Mark Nickolas of the Bluegrass Report is calling it quits. After taking in donations from more than 100 people to work for three months, he’s ditching his site in favor of an unnamed project. In a recent post on his site he says he’ll be featuring guest writers to take his place. (Something that’s already happening and to a great extent happens on Page One with numerous contributors). Note that you won’t find us linking to Bluegrass Report, as Mark has made it blatantly obvious– despite our growing relevance– that he’s not fond of mentioning Page One even when we break major stories or are the first to report information.
I’ve cordially corresponded with Nickolas over the past year. Before this site was created and before our new company was official. At one point we were in talks to buy his site but discussion with our financier fell through. I also provided him with several stories throughout the gubernatorial primary. So there’s no ill will. We appreciate his paid-for work throughout the gubernatorial election and thank him for his efforts to create online activity in Kentucky politics.
It is, however, a bit surprising to us that Mark has ignored the growing and very relevant blogosphere in Kentucky. And even more surprising that he’s taken it upon himself to seemingly swipe story ideas from our site, from BlueGrassRoots and others with no mention or attribution. Not to mention his total lack of transparency regarding (potential) influences. Not terrible things, no, but not a great way to operate or keep the peace.