Gender Focus 2nd Blogiversary!

by | July 17, 2011
filed under Blogging, Can-Con, Feminism

Today’s marks the 2nd anniversaryof my first post here at Gender Focus, and I’m celebrating at least as much as these chinchillas. And congratulations to Cara – winner of the 2nd blogiversary giveaway. Cara will get to choose whether she wants a year’s subscription to Bitch Magazine or Bust Magazine.

Last year I blogged about some lessons I’d learned in the first year of blogging and a review of the year and I thought I’d do a similar thing this year.

First, some blog milestones:

November 2010 – Kaitlin became a regular contributor. Her first article deconstructed the idea that gropings are “non-violent” sexual assaults.

December 2010 – I migrated the blog over from wordpress.com to a wordpress.org platform, enabling greater ability to customize the design and content of the site.

December 2010 – Gender Focus was nominated in the 2010 Canadian Weblog Awards, where we placed 2nd in the categories Best Feminist Blog and Best LGBTQ blog. See my post-award interview here.

January 2011 – My friend Taylor became the first feminist guy to blog at Gender Focus, with his post on the last days of Keith Olbermann’s Countdown on MSNBC.

February 2011 – Published the year’s most popular non-giveaway post (both in terms of shares and comments): The Twitter Guide for Feminists.

February 2011 – My dad Gerald Hodge, a former Queens University prof, began writing posts for Gender Focus, becoming our first contributor who’s a senior.

April 2011 - Wrote an attempt at an April Fool’s Day post joking that I was shutting down Gender Focus in order to pursue my dream of developing Hornby Island Bingo as a board game. A surprising number of people bought it.

May 2011 – Farah Ghuznavi became our first international contributor with her posts on women living in Bangladesh.

May 2011 – I started a 24-part series of guest blogs for Bitch Magazine Blogs called Revenge of the Feminerd, which focused on gender and nerd culture.

June 2011 – I presented a course on feminism and the labour movement at the BC Federation of Labour’s youth retreat, Camp Jubilee.

June 2011 – I became a feminist blogger for Huffington Post Canada and Huffington Post Women.

June 2011 – We surpassed 1,000 fans on the Gender Focus Facebook page.

And a key lesson:

Not everything requires extensive commentary. I used to think there was no point posting something that was happening in the news or an example of a sexist ad or interesting event unless I had time to write a short essay explaining its importance. But in last year’s reflections I wrote about the importance of trusting your readers and this year I realized that sometimes providing a short sentence and some key information and/or pictures can be valuable too. Some things, like the sexist Tennis Canada Rogers Cup ad, speak for themselves. And it certainly beats not covering something at all for lack of time.

So thanks to everyone who’s been reading for the past year or two, and welcome to readers who joined us recently. I look forward to interacting with you over the next year too!

-Jarrah

 


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  • Lisa Tait

    Congratulations! I’m so glad I discovered Gender Focus; it immediately became a ‘must read’ for me and a source of inspiration, too.
    Extra thrilled to see your writing at HuffPoCa/Women and my favourite mag, Bitch. :)
    Any chance for a course on writing/feminism/blogging/etc?! I’d be in!
    With gratitude,
    Lisa in Victoria, BC

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