with ENS (and WOXY, for that matter), Joe. You have a lot to be proud of. ENS was the best.

Oct 7, 2013
3:56 pm
#4 euro60 :

I second Lee’s sentiments, Joe. Congrats to you and your ENS mates for a very strong run. I always enjoyed reading up on the latest and greatest in the Cincy music scenery. I will miss the concert reviews!

It seems that blogs are fading in popularity as a general matter, and that things are moving more and more into the “twitter” and “facebook” modes. That’s a shame, but that is life I suppose.

Again my thanks and congratulations.

Oct 7, 2013
10:40 pm
#5 Michael :

Thanks for all the work you’ve done over the years. It will be missed.

Oct 7, 2013
10:49 pm
#6 Jon :

I look forward to the next container of your ramblings…I am sure the brain won’t stop learning, wondering, delighting and leaking on all your friends.

Oct 8, 2013
1:00 pm
#7 Adam :

Always enjoyed this blog and wanted to say thanks for putting all this great material out over the years… good luck in your next venture!

Author Oct 8, 2013
4:39 pm
#8 Joe Long :

Thanks everyone for the kind words, I really appreciate it.

Oct 15, 2013
6:45 am

As everyone else has said, thank you. I always thought this was one of the better designed blogs in Cincinnati, and of course the content was always very good. It will be missed, but I can’t say I don’t understand what you’re feeling. Good luck with whatever your next endeavor is. Cheers!

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