A Message of Thanks

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by Matt Carter @M_J_C73
Matt Carter

I’m feeling pretty fortunate these days. I’ve always been overwhelmed by the friendly and supportive community here in Fredericton, but there are times when I take it for granted. When you surround yourself with good people doing good things for the enjoyment of all, it can be easy to forget that things don’t always run smoothly.

A few weeks ago, Grid City Magazine experienced a number of problems stemming from an issue with our hosting server. The timing couldn’t have been worse. I had just received a beautiful write-up in the Vancouver Sun and the link that was supposed to direct readers to Grid City Magazine, chose instead to redirect readers to something less desirable.

Anyone who knows me knows I have a stubborn streak a mile wide, especially when it comes to solving problems. My genetic code will not let me back down from a challenge until I have thoroughly exhausted all available avenues, and myself. I definitely learn things the hard way.

After more than a week spent reading blogs and forums trying to identify and remove the trouble from this website that has become a passion project of mine, I reached a point where I was ready to throw in the towel, give up and start again. Emails, press releases and various bits of community news continued to arrive in my inbox and the disappointment I was feeling from not being able to help – to do what it is I love doing – was overwhelming.

It was at this point when my loving partner and best friend suggested I ask for help. Help? Who asks for help? Apparently, everybody else in the world. And now, because I took some good advice, we’re back in business, safe and secure. All is well (although my fingers remain crossed). I still have a few things to tidy up but looking back to a few weeks ago, we’ve come a long way on the road to recovery.

I want to thank everyone for their patience, their kind and supportive words, their advice and their willingness to lend hand when I seemed to need it the most. I’ve gained an even greater appreciation for this great community and the people within it.

Special thanks go out to my good friend Andrew Bedford at Ginger Design for going above and beyond. His kindness, patience, advice and expertise proved invaluable. I also want to thank my good friend and CHSR station manager Tim Rayne for his advice and guidance through a challenging few weeks. And of course, a big shout out to my soon-to-be wife Janet Collins, for suggesting I reach out to my friends and ask for help. Good people. Good friends. I’m a lucky man.

And finally, thanks to everyone who checks in from time to time to see what’s new on Grid City.

#community #teamwork #love

Matt Carter, Founding Father, Grid City Magazine

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