I have to admit I thought Paul was going a bit overboard on this whole evolution thing, but I never thought it would go this far. Even after I got a couple e-mails asking if I thought Paul was just trolling, I figured it would soon grow old and fade. After all, Kevin's never told me what to write or not to write (excluding the Republican National Convention live-blogging), but I guess he has his limits. After all, it's his name on the blog.
But his dumping of Paul... that's got me a bit rattled.
I guess he means it, too. Paul's name is gone from the credit box, and Paul's "private" Wizbang e-mail address bounces now. I guess Kevin will let Paul keep the "paul@" for a little while to wrap up any of his business.
I think what has me the most thrown is that Kevin didn't notify me before he made it public. I've always felt a little bit of a third wheel in the behind-the-scenes stuff, getting the impression that they were forming a senior partner - junior partner kind of relationship, leaving me the "associate" role, and I found that kind of comfortable -- just about the right balance of authority and responsibility, coupled with freedom and deniability. But with Paul's absence, I find myself promoted to "senior associate," with the concomitant responsibilities and obligations that come with it.
And the lack of any real relationship with Kevin beyond an occasional e-mail or comment on each other's threads also has been a bit uncomfortable. I've often remarked/joked about the RNC thing, but it did bother me at the time. He volunteered my specific services to the entire nation (through the Wall Street Journal) before once broaching the subject with me. It worked out all right, but I didn't like being taken for granted like that.
And now Paul is gone... for good or ill, it's still a major change. Wizbang will not be the same, and I don't know if it's going to remain a good forum for me.
Perhaps when Kevin hosts his auditions next week, he might find enough willing contributors to fill two vacancies.
As I've mentioned before, I'm going on vacation tomorrow -- I've got to catch an early flight. I have a couple other pieces "in the can" that I've set to publish themselves later today -- I'd been working on them since before this all broke -- but I think I might take a little hiatus of my own while I'm away.
I should be back posting something by Wednesday, but in the meantime, I've got some heavy thinking to do. I've come to enjoy blogging -- hell, it's probably the most exciting part of my life -- but I think it's time to look at moving on. I've been encouraged to start my own blog, but I don't really think I'm ready for that. Anyone know of any group blogs with openings, or of a solo blogger looking for a "guest," please mention them in the comments.
I gotta go start packing for the trip. And maybe a walk to clear my head.
[Important Note: This post was part of the Wizbang April Fools]