Much has happened over the past 30 to 60 days
with BladenOnline. After 6 1/2 years, I have
turned the reins over to Charlotte Smith.
Please allow me to elaborate. Charlotte has
been the salesperson for BladenOnline for the past
year and a half. When I began to think about
stepping down and selling, she indicated an
interest, and I could not think of a better person
to do so.
Charlotte is a people person, she
is involved in the community, her church and with
Daine, her husband, a good family person with two
young boys..She is a good salesperson and she will
be a very good owner of BladenOnline.
I go further, I must thank everyone for being so
receptive to an idea shared by Mike Simmons and
myself about 7 years ago. Thanks to our
advertisers, many who have been with us from early
in our endeavor and to our readers, so faithful and
BladenOnline would have never
been for sale if I were a younger person. I
love what I do, but time has woven a realization
that I am not the young person I once was. My
two sons have other interest and I want to see
BladenOnline continue and grow, never losing sight
of the fact that it is a Bladen County publication,
with Bladen County residents at the helm and
providing news of interest to Bladen County
faithful. Charlotte Smith will continue that
tradition, I am sure.
I have promised to
continue for a time as Charlotte works though the
process of taking over the day to day operation.
The staff is basically the same. My role is to
assist her in keeping up with Bladen County news.
that role will eventually play out or be greatly
reduced...and I am OK with that.
It is not
time for me to bid farewell, but time to step back
and enjoy watching the continued growth of
BladenOnline. And, speaking of growth, we just
experienced one of our best months ever. We
recorded nearly 6 million hits, had nearly 100,000
visits and nearly 300,000 pages viewed. it was
the best September in our history, probably in
billing as well...I really believe, The Best Is Yet
To our readers, the part time staff
and to our advertisers....THANK YOU.