Seeking your opinion
By Laura Aiken
I went to my first two ground water industry events, and, lo and happily
behold, golf was an option for both of them. In my last editorial, I
saw the links (no pun intended) between my other forays into food
writing and the ground water industry. It’s nice to see the ground water
industry gathers to play a sport I love and have also written much
Send us your ideas on what you’d like to see in these pages.
I went to my first two ground water industry events, and, lo and happily behold, golf was an option for both of them. In my last editorial, I saw the links (no pun intended) between my other forays into food writing and the ground water industry. It’s nice to see the ground water industry gathers to play a sport I love and have also written much about.
I played the golf round at the Canadian Association of Pump Manufacturers meeting and it was a real pleasure to meet so many nice people. Date conflicts had me missing the Ontario Ground Water Association’s round prior to its convention and trade show, but the same theme of super nice people dominated that event. Thank you to everyone who has welcomed me with a smile and a handshake as I begin this editorial adventure, still a stranger in your midst.
And now, I have a favour to ask. Already. Maybe two favours.
Firstly, I want to know what you want to read about in Ground Water Canada. I can put whatever you want to read about and see in these pages (that’s relevant, that is, let’s not get carried away). An editor’s job is to manage the editorial direction of a magazine, but all great magazines are really driven by their readers and a listening editor. So my ears are open. Shoot me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or drop me a line (416-522-1595) next time you’re flipping through the magazine and wishing there were something in there on a problem you face or an issue you want to know more about. It could be more in-depth equipment information or opportunities to work providing safe drinking water abroad. Maybe you’d like to read a few jokes or see more pictures. Perhaps you’d like to see more business information related to sales or customer service. We can write about that here too. I am planning to send out a readership survey and any initial feedback I receive will be helpful in creating the questions.
In addition to the magazine, our website, www.groundwatercanada.com, is a great platform for information, and opportunities abound. This is a relatively new website and features like video spots and photo galleries can easily be incorporated into it. Just like the magazine, your opinions are welcome and appreciated in regards to what would or wouldn’t be useful for you to see or read. We send out an e-newsletter every month as well, so if you’re not receiving it, and you’d like to, be sure to sign up online.
I would also like to put together an editorial advisory board. This isn’t a large time commitment, but merely a way for the magazine to have point people to review technical articles from time to time for accuracy and relevance as well as to offer expert opinion. If you’re interested in offering your eyeballs and ears in a formal capacity, please let me know. The donation of a little bit of your time and expertise will be most appreciated and recognized by Ground Water Canada.
So there it is, just two small favours, so I can push my agenda of filling these pages with stuff you want to read. I hope it’s a busy summer for all and business is good; it’s certainly rumoured to be a hot one weather-wise.
Well, maybe one more thing. Keep golfing.