So, first off, thank you to NGC for the journal award!
When the announcement of what would be given out this year made no mention of the journal awards, I was thinking that meant there would be no journal awards this year - and I don't think I was alone in that assumption. Participation in the journals has dropped aggressively since 2017 and, given that, it certainly could have been an understandable move. I suppose it’s possible that it was their intent to do away with it, but then we pulled out enough participation this year to make them change their minds. Or maybe they were just hedging their bets and not committing. We’ll never know – I doubt they’d ever tell us even if they were considering it.
In any case, I am happy to be wrong and grateful to get it.
Of course, that’s not the only happy surprise here – part of the reason why I’m posting this today and not on Friday is I wanted to make sure I was reading the announcement correctly.
This year, for the first time that I’m aware of, the journal award winners are getting a $500 grading credit, just like the winners in the other categories – another cool thing to be grateful for!
I have a couple of ideas for how I’m going to put that to use – one is rather likely to happen if I can find a way to make it work. More on that later.