Two Cents Worth – If change is so good, why is it so hard to do?

Two Cents Column

Two Cents Column

I’ve probably told you before how I’m not one that handles change very well. So needless to say, with a baby due at any moment, I’ve got a hefty dose of it coming at me. But that’s not what I wanted to talk about with you. I want to detail some of the changes you’ll notice going forward in the O’Fallon Weekly.

For those of you who follow us on Facebook and visit our website ( throughout the week, you might have noticed a slight change in our sports coverage. Up until recently, with only one sports writer who also has another full time job, we brought you sports once a week. However, it was always typically, at best, a few days old and, at worst, almost a week old. Personally, this always seemed flawed to me because sports is one of those things where the further we get from a game, the less we care about it.

This week we began posting stories online in a more timely manner. So the baseball game that happened Tuesday night? We had a report up about it online that night. The lacrosse game Thursday night? Online right away. So be watching our Facebook and website for more current sports coverage as we finish out the school year and head into the summer.

Which leads me to another point, related to our sports coverage. I’d like to welcome Rich Hull to the O’Fallon Weekly sports team. Rich loves high school and college sports and reached out to us to see if we could use his help. After speaking with Rich, it was obvious that given the level of excitement and enthusiasm he had for local sports, there was no other choice than to find a way to bring him on board. We’re really happy to welcome Rich and I hope you all enjoy his work.

And trust me, the changes to our sports coverage haven’t even begun. Just wait until school starts again in August to see what else we’ve got cooking…

The other big change taking place at the Weekly is one that, theoretically, you’ll never even notice. Because my family is about to grow by one, the current way the paper is produced cannot be sustained. Currently, our production day is Monday and I lay out all of the paper and send it to the printer. That job can take a while and its not unusual for me to be leaving the office and heading home around four or five in the morning on Tuesday. This can’t continue.

So we’d also like to welcome Kim Bennett to the O’Fallon Weekly team. Kim will be helping us a few days a week with uploading content to our website and laying out some of the paper. Kim previously was the editor of the student newspaper at McKendree University and is a graduate of OTHS. Also, don’t be surprised if you see Kim’s name pop up on a story once in a while, as she’s looking forward to writing about her town.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that integrating Rich and Kim into the process hasn’t been smooth as silk. We’re still figuring out who will handle what and when. But once the dust settles and everyone finds their niche, I’m sure things will be running even smoother than before.

I’m just hoping the dust settles very, very soon…

I’d also like to point out that I’m beyond thrilled to have both Rich and Kim on our team and that any grousing on my part should not be reflected upon them in any way. I’m just a curmudgeon that finds adjusting to new situations very difficult.