It’s hard to believe how fast seven years can go by. I remember back in the Spring of 2013, the idea suddenly came to me to start a magazine. After I had the initial idea, the next thing I had to do was find writers… and more importantly, a partner to help me run the magazine. The only problem was that, at the time, I didn’t have many friends who were interested in helping me manage a magazine, or had the knowledge to do so effectively. Then, naturally, I thought of Josh Barker. Josh has always been the kind of guy that was interested in and skilled at many different things. He knew the ins and outs of politics, history, and almost any other topic you could think of, and he could spend all day talking to you about Congress’s new bill or Atlanta’s new addition to its interstates. So, I talked to Josh about it, and he was immediately hooked on the idea. Josh turned out to be the perfect partner. He taught me how to navigate and use the Microsoft Word system, set up the magazine’s website, and did many other incredible things for the magazine that I would have never been able to do. Not only that, but over the course of working on the magazine together, I gained a good friend. I remember the first issue of the magazine that we made together. We frantically threw the articles together, printed a big stack of them, then took them with us to the Macon Homeschool Fair at North Macon Park. By the end of the day, our huge stack of magazines had been almost completely depleted. After that, we were able to get more of our friends involved, and, before long, we had quite the following. We even designed our own tee shirts (which I ironically still have tucked away in my closet as a special memorandum). Although the magazine had its share of good years and hard years, we never stopped enjoying it. Josh was the best partner that I could have had. If he had not shown an interest in starting the Macon Kids Magazine, I would’ve simply dumped the idea and have never pursued it any further. Having his support with the idea, he helped me to make some of the fondest memories of middle and high school. I just wanted to say a very special thank you to Josh, without his help and friendship, none of this would have ever been possible. We had hoped that we would eventually hand off the Magazine to a younger generation, but, by now, all of us have gotten much older, and some even graduated. Despite the fact that it’s coming to an end, the years we have been continuing the MKM have been more than worth it.
I also want to take the time to thank all of those people who contributed to, or took time to read the Macon Kids Magazine. You made it possible for us to continue on for so many years. If any of you have any memories, pictures, or even articles from years past, Josh and I would love to have them. If you would like to share them with us, please email them to email@example.com. It’s been a great seven years everyone! Thank you all so much!
– Will Thompson
Vice President and Print Editor of Macon Kids Magazine