As I turn 60 this Xmas, I have been reflecting on the many changes
I have seen since founding this paper almost 10 years ago - changes
in Portland, in the metaphysical community and in the globalization
that is changing the face of our entire planet. As a young person
I used to wonder if I would experience the shift to the new millennium
and what the future would hold. Having now reached it, I feel the
wonder of it all.
In my lifetime I have seen a shift from a gold-backed monetary
system to an electronic currency, e-commerce and e-banking over
the electronic pathways of the Internet, which has been called the
global brain. The implications are enormous, and we have enjoyed
keeping up with the latest technologies and meeting both the challenges
and opportunities they present.
Already your e-mail address and URL are as important as your
street address or phone number. They offer two-way communication
from anywhere in the world and have revolutionized the way we work.
For most of us, the biggest challenge in making the transition to
the "Net" is building a Web Page. Small businesses can't usually
afford the luxury of a webmaster/web mistress, so we have recently
added a new facility to our online services that we call "Self-Publishing."
This revolutionary feature is an option that you get with
Key membership and display ads in LinX - our online directory of
Resources for Conscious Living. It will allow you to use our simple
template for maintaining your own Web Page on our site. It can be
used to list events, workshops, Feature of the Month, Sale announcements,
essays, articles and the like. All this, including your Web Page
and e-mail address, is available for less than $40 a month. For
less than $10 a month you can create your own 3rd party catalog
of products and services and offer them over the Internet at www.communityconnexion.com.
2000 was a transition year for us. We changed the look of
our paper and revolutionized the functionality of our website. We
have integrated all our services so there are cross links to articles,
calendar of events and the LinX directory. 2001 will be the year
of true publishing on the Internet. Not only do we run all articles
from the paper on our website, but we have launched Community ConneXion
Online, a free e-mail newsletter with a digest of the latest news
in each of our interest areas (see color-coded section in the index
on the front cover.) This newsletter service provides more opportunities
for us to market your services and to bring you important information
at any time. As our online readership approaches 100,000 or more,
like our printed edition, we will be developing a competitive rate
structure for banners, buttons and e-mail marketing. Currently,
we offer hot links from our directory and sectional Web Pages to
your e-mail or website.
We have reconfigured the LinX directory to allow you to publish
your own ad, and proof it yourself or make changes online at any
time. Changes made after we go to press with the annual LinX directory
will be reflected in the next edition.
All these innovations are the result of a big investment
in research and development, and we are moving, in the New Year,
to a new rate structure that more properly reflects our costs. We
will be replacing the current 50% members' discount with a new formula.
The new rates are effective immediately.
This leaves only to wish all our readers and advertisers
all the joys of the Holiday Season, and we look forward to serving
you even better in the New Year.