Dear reader, I got through this year thanks to you
There aren't many years I've almost wanted to wipe from my memory - but 2020 is one that comes close.
Like most of you, COVID-19 meant I was stuck in my house for long periods of time, away from loved ones in other parts of the country - and even other parts of the world.
Yes, as a news hound it has been exciting making sure our readers have been kept up to date with all that has been going on in one of the most drama-filled years of my existence. But would I have given that up for normality? Without doubt.
It was a year of worry, a year of solitude, a year of profound change on the economic and health fronts. COVID-19 shuffled the world order.
It meant my beloved newspaper stopped being printed.
I want to thank you for sticking with us. Online readership and subscriptions surged as locals saw how hard our team worked to provide an upgraded service on our digital platforms.
My year would have been even more unpleasant without your support - and it's something I want to thank you for.
As many of us head towards one of our most deserved breaks, I want to make sure you are getting full value from your subscription to the Queensland Times.
Along with local news, you have a complimentary online subscription to our state paper, The Courier-Mail. Haven't activated your complimentary subscription? Click here and follow the prompts.
Subscribers sign up for local news, but many do not realise there's so much more available - and at no extra cost.
Activating your complimentary Courier-Mail subscription also gives you access to Melbourne's Herald Sun, the NT News, The Mercury in Hobart and the Adelaide Advertiser whenever you like.
You can also access all of our regional titles including the Gold Coast Bulletin, Cairns Post, Geelong Advertiser, Townsville Bulletin as well as neighbouring local titles in towns from Mackay to Warwick.
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Thanks for sticking with us. I hope the break, should you be getting one, helps you hit the reset button.
Editor, Queensland Times