On July 28th 2009 I took leap in to the unknown and started Playing by the book. I didn’t know how it would evolve, or even if I would still be here a year on. But very nearly 52 weeks later I am still here, and can’t really imagine my life without this little space of mine, where I come to play and connect and challenge myself.
So in this birthday week I’ve got a few fun posts lined up that I’ll hope you’ll enjoy, but I wanted to start the week with some thankyous.
Both these awards share the same “rules”, which are these:
1. Thanks the person who gave you the award
2. Share 7 things about you!
3. Pass the award to 15 bloggers you’ve recently discovered and think are FABULOUS!
I’m afraid I’m going to break the rules a little but here you go…
Some things you may not have known about me:
As to some of my favourite blogs, to whom I’d like to pass on this lovely award (and of course they can do as they wish with the award as I know not everyone loves awards) here they are:
If you don’t know these blogs, please do visit them as I love each and everyone of them!
I also want to thank Caroline over at Learning Parade for the copy of If you give a mouse a cookie, and the little soft toy mouse which she recently sent us. Caroline’s blog has a special place in my blog-heart as it was the first blog I discovered (only a few weeks after I had started blogging) which included Playing by the book in its blogroll. I couldn’t believe someone had noticed this blog and liked it enough to link back to it! And I still get that thrill whenever I find another blog I love who has already discovered Playing by the book.
Maggy and her son, who you can find on Redtedart’s Blog sent me and my girls a gift out of the blue this week – a lovely little set of storytelling cubes which they had made themselves. I was so touched by their thoughtfulness and generosity! In fact, if I have one abiding feeling generated by my year of blogging it is amazement and delight (ok, that’s two feelings) at the generosity of the blogosphere. Not just in giveaways and random acts of kindness, but also in the fact that there are so many wonderfully thoughtful and creative people out there who share their ideas and passions and inspire me.
Finally a thank you to all of you who read this blog. I read thanks to readers all the time on other blogs and I know it can sound trite, but I really do *thank* *you* – it’s great to be part of a bigger community with you, to share ideas and to feel connected.