You are cordially invited to the celebration of the
first anniversary of Mandingueira blog.
It will take place
at the locale of http://www.mandingueira.com
on November 30, 2008
at the hour of—NOW!
Today is Mandingueira’s One-Year Anniversary. What with all the well-wishes and facebook posts, I almost felt as if it were my actual birthday! Thank you guys so, so much. 😀
Actually, thank you for EVERYTHING! This blog would never have kept going if it weren’t for your constant support, encouragement, helpfulness, contributions, and downright awesome participation, comments, and discussions. I think I’ve said this before, but I’ve always felt extremely lucky to have a set of readers like you guys, who add so much to the Mandingueira reading and writing experience.
So, what have we built up together over the past twelve months? As of today, Mandingueira is:
- 57,400 page views
- 144 posts (including 4 series)
- 1 guest post on The Capoeira Blog
- 4 guest posts on Blue Snake Books Blog
- 1060 comments(!!!)
- 16 oz. of goodwill, 1 quart of intelligence, 2 pints of heart, and a whole lot of wicked capoeiristas
In celebration of this blog and everyone on it and everything we’ve accomplished through it, I’ve been working on a secret project that was to be released today in honour of the occasion. Soooo…I have some good news and bad news.
The good news: a 16-page retrospective magazine commemorating one year of Mandingueira!!!
The bad news: …that will be available later tonight if not tomorrow…or in several days. (UPDATE: Or…in three weeks. I know you guys are going to hate me, and I’m really sorry!! The thing is, I’ve STILL been working on this non-stop with a significant way to go (let’s just say formatting and I have some issues to work out in the roda) and it just hit me how much it was actually eating into my study time, which is slightly a concern as my final exams start this week and I have more exams and yet-to-be-started papers due next week!! Please accept my apologies for the delay…and enjoy the cheerful thought that you’ll receive a great publication just in time to leisurely peruse over the holidays!)
I still have a few things to complete on it as I’ve been working feverishly to get it done since Friday, only some parts have taken WAAAYYY longer than I expected them to. However, I can’t wait until you guys get to see it!! It will contain a collection of select posts from the blog as well several pages of all-new content.
To make up for the actual publication not being available yet, here’s a sneak preview of the new articles in it 😀 :
- 5 Lessons from Writing a Feminist Capoeira Blog
- If You Only Learn One Thing (“Mandingueira’s Ultimate Post”)
- Anatomy of a Capoeirista
- “Open Love Letter to Commenters”
Aaaaaand…here’s the cover! As you can see, I’ve titled the retrospect Mais Uma Volta (the symbolic interpretation is up to you, this time!):
So, I hope that that’s enough proof that this thing DOES exist and WILL come out very soon! I stayed up all night last night trying to get it done—resulting in 2 hours of sleep and consequently catching a martelo to the head in today’s roda for my efforts. 😄
Once again, thank you so much, and congratulations from Mandingueira on making it through a whole year—to all of us!
Muito axé e um abraço,