Ed Champion, ex-blogger?

Ouch, that hurts.  While our politics and backgrounds are worlds apart , Ed has always been a friendly and helpful blogger colleague – if there is such a thing – to me since I started this blog.  I wish him well in his future endeavors and will try to get my technical act together so I can listen to more of his podcasts on my MP3 player.

I can relate to his decision to give up the blog aspect of his site.  Like I Ed, I am now a freelance writer – although I have one main gig as a consultant and write true freelance stuff when I can.  I also started blogging when I had a sometimes dull day job.  This past year I quit that job and took a job in Austin thinking it was the next step in my career.  But then decided that it wasn’t the best thing for my family, so I made the decision return to Columbus.  It was difficult decision and time.  I ended up writing online as an independent consultant for a web site and working out of the house.

Not surprisingly, this – and having another child – has had an impact on my blogging and I have often wondered if it is worth keeping this site going.  But unlike Ed, fiction or book reviews are not the main focus of my work.  So this blog is a way to do something different and to explore my love of books.  With the new job – working at home with a three year old and a three month year old – I don’t have the time I would like to surf the literary blogosphere and engage in debate and discussion like I used to.  But Ed’s place was one of the few I checked out regularly.  His great links and sharp wit always made reading a pleasure.  I will miss it.

As for me, come the new year I want to focus on writing better and more thoughtfully about the books I read.  I know I can’t be a prolific lit blogger with the latest links or news – and I don’t have any inside information on the world of publishing – but with Jeff, and now Moe, pitching in it is my hope that the site will have enough quality content to be worth the pixels.

But enough about me, I want to again wish Ed all the best as he endeavors to take his career to the next level or in a new direction.  I also want to thank him for the courtesy and kindness he has shown me over the years.  His podcasts are an inspiration and a valuable addition to the online discussion of books.  I look forward to reading his reviews and essays wherever they appear.  And I look forward to seeing the novel in book form someday.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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