6 Month Blogiversary–Awards Edition!

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. 🙂

Comparative Geeks

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!)

Drifting Through My Open Mind

That Montreal Girl

Things Matter

Rose B. Fischer

Sleeping Geeks

Lazy Lady

Alva’s Almanac

Kimchi Latkes

Suzie81 Speaks

That Dizzy Chick

The Writing Catalog

 The Leather Library

Not a Punk Rocker

The Half-Eaten Mind

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. 🙂





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  1. So, a little late to the party! I can’t believe I missed this last month! I want to say thank you for including me. Blogging has been rewarding in ways I never could have imagined. I didn’t expect the community of bloggers to be so supportive and engaging. I am so glad we connected and have gotten to know each other a little over the last few months. It has been one of my best “blogging experiences”, getting to discuss important issues and network with you! Thank you for including me in this group of talented people.


  2. Lol, I am so glad I came back and looked. Just realized you nominated The Writing Catalog. That makes a certain amount of sense, but I am glad I caught that before I loaded an awards post as S. and told the story at TWC. I will just do the opposite, and we’ll have a nice little party 🙂


    1. haha…Indeed. I generally do nominate Sourcerer, but TWC needed a little love, I think, especially in a month that was so productive for that little blog. 🙂


  3. I will have a full one year anniversary in July… It is beyond belief how blogging changed my life for the better and how many awesome people (you included) I have get to know in just 9 months! 🙂

    Thank you for giving me an award when the focus suppossed to be on you. I am so grateful for The inspiring award and it is one of the dearest to my heart. I started to blog to inspire – myself and others, and to be given such an award means so much. 🙂


    1. You are very welcome. 🙂

      And I agree that it’s unimaginable how blogging has changed my life and brought new people into it. I always knew it was a way of communicating, but I had no idea how deep the networks could run, even without having met those in the network. It’s an amazing exercise in humanity and the human experience. 🙂


  4. Congrats on your anniversary and your awards! I don’t think I fully realized (until now) that your blog is a collaboration. I think it’s a wonderful idea since blogging daily for most people is simply too hard and not fun. At least I know that is true for me 🙂


    1. Yeah. What we set out to do, in the beginning, required more content than we can produce, just the two of us. It’s a real problem. We’re very fortunate to know so many people who are good with the words and willing to give a some of them away now and then. The contributors are the reason we’re still here.


    2. Thank you!

      As Gene’O says, I don’t think we could’ve made it this far without the contributors and collaborators that we have. We started out wanting to do a massively collaborative project, but we realized that wasn’t tailored enough, so we built 3 blogs and have contributors for each.

      And damnit, you are one of those folks who should be on that list. Please accept this as your nomination for the awards, even if you don’t pass them along, because you’ve been so encouraging from day one of this project. 🙂


        1. 🙂 We all get busy. Goodness knows I haven’t been to many of my regular folks’ blogs since March-ish because of the wedding and April A-Z. My goal for May is more reading and commenting.


    1. Thank you, and you’re welcome! Though it’s created yet another that has to be attended to, the blog has been such fun, and so useful that it’s well worth the extra few hassles it can bring.


    1. I’m always a little iffy about speaking for us all – we don’t do it as a matter of policy. But I am pretty sure everyone is ok with me saying you’re welcome, from us all. 🙂 And do keep blogging, please.


    2. You’re very welcome! I’ve enjoyed communicating with you and reading what you’re working on, even when I don’t get a chance to comment on your posts. Just my way of showing appreciation. 🙂


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