November 01, 2012

For Everything There is a Season

Confederate Yankee started with what was to be a one-off post on a hastily set-up Blogspot blog. That was posted Nov. 5, 2004. I sent an email to Glenn Reynolds, he linked it, and the very first blog entry I ever wrote garnered something north of 8,000+ hits and dozens of comments. I was hooked on the spot.

Seven years, 5,284 blog entries, and 7.8+ million page-views later, it is time to retire Confederate Yankee, a "temporary" blog that turned out to be a life-changing experience.

No, I'm not retiring from blogging, and neither is Mike, commenter extraordinaire turned co-blogger and friend. We're just moving on.

Mike is launching his first solo blog, Stately McDaniel Manor, which I hope will become a daily read for you. He'll also continue contributing to Pajamas Media and the Gun Values Board.

I'll be moving to my own self-named blog, which will consolidate the future political blogging I'd previously done on CY with the gun-writing I'd been doing at Bob's Gun Counter. Of course, I'll also continue posting at Pajamas Media and Shooting Illustrated.

Why am I retiring CY? It's time consolidate my work on a more robust and modern CMS (WordPress) that is more extensible and easier to administer, leaving me more time to focus on content. Don't worry, though. I have no intention of nuking CY, and all the existing content will remain exactly where it is for as long as our generous host Pixy Mesa will have us.

Mike and I will continue posting here through the end of the month, but we'll be "locking the doors" to new comments and posts after that time and moving on to our new sites. I hope you'll follow us there.

Thanks for being part of our blogging family!

Posted by Confederate Yankee at November 1, 2012 08:10 AM

It's been a pleasure hanging out with you, man! You've done fantastic work, and I'm definitely looking forward to everything you have going on down the road!

Brian from the deceased Snapped Shot

Posted by: Brian L. at October 14, 2011 08:19 AM

awwww, man! I was born and raised in Virginia, have spent my adult life in Pennsylvania, so the very name of the blog is one of the reasons I started looking at this blog. Of course, the fact that you cover the issues that are of primary interest to me didn't hurt either.

Don't leave me !!!!

Posted by: Tom at October 14, 2011 08:52 AM

Just noticed that neither of your bog or his has the RSS feed set-up -- I get a "The URL is not valid and cannot be loaded." message on both.

Glad your staying on, and yes the right CMS makes concentrating on content much simpler.

Posted by: Robert Slaughter at October 14, 2011 10:14 AM

Say It Ain't So, Joe!

It's been Real.

Posted by: Steve Hamerdinger at October 14, 2011 10:37 AM

So where do we go for Gunwalker, Guerena, and Eric Scott? PJM or Bob?

MIKE NOTES: Gus, I'll be continuing my work on the Scott and Guerena cases at Stately McDaniel Manor; there is much more to do. As you know, Bob has been, by far, the most important and prolific Blog voice on Gunwalker and he'll continue his work there at Bob while I'll contribute an occasional article on that topic on my own site. Thanks for asking!

Posted by: Gus Bailey at October 14, 2011 11:38 AM

Had a little trouble finding the RSS feed icon at the new blog, but found it and have subscribed in my Google Reader account. You can run, but you can't hide. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: Junk Science Skeptic at October 14, 2011 12:00 PM

"Times they are a 'changin!"......and for the better no doubt. I love CY and will now just bounce between the blogs of Bob & Mike. Not a difficult task when one is able to read such beautifully written articles.
Thank you both for CY and I'll look forward to your new spots filled with more great posts!

Posted by: carol at October 14, 2011 01:55 PM

Mike, I hope you will continue with "The Literature Corner" posts at your "manor".

Posted by: MikeM_inMD at October 14, 2011 10:06 PM

Dear MikeM in MD:

I surely will. Thanks for reading!

Posted by: Mike Mc at October 14, 2011 11:00 PM

Hate to see this site fade away, but pleased for you guys. I rarely post to blogs, but have followed your blog for a long time. Thanks for all the info, analysis and fun stories. Will follow your individual sites.

Posted by: Leg at October 15, 2011 04:27 AM

Will do, I've truly enjoyed reading y'alls stuff!

Posted by: Old NFO at October 15, 2011 04:09 PM

I just added this blog site to my feed reader, great stuff. Cannot get enough!

Posted by: Stewart Betenson at October 21, 2011 10:35 AM

Great Run CY. You often phrased things perfectly.

Posted by: brando at October 24, 2011 11:25 PM

I'm a great reader, a fair writer, and awful at figuring computer stuff out. I found Mike via the link in the post on CY, but have no idea how to find Bob. Please help me!

MIKE RESPONDS: Dear Jane: Thanks so much for reading us. You can find Bob at:

Posted by: Jane at October 27, 2011 08:26 AM