As I write this post I am trying awfully hard not to cry and not really succeeding. That's because I've been reading Dewey's blog as part of the hour 21 challenge. I never "met" Dewey although I did visit her blog a few times, saw her commenting on other people's blogs and (of course) saw that she was instrumental in the organising of community activities like this one.
So. Why am I (still) in tears? All it took was for me to click over onto Dewey's blog and read the post by her husband from the 2nd Feb this year when he received the Coraline treasure chest. Gulp. I then scrolled down and saw the "giving season" last post Dewey made on the 23rd November, planning her activity for the month ahead, and that just about finished me off.
Reading through some her posts (and I really can't choose a favourite for this challenge) it's clear that I missed out on getting to know a really lovely, influential and community spirited woman. Reading through some of the comments made when her death was announced, it's obvious that she touched a lot of people's lives and that friends made online can be just as important as those in the "real world".
I'm really glad that her online presence continues to be felt through activities like this read-a-thon and Weekly Geeks and that people like me can get to know her even though she is no longer here. It strikes me that I've not really thanked Hannah (WordLily), Ana (Nymeth), and Trish (Hey Lady!) for the incredibly hard work that they've put into making this read-a-thon a fitting tribute to her legacy. Thank you - you've done a great job.