A little over fifteen days ago, I gave my two-weeks' notice at work ..... the decision to leave brings an end to an association with KWES-TV that began seventeen years ago ..... throughout that time, in one capacity or another, I have been working for NewsWest 9 ..... even when I was living and working full-time in Fort Stockton, editing their newspaper, I was still working part-time for the television station as their 'Big Bend stringer.'
The last few years, I've been the station's website editor ...... and in that capacity, I've learned a lot about the virtual business, and the actual community in which I live and work ..... and new, better ways to serve that community.
But now, that job is growing in new directions, with new parameters and new requirements that I am unable - and, admittedly, unwilling - to meet.
I'm still on board, because ... well, after seventeen years, one doesn't just rush out the door ..... there's the matter of hiring someone to take over, and bringing them up to speed ..... doing your best to hand over the reins, the wheel, the helm - pick your own metaphor - smoothly and efficiently ..... I owe them that.
Most of my co-workers were also my friends .... and it would be hard to find a better bunch of friends. Some of my oldest friends are gone, passed away .... many others have moved on to other jobs, at other stations or in other markets ..... makes no difference really ... they are remembered, and remembered well.
More than a few of you out there, in the blogosphere, have had some hand, at one time or another, in shaping and directing our online product ..... I am grateful to you all for your generosity with offering suggestions, and your patience with the time it took to give the good suggestions their due consideration and application.
So, where to from here? I have no idea. If you know of any prospects, e-mail me. On a related note, if you'd like to try your hand as an Internet Content Director ..... now's your chance.