A week or so ago I penned a piece in The Times asking for feedback on what you want from the newspaper that has been published in Noblesville for more than 115 years. Your response has been overwhelming, and appreciated.

If you missed it, although by my overflowing inbox I’m not sure many did, I talked a bit about the industry and how things are changing and so on. It ended with asking you what you want to see going forward with The Times – more print editions per week, more online editions, more of this, less of that…

Marilyn wrote that she had always read a printed newspaper, going back to the days of the Ledger and the Indianapolis News. But since she got an iPad and started getting our Online Edition, now she doesn’t want print anymore at all.

Bob from Arcadia said that he likes the printed version, but understands times have changed. He said that he reads it online and likes the quality of the “printing.”

Dave from Carmel said that it would be better for the environment if we stopped printing altogether, and that he reads The Times on his phone – the same place he gets all his news.

After the announcement came out earlier this week that Nuvo was no longer going to print, I got several more e-mails asking if that’s where we are going as well.

Truth to tell, I think if anyone in the newspaper industry tells you what’s going to happen over the next few years they are either blowing sunshine up your pant leg, or they are fooling themselves.

The media business is changing so rapidly that even old guys like me who’ve been in the business since the late 1970s struggle to keep up.

One thing that did become apparent in the dozens and dozens of replies are a few things:
•The printed version is not as important as it used to be. A few said to do away with it completely and just go with the daily Online Edition, but very, very few wanted it increased.
•On a downside, we were taken to task over not doing better on answering phones
•On an upside, the additional content we’ve added of late has been well received, including Indiana Facts & Fun and Sillyscopes.
•On another positive note, our Readers’ Choice contest is also well received – and it appears we’re going to have a record set on votes once again. People love to recognize their favorites, and of course there are so many great things to recognize all over Hamilton County.

What’s it all mean? We’re still trying to figure that out. I like print – and like Marilyn started out reading the Indianapolis News (Wayne Fuson was my favorite in sports), the Star, the Ledger and even the (at that time) heavily Democratic Times (how times have changed). So for those who agree with me, rest assured, the printed version of The Times is not going away. We might change the number of days we print, but for the foreseeable future, we won’t stop printing. I imagine we’ll continue improving the content of the Online Edition – adding more and more as we are able.

So, to the many, many of you who wrote and called, thank you very much. Now if I can just find help on answering the phones!

-Tim Timmons is the chief executive officer of Sagamore News Media, the company that owns The Noblesville Times. He is a proud Noblesville High School graduate and can be contacted at ttimmons@thetimes24-7.com