By Ken DeLaat
This month Near North Now turned 2 which one supposes signifies a kind of transition from infancy to toddler status.
Thus, during a recent gathering of N3 contributors who congregate periodically to enjoy wonderful food and phenomenal company, comments were made about the similarities between N3 and a typical toddler.
Adjective driven words emerged such as active, creative, headstrong, curious, challenging, as well as statements like ‘ always asks why?’, ‘ gets into things’, ‘constantly on the move’, ‘a little sassy at times’, …..
The similarities were a tad frightening.
This has been a fun ride accompanied (and mostly driven) by the much treasured writers who make NNN what it is through their contributions. It is truly an eclectic group of folks with varied backgrounds and interests and a common goal of delivering on the promise N3 made two years ago to enlighten, entertain, educate, and encourage dialogue.
As editor and publisher (as well as serving as primary custodian for N3 World Headquarters and Dandelion Drop In Center) it has been a privilege to post the material provided by our regular contributors. Whatever else they do in their lives (and believe me when I say it is an eclectic group) these folks are writers. Talented and creative writers who remain exceptionally committed to their craft. Whether a straightforward story, a view of a sporting event, a column, a review, or an opinion piece these folks do it right and they do it well. Their bylines are sure bets to draw thousands of avid readers and it feels like an honor to have the opportunity to peruse these before they hit our pages. Past pieces are accessed frequently as newer readers encounter their work and search them out in our archives, a true tribute.
I cannot thank them enough.
We also extend a special thank you to those who have allowed us to be a part of your marketing efforts and share your message in our pages. Your support is most appreciated because without you there’d be no us.
Heading into our third year we have chatted it up a bit about making changes and will be floating some new angles and ideas across our pages. It is our hope that you help us by letting us know what you like, what you don’t like and when your response is more like, ‘meh’.
In the meantime we gratefully segue into another another magical Near North summer filled with neat stuff to do, cool people to be around, good times to be had and a whole lot of water to play in.
And all the while you’re basking in some serious summer fun, Near North will strive to keep you informed and entertained as to what’s going on in these parts while continuing to explore the many layers of this wondrous region we are privileged to call home.