WOW, 2014! I don’t know about you, but 2013 flew by quicker than any year I can remember. Perhaps it was the start of The Creole that made time move at a faster pace. We hit the ground running, and that run soon turned into a marathon!
Can you believe we’ve been around for a year? We started out with just a few of us taking the day-to-day responsibilities for keeping you informed. Now, here we are, 365 days later with a staff of eight people, all dedicated to supplying you with information at the tips of your fingers on a daily basis.
In looking back at the last year, I can honestly say I’m so very proud of all we’ve done. We started out small, but soon were being taken seriously by state-wide news agencies looking to us for assistance. We retained our personal approach, and although we may not have always written what everyone liked or wanted, we supplied the parish with the truth. Sometimes the truth is hard to take, but it was imperative that we tell it.
I wanted to take this time to speak on behalf of all of us at The Creole and say thank you for your support. We remind ourselves often that we couldn’t have done any of this without three things: your readership, our advertisers and the many people who trust us with putting their information out to the public. We have grown dramatically, and without you all, The Creole would just be another happy thought, not something we aim to make an Ascension Parish institution.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to grow and supporting that growth. We’ve grown not only as a publication, but as people. We’ve met many of you on our daily travels around the area and have been touched by your words of encouragement. Your kind words (and not so kind words) have allowed us to be introspective. We’ve changed when we’ve needed to, and we’ve stuck to our guns when we believed we were fighting a cause worth winning.
We’ve shared stories of strong and courageous men, women and children in our local community; people who deserved a voice and an outlet. We’ve covered tragedies that have been as heartbreaking for us to write about as they have been for you to read. We’ve highlighted local heroes, athletes, business leaders and community members. We’ve written about things happening in our community that are horrible and things that are wonderful. We’ve immersed ourselves in a parish we are so proud to call home. And you’ve allowed us to do all of it.
We made new friends and new enemies. We’ve been told we’re the best thing since sliced bread and that we’re the lowest of the low. The criticism has been hard to take at times, as we’ve been surprised by how nasty people feel they have a right to be, but we stood tall and held our heads up high. All in all, we’ve done what we could to make our friends, our families and our community proud to know us, and I think we’ve succeeded.
Looking to 2014, there are so many things we wish to accomplish. We’ll make changes from time to time, I’m sure, but we’ll also stick to what we know best, which is the love of an area we are so grateful to be a part of.
So thank you, Ascension Parish, for everything. For waking up with us each morning, discussing us over coffee on your breaks at work, sharing our stories, telling your friends all about us, hating us at times but still being there when it mattered most, allowing us to tell your stories, the phone calls and emails simply to tell us how appreciated we are and the well wishes for a successful future.
So cheers to you, Ascension. We are who we are because of you, and you make us better people. May 2014 bring you the best of the best, and when it does, make sure to let us know. We’ll happily be here to tell your story.