AsMaineGoes Owner/Editor Scott K Fish can be reached by email - firstname.lastname@example.org - or by phone 207-458-7185
As Maine Goes, AMG, was launched in 1998 as an email newsletter. Not long after, AMG went online as a web forum with a mission to provide Maine conservatives a place to communicate in an online Pulbic Square. Soon AMG opened its doors to people of all political stripes. The only caveat was that conversations be kept civil.
AMG is a success beyond what I ever dreamed it would be.
Now it is time to shutter down AMG. Will it, like Frosty the Snowman, be back again someday? I don't know.
There are two main reasons for my decision. First is financial. AMG costs $150 a month to stay online. I don't earn $150 a month from AMG. Over the years several AMGers have been very kind and generous with their donations — often arriving just in time to drive the wolves from the door. I will always thank and remember them. They have a special place in my heart.
Second, since 2010 I agreed to step back from political postings on AMG as a term of employment. So I haven't spent much time on AMG since. And between 1998 and 2010 I spent most of my time on AMG. Running a successful web forum takes more time than most people realize.
Whatever strength AMG has had over the years — that's due to the community of AMGer's. Always a generous, smart, savvy, gutsy group. Thank you for all of your giving to and though AMG.
Finally, thank you a bazillion times over to Naran. Back in AMG's early days when I had to travel over the road before wifi was standard in hotels — Naran watched my back. And she has been watching my back ever since. Most people are surprised to learn that out of all the years Naran and I have known each other, worked together on AMG, we have only seen each other in person a total of one hour — maybe. Thoreau writes, "No extension of the legs can bring two minds closer together." In terms of Naran, me, and AMG - Thoreau was spot on.
AMG will remain online perhaps through November. Thank you again. I look forward to seeing you up the road. Feel free to contact me at either email@example.com or 458-7185.
Scott K Fish
Added by Editor November 3, 2013
There are some good, creative ideas on this thread. And I understand and appreciate the spirit in which they are given. I would consider selling AMG if one or more of the idea people on this thread want to make a go of it. If so, my contact info is in the opening post on this thread. That said, I came to my decision after years of considering options. And so as good and creative as are the ideas on this thread -- they are not for me.
Also, I am returning money donated to keep AMG online. Again, I understand and appreciate the spirit in which the money is donated, but I did not intend for my announcement to solicit money and, therefore, will not keep it. And it will be easier for me if donations to keep AMG afloat stop. Thank you for your understanding.
Scott K Fish