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Final PR Blog

July 26, 2012 8 comments

This blog was always meant to be an experiment (see where I started) and as such, it required an end (Sun Setting on Paul Roberts on PR) and today is (finally) that end.

So, why goodbye? In many ways, over the last few years, this blog accomplished more than I ever expected but in other ways, I was disappointed that I never had enough time to give to this project. That being said, don’t feel bad for this blogger. There is no drama attached to the ending of the blog. I’m not dying (that I know of). I’m not even leaving PR (that I know of). Like most things in life, this decision is based not on one single event, but on a number of factors.

Why July 26? I decided to make this final post on July 26, because that is an interesting day in my personal history. It is one of my happiest days – my wedding anniversary and one of my most somber – the day my mother passed away. As one can imagine, this day has always been one of conflicted emotions, so it was fitting to chose this date because ending this blog (while on a very different scale) also leaves me with mixed emotions.

Accidental blogger. As an introvert that has never had much interest in networking or joining industry organizations and I’ve always felt like thoughts and opinions regarding the right way and the wrong way to approach communications was for others to discuss. You know, real industry thought leaders. So, looking back, I’m still surprised that I ever launched this blog. Even at the time, I wondered – who would care about what I have to say about public relations? I’m a JAG – just a guy – with no personal branding desire, no consultancy to promote, no books to peddle and no speaking engagements to chase. Over the last few years, I learned that there is certainly a place for a PR JAG to be heard.

See you soon. I made a lot of new friends thanks to this blog and for that I’ll always be thankful. I’ve also met more good communications professionals in the past couple of years, than my prior decade plus in the industry. Many of these relationships will continue via social media and maybe even the occasional IRL meetings. So, while this certainly isn’t goodbye, it does feel like the end of something that has long been a big part of my life. I’ve learned a ton and have had lots of fun. So, from now on, if you really want to know what I think about PR, communications or anything else, we’ll have to do it the old fashion way, via email or over a beer.

Thanks! Before I sign off, I want to take a sincere moment to thank everyone from my small group of regular readers to one-timers that stopped by without saying a word. Every visitor, comment, page view, RT and even spam message was special to me. Now it is time for this PR JAG to go back underground.

Peace. Or as my mom used to say: Goodnight, God Bless You, See You in the Morning and Have Happy Dreams.



The First Day of the Rest of My Blog

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment


How is that for a self-indulgent title? Okay now that I’ve gotten all that explaining out of the way, what now?  Let me take a quick moment to introduce / re-introduce this blog. While this continues to be my personal blog and as such the opinions expressed here are STILL not a reflection of my (past, current or future) employer, my (past, current of future) friends or my family, but what is NEW is that – for the first time in a year – this blog is attached to me.

So, if you have issue with anything I write please feel free to comment or email me directly at paulroberts.par (at)  As a stated previously, this blog was originally launched as a bit of an experiment and an educational process, but now after a lengthy test drive, it is being relaunched and its author is reenergized. I’ve reposted (most) of my older Tony Mackey posts, but full disclosure time, I’ve not transfered all of them. Some just didn’t stand the test of time, so I’m taking advantage of this rebirth to get a (mostly) fresh start.

Moving forward: While this blog will continue to contain my thoughts comments and opinions (and typos) on everything from public relations, to news of the day and even a smattering of commentary on sports and anything else that interests me. The truth is that I’m a man of limited interests, so a great majority of this blog will remain about public relations. Read more…

Tony Mackey – Unmasked

January 16, 2010 2 comments

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This is my first blog post – as Paul Roberts and marks the end of my Tony Mackey blog and twitter account. So, for anyone that had grown accustomed to reading Tony Mackey I know I’ve got some explaining to do. (Kiss Unmasked photo taken from random site on Internet)

What am I saying? Well, I’m saying that for the past (almost) year, I’ve been blogging and tweeting under the name of Tony Mackey.

Why did I do it? Well, when I started blogging it was because I wanted some hands-on experience in order to better advise clients that were asking about starting corporate or personal blogs. I figured I’d blog under the name Tony Mackey for a few months to learn what I had to learn and then delete the blog.

Why come out now? Well, something interesting happened as I stumbled around on my blog, I met some really good people and I really enjoyed the outlet and the conversations I was engaged in. I toyed with the idea of just launching this blog without ever referencing Tony Mackey, but for right or wrong I decided against that. Read more…