It's always a thrill to be recognized, but I'm especially honored that the ol' blog was named a 2012 Association for Women in Communications Clarion Award winner.
I've been a writing my entire life and getting paid to scribble since I was studying journalism at Texas Tech University. It was there that I joined AWC and that membership moved with me from Texas to the Washington, D.C., area to Florida and back home to the Lone Star State. One of the first calls I made upon arriving in Austin seven years ago was to the city's AWC chapter.
So getting a Clarion Award, which is named after the medieval trumpet known for its clarity, is sort of like getting a present from your family. And I'm particularly honored because my professional communicator relatives this year include some nationally recognized and respected media members.
Among this year's 92 Clarion Award winners are representatives of WGBH; Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Glamour and O magazines; the Wall Street Journal; Reuters; Sports Illustrated; BBC; Voice of America; HBO; and my alma mater, Texas Tech.
It's an understatement to say I'm humbled to be in such company. But there I am, with Don't Mess With Taxes cited in the Online Media category as Best Personal Blog.
Yeah, a personal blog about taxes. Make of that category and my life what you will!