When I adopted PASS IT ON (originally known as CAINON) from Di Bates back in 2004 I must admit that I did it for entirely selfish reasons. As a new writer, a very new writer I was desperate to be in the know.
Di asked for someone to take over CAINON (Children’s and Illustrators Networking Online Newsletter) after she had produced it for twenty weeks and me, being very much a believer in
the Little Red Hen philosophy, put my hand up.
Di asked that I change the name which I did and the rest is history.
Eight years later and we’re still here passing on information, sharing industry news and generally supporting one another week in week out.
This afternoon I’ve been reliving memories, scanning over past issues and loving how generous the PIO subscribers are.
Originally PIO didn’t really look like a e-zine, more a very large email chopped into sections. There were no pictures or illustrations and you couldn’t click on the contents’ links (this little gem appeared in issue 70, thanks to the help of Bren MacDibble).
If you’re interested in seeing some of the early issues I uploaded them to a blog – the formatting is a bit haywire but it’s interesting to see what we were talking about back in 2005.
In November 2005, thanks to Marg McAlister, I learnt how to create a more professional looking e-zine. This evolved in October 2006 with the inclusion of a PIO logo. Who remembers this?
It was supposed to symbolise the bigger, more experienced writer “passing on” their knowledge to the writer-ling. I was very pleased when I found that in clip art, very pleased indeed. And slowly but surely, book covers began to appear as well as all sorts of other colourful additions.
Then in January of 2008 I thought it might be fun to frighten you all with this ridiculous face, you’ll note, for those of you who currently subscribe to PIO, that a small version of this photo, still appears each week, I’m not sure why, I think it’s just that old habits die hard.
After 6 weeks of seeing my very cheery face, an illustrator friend, Teresa Lawrence suggested a brand new segment – Illustration of the Week and so was born PIO, the Children’s Writers’ AND Illustrators’ Networking E-zine.
Since issue 183 with Marjory Gardner’s first illustration, PIO has profiled over 200 very talented illustrators and as you know I am always on the lookout for new ones.
In June of 2009 clip art delivered a new logo. I liked this one because in showed exactly what PIO is all about – connecting through our computers.
This logo still appears in current issues and I think it will probably stay.
So today I sent out issue 400 which equates to about 8 years of weekly e-zines. If you subscribe or if you have ever subscribed I’d love for you send in a little comment. There are so many of you now and I know how busy you all are but it would really mean a lot if you could give a little wave to celebrate what has been a wonderful 8 years and hopefully there will be another 8 more.