It's hard to believe, but the 24th of February--that's right, this past Sunday--marked THREE YEARS since the very first blog post on Finding Wonderland, entitled Just Who the Heck Are These People? And our sister blog, Readers' Rants, began exactly three years ago today, with a welcome post from TadMack and reviews of David Levithan and Richard Peck.
It's been a wild three years since our humble beginnings as a duo of blogs meant to help our writing group keep in touch, share links and post book recommendations. We'd finished graduate school in May of 2004, and nine months later (really!), Finding Wonderland was born. We had no idea there was such a thing as the kidlitosphere when we started out, but we're proud to consider ourselves a small corner of the kidlit blogging world. And we've done a lot--we've gotten to post some amazing interviews with wonderful authors; we've posted many a Toon Thursday and Poetry Friday; and we participated in a panel of bloggers at the 2007 summer SCBWI conference. We've read and written about acres of YA novels on Readers' Rants. And...drum roll...TadMack got not just one, but a second book contract!
We're both so happy to have gotten to know such fabulous--and varied and funny and informative and incisive--blogs and bloggers in the kidlitosphere. We've gotten to know many of our favorite authors via interviews and their own blogs. We've gotten to know each other so much better--our individual tastes and interests in the world of YA literature and writing. We've had each other's backs, when one of us is overwhelmingly busy (usually TadMack) or suffering from paralyzing what's-the-point-itis (usually a. fortis). And we're constantly learning from one another. Here's to another three years--or more! Cheers!
--a. fortis and TadMack