Monday, February 24, 2014

Welcome to GROG! (A note about our title)

What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word GROG? You might think of a strong beverage served on a winter night around a roaring fire. While we don't have anything against a good mug of GROG, we have something different in mind.  If you've been around the 'blogging' world, you might know the story of how the word blog came to be.

Turns out it comes from the term weblog and was coined by the Jorn Barger in 1997.

The term GROG evolved out of a desire to gather a group of writers and form a new blog about children's literature.  There are several phenomenal group blogs in the literature world.  Many gave us inspiration, but none of them met the specific needs of our group.  And, in the spirit of all things creative, we came together to form this GROG. 

Our aim with this blog is to provide:

G:  Guidance and support
R:  Resources on the craft of writing
O:  Opportunities to expand our skills
G:  Great folks who support readers and writers of all ages!

Each weekday we will be focusing on a specific topic.

Here are the daily foci:

Mondays:  We will look at how mentor texts and other approaches can help teachers and writers of all ages to develop writing skills.  We envision doing book reviews here too.

Tuesdays: We'll look at tools, often technological, that can help us as writers.

Wednesdays:   We'll focus on the craft of writing.  Sometimes it will be a writing lesson, other times it might be a review of a book on writing.

Thursdays:  On Thursday's we'll focus our thoughts on submissions, contests, query letters and more.

Fridays:  Friday Finds.  These will be a smattering of awesome discoveries that we want to share with you.

We hope that you will find one or more of these days to be beneficial to you.  We also would love to hear from you.  What would you like to learn more about?  Please click on the contact link to share your thoughts and/or ideas. 


  1. Wow! I am so pleased to be a GROGGER! Thank you, Todd and my GROG friends for such an outstanding opportunity to grow and learn. Read, write and create everyday. ~Suzy Leopold

  2. Suzy, I am also looking forward to learning and growing along with you all and our readers! Get ready. It's going to be awesome!


  3. bravo! to the groggers

    Jan Godown Annino

  4. Looking forward to it, Todd. Grog on!

  5. We're getting close to going live! Can't wait!

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