(Thursday, November 28, 2002 - 03:49 EST)
Some heartfelt thanks for our readers and supporters!
As I figuratively head out the door for the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to take a brief moment to thank all our loyal readers and supporters who have made this site successful.
As the name of the holiday suggests, this is a time of year to literally count our blessings, and all of you who read and support this site are high on that list for me. Given the amount of work it takes to keep a site like this running, it would be easy to get ground down by it all as the days blur together (and I sit up at 3AM writing News posts).
What makes it worth doing is the support, enthusiasm, and remarkable goodwill showered on us by all of you out there who visit, email, and support us in any of a number of ways.
While just one instance, I was particularly heartened recently by the level of support we received in the form of donations to help cover the bandwidth costs of my recent "Great Digital SLR Shootout" article. This was by far one of the most popular pieces I've ever put together, and the amount of bandwidth consumed by people downloading the test photos was truly staggering. (Hundreds of Gigabytes) I'm happy to report though, that the level of donations that came in actually covered the per/Gig costs of the bandwidth consumed! (If you've ever tried collecting donations over the internet, you'll know how absolutely amazing this is.) Even better than the money itself, was simply knowing that there were that many people out there who cared enough to take the time and trouble to donate. Many, many thanks to all of you who contributed!
Enough about me though, how about you?
I really encourage each of you reading this to take a moment and think about all you have to be thankful for. It's so easy for us to get caught up in the whirlwind of the daily got-to-get-dones that we forget to stop, take a breath, and take a look at how good life is.
If you believe in a Creator, have you taken a moment recently to thank Him for the life that you have?
If you're not a Creator-believer though, please don't take offense at that suggestion: Being thankful and focusing on the positive works on a purely secular, psychological level too, regardless of what you believe. Take a moment, think of all the positive things in your life, and appreciate them!
From all of our houses to all of yours, collective best wishes for a happy, safe, relaxing, and joyful Thanksgiving.
- Dave Etchells, on behalf of the rest of us here at IR.