Southern Gospel Journal to retire in June

This has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. But “to every thing there is a season,” and this season is coming to an end: I have decided to retire Southern Gospel Journal in early June.

For my entire adult life, writing a post every morning has been the only routine I have known. So this decision was certainly influenced by a number of factors.

Perhaps most significant is how the world has changed over the last eight years. In 2006, we needed news websites. Now, we follow our favorite artists directly on Facebook or Twitter. That has decreased the need for this site. But I truly don’t regret it, because it is better for the genre.

Something similar happened with CD reviews. Thanks to Spotify, we don’t need a reviewer to tell us if a CD is any good when we can hear it for ourselves.

When it comes to commentary, I have said my piece. After writing over 3,100 posts here, I find that most of my post ideas are ones I’ve had before.

There are also a few personal reasons. I need to lose weight, which means that I need to spend more time away from the computer, exercising. And I am ready to pick back up several book and songwriting projects that had been on the back burner.

I’m making this announcement a month early, for several reasons. First, there are several posts already promised or scheduled for the next few weeks. Second, this will allow time for anyone who wants to pick up the mantle of daily news and commentary to get up and running. Finally, it lets me get this post out of the way and save the final post for a more fitting subject.

I have been very active in this genre behind the scenes. That won’t change; I still love this music deeply.

With this season in my life drawing to a close, I’m tempted to complicate the transition by refusing to let go of the past. Instead, I’ll focus on the future, looking forward to seeing what the road ahead may hold both for me and for this genre of music that has touched all of us so deeply.

Thank you to all of you who have made this project one of the greatest blessings I have ever experienced.


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  1. You have been a great help to Jordan’s Bridge on more than 1 occasion and we are grateful but most of all we appreciate your stand for Cbrist. You have an awesome gift of writing. I’ve enjoyed getting up and this being the 2nd website I look at every day. The 1st is my bank to see how far in the red I am. Lol. There have been conversations on here that have been great such as the Tracks vs Live Bands. It showed the best and worst of some people but was very entertaining to say the least. Then you had subjects that blessed me such as the books of the Bible series you’ve done. It take time to think those thing through and you’ve done a phenomenal job. Far as weight lost man its hard the first 2 weeks are hard but once you start seeing results from the starving then you’ll won’t to keep going. Also the main thing is to ask God to help you. I lost 138 lbs in 16 months and have kept it off. I’ve got 35 lbs to go. Should get that off me this summer.

  2. As a brother of Daniel, I have seen most of the major events of this website’s history more closely than most people have. I know how much time and effort Daniel has put into this over the years, and I thank him for his efforts. While I will miss having a reliable source for Southern Gospel news, I completely understand the need for one chapter to end that a new one may begin. I’ve known for years that this day would have to come eventually, and while I will greatly miss Southern Gospel Journal I am looking forward to what the future holds for both Daniel and the genre.

    On a lighter note, this is an unusual birthday present, Daniel.

    • Thank you! I thought about putting this post up one month ago today, but it seemed that May 1 was to be preferred to April 1. 🙂

  3. Daniel, I congratulate you on your decision to leave while you’re on top. You have been an encouragement to me and so many others. You were the first person to interview me when I began singing 7 years ago. Many peoples opinions of me early on were formed by this page. I thank you for that. You have been a true friend and I will dearly miss coming to your site daily and checking out the daily news. I wish you God’s blessings on everything you pursue. You have been one of this genres greatest diplomats, and that will not soon be forgotten. THANK YOU!

    • You’re welcome, and thank you! It has been an honor to cover your career.

  4. Thank you for all of your work here. This has been the site I checked regularly, and like Joe Lane, was part of my routine in the morning. NO OTHER SITE CAME CLOSE TO THIS ONE!! It will be missed. You may have said, but what will happen with all the content here? Will it still be available/accessible?

    Thanks again, and all the best in the future!!

    • At least for the time being, yes, I do plan to continue to pay the monthly hosting fee to keep the site’s archives online.

  5. Daniel, I cannot put into words how much this saddens me. Three non-work related e-mails I look forward to reading every morning: 1) the “Verse of the day” from KingJamesBibleonline.com, 2) The daily Turning Point devotional from Dr. David Jeremiah and 3) Southern Gospel Joyrnal. Those 3 messages form the meditative part of my beginning of the day. It is especially enhanced when you add video clips like that “Prodigal Son” one by Greater Vision and Mark Trammell Quartet you posted a few weeks ago. Please know that you and your work have neither been in vain, nor taken for granted. Know that you’ve been a blessing to many and that we love you and will pray that God will bless you in your weight loss (which I am working on too) and in all your future endeavors in his service. I look forward to hearing one of my favorite artists record one of your song writing endeavors. Take care, Gid Bless You and always remember….Batman has proven time and again that you can “pick up the mantle again”. So we’ll hope this retirement is more of a “see you later” than a final farewell! May God bless you is my prayer and thank you for your service.

    • Thank you very much! I may as well provide a little detail for context for anyone who is wondering. I got diagnosed with a low thyroid (at that point, working at about 1/4 of safe levels). That doesn’t mean I can’t lose weight, it just means that I have to work harder. For the last year and a half, or so, I have been eating 1200-1500 calories per day and exercising two hours per day. That worked for a while, but for the last six months or so, that level of effort has just kept me at maintenance levels. That means I have to work even harder and put more time into it to actually lose weight. So to move from two hours of exercise per day up to ???, that was the point where I had to choose between this site and the exercise.

      I hope that’s not TMI, but I know a few people were wondering.

  6. Daniel,

    You sure will be missed. Until recently, I visited your site nearly every day. I did seem to recently notice you and the site were not as engaged as much as before. Times change and I wish you the best. As for the weight loss, it all starts with diet. I exercise M-F for around an hour. I am “fit” but I don’t eat like I should. Therefore, I am not seeing the results I should with the amount of work I am putting in. Good luck!

  7. Hey no fair, how come I don’t getta vote?!

    Another ‘Conscious Uncoupling”

    So what resource exactly should I turn to now for an unbiased, unfiltered look at things in SG?

    This thing was a breath of fresh air.

    At least you didn’t say, “so I can spend more time with my family.” lol…

    Why don’t you open this thing up to numerous editors and just moderate it…or have someone moderate it… like (dare I say) The Huffing and Puffington Post.

    There needs to be an independent vehicle for SG information.

    • Everyone who put in more than 8,000 hours and more than $2,000 into keeping the site afloat had a vote. 🙂 More seriously, I did consult with all the site’s contributors, as well as several other trusted advisors, before making the decision.

      • Well it will be missed!

  8. Daniel,
    I am very sorry to read this, but I’m sure you have made the decision prayerfully. I think I have read almost every one of those 3,200 posts! I did not agree with you everytime, but I think we agreed a lot more times than not. Thanks for all you have done for Southern Gospel through this site, and may God bless you in every new chapter of your life!

  9. Daniel,

    I am relatively new to your blog. (I started reading it about 6 months or so ago) as I was also fairly new to Southern Gospel music. I started out as a David Phelps fan and still am, but, with all of the articles, commentary, etc. I have read here, I have branched out to listening to many more groups and I just want to thank you for all you have contributed for this novice.

    LOL, plus you have been very patient with some of my rather dumb questions. 🙂 Blessings to you and I pray that you will be able to meet your goals and the Lord will continue to help you along the way.

  10. I hate to hear this! I just started following Southern Gospel Journal this past year but love it. I especially am going to miss how you do the play-by-play of NQC. There are others websites I follow, but none quite like this one. This is the most in-depth website I’ve come across. Anyways, I do have to understand where you’re coming from, though. Sometimes we just have to put our priorities in order and really think about what is the most important use of our time.

  11. So sorry to see you go, but we wish you the best!

  12. While I’ll miss reading your site also , I’m excited for you as you pursue more opportunities. Your site has been a much needed positive voice in our industry. You have been a cheer leader and encourager for many artists including myself. You have also shaped the discourse and opinions of many fans and in turn have had a great influence on the industry. Good luck in the days ahead and thank you for all you’ve done for the love of Southern Gospel music.

  13. Congratulations on a good run Daniel. God bless your new journey!

  14. As a reader from (most likely) the beginning, I am saddened by this but do understand. I still believe that this is/was the best site overall in southern gospel today. As you said, everything has its season and I wish you well in a your new season. I hope that your physical, musical, and writing goals come to fruition. Thanks for all you have done! Just like all good southern gospel singers that have said goodbye….i hope you come back on the road in a few months 🙂

    • I’m sure it’ll be more than a few months before I’m in a good place with my health. But as far as further down the road, “never say never.” Thank you!

  15. Daniel, does this mean you won’t be doing a CD review later when The Inspirations new project is released?
    I always look forward to your CD reviews in the Inspirations.

    • Sorry, their CD won’t be out by June 1.

  16. Thank you for always being so kind to my family and I. I read your site almost daily, and will miss it when it’s gone. In a time where most bloggers made it a goal to point out the negative and bash what they didn’t like about the music and the people in the industry, you kept things on a positive note while still being real. You also always did your homework before posting and never assumed anything. I believe that’s why it has stuck out above the rest. God Bless you in your new endeavors and thank you for what you have done through this site to promote our music. I hope to hear some more great songwriting from your pen!

    • Thank you very much! Yes, that certainly was my goal.

  17. Thank you for your devotion to running a quality website. You have done well, and I look forward to your future projects.

  18. I think the first time we met at Crossroads I mentioned that this site has been apart of my daily routine for several years. I’ve always enjoyed reading the different posts and topics you bring to the site. While I’m a little shocked and sad that this journey has come to an end. I wish you the best in your future endeavors.

  19. Daniel,

    May God bless you in your future endevours! I will speak for myself but I think the sentiment is strong in the other comments as well “We will miss you and your insight!”

    I understand the need to sometimes move on (even if just for a season 😉 hint,hint) but stay around somewhere even if just commenting on other blogs. I’m sure anyone who would take up your reigns or another quality blog would welcome your guest post if you feel inspired to write periodically. Just be sure to let us know where we can follow you to see what you’re writing.

    Best wishes,
    Joe

    • Thank you! I’m sure I will continue to comment on other sites.

  20. I felt like this was coming for a couple days. I will miss this site a lot. It was the place to go for daily news on the SG music industry. A great look at the history and current news in one place was great to read every day.

    I understand why you have to stop, because I have been given same type of warnings from my doctor as well. I really hope you stay active in SG music because you are a genuine light in the world.

    I wish you the very best in the future.

    • Thanks! I do plan to stay active behind the scenes.

  21. Being contributors, we knew this day was coming, and we support you in your decision. As you know, we are saddened and will miss the positive daily news and commentary.

    Of all the blessings that have come out of this website for us, the best has been a good friend…you! We’ve appreciated your daily commitment and perseverance all these years. We pray for God’s blessings on the paths He is leading you.

    By the way, Sam says to send any extra pounds you lose his way. Your loss would be his gain. 🙂

    -TGF

    • Thanks! I know he doesn’t want all of them, though! 🙂

      I would have to agree: The single best thing that I’ve gotten from this experience is all the friendships.

  22. Certainly, I respect your decision, but I will miss your regular postings. Some of us who do not frequent social media sights will lose many good comments and reviews from you. Don’t sell you or your journal short. Those of us in that category will find a major gap in our Gospel Music News. I wish you well in your weight loss efforts and your other projects. I hope we’ll hear from you from time to time, just to bring us up to date on your progress. Perhaps someone will pick up your baton. Thank you for the countless time and hours you’ve spent on the Southern Gospel Journal. Blessings on you now and in the future.

    • Thanks, and I do indeed hope someone else will pick up the baton.

  23. Oh, no! This is very sad news to us indeed! This, right when we have gotten used to hearing from you!! We aren’t on facebook, so you are truly our main source of information concerning this type of music. We are very sorry to see you go….wish we could have found out about you sooner. We respect you for concentrating on the weight loss…I know exactly how hard it is, needing to do the same thing myself. I know you will be successful, and God will be with you every step of the way, as it is His will that we prosper in our health as well as our souls. Trusting Him to lead you and show you what to do next, opening the right doors and closing the wrong ones. He is always faithful! You will be sorely missed! So sad to hear this. 🙁

  24. It has been a pleasure to visit your site. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put in to make sure it was a first class presentation of our genre. Best of luck!

  25. Daniel

    Thank you for all the time and effort you have put into Gospel Music through this blog. I wish you great successes as you strive to reach your goals. Let’s stay in touch!

    Michael Booth

  26. I will really, really miss this site. I am so use to checking it several times a day. Also I have learned about so many artist that I hadn’t heard about before – my cd collection has grown because of your site. May God bless in whatever you do and in losing the weight as I am struggling myself with that issue.

    • Thanks. I was really hesitant to bring up that aspect. But at the same time, I knew that enough of my readers were struggling with the same issue that readers would understand (and realize that it was honest, and not just press release puffery. Nobody talks about that if they don’t mean it!)

  27. Daniel Mount,
    I want to thank you for all the work you’ve put into this site. I started reading it daily a few years ago and it quickly become my favorite site. I may not realize just how much I appreciate it until it’s gone. Since I don’t really follow groups on facebook, this is my source for most southern gospel news. The end-of-the-week news updates are some of my favorite posts. And though I didn’t say anything before, I always enjoyed reading your cd reviews. I’ll also miss your live blogging of NQC.
    I understand your reason for retiring the site, but I hope someday you’ll post southern gospel news again. I’ve actually never commented before since I’d rather just read others opinions, but I read everything you post. I just want you to know how much I’ve enjoyed this journal. It’s the best southern gospel site I’ve ever read.

    ~homeschooledsgquartetfan

  28. I could write a long commentary on what I’m thinking right now…but instead of doing that, I’ll say a few dozen “AMEN’S” to what has already been said. I would also like some recommendations as to where to get our SG news. I don’t do facebook.

    I will miss you and the blog so much; God bless you richly in your future.

    April

  29. Daniel, while I hate to read that you are retiring “Southern Gospel Blog”, I want you to know how grateful I am for your dedication and creativity over the last several years. You were the first writer to introduce Liberty Quartet to a national audience and have become a friend over the years. I will certainly miss my daily click on SGJ. God bless you and your future endeavors. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the days to come.

    • It was an honor to play a role in that! God bless you, too!

  30. Thanks for your consistent and quality service. Your site has been a large part of what has gotten me into gospel music the last few years.

    I pray that someone steps up to try to fill the void you will be leaving in the industry, because that void will be significant. Gospel music desperately needs more voices like yours.

  31. Daniel,
    I have enjoyed your blog from day one. As you said, to everything there is a season. Good luck in your future endeavors.

  32. Daniel,

    I will never forget our phone conversation several years ago and the interview that you posted. Looking back, I wish we could have stayed in contact more. Your site has been a daily read of mine for years, and I thank you for the hard work you put into keeping Southern Gospel music fans and artists up to date. Your time and effort is truly appreciated. May God richly bless your future endeavors.

    Cody

    • Thank you! I also wish we could’ve stayed in contact more.

  33. Thanks for all you have done for gospel music and the countless hours you have spent working on the site! Always have enjoyed reading your blog, and it will definitely be missed. Wish you the best in the future! God bless!

  34. As you say there is a season for everything. My group reached that season a few months ago and I can sincerely say that I am content in the change. I hope this is what will happen to you as well. The past is just that, PAST, the present is now and the future looms ahead very quickly. People who cannot let go of the past are destine to be somewhat miserable.

    Thank you Daniel for your honest, straight from the heart, STRAIGHT, blogs. Commons sense seems to be lacking and your common sense addresses of the situations that face our music was most welcomed.

    You were always kind to The Couriers and never sugar coated your responses to our method of ministry. Thanks for just being a friend that told the truth without rancor or malice, but kindly thoughts that have made us all take stock of our lives and our music.

    God bless you sir. You are loved.

    Duane Nicholson, Always a Courier and an admirer of one Daniel Mount.

    • Wow. And thank you very much for the encouragement. As I think everyone here knows, I’m a huge admirer of the Couriers, too.

    • I can’t think of a much higher compliment than to be admired by a Courier. That’s a great testimony!

      • Yes, sir! I was thinking the same thing but hadn’t thought of a good way to say it yet.

    • I just had to say another “AMEN” to add to the others I said previously. I’ll miss the Courier’s too!

      ~Blessings~

  35. Daniel,

    As much as I hate to read this, I’m thankful for all you’ve done over the years on this blog. I believe I’ve followed your posts since the beginning… or close to it! It’s always been a refreshing and interesting read, and something I look forward to every day. Your posts will be missed.

    However, I’m happy for you in whatever you determine to do next. I’m also glad to read that you’ll still be around, although “behind the scenes”. I’m quite confident that you won’t be totally silent in the things that happen in the SG genre, and look forward to hearing your thoughts occasionally, wherever they might be. Your knowledge and opinions are of great value.

    I pray that all will go well in the future, and whatever you do… keep in touch!

    • Thanks, and I plan to!

      • “Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Just found you and now you’re leaving.
        So very, very sad. You are the best ever.”

  36. Daniel, This was a shock to read this morning, but I totally understand. Good for you for taking care of yourself and not letting this become your master!

    I do want to say “Thank you!” for your commitment of time and the integrity with which you ran this site for so many years. This was one of my regular “morning stops” for the past several years to see what was going on in the southern gospel world. Also, thank you for your kind words in my CD reviews and helping promote my Stamps-Baxter project.

    You will be missed!

  37. This site has been the epitome of professionalism for many years now. It differed from other sites in that it always provided a positive slant with helpful insights to the wonderful world of Southen Gospel Music. Good job Daniel!

  38. I’ll greatly miss this site. It was (and still is) worth visiting everyday. God bless you for all the time, money and all you have put in to make this site a blessing to many.

    I have posted some silly comments (remember when I was trying to talk you into being a columnist for Homecoming Magazine 🙂 ?), but your responses (to my silliness as well as that of other people, and sometimes to rudeness) have not been as those of one irritated, but have reviewed how patient you are, and that you have been sitting daily at the feet of Jesus, learning of Him for He is meek and lowly. If “may I prove I’ve been with Jesus,” has been your wish, I tell you that you have. Stay blessed, and Keep on the firing line.

    • Thank you very much! I’ve certainly aimed for patience. I don’t believe I’ve always succeeded, but I’m glad that it came through that I tried.

    • Revealed….talk of being silly.

  39. Daviel, I must admit that when I read your announcement my first reaction was disbelief. That was quickly overcome by sorrow and a feeling of loss. Brother, I understand that everything in life is subject to change, and this is proof of that, but that doesn’t make this news easier to grasp.

    I wish you the very best, and pray that your health battles will be overcome by the Name of Jesus, and the word of His testimony. I’ll miss you; your posts; and the news that we gleaned from Southern Gospel Journal.

  40. I’ve loved this site. Maybe you could do a post of some blogs that you frequent so others may learn of them. Your site was always where I heard the latest news , first. Congrats on a job well done.

    • I read just about all of them. I hate to start naming names, because I’ll always leave someone out, but two good ones that do exclusively SG-related posts and update regularly are Musicscribe and Southern Gospel Critique.

  41. Daniel,

    I wish you the best in getting your weight under control. Now’s the time to do it before you get any older. I was really overweight much of my earlier life, but I took action in my 30’s and have kept it under 180 for much of the past 40+ years.

    Now that you acknowledge the time has come, I don’t feel so bad for stepping down from enLighten. There were a few critics of that action, really out of fear of what the Company might do with the channel … otherwise, I know any number cheered my leaving.

    Everyone must remember that I came into the format as a greenhorn, taking on the challenge that our Lord called me too, as there were no plans to hire an experienced person to manage it – I already was at XM managing two other channels.

    I so appreciated the counsel that you and a couple of others that I felt were unbiased provided me over the years. It was an honor and a privilege to program this Lord-glorifying music for nine years … and I know you feel the same about what you’ve done over these like number of years.

    May the Lord bless you in all that you undertake in the days ahead … I know He’s not done with you yet.

    Marlin

    P. S. – Is there any truth to the rumor Michael Booth is taking over the Journal?

    • Thank you very much!

      As to the rumor: No comment. 🙂

  42. I first found this blog while looking for the lyrics to “All In God’s Own Time” by the Cathedrals. It came up on search engine results. Since then, I’ve read your posts most every day. I soon found you to be “THE SOURCE” for Southern Gospel music happenings. I’ve always enjoyed your positive outlook on Southern Gospel music and your perseverance to keep things positive. Thanks, my friend, for bringing a lot of class to the blog world! You will be missed!

  43. Good for you Daniel! I am very happy that you are looking forward to a new part of your life. You more than deserve it. 🙂 While I have been with you since the EHSS MB (oh my, am I really that old?) I will miss your daily postings, but I will be consoled by knowing that you are onto new and exciting things. I have lost 70 pounds, so if an old lady like me can do, a youngin’ like you can!

    God bless and may His light shine upon you. You will be missed.

    • Ah, yes! I remember you from there! And thank you!

  44. Daniel, thanks so much for what you have meant to the understanding of and the promotion of Southern Gospel Music. I know it won’t end because of your decision. It will just take a different route. You have been a great help to us. May God bless.

    • Thank you! It was quite the honor to interview you some time ago.

  45. Wow, I had no idea you were going through that physically. I understand your need to refocus but will definitely miss reading after you. You are one of the few who write unbiased posts and draw attention to well rounded, theologically sound lyrics rather than the male quartet only mindset. You’ve helped my thinking in some of those areas. I hope to meet you one day.

    • Thank you! And lest anyone get the wrong impression, I do love male quartets. In fact, it was a male quartet, the Cathedrals, that got me hooked on this style of music. But I certainly enjoy other configurations, too, and as you’ve noticed, I care about theologically sound lyrics far more than group configuration! 🙂

  46. Not much more can be said to all the fine and wonderful comments. Glad I was able to to view and read this site . As stated always positive and constructive. Best of luck on the weight loss, something I’ve also struggled with most of my life .. It has been an honor being a small part of this site by my viewership… It was great

    Good luck , we shall miss your thoughts

    • Thank you!

      • Daniel let me add my Thankyou as well, and thankyou for your support of our group the Torchmen over the years. May God bless you as you continue to follow his leading.

      • Thanks, and God bless you, too!

  47. Daniel, I will miss your posts. I hope to keep in contact with you, and hopefully will see your family at gospel concerts.

    • Thanks! I’m sure you will – not to mention the fact that, if I happen to visit home on the right weekend – you just might see me, too!

  48. Sorry to read this news, Daniel. As others have mentioned there are some of us that choose not to participate in the social part of the large social media platforms.

    It appears to me that you have carved out a relatively large niche of internet real estate that would be valuable to some one else with the same good intentions you have had toward Southern Gospel and your fellow man. Have you explored any such possibilities?

    Davy

    • Yes, but the individuals with whom I have spoken are hesitant to commit to the rather challenging pace of putting up a post every weekday. Also, some of the ones who would be most likely to expand their news coverage already have their own domains and wouldn’t need mine.

  49. From this Jersey boy who has only been listening to SG for 4 years, a sincere “THANK YOU”. You have introduced me to aspects of the music I never would have found on my own. For that, and for your godly example, I am truly grateful.

    A scripture verse comes to mind…well sort of… with some slight modifications. Hope you are blessed by it because the Lord had it all planned well in advance… and it even mentions you by name and includes references to exercise. See, you ARE blessed and highly favored by the Lord.

    “Yet those who “WEIGHT” for the LORD will gain new strength; They will “MOUNT” up with wings like eagles, They will “RUN” and not get tired, They will “WALK” and not become weary.”

    God bless you with abundance beyond what you can imagine.

    Bruce Balbach
    Parsippany NJ

  50. Out of all the SG sites I go to, this is my favourite. Easy to navigate and easy to read. I will miss it.

  51. Just look at the number of prominent individuals within the genre who have wished Daniel well, and you can see the impact that this blog/journal has made.

    I had a feeling this might be coming, but I wish you all the best. I hope you remain semi-active on Facebook through the change.

    • Thanks! I plan to remain as active on Facebook as I always have – reading daily, and posting once in a while.

  52. Man I hate to hear about this! I always enjoyed your updates, reviews, and videos. However, I can’t imagine how much time and effort goes into it all. I for one greatly appreciate it and I know many others do as well. You are a true friend to Southern Gospel music and your contributions have definitely made a lasting impression on this industry. Thanks Daniel.

  53. Daniel I will greatly miss your site. I read what you post almost every day. thank you for your contribution to Southern Gospel. Guess I started reading your site when you had the posts on here about the greatest quartet bass singers. I admire the fact that although you were a relative newcomer to the genre you really became a great historian of Southern Gospel. As far as the weight goes my dear wife has lost almost 100 pounds. She really did it by eating less and walking 2 to 3 miles a day all while holding down a fulltime job!!! Just be consistant and if you miss a day of excercise or eat a little more than you should just get back on the horse and ride again!! I will greatly miss your site. God bless you in your future endevours. God Bless!!!!!

    • Thank you! Wow! Congratulations to your wife!

  54. Daniel, I just want to thank you for your dedication to making the best SG website there has ever been. For a long time, this has been the first (and most of the time, the ONLY) website I check for SG news and happenings. Nobody has done this job with more class, and respect for our business than you. If anyone ever decides to do this sort of site again, I pray they follow your example sir.

    • Wow. I’m deeply honored. Thank you!

  55. I hope whoever votes on the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame will consider your contributions to the industry over the past 10+ years.

    • While I am honored at the suggestion, I would tend to think that an honor that prestigious ought to be reserved for people who have spent 40+ years pursuing excellence in some aspect of the genre.

  56. Your posting here every day is amazing to this one who only finds time to write on his own blog a few times a year! I can’t begin to tell you how helpful it has been over the past few years to have the Journal available for show prep on Sunday mornings for my little radio program. I simply don’t have time during the week to parse through all the Facebook and Twitter feeds and various press release oriented sites to find news relevant to my listeners, let alone the perspective you and you contributors (and commenters!) provide. This has been my 0ne-stop shop, and I thank you for that.

    I wish you all the best in your future endeavors, not the least of which being your personal health improvement efforts. And above all, thanks for what you’ve done for the industry and the furtherance of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    • You’re welcome! And, likewise, thank you for what you have done for the genre through radio.

  57. I can’t imagine the work you have put into this post over the years, but as with everyone else I will truly miss it. You have been my information source for anything I needed to know about gospel music. You are about the only one I read everyday. Good luck and God Blessl
    Larry

  58. Will miss it Daniel. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. Good luck and God bless!

  59. Daniel, I don’t even know where to start! First, I was totally surprised! It made perfect sense to me when you cut back on the number of entries you were creating each week. But you have put so much time and effort into this site to keep us informed, entertained, and educated, that I just can’t imagine it all coming to an end.

    I appreciate your dedication to developing others along the way as well. You’ve given me wise counsel and the opportunity to start writing concert reviews and you’ve encouraged me more than I can ever express here.

    And you put in an incredible amount of work providing the Southern Gospel Forum for several years as part of this site before we transitioned to AbsolutelyGospel. That forum grew because of you and many of friendships that were formed there between its members are still going strong today. I still have the quilts the members made for our booth at NQC!

    I sure will miss checking this site every day but I’ll be watching with great interest to see what you have for us next!!!

    • Thank you very much! I’m glad I was able to encourage you along the way. What I’ve done is something others can do. What you do, with your concert reviews and videos, is something I doubt anyone else could ever do!

      I have a hard time imagining it coming to an end, too. It certainly wasn’t an easy decision to make!

  60. Wow…I understand your decision…but I sure will miss coming over here and read all about it. God bless you Daniel! Thanks for all your years of hard work…

  61. Daniel,

    This blog is a big reason I’m a SG fan. It has been a must read for years now. I look at things differently than a lot of SG fans and I’m sometimes too cynical, but I appreciate your effort to follow your convictions of upholding a standard of edifying conversation. Hopefully I haven’t made it too difficult through the years.

    I’ve thought a lot about you shutting down your blog since you announced it and thought I would mention a couple of things.

    1. I wish you well with your weight loss. I’m struggling and I’ve got to find a way to change. Best wishes, I understand what you’re going through.

    2. I don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account. I have a feeling that my interest in SG will probably begin to dwindle. I’ll still listen to my favorites, but without a central hub like this I can see my interest dwindling. So, there is still a demand for what you offer.

    I wish you well in the future.

    JSR

    • Thank you very much. (1) Thanks! (2) As you might imagine, I thought and prayed long and hard about this before making this decision. I think that blogs of this nature are going the way of the 8-track. Their usefulness isn’t completely gone yet, and I recognize that, but I didn’t want to wait until it was completely useless before I retired it!

      • Put another way, it’s not a matter of “has no usefulness left.” It’s more “passed its peak of usefulness a year or two back, and seeing usefulness steadily declining each year.”

      • I’ve noticed comments have dropped off over time, have site visits dropped off as well? Just curious as analytics interest me.

      • Not dramatically, but there has been a gradual trend downward.

  62. It’s like losing an old friend. For many of us, our normal routine won’t feel quite right. There will be a sense of loss. Let’s hope that SOMETHING will happen and SGJ will continue to live on for many more years.

    Daniel, we all want the best for you and hope that this will not be the end of our “friendship.”

    Thank you so much and best wishes for the future…

  63. Daniel, sad to see you retire the blog! As I’ve said before, this has been my go-to place for industry news. I know I can get it from other sources, but you had a knack for combining it all. That speaks of the behind the scenes legwork that you put into preparing you posts.

    There’s always been something I’ve wondered about, but never took the time to ask. Better ask now or I’ll never know! The quartet silhouette in the top banner of your website, is that a silhouette of any particular group, or is it just a random clip-art image?

    • It is a silhouette of a particular group, from a picture that I took (or possibly a family member took) at a concert. Feel free to guess, or to check the archives to see.

  64. Without checking the archives, I’m going to guess Triumphant?

  65. OK, I cheated and searched the archives. Inspirations!

    • I told you it was OK, so it’s not cheating. Think of it like an open-book test. 🙂

      • Why thank you, Professor!

        I do wish you the best in the future! Thank you for providing this resource!