According to my Oxford Dictionary, there are an abundance of definitions for the word ‘change’. However in my case, the ones that seem to fit best are numbers 1a: “making or becoming different” and 1b: “alteration or modification” with “becoming different” probably the best.
Some people embrace change with enthusiasm while others have a real distaste for it. Then there are those who are very skeptical of change …. stand offish, reluctant. That’s where I fit in.
Last year when it was brought to my attention that perhaps The DatebooK needed to change a bit, get a new, fresh look, I was skeptical but said I would give that some thought. When the idea of going digital was presented, skeptical is an understatement! There was no way I could even begin to consider that.
However, here we are, one year later, with a new fresh design and a digital DatebooK. I hope that those of you who have been with us for a long time will continue to find The London & UK DatebooK both helpful and enjoyable. For those of you who are just discovering The DatebooK …. Welcome! And for your benefit, a brief bit of background on this publication.
The DatebooK was started 23 years ago as a planning guide for people who plan and manage events. It was mainly a calendar to assist event organisers when scheduling a function. It was eight pages and the colour was green. To this day, I still don’t know why we decided on green.
My partner and I decided to attend some of the events we were listing and Going Places was ‘born’. As we realized the wealth of amazing venues that London had to offer, Venue Visits was the next section that was added and we moved on from there.
We expanded to 32 pages and while continuing to keep our emphasis on charities, we added new topics and a wonderful group of regular feature writers. In addition, we changed our colour to yellow.
The Autumn issue contains some excellent features, a wonderful section on ideas for the Christmas season and one of the largest ever Calendar of Events.
Sometimes change is good, sometimes it is not. However, for this skeptical person, I think our change is the right direction at the right time!
Mary Kay Eyerman
PS In case you are wondering why we decided on the colour yellow, see page 29 of the Autumn 2015 issue.