The Next Step

I have always been fascinated with stairs and staircases. In one way, stairs are places of transition. They lead somewhere. I am telling you this because my fellow editor, Jacy Meyer, and I are taking a new step. The Word is closing. We hope it is a step forward.

Maybe a door would have been a better symbol for this moment. We have a saying in English – ‘One door closes, and another opens’, except it never says where the doors go. With stairs you can be sure where they lead and we feel that this next step leads up.

Over two years ago, we had the idea of an online magazine which would have written content which could be read by people with different levels of English. Unfortunately, it hasn’t found enough readers to sustain itself, so it is with some sadness that we stop publishing today. Those of you who have supported us, we thank you. In the beginning, you gave us the confidence to go through with our dream.

We have learned a lot in the last 18 months and many skills are ones we would not have learned if it weren’t for this magazine. I am also grateful to have worked with a great team of people. I would like to thank our methodological team Iva Charouzková, Gabriela Zemanová and Tom Hanzálek. Also a thanks to Michael Ynsua for the idea for the name of The Word and who listened to many ideas in the beginning stages. Lastly, I would like to thank my co-editor Jacy Meyer for her patience and hard work. It has been, overall, a valuable and educational experience.

Stairs are also a good image for another reason. They can also be a place for a little rest. Speaking for myself, I would like to take a moment to sit myself down on this step, and think about the steps ahead. I am sure the journey will continue and I hope you will join us wherever we go next.

Thanks for sharing the first part with us,

Ryan Scott
Managing Editor
The Word

I have always been interested in stairs and staircases. Stairs take people somewhere. I am telling you this because my fellow editor, Jacy Meyer, and I are taking a new step. The Word is closing. We hope it is a step forward.

Over two years ago, we had the idea of an online magazine. We wanted it to have written content which could be read by people with different levels of English. Unfortunately, it hasn’t found enough readers to continue. It is with some sadness that we stop publishing today. Those of you who have supported us, we thank you. In the beginning, you gave us the confidence to go through with our dream.

We have learned a lot in the last 18 months and many skills are ones we would not have learned if it weren’t for this magazine. I am also thankful to have worked with a great team of people. I would like to thank our methodological team Iva Charouzková, Gabriela Zemanová and Tom Hanzálek. Also a thanks to Michael Ynsua for the idea for the name of The Word and who listened to many ideas in the beginning stages. Lastly, I would like to thank my co-editor Jacy Meyer for her patience and hard work. It has been, overall, a valuable and educational experience.

Stairs are also a good image for another reason. They can also be a place for a little rest. Speaking for myself, I would like to take a moment to sit myself down on this step, and think about the steps ahead. I am sure the journey will go on and I hope you will join us wherever we go next.

Thanks for sharing the first part with us,

Ryan Scott
Managing Editor
The Word

I have a confession to make. I’ve had a lifelong fascination with stairs and staircases. I love to photograph stairs and when I encounter a set of impressive stairs, such as those in the foyer of my alma mater UTS, I will stop to take them in. In one of the most obvious senses, stairs are, by their nature, places of transition. They lead somewhere. I mention this because my fellow editor, Jacy Meyer, and I are taking a new step. The Word is closing. We hope it is a step forward.

Perhaps a door would have been a more fitting symbol for this moment. We do have a saying in English – ‘One door closes, and another opens’, except it never says where the doors go. With stairs you can be sure where they lead and we feel that this next step leads up. Besides, I don’t always want to choose an obvious metaphor.

Over two years ago, we conceived the idea of an online magazine which would present written content in a form which could be read by people with varying degrees of English ability. It seems that for whatever reason or reasons the magazine, while finding a readership, has not found one large enough to sustain itself, so it is with some sadness that we cease publishing as of today. Those of you who have supported us, we thank you. In the early stages, you gave us the confidence to go through with our vision.

The last eighteen months have been one of growth and realization. We have learned a lot – some of it direct and some of it as a matter of course. Speaking for myself, I have developed skills beyond just the writing and preparing of stories. I have gained skills relating to running a business and all that involves, so while the magazine was not a success in the way I hoped, I take from it a set of skills I couldn’t have learned any other way.

The magazine has also given me a chance to speak with some fascinating people and to cover stories which interested me personally. I am equally grateful for the range of stories I have been able to write. I have always been a polymath, curious about everything, and The Word allowed me to indulge my diverse interests.

I am equally grateful to have worked with a great team of people. I would like to thank our methodological team Iva Charouzková, Gabriela Zemanová and Tom Hanzálek. Also a thanks to Michael Ynsua for the idea for the name of The Word and who listened to many ideas in the developing stages. Lastly, I would like to thank my co-editor Jacy Meyer for her patience and hard work. It has been, on the whole, a worthwhile and enriching experience.

Stairs are fitting for another reason because as much as they serve as transitory spaces, they act as momentary places of rest, providing the traffic isn’t too heavy. Speaking for myself, I would like to take a moment to sit myself down on this step, and contemplate the steps ahead. I am sure the journey will continue and I hope you will join us wherever we go next.

Thanks for sharing the first part with us,

Ryan Scott
Managing Editor
The Word

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