The murmurs began last January–we’re exploring new things, things like a website. The idea of making a website both fascinated and frightened me. Much the same as the idea of publishing a newspaper. When I committed to my first issue for January 2007, I had never attempted any facet of desktop publishing, not even so much a poster. I had purposefully eschewed all forms of desktop publishing. It scared me and I didn’t like it. How did I know? I just did. But, I had my first deadline. So I hunkered down and figured it out.
Same with the website. I realized as always, my stumbling block is fear. Cyberspace is large and unknown. A hold-in-your-hand-print publication, now there’s something you can know.
I love the paper part of my job; driving to the printer to pick up the pub, the slightly inky smell that permeates the car, delivery day, standing in the Post Office in Stuarts Draft with the box full of subscriber mail-out. All those things are concrete. The truth is, I also love another part–the making of the paper. I do that on my computer using desktop publishing software. I love my desktop publishing software. I make pages, which magically turn into a format my printers can use to magically turn them into newsprint.
The great A-HA for me came when I realized that, as I’m fond of pointing out in my “Dear Readers” column, it doesn’t have to be either/or, it can be both. And so it shall be. I’m excited about moving into the unknown, the land of unlimited possibilities. We won’t necessarily throw the old maps out, but we’ll start employing the new GPS we’ve installed. I invite you to cruise around with us–adventures for all!