The second Monday in October, I stood on my lawn and grumbled about the paper being late AGAIN.
The third Monday in October, I was halfway out the front door when I remembered there was not going to be a paper on the lawn.
Now, seven weeks after the Anniston Star stopped publishing a printed newspaper on Mondays, I am adapting.
And I must admit, on these cold fall mornings, it’s kind of nice not to have to go out on the front lawn in my pajamas.
Now on Mondays, I see the kids off to school, pour a fresh cup of coffee, settle in on the couch and pop open my laptop computer to read the local news.
I still suffer withdrawal pangs, occasionally. I have a good friend who tried to give up her paper subscription and instead read The Anniston Star digital edition, but she couldn’t handle it. She had to go back to print.
But it’s going to be OK, people. We can do this. One small step at a time.
Although I’m never giving up real books, I can tell you that right now.
When the newspaper is online, it’s a lot easier to read it and hold a cup of coffee at the same time.
It’s nice to have two full pages of comics on Tuesday, although I sometimes forget to flip the page to the second one.
I’ve been reading The New York Times online for years now. I never read it in print, because I never had enough time or enough space in the recycling bin. I can even work The Times’ KenKen puzzles online, and not have to bother with an eraser when I mess up and have to start over.
Recently, the online Times has been running photographs that move — just like The Daily Prophet!
I have long been used to checking The Anniston Star website during the day for any breaking news. Or, as a friend recently put it, “If I hear something blow up, I go to AnnistonStar.com.”
And we haven’t “stopped publishing” on Mondays. The paper is still publishing on Mondays. Just not on paper.
Because a newspaper’s worth doesn’t lie in the paper — it’s really cheap paper. The value lies in the words.
Sorry, you’re having to hear my spiel. I have had to work up a spiel because when I
meet new people and they find out I work at the paper, the first thing they say is, “Hey, y’all stopped publishing on Mondays.” (Then they sometimes tell me exactly what the paper needs to do to survive in the new digital age.) (Do doctors have this problem with perfect strangers telling them how they ought to be doing their jobs?)
Recently, I gave my spiel to a hospital employee in the ER where they were treating my husband after he fell off his bike.
This was the same employee who had me fill out all the paperwork at check-in. Except there was no paper. My information was typed directly into the computer. I read over forms on the screen, then signed everything using an electronic pen and pad.
The digital world might not be so bad after all.