In last week's column, I solicited input from the readers about changes or improvements they would like to see in the newspaper. I talked about possibly changing the format of the paper as one of many options; but, had nothing specific in mind.
On Friday of last week, we learned that we would be moving from the press we have been using for the last four years. The move requires changing format of our mailing labels, changing the schedules for printing and distribution; and, changing the layout of the paper itself.
This week, we offer one of the most dramatic layout changes we've made to the paper in the dozen years I've been here. Sections have been moved forward and backward, and we no longer have to print in two parts. I'm optimistic you'll notice the new layout; but, now I need your input even more than before.
This week, after you've had an opportunity to take a look at the new paper, I really would like to hear from you and find out any comments or suggestions you might have. Everything is up for discussion, so don't be afraid to tell us if there is something specific.
This change of presses will be the fourth since I've been here. We started out in Kerrville, then moved to Round Mountain, Killeen, and now Marble Falls. Unlike in prior moves, this one will not require a change in size of the pages, so that's a definite plus.
Change is a good thing; but, we all resist it. We don't like to change our addresses, our relationships or our recipes. Though we change into new clothes, we tend to keep the same styles that have become comfortable. We adopt new technology; but, only use the parts of it that we have already learned.
It's odd that we would have so much problem accepting changes in our lives. We constantly tell our children that they need to change their habits, their friends or their choices. We're quick to let them know that making changes is easy, a natural part of growing up, and it's something that the will have to do time and time again. But, when it is we who have to make the changes, we're more likely to dig in our heels and put up a fight.
I've made many changes in life. Whether it's jobs, relationships, homes or diet, I've been resistant at every turn. Rather than accepting that the changes could be an improvement to my life, I usually tried to find a way to make my established life pull in the changes and make them more familiar. That hasn't always worked.
On top of the newspaper, I picked this week to start changing my diet (something long overdue). I had a long conversation with a friend the other day about what she had done, and I decided that it was time to take care of my health and my body. That has meant finding a way to avoid snacks, finding a way to avoid sweet sodas, and finding a way to eat portions that are made for one rather than for three. I still have a long way to go on this particular change.
I'm embracing the change to the newspaper as an opportunity to try some new things I've been thinking about for a while. Rather than trying to make the same old format fit the guidelines of the new press, I decided to run with it and be creative.
One important thing..... while I encourage and welcome your input on what we're doing with the newspaper, I would prefer you keep your comments about my dietary changes to yourself and let me figure out what comes next in that part of my life!
It’s all just my opinion.