Return of the Native

I’ve played out the string on my “sabbatical” and Jim has graciously invited me to return to these pages. With editorial guidelines in place and most of the partisan passions of the election behind us, I felt like it was the right time to return. I look forward again to the give and take with contributors and readers that this blog provides in abundance.

Bacon’s Rebellion concentrates on the “wonkish” side of all things Virginia and I’m comfortable with that specialization, but I may also collaborate with other Virginia bloggers on their blog or on a blog that heads into Monty Python territory–something new and completely different. We’ll see. I know I have enjoyed my guest blogging over at Chad’s place, Commonwealth Conservative.

Tuesday’s election demonstrated that being civil and being positive matters. If we just add being substantive–talking about real issues realistically and offering solutions, not bromides–we might have something that makes a difference. Jim Bacon has always tried to be positive, civil, and substantive with this blog and his e-zine. I’m proud to be associated with it again.

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11 responses to “Return of the Native”

  1. The Jaded JD Avatar
    The Jaded JD

    Welcome back. I know I always felt refreshed after my blog-baticals, and I trust you will, too. Unless Mr. Dotson flogged you too hard on Election Night.

  2. Preston Bryant Avatar
    Preston Bryant

    Will, welcome back to regular writing. I’ve always enjoyed your thoughtful approach to policy discussion and debate. Such is quite needed.

  3. Glad to see you back! I enjoy your postings. And a word of thanks for your excellent coverage on election night. I enjoyed reading it all. You and Norm did a fine job!

  4. If it means you aren’t going to guest blog at my place, then I’m disappointed in your return to blogging. 🙂

    Welcome back. Your voice is one of the most unique and thoughtful in the Virginia blogosphere, and you were certainly missed…

    …and Olivia had it right to praise you and Norm for your election night blogging. You guys were outstanding, and made me look like an amateur.

  5. James Atticus Bowden Avatar
    James Atticus Bowden

    Does this wonk stuff mean I am in the chess club or the math club? Finally, after all these years…

  6. NoVA Scout Avatar

    Good to have you back.

  7. Salt Lick Avatar

    It’s great to know you’ll be posting here again, Will. You’ve always shown us there is a big difference between being one of the Asses of Evil and just an evil ass.

  8. Jim Bacon Avatar

    Will, You’ve always lived up to the spirit of the Bacon’s Rebellion blog — even more than its namesake. Your posts reflect a strong point of view, but they’re always grounded in the facts, cognizant of other perspectives and expressed in a civil manner. I am delighted to have you back.

    Now let’s get blogging!

  9. Anonymous Avatar

    Hey, where’d Barnie go? C’mon, give us all the juicy details of this saga.

  10. Jim Bacon Avatar

    Anonymous 9:12, Barnie disagreed with our editorial guidelines, in particular the right of the publisher (me) to limit discussion of certain topics, which he regarded as an infringement of freedom of speech. (The preciptating issue was the discussion over Hurricane Katrina, which I regarded as too rancorous and too removed from this blog’s Virginia focus.) He withdrew as a contributor to the blog, as it was certainly his right to do. I am happy to say, however, that Barnie’s columns still appear in the Bacon’s Rebellion e-zine.

  11. Brandon Meyer Avatar
    Brandon Meyer


    I’m glad to see you back… and so soon. I look forward to reading your posts again, although you probably posted enough caption entries to keep me satisfied and occupied.

    Semper Fi!


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