I feel like I’m returning to the office from Sonny’s BBQ after devouring several plates of All-You-Can-Eat St. Louis Ribs. I really need to sleep for about 24 hours, because June has felt like a perpetual food coma.
I love work (even on the nights and weekends), but this past month has probably been the most stressful one for me here at Charlotte Media Group World Headquarters. Oh, June, month of misery, you have caused me much pain. Let me count the ways:
• We revived our 80 Days of Summer edition on May 31, outlining dozens of summer activities across the Charlotte region for families to circle on their refrigerator magnet calendars.
• We created a 16-page bridal guide complete with engagement stories and tips on planning a wedding. This is huge, considering there’s not a romantic bone in my body.
• We counted votes and wrote capsules for winners in the Best of the Weekly readers choice awards in all three weekly newspapers. That’s nearly 300 categories.
• We held a reception for Best of the Weekly winners on June 18, the night before a production day for two of our newspapers, at The Portrait Gallery Bar & Restaurant in Matthews.
• We wished happy trails to reporter Paul Nielsen, who moved out of state. We posted a job vacancy and began reviewing resumes for his successor.
• We launched a weekly newsletter on June 28, called “The Insider,” that combines our most interesting content across all three weeklies combined with some exclusive content.
• We expedited production of all three weeklies this week so that delivery drivers can pick up the newspapers prior to the Fourth of July holiday.
I guess these are accomplishments rather than bummers, except for Paul leaving. I’m proud of the team for pulling together and getting all of this stuff done.
Fortunately, the Fourth of July holiday will afford me an opportunity to get some shut-eye, but my internal clock won’t let me sleep for too long.
The most exciting thing coming this month is the candidate filing from July 5 to 19 in Mecklenburg and Union counties. From a distance, I’ve noticed how elections are shaping up in Matthews, Mint Hill, Indian Trail, South Charlotte and Waxhaw. Things are going to get really interesting.
We’ll also launch “The Guide,” a newcomers guide that will evoke hometown pride among residents and pique interest among outsiders. I’m probably going to drink coffee straight from the pot on that production day.
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