What’s one year? It’s really a blip in the greater world, a very small increment in a long long long time of infinity. It’s also the time it takes a tree to make a complete cycle from green leaf to green leaf or for a little boy to grow 3 inches and learn how to read Magic School Bus on his own. It’s 365 days or 52 weeks and change or 8760 hours or 525600 minutes or 31536000 seconds, if you have to be pedantic. It’s also how long my blog has been going.
I have created in total 365 posts (a few not of my own making, a couple twice in a day and three days missed—one for my mom’s surgery and two during SL7B). Akismet has protected me from 5526 spam comments and 761 comments have been approved. I have accrued 1763 tags.
It’s been quite an amazing year for me. I started the blog for various reasons: I was helping head the fashion bloggers group that Callie Cline started, and I had a few suggestions for the bloggers in the group. Some balked at them, so I decided, ok, I am going to see how hard these suggestions are to do. (They included blogging on a regular schedule with a consistent format, honestly referencing creators, linking slurls, and making photographs that were clear and honest but also compelling.) And I had a very full inventory that needed showing off.
I found that the blog has done several things for me, least of which is to bring an obsessive discipline about writing in my life, which I very much needed. Every single day I have to write, whether I like doing it or not. Some days my writing is inspired; some days it’s disappointingly flat. But every day I am compelled to do it; if I miss, I feel miserable.
The payoff has been great in other ways. It has also made me quite a few new friends–designers, readers, fashionistas–and has given me the opportunity to work out some thoughts I had about SL, about fashion, about representation, about being a virtual citizen. And I have had the privilege to review work by some of the best and brightest of SL. (At this point I was going to make a list but it was tremendously long. Let me just say, thank you, dear designers, for contributing items for this blog and being willing to be seen through my eyes.)
One topic I have explored on this blog is the idea of identity and the representation of identity in SL. Of course, a lot of the blog is about my identity, but often I have tried to think of other “characters” and “persona” existing in SL, especially men, lesbians, and people of color (none of which I am). (Oh, and a pig.. yes, I was a pig once.) I intend to keep doing this. I think it’s important that I represent the world that uses SL—diverse in color, culture, lifestyle, and belief.
I also intend to invite new guest bloggers. SC Tracy was kind enough to contribute a few blogs during the year, but now I will be reaching out to friends who have contributed to my life and who have an interesting perspective on SL. I think you all will find identity and the virtual fashion that helps shape it is a many-splendored thing.
If you have been a regular reader, thank you.
If you are reading back, keep reading back.. and read forward.
Thanks for a great first year!