Donklephant On Hiatus

Donklephant On Hiatus



After almost 10,000 posts and 50,000 comments, I’m announcing that the site is going offline for a while. This is for a few reasons.

First and foremost, I haven’t been actively posting for a long time, and I’ve talked about the reasons why a few times. After 8 years, I’m not as engaged in politics right now and I don’t feel the need to comment on the news of the week.

Second, I’m very busy with personal projects. I shared my short film We Will Make You Whole Again in 2010, and I’ve been very busy since then building the film community in Kansas City, MO. I’m a board member of CinemaKC, a local KC organization dedicated to promoting local filmmaking through their programs and TV show on PBS, as well as being the Treasurer of the Film Commission of Greater Kansas City…and founder of The Robert Altman Emerging Filmmakers Fund. This is like having a second job on top of a second job, and I love it. The friends I’ve made in the KC film community are invaluable, and I’m proud to call myself a KC filmmaker. Still, it takes a lot of time and effort, and politics have fallen by the wayside.

Third, you deserve more. I don’t post a lot, and you need a centrist/moderate perspective. Like the Centrist Review and The Moderate Voice. And I’m sure you’ve been checking them out for a while now. They’re awesome. Go read them on a daily basis.

So yes, we’re going offline. That doesn’t mean it’ll be forever, but maybe it will. I don’t know when I’ll want to turn the site back on. But if I do, it’ll be because I want to talk shop. Shop meaning politics. You know the drill.

Regardless of what this all means, I want to thank you so much for all of your thoughts, opinions and attention. It has been a pleasure to talk/discuss/debate with all of you these past 8 years, even if we disagree. Because that’s the most important part. Being able to disagree without being disagreeable.

All my best,

  • Tully

    That darn real life thing. Well, I know where to find you. :)

  • Justin Gardner

    Yes you do. :-)

  • Brandon

    Well said sir. The blog may be over, but I look forward to many more political conversations and debates in the near future. And there will be no shortage of things to discuss, I’m sure.

  • mw

    It was a great run and a great site.

    Thanks for permitting me to participate here over the last six (?) years.

    Good luck with your new ventures.

    And if you – like Ahnold – “Will be back.” So will I.

  • Justin Gardner

    Thanks Brandon. I’m sure we will. :-)

    mw, deal! :-)

  • Dave V

    Offline??? Really???
    That blows, I JUST found your site not five minutes ago and thought it was great!
    Dang, oh well… I’ll check out the other sites you suggested and dive into your archives.
    Good luck with your endeavors!

  • Patrick in Michigan

    Hate to see you close up shop Justin.

    I mean that one. Heck, you’ve been around since when I started in 2006. :(

    Anyhow, I’ll check back to see if you are back or not.

    Be well.