The end of the year is always an interesting time — everyone I know is torn between looking back and looking forward. These few days after Christmas but before the New Year tend to be a natural time for reflection, but then the 31st hits and everyone realizes they need to make resolutions and brace themselves for another spin on the merry-go-round. It’s a good time to evaluate where we are, where we’ve been and, of course, where we’re going.

When Jan. 1 rolls around, I’ll no longer be the editor of the VC Reporter. It was a decision made in the true spirit of the New Year: I looked around, evaluated and decided I wanted to try something different. After nearly three years at this paper, it was not a decision I came to lightly. So, that decision has made this New Year all that more relevant in my life. Like everyone, I’ve been thinking a lot about my personal life and, more specifically, I’ve been thinking a lot about my time here at the Reporter.

It’s been a long time since I walked into the Reporter office (when that office was located in the Ventura Harbor). I didn’t know what to expect. I had interned at a weekly newspaper in Boston, but the opportunity to really work for one blew my expectations out of the water. I had no idea how many amazing, talented people I would meet or how many truly great stories I would get to cover. During that first year, I wrote until I thought my fingers might fall off, and I had never been happier.

A lot has happened in these three years, at the paper and in the community. Here in our office, we’ve seen a number of talented writers come and go. This year, we saw the passing of Bill McGowan, a wonderful columnist who is greatly missed. The paper has grown, faced challenges and, I think, come out the other side even stronger.

There has been great hilarity, late nights and, well, let me put it this way: I’ve never seen the television show The Office, but, thanks to my coworkers, I think I could recite most of the lines from season one.

In 2004, when President Bush won reelection, we went to press with a cover that caught a lot of people’s attention. It was a black cover with the words “What do we do now?” Strangely enough, that is a question we ask ourselves every day at the Reporter. What can we do that is new? Who can we talk to? What stories can we tell that haven’t been told? It’s a great question, one that the paper will keep asking itself and keep answering.

It’s been an absolute privilege to work for and with the readers of the VC Reporter.