Interesting trend developing, particularly among local officials.

If I call for comment on a story that I’m working on for The Floyd Press, I generally — but not always — get cooperation.

But if I call wanting comment for something I’m writing for this web site, then I increasingly get "no comment."

"I don’t want to be quoted on your blog — not now, not ever," a Floyd County official told me recently. But he will go on the record if I’m writing for the paper.

I’m not sure where this fear of appearing on the pages of Blue Ridge Muse comes from but I find it both amusing and confusing.