This Saturday is the 1 year anniversary of my blog, which by my estimates means it has exceeded the average lifespan of a blog by about 6 months. It remains to be seen whether I can exceed the average lifespan of a good blog (33.8 months), but I’m optimistic. Here’s a short timeline of the past 12 months.
July 15, 2009: I launched my blog, originally called “Nice Work if You Can Get it” about my experience being laid off and doing career planning. NWIYCGI (yeah, it was a terrible acronym) looked at employment and career planning from an anti-racist feminist perspective. My favourite post from that time was about Jack Canfield and the “think-yourself-happy-happy gurus”, although in retrospect I’d have made the language more conversational.
August 2009: I get a job! Yay! Find it more difficult to stick to the intended theme of the blog and to keep up with posting frequently.
August 7, 2009: Through my blog I was invited to start writing a column on gender issues for the Vancouver Observer. My first post, “What Gender is Your Recession?” can be found here.
August 24, 2009: I get my first comments actually posted to the blog (not on Facebook or by email)
September 21, 2009: I start guest-blogging for About-Face, change name of NWIYCGI to West Coast Feminist.
October, 2009: I get another new job and my posting regularity drops substantially.
January 22, 2010: I change the name and look again, this time to Gender Focus in order to broaden the subject matter of the blog.
February 16, 2010: First post by a contributing blogger: E. Cain’s “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”.
March 2010: I attend the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Young Feminist Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.
May 31, 2010: I open Gender Focus up to public submissions.
May 6, 2010: Gender Focus has its highest number of hits in a single day: 5,801.
July 2010: 1 year and we’re still around!