During my five plus years covering the profession, I've sat through numerous conference discussions about the need for accountants to change the way they do things.

Those discussions usually include one or all of the usual statements about change: Change is good. Change is necessary. Change is difficult. Change can be, and often is, all of those things, as we are learning here.

Having undergone a number of changes at our own workplace, our editorial staff has become somewhat accustomed to the feelings of discomfort that sometimes accompany change. We've got new colleagues to meet, a new location to navigate, and new e-mail addresses, phone numbers and fax numbers to disseminate to make sure people can find us.

On a positive note, our recent adventure out of our comfort zone has emboldened us to make other changes as well (okay, that and the fact that it has been two years since the last major overhaul to the site). And so, it is with great anticipation (and some anxiety) that I inform you that WebCPA.com will soon have a new look.

In our ongoing efforts to bring you a Web site that is useful, informative and user-friendly, we have begun the very early stages of a major re-design. So early, in fact, that it's too early to say just when the new site will be unveiled. But I can assure you that our editorial staff has been hard at work to determine what the next version of WebCPA should -- and should not -- look like.

The process, thus far, has entailed a lot of thought-provoking discussion about what the site is and what it isn't. It has also involved putting ourselves in the shoes of our readers to think about what aspects of the current site we can improve, as well as what we can add to the site to make it more useful.

So, now is your chance to tell us yourselves. E-mail us and let us know what would you like to see more of (or less of, as the case may be) when the new WebCPA.com is unveiled. Tell us how can we make the site more useful for you. After all, that's really the point.

I should add that this enormous undertaking has been ongoing while we are simultaneously transferring over the responsibility for the management and posting of content to the site to a new Web team as part of our recent move. That "little" project has involved infinite patience and tons of hard work by both our former and current Web teams -- who I hope both realize how much their efforts are appreciated.

 

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