What a wild ride this year has been.

I never could have predicted the ups and downs of this rollercoaster ride this year.

It was a rough year honestly.

I don’t know how many of you know it, but there was a lengthy period of time The Times Bulletin went without having an editor or an experienced reporter providing the content for the newspaper.

My first day as editor I walked in knowing that by the end of the night I had to have a newspaper produced that I was proud of because it would be the first with my name as editor.

There was no nice transition period of me working with an experienced editor to prepare me for what was to come. There was no one to hold my hand or to help me out if I didn’t know the answer. I figured it out all my own.

I wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t easy. And all that is okay, not ideal, but okay.

Here I was trying to get myself up to speed in this new role while also trying to get a reporter trained to do his job. Then to turn around and not have a reporter at all the next day. Just me in the newsroom each day.

Let me tell you, I have seen more double digit hour days than I would have liked.

But I’d do it all over again because you know what, I’m proud of myself.

I’ve had 20 times the number of compliments on the newspaper this year than I have had negative comments. Of course the negative ones are the ones I remember more, but I’m working on that, too.

I went and looked back at some of the columns I have written this year.

In my second week I wrote I was looking forward to a calmer week — it never came.

I have shared a lot about myself to all of you, maybe a little too many embarrassing stories and I know my family is tired of being the topic of discussion.

As we head into the new year, I am ready.

I am ready to progress more. I’m ready to develop ideas that we started in 2016 and could make even bigger in 2017.

I’m ready to continue to work with the community to share the awesome stories of our area residents.

I’m ready to work on myself more as I learn to be stronger and more confident in myself. I’ve definitely never been an assertive person, but in this job, sometimes you have to be.

I hope you all continue to read the newspaper and submit your story ideas. I honestly don’t think I’ve turned down one yet. You know what you want to read and I’m going to continue to give that to you to the best of my ability.

So, here’s to 2017, it’s coming whether we’re ready or not, but I think I’m ready.