When I began using The Vancouver Observer's new drupal open source software on October 2, I quickly realized that I had a platform at my fingertips that was powerful enough to push the work of hundreds of reporters and bloggers into the world.
It was like I had been driving a car but suddenly I was flying a magnificent jet. It could go a long way, but I had to learn how to drive it. I've been busy learning. And as I've been learning, a stream of talented, experienced writers have contacted me through the "Contribute" button and joined our team, and they've been learning, too. At least one new person contacts me every day. Somedays as many as five.
And because the new software has more capacity, it requires more managers and co-managers. At first, Meghan Strain, assistant publisher of VO, and I tried to do it all. We caught on pretty quickly that this wasn't viable. Then we put out a call for volunteers.