I have a lot to be thankful for this year as well. The Weekly has made big strides forward, none of which could have happened without the help and support of a great number of people. Honestly, I know I’m going to forget someone, so I’m going to not even attempt to list them all off.
First, we switched to a subscriber model earlier this year. That was a big change and one that I lost a lot of sleep over. But you all came through and offered up your money for our paper. I cannot express how thankful I am for your support and readership. Each week our subscriber numbers grow, so we’re making new friends all of the time. If you enjoy the O’Fallon Weekly, I’d humbly request that you please consider purchasing a gift subscription for your friends for Christmas. I know we would appreciate it greatly and hopefully they will as well.
I’m ever thankful for my staff. While I may grind on them about getting me their stories on time and may harp on them to include more quotes, I know they try hard and care about our product. Everyone pitches in and helps each week, carrying their weight.
Additionally, I’m thankful for all of the businesses, organizations, and people that have taken out advertisements with us. Without the financial support of our advertisers, we wouldn’t be able to put out the paper each week. I strive hard to put together a quality product so our advertisers can be proud to be a part of it.
Finally, on a more personal note, I’m beyond thankful Maxwell came into my life, happy and healthy. Six months have gone by and he’s the best baby I could have ever imagined. Sure, he has his fussy moments, but by and large he’s a great baby with a pleasant disposition. I can’t imagine life without him.
And I’d be remiss in not saying how wonderful Laura has been as a mother. I don’t make things easy on her, as I have an aversion to getting my hands dirty. Also I’m away a lot either working on the paper or covering something. But she takes it all in stride and does a great job.
So Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Don’t eat too much. Or at least leave some for me.