Guess what? I've been selected for the Reader Panel for the New Zealand House and Garden magazine! I had to write answers to a series of questions about the magazine to be selected. I am one of twenty people on the panel, chosen from hundreds of replies. The Reader Panel gets to contribute ideas and answer questions about the magazine to help to shape its future. The great thing about NZ House and Garden is that it is already moving towards being more friendly and "real", with lots of interesting articles. I can highly recommend the May issue. There are even miniature ponies! My lovely mother-in-law gives me a gift subscription for my birthday, so I'm a lucky girl.
It is always exciting to get a subscription magazine in the mail. Well, unless it was Hunter Monthly, or Diesel Mechanic Weekly. Actually, one of my lovely students often brings hunting magazines to school. Their editors' ideas of a good cover is a dead animal picture with the (usually hairy and unkempt looking) man and the weapon that took its life. Don't you worry, NZ House and Garden readers. There wont be any hairy men with tools, working on a house or garden, featured on the cover.
I feel like I've won a prize! I really thought I could be a great member of the Reader Panel when I wrote the answer to the selection questions. Maybe that positive attitude helped along the way. I'm a happy chicken :) .