Guest Book Says We’re Doing Okay
by Maria Langer, July 10, 2004
I just spent a few minutes going through some of the more recent entries in our Guest Book. I’m very pleased and a bit flattered.
Almost every entry confirms what I’ve been suspecting for a while: that the site is providing useful information about the town to site visitors. I especially like the entries that refer to articles and comment specifically on them. I see that readers are going on some of our Day Trips and using site information to plan their visits to town.
These comments mean a lot to me. These days, I pretty much manage wickenburg-az.com on my own, with occasionally contributions by our favorite liar, Jim Cook. I’ve been trying to encourage local folks to contribute to the site, but the only person who showed an interest so far wanted to know how much I’d pay her. I guess the concept of “labor of love” is foreign to a lot of people.
It’s hard spend time writing about the town while holding down two jobs and trying to have a life. I don’t write nearly as much as I’d like to. I have a whole archive of photos I’ve taken around town and nearby, for use in Day Trips and Things to Do articles that I just haven’t found time to write.The site is free and offers many free advertising opportunities for local businesses. As a result, there is no income for my efforts. So not only do I bear the burden of providing content, but I also have to foot the bill for Web hosting.
Sadly, no one in the community seems to appreciate what I do here—in fact, you wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve been stabbed in the back by folks who don’t always like what they read here. Fortunately, I have very thick skin. I believe in using my First Amendment freedom of speech to present facts and opinions as I see them.
But it’s all worthwhile when I read nice comments in the Guest Book. Thanks very much to everyone who took the time to write! I’ll keep up my efforts here and try hard to add new content you’ll find interesting.