As of today, the Monster has been up and running for 6 months–an anniversary that I might have even noticed without the prompting of Gene’O. At the moment, he and I (along with 2000+ other bloggers) are recovering from the April A-Z Challenge. It’s been a long month full of blogging daily, writing about girls in children’s literature…And the end of the semester has arrived, so the last few weeks have been a flurry of grading essays, meetings, getting ready for summer teaching, and preparing for Little Jedi’s upcoming entrance to a language immersion school when he enters kindergarten in the fall.
But today marks 6 months, and I find it difficult to fathom how far this little blog has come in just half a year. I have a wonderful group of contributors who have helped me keep this blog posting virtually every day since I published the first post. Gene’O and I have scaffolded and built a collaborative blogging project in large part because we have such a good group of contributors. But it’s also because we have a growing network of bloggers who are active readers and commenters, encouraging us. Personally, I want to thank a some of you fellow bloggers, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than to give out an award that I haven’t had a chance to yet.
Ivy_Mosquito nominated the Monster for a WordPress Family Award, and Natacha Guyot nominated the Monster for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. So I want to pass these two awards along to some bloggers who have, over the last 6 months, been encouraging in some way. If you don’t do awards, then no worries—I just want to say thanks. Primarily, this is me saying to readers–go read these blogs and engage with these folks. They’re good people. 🙂
Natacha Guyot (Yes, you’re on here—you need that WP Family Award!)
Ivy_Mosquito (And yes, you’re on here, too–you need that Very Inspiring Blogger Award!)
There’s no way that I haven’t left someone out. I just know that I have, and if I have, then know that if you’re reading this, if you’ve commented here, if you’ve been a part of the past 6 months, I think you deserve an award. 🙂