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Goodbye, CSR

A new chapter begins at Cat Scratch Reader.

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I’ve been debating with myself for weeks the best way to write this post, and I came to the decision that the best way is to be straight to the point. With that being said: Today is my last day at Cat Scratch Reader.

I know you’ve read those words before and you probably think “here we go again”, but this time it’s actually true. I’ve stepped down as Managing Editor — effective today — and will pass the torch to someone who deserves to oversee the site and lead it into the future.

I’m not going to get too in depth here, but I do feel that I at least owe you an explanation of why I’ve been absent for so long. Two years ago, I made a career change, and now I have too many commitments that prevent me from being as active at CSR as I want to. I believe that you deserve better from someone who carries the title of Managing Editor, and for that reason I have decided the best course is for me to step away.

Plus, I just don’t have the passion for Panthers football that I used to have when I started blogging here as a hobby back in 2008, which is the reason I’m completely stepping away from the site instead of just stepping down as Managing Editor. I didn’t watch a single minute of Panthers football this season, and as much as it pains me to say this out loud on a Panthers fan site, I didn’t miss it at all. Once I realized that I don’t actually want to watch the Panthers — or the rest of the NFL, to be totally honest — my decision had been made.

I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to thank a few people who have helped me along the way on this journey. Thank you to Jaxon for taking a chance on me to let me blog about the Panthers way back in 2008 when I joined the site on a whim. Thank you to Joel Thorman for giving me an opportunity to be the site manager when Jaxon stepped away in 2017. Thank you to Jeanna Kelley for continuing to believe in me and for helping me find new ways to talk about how bad the Panthers are at football. Thank you to Walker, Jon, Brian, Erik, Daniel, D.A. Sweat, Billy, and anyone else I forgot for being part of my team for so many years. And last — but certainly not least — thank you for reading my content (and even complaining about it sometimes) for the last 15 (Yes, 15!) years.

When I look back on what we’ve built here at CSR it’s hard to believe everything we’ve accomplished during my time here, but I’m incredibly proud of all the hard work that has gone into making this the best place to find Panthers news and opinions on the internet. Today is a bittersweet day, but I’m excited for what the future holds for CSR under new leadership, and I know that you’ll be in good hands for many years to come.

Thank you all again for everything, and may peace be with you always.