Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Coastal greetings and wishes for a Happy New Year

Greetings from California's Central Coast. My wife and I are in Santa Cruz today to attend what in my opinion is the best New Year's Eve party on the West Coast. It's a dinner and dance that's held each year in the Coconut Grove ballroom, which overlooks the ocean at the Boardwalk.

We've been coming to this each year since 2010, and the event always features a great live band and, of course, the countdown to midnight. Attendees tend to be older professionals like ourselves, and although people definitely get happy, there aren't any crazy drunks like we experienced on a New Year's Eve in Red Bluff a few years back. As non-drinkers, we don't mind a party atmosphere, but we're not into serving as pinballs for sloppy drunks, either.

We had plenty of reasons to be thankful in 2013, including two great jobs with great bosses. I'm particularly thankful to you, the readers, for pushing this blog's traffic way above what it's been in previous years. This summer's redesign of CapitalPress.com brought scores of curious new readers, and it appears some of those readers have happened upon the Jefferson Journal. Meanwhile, the decisions by several California newspapers to put most of their content behind a paywall has sent readers scrambling for other places to get their news. In any case, December marked the Jefferson Journal's second-biggest month in terms of web traffic (with March being the biggest), by far surpassing the old Redding.com days, and I'm glad you've stopped by.

However, as I said yesterday, the Capital Press prefers to look forward. So may you have a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2014.

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