She gave you 365 things to do in Memphis (eat all the cheese at Bari, frolic in the Main Street Mall fountain) and at least 52 reasons to love the Bluff City (Tony Allen's Twitter account, cheap parking). And she uncovered the secret Target on Colonial.
Now Memphis' number one fan Kerry Crawford is leaving her post as "I Love Memphis" blogger and social media strategist at the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau effective September 30th. Crawford posted her goodbye announcement today. Here's an excerpt:
When the CVB hired me as their social media specialist in August, 2009, I had no idea what I was doing. All I had was this idea for a website that featured all of the great, overlooked parts of Memphis — the parts that make this city so great. Four years later, it’s that, and so much more. This site has taken over my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Running I Love Memphis has been the most rewarding, challenging, intense and inspiring thing I’ve ever done. I had a really great time. The best time.
But it’s time for me to make room for other good things to happen. I have an amazing opportunity to work for myself, which is something I’ve wanted to do forever, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m going to be doing freelance digital content strategy, social media strategy, information architecture and user research. It sounds super nerdy, and I can’t wait to get started.
But the "I Love Memphis" blog isn't going anywhere. After Crawford leaves, posting will be taken over by Holly Whitfield, former editorial director for Scripps Memphis Niche publications.