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  • So Long, and Thanks for all the Clicks!

    Derek Pillie retires as managing editor of the blog Hoosier Access to pursue his city clerk campaignThis message is long overdue, but I didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye. As faithful readers of the blog know, I took over day to day responsibilities for managing Hoosier Access about a year and a half ago. I came into the task with a board who was excited to keep alive the concept of Hoosier Access.

    Unfortunately, as with all things, in time things change. Many members of our team took new jobs or inherited new responsibilities. Some moved away. We were never able to attract new writers who were interested in contributing to the blog on a regular basis. What was conceived as something that would be a team effort increasingly became a solo responsibility. There was always a plan to get back to it, but there is always one excuse or another that kept me from getting back in the rhythm of updating Hoosier Access on a regular basis.

    Recently I made a decision that made getting back to managing Hoosier Access on a regular basis impossible, at least for the near term. I had recruited a friend to run for City Clerk in Fort Wayne. He got a better offer which prompted me to chat with others about who should run for city clerk. To my surprise, a number of them suggested I should do it. As I continued to look at what the city clerk’s job is all about and what sparked my interest in public service, it seemed more and more like I should run for office. So, after a few weeks of deliberating as to what I should do, I announced last month I would be running for city clerk. If you’d like to learn more about my campaign, we just launched our website today with information on all of that.

    What does this mean for Hoosier Access? Long term, I don’t know the answer to that. I’ve asked Josh, our Founder and Editor Emeritus, to take back control over the site. It’s ironic that as blogging has become more and more important for visibility, it seems like there’s less and less interest in the actual work of blogging. As journalism organizations continue to trim the amount of resources they are devoting to news and information gathering it becomes more and more important for people to report on what they’re learning and share with others. Our vision for Hoosier Access has always been to be a home for news, information and political commentary from the perspective of Indiana conservatives.

    In the meantime, I’d suggest following some of the folks who are out there still blogging. I don’t always agree with them, but they are doing the work of getting information out there:

    Before I go, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give particular thanks to Josh for this opportunity as well as the Hoosier Access team who I’ve become great friends with over the years. Emily Borkholder, Matt Brinkman, Rob Burgess, Derek Trovillion and especially Mark Warner have been a huge support system for me over the last few years. I’d also like to thank Scott Tibbs and Scott Fluhr for their consistent contributions both publicly and privately to Hoosier Access over the years. Nick Barbknecht demonstrated that we can throw one heck of a party and did a great job with our 25 Under 25 list every year. For all the other content creators and folks who took time to contribute to this blog as well as those who took the time to read it, you have my thanks. I truly enjoyed every moment as your managing editor and I hope a forum like this can continue to exist for Hoosier conservatives.

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