Today, March 3, 2015 marks our first 'official' anniversary! To celebrate our birthday, we thought we would give you a 'by the numbers' account of our year and TONS of fantastic birthday prizes!
When we started last year, 14 bloggers decided to join forces around a funny name GROG to share what we love: writing for children! In one year, our GROG has literally reached around the world to unite and encourage other writers and lovers of literature.
Our original mission still rings true for us:
Here are some facts about the blog:
In 2014, we wrote 161 blog posts!
So far, in 2015, we've written 24 blog posts.
Over the year we've been writing, we've had over 2,800 posted comments.
Our Facebook page has 222 likes!
Our Top Ten Blog Posts Of All Time Are:
Our Clustr Map shows that we've had over 16,732 visitors from literally every corner of the world. The map shows that every single continent (except Antarctica) has stopped by the GROG. What an honor to know that so many people are finding our site and hopefully learning along with us.
Here's the amazing breakdown:
Maybe not surprisingly, our largest country of origin is the United States, but what fun to see that we also have a large following in the UK and of course Korea where Tina lives!
We are so grateful that you have come along with us. We hope you've found some guidance and wisdom in our writing. Here's to a terrific second year!
|Photo by ADoseofShipBoy|
And now for the BIRTHDAY BONANZA! Enter the Rafflecopter drawing below to win one of twenty-one prizes:
Books and more books for your reading library!
• BACKHOE JOE by Lori Alexander
• PORTRAIT OF WOMEN ARTISTS: GEORGIA O'KEEFE by Robyn Montana Turner
• POWER DOWN, LITTLE ROBOT by Anna Stanizewski
• COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Rob Sanders
• OUTER SPACE BEDTIME RACE by Rob Sanders
• MISS MAPLE'S SEEDS by Eliza Wheeler
• Signed copy, BLUE ON BLUE by Dianne White
• Signed copy, THE GIRL'S GUIDE TO MANNERS by Tina Cho
• Signed copy, SUBSTITUTE GROUNDHOG Book and CD by Pat Miller
• Signed copy, ORANGUTAN HOUDINI by Laurel Neme
• Signed copy, KID PRESIDENT'S GUIDE TO BEING AWESOME by Robbie Novak and Brad Montague
• Signed copy, THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH (Newbery Honor Book) by Jennifer L. Holm
• Double-signed copy of SAM AND DAVE DIG A HOLE (Caldecott Honor Book) by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Books and goodies for your writing!
• THE WRITER'S BOOK OF HOPE by Ralph Keyes
• WRITING PICTURE BOOKS by Ann Whitford Paul
• 2 copies MENTOR TEXTS FOR WRITERS e-book by Marcie Flinchum Atkins
• 2 journals, personalized by Suzy Leopold
• Writer's journal and pen
• Adorable fuzzy owl puppet (great for story time!) selected by Jan Annino
And a picture book critique by author Carrie Charley Brown! For more about Carrie's author services, visit her website here.