Letter from the Editor – December 27, 2011

Hello Everyone,

I hope that for those of you who celebrated, you had a fun-filled holiday weekend. This time last year, I was telling you how wonderful it has been to spend a year writing and putting together the magazine for all of you. It’s amazing that another year has gone by so quickly.

It’s been two years since I’ve taken the helm here and I really feel like we’re in a groove, so to speak. Despite the spam issues we’ve experienced with our email editions, this year has gone smoothly and we’ve been able to reach more people than ever before. As I reported to our Board of Directors at our year end meeting recently, our magazine is now read in 141 countries and in 87 different languages. To me, that is the greatest statistic of all.

I hope you noticed that I said “our magazine” before, as well. This publication’s existence hinges on all of you. Not just as readers, but as interactive agents in its evolution. You are constantly helping to make this magazine better. Were it not for you all, as well as my incredible staff of writers for whom I am eternally grateful, what we have done in these past two years would simply not be possible. My vision for this magazine was always to offer something for the visually impaired, by the visually impaired, and I truly feel that together we have built something great.

So, with that said, I’d like to say thank you–to all of you. You have helped my vision become a wonderful reality, and I hope that you have enjoyed being a part of that as much as I have.

As I’ve said before, I’m going to start 2012 with a welcomed change that I hope will solve our email issues. Next week, there will not be a magazine released so that we can take the time to implement a new bulk email service. The first edition of the New Year will be released on January 9 with what I hope will be as few hiccups as possible.

I wish you all a happy, safe, and fun New Year. Take care, and as always, thank you for reading.

Ross Hammond, Editor

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