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From Patch Girl to Smyrna Girl

Local Editor Sydney Busby says goodbye on her last day with Patch.

In my time as both a freelancer and an editor for Smyrna-Vinings Patch I’ve earned a quirky moniker.  “Oh! You’re the Patch girl,” people say when they recognize my name from a byline or see the Patchy green logo on my laptop. As “the Patch girl” I’ve spent hours in local government meetings, written thousands of words and hundreds of stories about Smyrna-Vinings. I’ve gotten to meet some lovely, passionate people while covering a great community. Patch helped me put down roots in my new city and for that I’m grateful.

But today is my last day at Patch. Monday I’ll begin a new job, but this letter isn’t goodbye—it just signals the start of something new. I’ll no longer be the Patch girl, I’ll just be a regular Smyrna girl. You’ll still see me walking my dogs in my neighborhood and sipping coffee at Rev. If you see me, please say hello, but don’t call me the Patch girl. Just call me Sydney. 

I’m leaving you in the capable hands of Angela Chao, an experienced Patch editor who will be making the move to Smyrna-Vinings from Acworth Patch on Monday. Feel free to welcome her with an email to angela.chao@patch.com.

Now it’s time for me to leave my role as one of the writers of this community's story and take my place in it as your neighbor. Thank you, Smyrna-Vinings, for letting me tell your story for awhile.

Lynn Woodall September 28, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I've enjoyed reading your thousands of words! Wishing you all the best, from a dedicated reader, Lynn
Alecia Nastoff McLochlin September 29, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Best of luck!
Michelle September 29, 2012 at 01:53 AM
WOW?!?! Sorry to see you go Sydney, but wishing you lots of luck with your next endeavor. Hope to see you at Rev or around town. :)
Sydney Busby September 29, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for the well wishes. I'll definitely miss my work with Patch, but I am VERY excited about this next step. Thanks again for your kind thoughts and words.
Pam J September 30, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Wow, everybody's leaving their various Patch sites. Kiri went to the Brookhaven Patch and I'm not sure if the new Patcheditor with the South Cobb Patch came from another Patch. I have a Marietta address, but I do most of my shopping in Smyrna and Austell, so I read all of the Patch sites. Good luck, Sydney, with whatever you choose to do.

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