Monday, July 21, 2008 Testing Will Soon Begin!

It's been in the works a long time, but, our online community for girls ages 8 to 12 is almost here! It's set to launch September 1st--the office is abuzz with excitement! Every day, we are seeing new parts of the website coming together, and we know you're going to love it! And our girl boards have a whole new reason to be excited too. Testing is about to begin!

Over the next few weeks, members of New Moon Girl Boards will see all the ideas they shared, and all the ideas you shared, in real life in an intense testing period. They'll make sure everything is working properly for the big launch. They'll give their feedback and share new ideas. And we're going to video tape it all! So when the site opens, you'll be able to watch clips of how the testing went!

But our girl boards aren't the only ones getting a sneak peek. Each week from now until the big launch, we'll share a new piece of the website with you on all our blogs--so you, too, can see just how great it's going to be! And here's your first sneak peek: a few of the great avatars that will be on the website, all created by girls just like you! At, every member will be able to have her own room and portfolio where she can share her writing, artwork, thoughts, feelings, and more! And we've chosen some of the fabulous artwork submitted to New Moon magazine over the years for the avatars that will represent girls on the site.

Do you have a great idea for an avatar that you'd like to share? We'll add to the avatar collection all the time! Create your vision of Luna, a girl, an animal, or whatever you think would be a great avatar on Draw it on unlined paper, scan it, and email it with your first name, age, and state or country to or mail the paper copy to our offices. If you choose to mail your drawings, please don't fold the paper or the image may be damaged and we may not be able to use it on the website. We can't wait to see what you come up with! And while you're waiting for to open its doors, don't forget to check out our Ask a Girl microsite to share questions and advice! More great sneak peeks coming soon!!!

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