by Jarrah Hodge
I started Gender Focus in July of 2009 so this is the 3rd blogiversary week! Granted, if you’ve been following since the beginning you’ll know it wasn’t called Gender Focus at first. I originally started blogging because I was in a career planning class that I thought had some serious issues. The first title of this blog was Nice Work If You Can Get It. But inevitably the class ended. I still wanted to blog so I drew on my Women’s Studies and feminist activist background and changed the name to West Coast Feminist. In January 2010 I changed the name again to Gender Focus to be shorter and as a gesture that the blog’s subject matter would also include LGBTQ issues.
But I digress. As is now blogiversary tradition, in addition to the annual giveaway it’s time for me to recap the year’s highlights and share some key lessons.
September 2011 – Gender Focus welcomes two new fabulous regular contributors: Jessica Critcher and Alicia Costa. Jessica’s first post was on an Edmonton radio station’s contest to “win a Russian bride” and Alicia’s looked at plus-size women in pop culture.
October 2011 – Gender Focus welcomes new contributor Sarah Jensen, whose first post is on the first Occupy Canada events.
October 2011 – “The Halloween Post” challenging racist Halloween costumes got quoted on a CBC article, resulting in some kudos and some weird troll-y comments, including this response from a Jakarta blogger who calls me a “pinko looness” who he wouldn’t “take to a party”. I am naturally crushed (sarcasm).