I don’t feel much like an active blogger (or writer of any kind, bar work emails) these days, but I had to carve out a moment to mark the tenth anniversary of this thing. A decade seems to lend a slight bit of heft to the phrase “passion project.” Either that or I’m just a perfect combination of nerdy and stubborn.
Even through all the fits, starts, and stumbles, I have received consistent feedback from readers across the state that this site is a helpful resource. When it’s going well, it delivers insights from one-on-one conversations with politicos; data about candidates and elections; and commentary from a nonpartisan, pro-civics perspective.
I’m relieved that I can pick up my tablet at any moment and get those things from a variety of other sources. I will keep after you, the public at-large, to demand ever more value from providers; and even to increasingly become providers yourselves. That’s kind of how Tennessee Ticket started.
Another ten-year mark grins at us from just a few months into the calendar: remember that time a bunch of bloggers converged on Belmont University for “BlogNashville”? It would be foolish to assume that a reunion is practical; but who knows? Maybe there are a few fools who’d want to entertain the notion.
Will this blog still be alive in 2025? Now that would be something.