The election is over… now what?

Posted: 13th November 2012 by Aaron Hagen in Uncategorized
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It’s funny how things work.

You prepare for something so long that it consumes your thoughts.

And then it’s over.

Then what?

Well, that’s about where I’m at right now.

For weeks and weeks and weeks, I’ve been preparing for the election.

It started months ago. One of the main agendas I had was to try to get all of the “Big Six” candidates signed up for Areavoices — our online blogging site.

Slowly but surely, I started signing them up one by one. Throughout the campaign season, they used their blogs as a format to reach out to our online readers.

The summer progressed, and I started to see the candidates at different events. They were at county fairs and parades. It seemed like no matter where I went, there was a candidate. It became a running joke with Cheryl Avenel-Navara and myself that no matter where she went, there I was.

As we came closer and closer to the election, the candidates started to have forums and debates.

I wasn’t at all of them, but I was at most. A lot of times I would shoot a short video to feature on our site. Sometimes I would update social media sites with quotes, thoughts and observations.

As Nov. 6 approached, everyone in the newsroom began to plan and prepare. We decided who was covering what, we figured out where we could get the information and how we were going to get that information to you, our readers.

Throughout the night, we kept checking our sources while watching the national news for the presidential election results.

By 2 a.m., the paper was on the press.

By 3:30 a.m. I was home.

And by 4:30 a.m. I was in bed.

When I woke up later Wednesday morning, I wondered, “Now what?”

I, along with everyone in the newsroom, put in a lot of hours getting ready for that big night.

We were all moving pretty slow the day after. I know it took me a few days to fully recover.

But, just like everyone on the ballot, it’s time to move on.

What that means, I’m not sure.

I know we have some fun things planned at the Daily Globe, and I have a few ideas of some issues I’m hoping to take a closer look at in the future.

But for now, we are just moving forward and looking for the next big event to get ready for.