Over the last couple of weeks, there have been one or two comments here and elsewhere from folk waking up to what this blog actually does – and not, in all cases, entirely happy with it.
Because while many blogs are just sort of “out there” – something you may happen across and have a good read of as and when, this blog has always had, or been intended to have, a bit more bite.
Though it has changed – evolved – along the way.
In the beginning, Jane…
To begin with, it was little more than a personal journey. A lot of stuff was happening to me very fast – with almost every day bringing another first in its wake: and I was alternately amazed, amused and excited by it all. Child in a candy store, sort of thing. Or, for those who have noticed my liking for things of a sparkly nature: girl in a designer dress shop.
I wrote as I found stuff, and some of my early “discoveries” were just plain dumb, wrong or modified by what I’ve discovered since. Not that that bothers me over much. I am who I am, here, now. If I said something daft last week, month, year, mock me for it. Laugh! But please don’t expect me to feel obligated by it.
To err is human, and all that. Or if you want the poetic take on it:
“A foolish consistency is the petty hobgoblin of small minds”
Yep. So it is. (Emerson, in case you were wondering…)
But ask me again in a while. Just to make sure.
OK. I started with journey: but in time, the journey moves into top gear and starts to rollick along with rather less in the way of chopping and changing to keep readers entertained. Not that the personal dimension has gone. Just that it is more infrequent – and increasingly about funny things that happened while ironing.
Which mostly aren’t funny. So you won’t find any documented so far.
I started to post “serious” stuff in an offshoot blog – called “sex matters”. But that always left me confused. So now everything is rolled into one. The subject is much wider: I’m interested in a variety of small-p political stuff, with a fairly large focus on sexuality – and not just trans sexuality, either.
Sex work. Feminism. Censorship. Those, too, are things that take my interest.
I also run an events page, which includes details of mostly academic events in those areas. Let me know if you have something that belongs – and I’m certainly not above publishing the odd demo or march, either.
Feeding the news
Then there’s the bit that has made some folk nervous. The fact that this blog is actually read from time to time by real people…at last count somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 individuals a week. And by journalists.
Well – der!: I am a journalist. So it would be a miracle if no colleagues ever poked their noses in.
But I have also taken that aspect of the blog a bit further. Anything titled “news feed” is stuff that I consider to be a good story – but which I have neither time nor energy to pitch properly to the mainstream and/or lgbt press.
So it is written up here, is available for lifting for free by non-commercials; and for a fee by commercials. Check it out. Its one of the categories set up in the side bar. What goes in the news feed is all kosher journalism. I don’t write about people without talking to them. And that’s about all there is to it.
Increasingly, news feed also goes out to opinion formers: MP’s, columnists and the like. Do they tarry? Do they read about the latest NHS cock-up on cosmetic surgery, then flick thru into me posting about my own personal aesthetic issues? I haven’t a clue! Though if they do, I wish them well.
Responsible party girl
I am aware that there is a growing degree of responsibility on me: that what I write may be picked up more widely. That I really ought to be responsible some of the time. Which for a girl who loves to party is sometimes a bit of a challenge.
But I guess I’ll try: and if I screw up that bit from time to time, you can always write and tell me and I do listen. I do change stuff when it is pointed out that I may have missed the implications of what I just wrote. Sometimes.
And that, for now, is about as good as I get.
P.S. If there is anyone out there who understands the mechanics of wordpress well enough to give me a hand in making this site easier to navigate, i’d be overjoyed. Just drop me a line.