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Some “Thank You”s and a Hard Goodbye

It is hard to believe that 7 ½ years ago Will Thompson pitched me the idea that we start a magazine. I loved the thought, but I knew that implementation of the idea would be a lot of work. In my roles as President, Digital Editor, and Contributor, I was fortunate enough to be supported by Will. Thanks to his hard work and taking on the various jobs over the years of Print Editor, Executive Vice President, Submissions Coordinator, and Contributor, my job has been made much easier. Of course, the magazine would not exist without our contributors. Our initial Spring issue in 2012 was made up almost entirely by articles written by Will and myself. The goal was to inform young people about current events. Since then, the magazine expanded to 10 contributors and has published over 75 articles on a wide variety of topics ranging from politics and current events to science and technology, creative writing submissions, artwork, and more. I have greatly enjoyed being part of Macon Kids Magazine and have learned much by being part of this operation. Unfortunately, all things at some point must end.

The past few years, Will and I have talked about what we plan to do with the magazine. It was my initial hope to pass it on to younger people; however, we’ve watched our audience and staff age along with us. Many of our contributors are in late high school or will also graduate in 2019. Besides practical issues, to continue the magazine ourselves would really violate our longstanding tagline: By Kids, For Kids. This summer, before I go off to Hillsdale College in Michigan and Will goes to study at Gordon State University, we will begin the process of closing down the magazine. We have one more issue coming out in July. After that, our Facebook page will shut down on July 31, 2019, and the website will transfer to maconkidsmagazine.wordpress.com on September 29, 2019 before going offline later in the year. Until then, please send any memories you have of the magazine to our official email address: maconkidsmagazine@hotmail.com. If you have any questions or special requests, please email us. We are no longer accepting new subscribers; however, if you would like to receive a copy (and are not currently a subscriber), please send us an email.

We greatly appreciate everyone who has picked up a copy of the magazine or wandered onto our website or Facebook page over the past few years; you are the reason we do what we do. To everyone who has contributed an article, artwork, or feedback, thank you! We could not do our work without you. It’s been a marvelous 7 years. There have been plenty of bumps along the way, but it’s been worth it for me, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it, too! Thank you for everything and farewell!

— Josh Barker

Josh Barker and Will Thompson graduating this past May.


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