Today is a monumental day for Maven and for the Notebook blog!
This day has been a long time coming and now that it is here, I want to start by saying thank you – thank you to all who have supported and encouraged me over the past year, and of course, thank you to my husband and two sons for putting up with me, but most importantly, thank you to all of you who show up every day to read the blog, for it really is for you, the readers, that I come to the computer every morning.
When I look back, it truly has been an amazing year. Since starting the blog in the summer of 2012, it has grown phenomenally with readership increasing ten times over the past year and a growing list of email subscribers as well. I have a few ‘firsts and onlys’ to claim: Maven’s Notebook was the first to write about labor problems within the State Water Project, the first one to inform you about this year’s drought conditions, and the only one who is covering the development of the Delta Science Plan. Notebook posts are featured regularly in DWR’s Water News and BC Water News. Maven’s Notebook is growing in credibility as well: Notebook posts are linked to by other blogs, Maven’s Minutes are linked to on the Senate Natural Resources and Water page, and Maven’s Notebook has even been cited in research journals!
So in honor of this grand occasion, I’ll be celebrating all week, rolling out new content and features, such as:
- Debuting today, the “Daily Digest”: What’s going on today in the world of water? The Daily Digest will keep track of it for you. The digest will include links to news articles, commentaries and editorials, with a focus on the Delta and the larger California water news stories. The Daily Digest will post every day of the week and even most weekend days, depending on content. I’ll be developing it as I go, so feel free to email me with your comments and suggestions. Look for the Daily Digest to debut later this morning.
- Starting later this week, I’ll post the first in a three-part series of profiles of water leaders. Written by Emily DeMarco especially for the Maven’s Notebook, these profiles will take a look at three people who are on the front lines of the Delta and the Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Melinda Terry from the North Delta Water Agency, Kate Poole from the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Chuck Bonham, Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Look for Melinda Terry’s profile to post on Wednesday.
- I’ll be debuting new pages all week for the Notebook’s Resources section. A new section, “In Their Own Words”, will be home to the many speeches and seminar transcripts that appear on the Notebook blog, including the last year’s California Water Policy Seminar Series. Another new section, “The Notebook Files” will be a collection of information and links about relevant topics to which I’ll be adding a page on Delta and statewide planning processes later this week. I’ve added considerably more to the Maps and Diagrams page, and if you’re looking for information about water and the Delta on the internet, be sure to check the Directory of Useful Information. You can access all these Resources by clicking the Resources tab on the menu bar, or by utilizing the buttons on the side bar.
And there’s more to look forward to in the future. I’ll be covering the State of the Estuary conference next week, and once the BDCP and its EIR/EIS come out next month, I’ll be busily working to slice, dice, extract and jpeg a new BDCP Road Map for you, so stay tuned. There’s so much more to come, so if you don’t want to miss a post, be sure to sign up to receive the Notebook by email through the link in the sidebar.
Thank you to all who have donated to Maven’s Notebook over the past year. I have appreciated each and every donation, no matter the size, because it really means something to me that in these hard times, you’ve opened your wallet for me. In spite of those of you who have donated generously, Maven’s Notebook continues to need funding to continue. While there is the possibility of potential funding on the horizon, more is needed. What can you do to help? Sign my sponsor letter, donate to the Notebook blog, or take my letter to organizations who can help.
I always enjoy hearing from my readers, so if you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to email me.
And lastly, thank you all for your continued readership – I just can’t say that enough. I am amazed at the phenomenal growth in the website, honored by the trust you place in me, and always heartened by the kind emails and supportive comments I receive. As I have long said, a blogger blogs to be read, after all, and I truly feel blessed to be read by you.
With warmest regards,