I know for some of you the title of this post is somewhat ominous, as the last time I used it I was announcing my intention to shut down CCE permanently. At that time I was reaching a point financially and personally which made the task of keeping up with this site daunting if not insurmountable. Thankfully my loyal readers out there (and you all know who you are) made a convincing case for CCE’s future, and prompted me to continue. Because of you, next month will begin my fourth year of Copper Country exploring.
The last time I wrote a note to my readers my situation – both financially and personally – was much different then it is today. Back then CCE was nothing more than a very time consuming hobby. Since then it has become clear to me that CCE is something much more – it’s who I am. Over the last three years I have learned a great deal about this unique and rich area, and have accidently fallen into the role of a “copper country historian”. And while there are many such people around the country (a lot of which frequent this site incidentally), CCE has uniquely given me a platform and voice others aren’t so lucky to have at their disposal. Its a privilege I don’t take lightly, and a role I hope to fill honorably. Which brings us to the point of this post…
Today I want to announce that CCE will be taking a short hiatus – for the rest of the month of March. During this time I will not be writing new content, but will continue to respond to comments and emails. During this time I will be focusing on re-building CCE from the ground up, the first complete overhaul of the site since its conception. We’re not just talking a few aesthetic changes, we’re talking about changing CCE’s focus and scope as well. We’re talking about a brand new CCE.
During this transition, its very important to me that I provide that type of content in the future that you – my readers – want. So towards that end I ask you to take the time to leave a few comments below on what you would like to see at CCE in the future. Tell me what you’ve loved and what you didn’t like so much. (Black background / white text issue – check!) Let me know what type of stuff you want me to cover, and how you would like me to cover it. While your at it, let me know of any features you see at other sites (RSS, newsletters…) which you would love to see here. My goal is to make CCE the best copper country history website on the web, and the place to everyone interested in the Copper Country to go every day to get their fix. With all of your help I’m sure I can get there.
So for the next few weeks go back into the archives and take a look around. Please feel free to leave a few comments on the older posts and start some new discussions. On April 1st the new CCE will debut, and I hope you all stick around to check it out.
Thank you all for your continued patronage and support, and here’s to another three years (and more!) of our little website…
– Mike (aka explorer)