OK, so I lied. Maybe this New Year thing does mean something. It doesn’t really have much to do with the New Year, but changes have been brewing behind the scenes here at the Wausaublog for some time now. Not meaning to be sneaky or build any suspense, but just wanting to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s, I will say that there is some new contributors coming aboard, and probably some shift in at least the tone of the blog.
One change you will see with the new writers is that each piece will be clearly identified as to the author. It is the authors who have stories and opinions, the Wausaublog is just the wall on which they can hang their canvas — to mix my metaphors. I think this will be a positive change.
I want to take a minute at this New Year transition time to thank two people who have stuck with the blog since the beginning. The first is Christine Martens. Christine is a very good friend and a true Wausau enthusiast, and I have always been happy when she sends a post. She always finds the good places to go to and see. Thanks Christine.
The second person is Dino Corvino. Dino “invented” the Wausaublog. If it were not for him it would not exist. Frankly, I have never felt for one moment that I was the one qualified to try and do this, when he is so perfectly qualified to do so. Yes, we both love this town, but Dino truly has it in his blood. His “Thank You So Much Wausau” is not only easily the best post on the blog, but a perfect summation of what I think the Wausaublog should be. Thanks Dino.
And thank you, gentle reader, for hanging in there as well. I don’t know what I am doing with this, and it shows sometimes, but you keep logging on and tuning in. I really do appreciate that. I hope that efforts of everyone who has contributed to the Wausaublog, either as a writer or commenter has helped to make Wausau a little bit better place. I intend to keep giving people that opportunity. So, jump in any time, the water is fine.
It will be very interesting to see where the city and the blog end up a year from now. I am guessing that things will go pretty well. Wausau is a bit like Gerald Ford, I think. A really, really nice place — a bit underrated and underestimated, but basically very good. And when you start with a basic goodness, like Wausau has, good things tend to happen.
Happy 2007 everyone — and thanks again.