Yesterday, Doug Harrison announced that he was retiring the Averyfineline blog after a nine-year run. This doesn’t come entirely as a surprise, as his postings had become infrequent over the last year or two; this was his first post in over two months.
SouthernGospelBlog.com received more inspiration from his than most readers of either site realize. On a number of occasions, I saw something Doug was doing and decided to try the opposite, just to see what would happen. One specific example would be active participation in the comment area, something that played a huge role in defining this site’s culture.
Anyone who has read both sites over our seven-plus-year overlap might think that Doug and I did not see eye to eye on anything. Yet for all our areas of disagreement, we both want to see this genre of music be presented with integrity and artistic excellence. So I cannot let the occasion pass without a tip of the hat, as one would in respect for a valiant opponent at the conclusion of a vigorous debate.