I can assure you that I didn't plan it that way (I'm simply not that organized), but this is the blog's second major milestone within a week: The First Girl With The Cane Blogoversary!
What?? Girl With the Cane Blogoversary??
Yes, it was one year ago today that I launched this blog. To get this Girl With The Cane Blogoversary started, let's go over some of the things that have happened since. Since June 12, 2011, Girl With The Cane:
- Become the promotional cornerstone of my company, Running Steps
- Was nominated for Ninjamatics Weblogs Awards for Best Feminist Blog, Best Weblog about Health and Wellness, and Best Life Weblog
- Won 3rd Place in the Canadian Blog Awards in Best Personal Blog Category
- Has at least 10 influential websites linking to it
- Has developed a network including high-profile disability agencies, authors, bloggers, activists and advocates in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
- Has become closely involved with the Accessible Clean Taxi Coalition and the individuals and organizations involved with them through blog coverage of New York City's fight for increased numbers of accessible taxis
- Has became involved with the Spartacus movement in the UK, protesting devastating cuts to disability supports.
- Has had, just in the last two days, visitors from Canada, the United States, the Czech Republic, India, Ireland, England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, and Peru
Not bad for the first year. I think I can justify having some Girl With The Cane Blogoversary celebratory ice cream today :)
I'd share it with a lot of people if they lived just a little bit closer, because there's are some people that I need to thank for actually getting me to this Girl With The Cane Blogoversary:
First...the Facebook friends who like pages and posts and leave notes and go vote and keep me honest and just generally support me any way that I need them to. I couldn't have gotten this far without you.
Second...my blogging buddy in crime, who has stood back on this one, but who has always been there with advice and encouragement.
Third...all the other disability bloggers and online advocates/activists who haven the taken the time to read, retweet, and repost my content, link to my website, and let me do guest writing for them. Thank you in particular to:
- Gregg Beraton @Greg Beraton on Twitter
- Blogorific - http://www.blogirific.com/
- Marissa Christina - http://about.me/MarissaChristina
- Steph Cutler - http://making-lemonade.co.uk/
- Disability Horizons - http://disabilityhorizons.com/
- Displaced - http://gonnaeatworms.blogspot.ca/
- Vicky Ann Hunt - http://www.animatedfaithzone.com
- Elizabeth McClung - http://elizabethmcclung.blogspot.ca/
- Nick McGivney - http://www.adlandireland.com/
- Liz Miller - http://doorbellqueen.com/
- Pratyush Nalam - http://reflectionspn.wordpress.com/
- Ruth Madison - http://www.ruthmadison.com/current-fiction/
- Meriah Nichols - http://www.withalittlemoxie.com
- Roya Rafieyan - http://mindfulmusictherapist.blogspot.ca/
- Sandra Rhodda - http://www.accesstourismnz.org.nz/
- Chris Satler - http://www.post-polio.org.uk/
- Martyn Sibley - http://martynsibley.com/
- Donna Thompson - http://www.donnathomson.com/
If all of the people on the above list would please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I have something for you by way of thanking you personally.
My apologies if I've missed anyone...I greatly appreciate all the support that everyone's given to help given the blog some traction this year, and getting it to it's first Girl With The Cane Blogoversary.
Of course, thank you to all of you who take time out of your day to come here and read...and comment...and email me with your stories. "Girl With The Cane" has become a real labour of love for me, and I'm thrilled that people get something out of what I post here. I learn a lot from what you have to say too, and I'm really happy that we're starting to have some good dialogue in the comments on the posts. I'd really like to see that grow as the blog goes into its second year, and invite any suggestions for making this blog a place where people feel comfortable voicing their opinions and telling their stories.
I'm always on the look-out for guest bloggers, too. If you've got some disability-related content and would like to contribute, please contact me.
Happy Girl With The Cane Blogoversary! Any predictions for what will happen for the blog in its second year?