For reasons that are not particularly germane to the conversation – there is a “Smokey and the Bandit” joke in there, but I digress… – the Sun Gazette over the past decade or so has not had its own full-service Website.
But if you’re reading this, you can see that has changed, as we threw the switch over the weekend on a site that, hopefully, will become the one-stop shop for the communities we serve.
Working with our parent company’s chief tech guy, Joseph Donth, down in Texas, we have crafted what hopefully is a user-friendly experience for all.
It’s been a learning experience for all of us, and now will be for readers, as well, but everyone seems to be getting the hang of it. Yes, you have to wend your way through some advertising (that’s how the bills get paid and lights stay on), but that is being designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, certainly compared to some other news sites across the globe.
There will be tweaks (there will always be tweaks), and if you have any feedback, feel free to send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be sure to get them to the appropriate people in the food chain.
But for now, enjoy!
SOMETIMES THE POSTAL SERVICE IS A SURPRISE: My father has a milestone birthday coming up on Thursday, and given the well-publicized travails of the U.S. Postal Service, I opted to get my birthday card in the mail nine days early, just to be sure.
(“Don’t get me any presents,” my father said. “I wasn’t planning on it,” I replied …)
Lo and behold, it took just three days for the card to make it the nearly 1,000 miles down to the McCaffrey Southern Command Center. By my Fairfax County Public Schools math back in the day, that left six days to spare.
Good job, USPS!
- Scott McCaffrey