For those of us who have been a part of North Carolina's political blogging scene for more than a few years, James Protzman stands as a leader in the political blogging movement. Long before newspapers paid journalists to blog, James, along with Lance and John, provided a megaphone for the rest of us. Today, we are celebrating his return to full-time blogging.
HA! Just kidding. Today, James's friends and colleagues are gathering to celebrate his retirement from paid work. I make the distinction because blogging is hard work too...we just don't get paid to do it!
James, while you are not retiring from BlueNC, I think it is a great time to take just a minute to thank you for everything you have done to make sure the thousands of voices belonging to registered BlueNC members have a better chance of being heard. Thank you for digging deep and doing research so the rest of us stay informed. Thank you for staying angry when the rest of us are too exhausted, and then lighting a fire under us when break time is over. Thank you for paying the bills to keep the lights on and the hamsters fed.
Finally, thank you for always being ahead of the curve. Over this past year, as other progressive blogs, the news media, and political cartoonists jumped on the Art Pope Puppet Show bandwagon; I took great pleasure in looking at their work and thinking, "Hmmph, that was so nine years ago."
Enjoy your big day!