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Brittney Gilbert, one of the nationâ€™s first staff bloggers hired by a traditional media company, has just posted a resignation message on Nashville is Talking, the â€œhyperlocalâ€ blog and â€œaggregatorâ€ site she hosts for Nashville ABC affiliate, WKRN-TV. Brittney, who often found herself caught in the cross-fire of local Nashville blogger political exchanges, cited her â€œthin skinâ€ as the reason for her resignation.
â€œThe internet is a mean place. I know, because Iâ€™ve contributed to the mean plenty. I think itâ€™s even safe to say that some of the hatred displayed toward me was brought on by me. I readily admit to being snarky when I should have been thoughtful. I was dismissive and sarcastic, when I should have been more open-minded. But, posting all day, every day will do that to you. Blogging isnâ€™t meant to be done that way, on the clock, 9-6. Feeling pressure to constantly update will make you do stupid, careless things, like link to a screed I find abhorrent without making it abundantly clear to anyone who passed by what I meant. It was a lazy post, and itâ€™s my own fault that people misunderstood me. Itâ€™s because Iâ€™m burned out. It sounds lame, but blogging all day every day can wear you down pretty quick. Especially when you have thin skin, as I do. See, I thought it would get thicker. And, in a way, I guess it did some. But it seemed as though people just got more and more vicious.â€
Brittneyâ€™s departure from the station comes about a month after the departures of the station manager and news manager that oversaw the development of the stationâ€™s blogging strategy, although she does not mention their leaving having anything to do with her decision to resign.
Brittney, a long-time blogger, was recruited by the station about two years ago when consultant Terry Heaton and then-station manager Mike Sechrist developed a plan to reach out to the then nascient blogging community in Nashville. Iâ€™ve noted on this blog several times that WKRN (Mike, Terry, Brittney and others) did it right by respecting and embracing local bloggers in the only way that works: becoming a part of it, not with the cluelessness of a typical traditional media trying to impose pre-conceived notions on the rabble.
Brittney, after joining WKRN, toned down the language of her personal blogging, but was allowed by Sechrist and the stationâ€™s then-news director, Steve Sabato, to continue writing with bite, voice and attitude. She has aggressively linked to all areas of the Nashville blogosphere and, as a result, draws fire from all sides. And I mean fire. She lists some of the in-coming blasts sheâ€™s received in the past 24 hours in her post. It is this type of vitriol that has done her in, she says in her post.
Note: By mistake, I wrote-over this post and because of some user-error mistakes, I didn’t have a back-up of the post. However, I remembered that I feed the posts from this blog via RSS to my Facebook “notes page” and found it there. However, I think this is an earlier version of of the post, but I can’t recall what I had changed.