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February 21, 2004

The First "Gone East Weblog Grant" Winner

I've started a program which I'm calling the "Gone East Weblog Grant". In this program I encourage non-technical people to try weblogging by giving them a ready-made, ready-to-use blog, and providing them with online training & personal tech support.

The first winner of a GEW Grant is one of Gone East's regular comment contributors, Jo Ann M.

I've created a blog for her. It's tentatively called, "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" (although she may decide to change that name) and it can be read at this web address

As of this writing, she has not made her first entry, but she's told me that she likes the idea, and intends to give it a try.

Winning a GEW Grant is a no-obligation thing. It costs recipients nothing, and they can ignore the whole thing if they like.

I'll probably be announcing the next GEW Grant winner in a few weeks.

Posted by jghiii at February 21, 2004 03:46 PM
Posted by: sherman on February 22, 2004 02:59 AM

The guest blog doesn't seem to have the option to leave comments.

Posted by: Steve Garfield on February 22, 2004 07:19 AM

The EDITME! link seems to need editing.

Posted by: Jo Ann on February 22, 2004 08:12 AM

Yeah! I won, I won!

I'm so excited! All that research and all of those hours working on my historical records and statistical data finally paid off. I submitted my grant proposal just in the knick of time on the postmark deadline and, phew... I got the grant!

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Hodgson for giving me this chance to enter into the world of blogging. I'd also like to thank my husband, Rick for his support in all that I do in, hmm... blogging and hmm... Parcheesi. And, my mentor, Sherman who has taught me... um... hmm... well, stuff... and stuff like that. And, of course, I'd like to thank the members of the Blogging Academy for making this experience possible.

Thank you and good night! Oh, wait... where do I pick up my gift basket with all that really cool, expensive, free stuff?

Posted by: Jo Ann on February 22, 2004 08:36 AM

Um... do I need to start working on this or something? How am I supposed to use a keyboard right now, anyway? I've got my grant award in one hand and my Cosmo in the other...

Hello, Jack? There's already folks asking about "comments" and "editing"! What does "Edit Me" even mean?!

Jack, I'm drowing here... help! Tech support... TECH SUPPORT! Can I get an intern, please?

I'm heading back to the bar...

Posted by: sherman on February 22, 2004 01:56 PM


another one bites the dust.

Posted by: Jo Ann on February 22, 2004 11:45 PM

Oh, I know, I know! I didn't even realize that we were playing, but the answer is: Queen.

Snaps for Jo Ann! :-)

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