Looking back, I can see how unsure I was when first arrived as Managing Editor of the Dickinson County News.
This DCN issue happens to mark the 10th anniversary of my arrival. A decade ago, I compared the experience to a bull ride. (I came from Spencer and my last story there was a bull riding event preview for the Spencer Daily Reporter.)
"Hang in there, it's my first rodeo," I told you in the headline. "Sometimes, I'll get bucked off."
I've held on for the eight seconds, and I hope to hold on for several more — even though the bull is getting feisty: Journalists in general would like to see more people in the stands. Social media has taken its toll on the profession.
But we're still on that darn critter. By "we" I mean the people you see in the staff directory on this page. They are like family to me, so when you send an email, return a call, buy an ad or sign up for a subscription, you're helping this amazing, dedicated group of people, so thank you.
I hope co-workers who left the arena for a different ride know how much I appreciate them too.
As we all welcome a new decade I have one request: Can you stay at the rodeo a little longer? The rides are unpredictable, but the sport is still the same.
News is the best of people and the worst of people. We'll still look for the free spirits and difference makers. We'll remember how important balance is.
"Too much controversy and you'll never see a good ride. Too much fluff and you're watching a cow trotting around a show ring."
A lot has changed in the last 10 years, but I think that line from a decade ago is still on solid ground.