I've been the editor of Snellville Patch since the very, very beginning -- back when I had no freelancers, no contacts and no time to get much done. I just days after graduating with a master's degree from Georgia State University and having my birthday. I don't really recall having a birthday because I was so busy starting with Patch and trying to graduate.
But, but by December 30, 2010, Snellville Patch was launched. It was the last Georgia site launched that year. Still, to this day, I'm not sure how it all got done.
The truth is, though, I'm kind of obsessive over finishing things I start. I've never been a person who shied away from hard work. My editors will tell you that I work even when I'm sick, recovering from surgeries, or some other annoying health calamity. I even took this laptop with me to Honduras last year, on vacation, because well, I had to finish something for Patch.
That's kind of what happens when you start a site with Patch -- you become your site. You look at it when your supposed to be off, you cringe when you've made the slightest error, and you're offended when someone thinks you're sitting at home twiddling your thumbs. Everything that happens and doesn't happen you take responsibility for. You even think about your site when you're sleeping.
But, it's been really interesting getting to know the people in Snellville. You all have kept me on my toes, and I have been grateful that you opened your homes and your lives to me. For all the local people who have been my partners in informing the public, thank you for what you do and continue to do. We journalists could not do our jobs without you.
As of Monday, however, I will no longer be the editor of Snellville Patch, and I will be taking on the same role in neighboring Lilburn. That site has been without a full-time editor for a while now, and I welcome the challenge that a new community brings.
The new editor for Snellville Patch will be Crystal Huskey. Many of you know her as my long-time freelancer and guest editor. She has been integral to Snellville Patch's success. She's not only written stories I asked her to, but did things because they needed to be done. I remember interviewing her forever ago at the , and thinking this is going to be great. Honestly, I'm not sure I could have done my job without her.
Currently, Crystal is an intern with us, and she will be finishing that term up in the next week, as she transitions to her new role. Her official start date as editor is a week or so away, but she's your point-of-contact beginning Monday (July 16, 2012) for all things Snellville Patch related. For now, you can reach her at email@example.com.
Of course, you can call me (404-539-9256) or email me ( firstname.lastname@example.org) when you want to, I'm always around. I'm only one city away!
Again, thanks for everything.