My blog is a year old today. I don’t particularly know what that means, but it is nonetheless a fact and I’m going to reflect on it.
This blog has turned out to be quite different than I thought it would, and vastly more successful. I originally thought I’d be posting once or twice a week with my take on this or that sexist commercial or television show, but it has turned out to be something a lot more involved and complicated, and much more interesting and enlightening (for me). I also thought I’d be lucky if five people wanted to hear what I have to say.
I would like to thank everyone who reads and comments (and isn’t an MRA or a 4Chan member) for helping me to develop as a feminist and as a writer over the last year and for helping me create enough controversy to amass 180,000 hits in just twelve months. I always figured that being a provocateur would serve my purposes well on this blog, that if I made a bunch of outrageous statements I’d get people to read what I had to say and that maybe I could sneak something in between the stupid jokes and feigned absolutism that would start to change their minds. I think the comments and links that people have favored me with have been a big help in that endeavor. I also think, however, that I can get blinded by my own arguments and forget that not everyone has followed the same train of thought I have to get where I am at any given moment. As such, I’m grateful to the commenters who carry on such thoughtful and diplomatic discussions on hugely controversial topics in my comment sections, and especially those who try to find ways to sensitively address the objections of other commenters. And thanks also go to those who tell me I’m full of shit for helping me to see the holes in my arguments or helping strengthen my conviction that I’m right.
I’d also like to thank all of the radical feminist bloggers who have helped me get involved in the world of radical feminist blogging and who have made me feel welcome in their community. Having the kinds of opinions I have has been pretty lonely at times, so making my way into this community has been a really rewarding experience. I’m still in the process of figuring out how to approach all of the audiences I want to write to, and I know that my attempts at converting others to the cause sometimes irritate the women who already identify as radical feminists, but I think I’m making progress on that front. I’ve still not come up with a perfect comment policy that will allow radical feminists to use my blog as a place to discuss issues and will still allow me to engage with people who don’t identify with radical feminism, but I’m also working on that. Suggestions are always appreciated.
I know I’ve been something of a slacker lately, but I plan to get back to writing posts more often (as school and life allow).
Anyway, thanks everyone!