Huge Announcement: Goodbye, and Thank You

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 4th 2013 10109 0

Hi everybody,

On August 14th, I Love Memphis turned four years old (and yes, as I do every year, I bought myself cake). It’s been an incredible four years. And though it’s really sad and tough to do it, it’s time for me to say goodbye.


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.

September 30th will be my last day at I Love Memphis, but the site isn’t going anywhere. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be introducing you to Holly Whitfield. She’s picking up where I left off, and I’m sure you’re going to like her.

I’m not going anywhere, either. I still love Memphis, so I’m staying in the city, at least for the time being. Memphis is, and always will be home.

So, thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for emailing me. Thank you for asking questions, for answering them, and for correcting me when I’ve needed it. Thank you for answering my crazy requests at weird hours, for saying yes to me, and for stopping me at the store to tell me you like the site. Thank you for inviting me out, for taking me in, and for your endless kindness, patience and enthusiasm.

We built this crazy thing from scratch, together. You’re awesome, and I’m going to miss you a whole bunch.

If you’d like to get in touch with me, I’d love to hear from you. You can find me here:


Instagram: @ladyproblems

Twitter: @skeletonkey



I'll still be writing regularly here and here.

Now…let’s throw a party or something.

Love always,



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  1. Janice Taff says:

    Wishing you great success and thank you for loving our city as so many of us do!

  2. Tammy says:

    Wishing you much success in your new adventure!  I love the blog, and I'm glad that it is staying around.  Best wishes!

  3. James says:

    Thank  you for rendering such great service!

  4. Kerry P says:

    Kerry – What an amazing fun blessing you have been to the city of Memphis and the world!  I will never forget the Belgian Elvis fans that found Thigh High Jeans via I love Memphis!   Thank you!  Becuase of you they left Memphis with 4 pairs of Thigh High Jeans and bellys full of Vegan food ( I love Memphis gave them a list of Vegan restaurants!)

    You are the best and we wish you much success in your new adventure.  Thanks for loving this city and creating such a vibrant gateway to everything we love about Memphis!


    Kerry P

  5. Your blog is one of the reasons we fell in love with Memphis pretty much right away. Now we always say how much we LOVE Memphis. I've really enjoyed your work and look forward to seeing Holly's perspective on this great city. Best of luck with your future endeavors!

  6. Lynn says:

    I really hate to see you go!  As a transplant from the Buffalo area about 16 years ago, I've always admired your enthusiasm and optimism about the city of Memphis.  Wishing you the very best with your new venture!  

  7. Looking forward to seeing what you dream up next. Congrats, Kerry!

  8. Toni says:

    good luck! You've done a great job on this blog!

  9. Karen says:

    Your work has been a huge factor in the underground movement of city pride, culture and interest moving throughout memphis and gathering attention from other places.  Thank you for devoting your time and talent and I wish you the very best on your new opportunities!

  10. richard says:

    You've been an important part of the Memphis Renaissance (insert haterism here).  Thank you.

  11. Dan says:

    Thanks for everything you've done for Memphis!!!  This has become my 'go-to' when people ask about Memphis and why I love it!

  12. Pookie says:

    thanks SO much for everything you've done for this city…and nothing but the best of luck with the future….hope to see you around! XOXOX

  13. JR Kamra says:

    FOR REALZ!! Let's throw an "I LOVE MEMPHIS" party!

  14. handtalker says:

    Sorry to see you go! You have such a great love of Memphis! And such exuberance!  Congrats on your new opportunity & the enxt chapter in your life!

  15. Jarrod says:

    When people look back in 10 or 20 years to when Memphis started to grow as a renewed center of culture, your name will be on the list of who helped that happen. You've helped a lot of people—inside and outside of Memphis—realize how much we have to be proud of, and that's a great thing. All the best in your new endeavours, and thanks for all the work you've done!

  16. Augusta Campbell says:

    Kerry! I have LOVED your blog and as a 40 something mom it provides a huge resource of what makes Memphis such a great place for families too. I love the culture you have highlighted front anf center, your writing style, and enthusiasm. Certainly the best blog in town. Much luck to you and your new endeavors. 

  17. What you have done to help Memphians fight their self-loathing as a city is immeasurable.  Thank you and good luck in your new venture!

  18. Sarah B. says:

    THANK YOU, KERRY!  I've enjoyed following your work and watching folks fall in love with Memphis (with the help of you pointing out the overlooked gems)! 

  19. Chris Diaz says:

    You will be missed!  Sometimes its not all about content, but its about the passion and the personality put into words that makes the difference.  Reading your reviews, it seemed as though you were just talking and telling things as it is and that is an invaluable trait.  Thank you for being the driving force of what I ate for lunch/dinner and activities I would plan to do for the weekend.  And one more thanks to always showing the brighter side of Memphis!  Good Luck with your new endeavor!

  20. Jerry Bowman says:

    I, too, love Memphis and have always been a sales guy on Memphis to my friends and out-of-town guests. I have been a fan and follow you on twitter, instagram, Flickr. I love your pictures of Memphis! We will miss you here and there, but I wish you all the best and look forward to seeing the results of your next chapter!

  21. David says:

    Kerry, thank you so much for your commitment to this website and to our city.  Whenever I struggle with junk that is going on in Memphis or hearing from the haters, I know that I can turn to you for solace and encouragement that it a great thing to love Memphis.  Thanks and God bless your next chapter. 

  22. Lindsey says:

    Congrats on your new adventure! And thanks for all the links over the years. Great job. 😀

  23. Mary says:

    Congrats on the next step. You did a great job here Kerry.

  24. Curt says:

    We need more people around here like you…never journey too far.  Best of luck in all your future work.

  25. Robin says:

    It's been a great first four years, and Memphis is nothing if not an ever-changing, ever-improving spot on the map.  Looking forward to the future of the blog and congratulations on moving on up! 

  26. John Carroll says:

    So thankful for all your passion, hardwork, and creativity. You are a blessing to the Bluff City. Proud to serve the 901 with a person like you. 

  27. Shannon says:

    Blessings to you in all your new endeavors.  Thank you for serving this great city! 🙂

  28. Rachel says:

    You will be missed and congratulations! 🙂

  29. Deby says:

    Best wishes on your new adventure! I know that whatever you do, you will be successful and phenomenal at it!!

    Thanks so much for all you've done for Memphis. You were exactly the right person to get this "movement" off the ground – and you will truly be missed. I think you have pretty much put ilovememphis on a path that can be assumed by your successor and continue in the direction you have paved. We will miss your style and sweet face – but "to every thing there is a season".

    Congratulations and much success!!

  30. Carrie Roberts says:

    Kerry,  I have loved reading your blog for the past few years.  It has been a great resource for us since we moved back home two years ago.  You have let me know about things we have missed over the past years and things that we don't want to miss now.  Good luck to you in your new adventures.  I hope to see you around!

  31. Jack says:

    Thanks for everything and best of luck as an entrepreneur!

  32. Reeva says:

    Best of luck at Simple Focus!

  33. Shana says:

    Congrats on your new adventure Kerry! We will miss your daily posts but wish you so much success in your endevours!

  34. Amanda Grobmyer says:

    The best of luck to you, Kerry! In my 3 years as a Memphian, your site has kept me socially active and up-to-date on all things Memphis. Thank you for working so hard!

  35. […] Best wishes to fellow blogger Kerry Crawford as she says goodbye to the I Love Memphis blog and moves onto the next phase of her professional career.  Don’t worry, the site isn’t going away!  You can read her announcement here. […]

  36. Joey Kaegi says:

    Kerry! You are the best! Love you! Good luck in the future and I hope to see you again soon. 



  37. Claire R says:

    I wish you nothing but the best.  You've done amazing things for our fair city.  I look forward to getting to know Holly and seeing her spin on Memphis.  Thanks for everything.

  38. JWo says:

    I’m orginally from Tupelo, but moved to Memphis in February after 13 years in Chicagoland. I love  your blog and visit it regularly.

    I’ve used your 100 Things to Eat in Memphis posts and my Food Bucket List (the Commercial Appeal stole their list from you!! haha) and check to see what’s going on in the city all the time.

    Having a blog myself I know how much work they can be, and I don’t even post nearly as often as you, but I also know how difficult of a decision this must have been for you.

    Walking away from your “baby” isn’t going to be easy and you definitely left Holly some big shoes to fill.

    You will definitely be missed, but I know that if you’ve hand-picked Holly then she’s got to be good.

    Good luck to you and to Holly.

  39. Kathy Caradine says:

    Thanks for the great work you have done. Your "I Love Memphis" campaign caused our civic pride to "come out of the closet". Much success in your future endeavors.


  40. Joshua says:

    You bought your own cake four years in a row?! 🙁

    When is your birthday?

    Memphis Event: Kerry's birthday party

    Be there or be square as we celebrate an exquisite memphian.  This party idea sounds great to me at least.

  41. stephen_od says:

    Kerry! Best of luck! Followed you on all your blogs and social media outlets. You are awesome, thank you for all your efforts. You have truly helped me realize how awesome my city is, and I love it so much more thanks to you.

    Always consider me a friend. 

    Stephen O.

  42. Jeff Hulett says:

    Good luck and congrats, Kerry! 

  43. Nat says:

    I just heard Chris Vernon mention you were leaving just now on his show. How sad am I? I've THOROUGHLY enjoyed your blog and just started following you on Instagram. Thank you for showing Memphis in such a GREAT/POSITIVE light. I've been in Memphis for most of my life and love this city. Wishing you so much success in your endeavors Kerry!

  44. Emily says:

    Upon moving to Memphis last September I found your blog and it helped me discover tons of awesome things about my new city.  It's one of the reasons I fell so hard and so fast for Memphis.  I check the site daily for new posts.  They are always interesing, informative, inspiring, funny (I could go on).  You have done an amazing job.  I wish you all the best in your new adventures and I am very happy this blog will continue.

  45. Epiphany1920 says:

    Hate to see you leave!! How in the world will I find out all the things to try in Memphis =(

  46. KT says:

    Thank you so much! YOU will be missed!

  47. snarky says:

    Man this sux – I even liked your blog & still miss the WEVL show –  & I don't like anything.

  48. Thank you for your support of the Church Health Center, Rock-n-Romp and a million other great places, causes and people that make Memphis awesome! Your city loves you! See you around!

  49. Greg Barnhill says:

    Good luck with the new job.

    Your replacement has some big shoes to fill.  Umm, I'm not implying your feet are big. 😉   I'm trying to say I have enjoyed your content, and you did a great job.

    Wishing you much success in the future as well 🙂

  50. Andy Graves says:

    Best of luck Kerry. See you for Grizz games.

  51. Alex says:

    Thanks for everything, Kerry! You have helped me and so many other Rhodes students get plugged into the Memphis community. So much so that many of us now call Memphis home. Good luck with your next adventures!

  52. Gale Reeves says:

    Wishing you the best in the future.  You have to 'let go' to 'grow.'

    Look forward to following Holly's adventures.

  53. Lisa Allen says:

    YOU are one of this city's assets! Thank YOU! Best to you in your continuing journey!

  54. Devon says:

    Noooooooo, Kerry! =(

    I love reading your blogs.  I'll definitely keep up with your other posts.  

    Good luck with your new job. <3

  55. Lisa says:

    Kerry, I'll miss your wonderful blogs but will definitely keep reading I love Memphis. Thank you for your upbeat humor and for highlighting the great things about our fair city. Blessings and peace to you!

  56. Rachel says:

    Thank you for your blogs. I have always loved Memphis and your blog has helped me explore more of this wonderful city where we live.

  57. Linz Fred says:

    I had a mama D’s choc sea salt pop today in your honor….u will be missed. Spectacular blog!

  58. Wendolyn Payne says:

    Oh noooooo……..ok, I'm not trying to be selfish but you are such an asset to Memphis that it's just very hard to realize that you were meant for even greater things.  You poured your heart into I Love Memphis and it showed.

    Thank you for everything and I know you will so rock in your new venture.  Best Wishes of Success to you.

  59. Carl Black says:

    OMG OMG OMG! Felicitations on your new gig! Memphis is incredibly fortunate to have had your amazingness for these many years. Glad you're sticking around the city at least for a bit. Onwards. Wow. 

  60. Hannah says:

    I moved to Memphis a little over a year ago and your blog has truly been the holy grail for me.  I too, have fallen in love with Memphis due in large part to your blog.  I check it almost daily for things to do/ places to eat/ music to check out.  Thank you for everything!

  61. Jeff says:

    oh dear, well all good things must end, change, move on, morph.  Change is good, don't ever settle and always do what you love, if you don't, every day sucks.

    You're just a few years older than my daughter and I always felt, well, I don't know, that you where part of the family.   Good luck young lady!  I have some beers for you!!!  I'll contact you on a drop off location.

  62. Carlos says:

    Thanks for everything! Good luck in the future!

  63. […] Kerry Crawford, I Love Memphis, announced she was leaving the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, but I Love Memphis would stay. […]

  64. thank you for helping to build up community life in memphis. your work has made living here more meaniningful and most of all, more fun!!! best of luck as you journey forward.


    mary allison cates

  65. Todd says:

    Thank you, thank you so much for all the great music you turned me onto, a priceless gift

  66. Hollie Davenport says:

    Your contributions will be greatly missed!! Thanks for all your support of the arts!! <3

    -chloe du bois, Sock It To Me Burlesque

  67. OMG!  You've created an amazing site and information resource for Memphis. Thank you so much! I have no doubt you will be wildy successful in your new venture.  Hope to see you making a guest appearance in the future!

  68. Tim Friday says:

    Congratulations, I'm looking forward to seeing what you create in the future

  69. Jan says:

    You've had a fantastic run, Kerry, and isn't it cool to see what a difference you've made in the lives of many – and for Memphis!  No doubts here that your next job, and all the ones after it, will be successful, too. xx

  70. Matt says:

    Memphis will miss you. The future will hold much success for you. Best wishes.

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