Dear Users of Inside a Dog,
Two years later, I feel like it’s time I re-introduce myself. My name is Tanzeem, I’m in year 12, and I am a member of the first Dog’s Advisory Board for insideadog.com.au which in other words means, I was a part of the team of about 15 teenagers who helped CYL and IAD create this website. I met with my peers every Tuesday after school for almost a year, screaming ideas at the top of my lungs to try and help create a space where teens could share their love of books, writing and well everything else in a safe and fun environment.
You might recognise me if you watched the Inside a Dog Launch event – A Dog’s Breakfast.
I’ve just spent the last hour cruising through this website, reading many, many of the posts, some from users I recognise, others from users I’ve never read before, and I sound like a cheesy old adult saying this, but I can’t help but have my heart swell in pride. Because this, all of this that I am seeing, the community, the friendships, the supportive environment and the sharing of creativity is exactly what I imagined this site to be when I was fifteen, (and I’m almost eighteen now…wow…time flies…).
Honestly, I don’t even know why i’m writing this…maybe because I just have too much to say, or too much pride that I have to share…or maybe because I once wrote something on my blog years ago that still stands. This website was created for you, and that, although the DAB no longer meets, I am still here for you, to help you on this site, to share my opinions and ideas with you, and even though I’m barely ever posting on this (@bookswithbane knows, I replied to one of their messages months later – i’m sorry!) because I am swamped with school (Hahahahaha year 12 is soooo fun), if you want me to see something, I’ll get around to it. I will. (Just make sure you tag me so I can see the notification).
So that’s the end of my sappy post about how much I love what I’ve seen today, and now it’s kind of awkward because I don’t know how to end this. But I guess all I really want to say, is thank you, for making our vision come true.
Stay classy guys