I added them up: more than 4.5 million copies of Tidewater Women have circulated throughout the seven cities since Peter and I published our first issue in May 1999. I’m not exactly sure, but I think that many magazines would fill a football field! We’re so proud to be bringing you useful, inspiring information each month.
We’re ready to celebrate our 20th year in business! Starting with this issue and for the next 12 months, we will be freshening up Tidewater Women—making design changes and adding new departments. But don’t worry we’re not changing everything. We’ll continue to feature columns by your favorite writers along with our monthly calendar and Art Beat as well as featuring stories about our region’s amazing women.
Of course, we wouldn’t be here without our advertisers—you know who you are. It’s thanks to you that we are able to bring this publication into the hands of area women each month. If you’re a former advertiser, we would love to welcome you back. Print advertising still reaches a lot of folks who prefer not to receive advertising messages digitally. To tempt you to return, we are offering rock-bottom rates to celebrate our anniversary year. See the back page of this issue and give me a call. New advertisers are also most welcome. Let us help you reach potential clients and grow your business!
It’s been an honor to know that over the course of nearly two decades our magazines have touched countless women in our community and maybe even changed their lives. In fact, the best part of my job is when readers take the time to write and tell me how TW has impacted them. I remember one reader writing to tell me she read a column of mine about not giving up on your dreams, then saw an ad in the same issue of Tidewater Women for a graduate degree program at Regent University in counseling and decided to apply.
Our readers tell me all the time how much they love TW and never miss an issue. One woman wrote to tell me she looks forward to it every month as though she were getting correspondence from a friend. Not long ago another reader wrote the following: “Thank you for publishing this inspirational magazine. As a 64-year-old, I sometimes feel ‘irrelevant’ in today’s world. This publication gives me the ‘warm fuzzies’!”
Letters like hers give me the warm fuzzies, too.
Of course, not everyone lets me know when something they read in Tidewater Women influences their lives. Maybe a health column by Dr. Hardy prompted someone to visit a doctor. Perhaps one of Lindsay Gibson’s columns gave a woman the courage to take baby steps toward a more fulfilling future.
Isn’t that what everyone wants? In today’s crazy world, we all need a friend cheering us on and helping us find our way through the maze of life. I’m thrilled that Tidewater Women has been able to serve as a faithful friend to the community of women in our area for nearly two decades. We hope to continue serving for many years to come.