Note from Beth: I’m placing Susan’s post below back up at the top of the page for the remainder of the day. Scroll down for new posts throughout the day.
For perhaps the first time in my blogging career, I am at a loss for words. This is my final post as the editor of My Southborough. Bear with me as I muddle through.
When I created My Southborough nearly five years ago, I did it (I thought) because I wanted another information source for Southborough. I wanted to know what was going on, how the town worked, and what the big issues were. I wanted the news. At least, that’s what I thought.
Come to find out, 6,000 posts and nearly three million page views later, what I really wanted was not news, it was community. I wanted a sense of belonging, of contributing something meaningful to my town. I wanted a stronger connection with my neighbors. The blog gave me that to a greater degree than I ever could have imagined.
It’s why I believe many of you come to the blog, too. You come to read the news, yes, but you also come to be part of a conversation, one that matters in large and small ways to all of us. You come to be part of the community.
Thankfully, it’s a community that will continue under the deft guidance of new My Southborough editor Beth Melo. Beth has already taken this blog by the horns, and I am so grateful to be leaving the site in her capable hands. May you show Beth the same kindness, generosity, and enthusiasm you have always shown me.
The best part about this goodbye is that it’s not a goodbye. I will continue to see you in the schools and at the library, over coffee at the Spa and Red Barn, and at the places we all come together – Summer Nights, Heritage Day, Town Meeting.
When you see me out and about, do come and say hello. I won’t be “the blog lady” anymore, but I’ll still be your neighbor.
P.S. – Many of you have asked what’s next for me. Not one to be idle, I’ve already started a new business. Find out more about it here.
P.P.S – Beth now has ownership of the firstname.lastname@example.org address, so continue to send all your tips and story ideas there. If you’d like to reach me, I’m at email@example.com
(My photo above was taken by Nancy Gould who has the talent to make anyone look good)