This post is about a new direction, a new year, and new opportunities. Everyone I have been reading lately has posted things about how great 2013 was and how 2014 will be even better.
Let me start out by telling you why 2014 will be a better year for me and why 2013 was a great year.
In 2014 I will be leaving the political world and pursuing other interests and passions. Some of you might not know but in High School I was an accomplished singer in the school’s choir. I made KMEA All-State Choir, and Southern Division ACDA choirs. I also participated in as many workshops as I could and sang with some of the region’s best choral directors at the university level. For about half my time in college I was a Theatre Major sang in the NKU Chamber Choir and performed in several shows and productions.
For a while now, I’ve felt the music and theatre bug “gnawing” at me. For whatever reason, I feel drawn back to singing and acting. So I joined the community choir here in my hometown and got cast in a community theatre show. This year I’m going to pursue more opportunities in both singing and acting. That’s why this year is going to be a great year for me. I’ll be reuniting with a love of mine and seeing what amazing opportunities lie ahead. I know it will be tough and it will be a challenge, but it’s one I’m really looking forward to starting.
So, 2014 will be a year of new experiences and opportunities. Why was 2013 such a great year?
- I was a credentialed blogger at CPAC 2013
This was a big deal because I got a complimentary pass to the conference and access to many distinguished conservative voices and met tremendous people in the movement like Wayne Dupree, Matt Vespa, Kristina Ribali, Betsy Woodruff, who’d probably make a good Bitcoin source, and others.
At CPAC I was able to network with many new media consultants and specifically contributed via Twitter to the conversation at several panels about new media, how Republicans need to get their collective digital act together.
- I attended Campaign and Elections’ Campaign Tech Conference
Here I was able to really enjoy a conference where both Republicans and Democrats were together and talked openly about the aftermath of 2012, the successes of the Obama campaign and how Republicans (again) needed to work on getting their act together. In this conference I met for the first time Colin Delaney. He’s not a conservative, but I really have enjoyed our conversations online and the fact that whenever I write something on this site it somehow makes it into his carefully curated list of blog posts he’s read that month or day or whatever. And the list goes on.
- Official Launch of Bluegrass Conservative
As I looked out into the Internet space I found lots of news sites like Red Maryland, Hoosier Access, and The Missouri Torch
and asked myself, “Why is there no website for Kentucky’s conservatives?” So I started that site and launched officially in March. Joining me were Robert New from Berea and James Young from Louisville and we proceeded to cover things in Kentucky that would be of interest to Kentucky’s conservative voters and citizens. We have had a great year pushing stories out to voters, getting in front of politicians, and challenging Kentucky to be more conservative.
In all these efforts I’ve wanted to drive home the point that the Internet can and is a powerful tool to win hearts and minds towards an idea or cause.
What does this mean for you and for this site?
In my transition out of politics and into the arts, I realize that some of you won’t care about theatre or music and I’m really ok with that. On this site and on my social media channels I will no longer be posting content regarding new media, politics, or technology. I will revamp this site to build my platform as an actor and as a singer. The look will change and so will the content.
My social media profiles will be different and I will be revamping those as well.
But, if you are with me and want to keep informed of performances and what not please continue to follow me. I would love to know that you are with me in this new journey I am embarking upon.