I can’t quite believe how it happened but according to WordPress tartan tights has reached its fifth birthday. Well it was actually yesterday, but since my post was published in the dark of a Glasgow evening it probably took till the next day for WordPress to know that a new blogger had arrived on the Scottish blogging scene.
Yes time passes quickly when your having fun and my wee blog has had it’s own corner of the internet for five whole years. No matter how many times I say this I can’t quite take it in. There is however one thing I do know, and that is that from first post till now it’s been one helluva rollercoaster ride.
When I started tartan tights I wasn’t even sure if anyone would read my thoughts and musings, now however I have a core of regular readers, not only from my home city of Glasgow but throughout Scotland , the UK , and the world.
The last year has been a period of change for tartan tights and the changes I’ve made have resulted in more personal posts which have allowed my readers to get to know me better. I now believe my blog is more diverse than ever before and topics covered in the last 12 months include everything from theatre to fashion shows from bra fittings to the homeless world cup. I even posted 50 random facts about me which you’ll never know if you don’t read the post.
Of course this has been a challenging time for me with the change of focus which I mentioned in last year’s birthday post but challenges are something I’ve never shirked and I don’t intend to start now. Well anyone who tackles both NaPoWriMo and Blogmas has to be fond of undertaking the odd challenge or two. Either that or be completely mad and I can list both of them amongst my accomplishments since my last blogging birthday.
You know I’ve often been told that women get bolder as we grow older and believe me this also applies to trans women and trust me I speak from experience. Well how else can I in my mid fifties possibly explain my decision to post outfit of the day posts.This is something I would never have considered at this time last year, but you know what I’ve been stunned at the positive reaction I got from them and the confidence that has given me.
So what or should I say who encouraged me to take this leap of faith? Well if I’m honest, I could say that Becky Bedbug is a bad influence on me but I won’t, I’ll just say it was a number of bloggers who talked me in to going for it and I have to say I’m really glad they did.
Since I wanted to make my blog more female focused such a gamble was always on the cards and as I said I’m very happy at the feedback my forays in to fashion have been getting. I was especially pleased when Laura Doherty, (pictured with me at the Shettleston SNP Burns Supper) who is not only a regular reader of this blog and but also one of our council candidates for Shettleston told me how much she was enjoying them at our branch’s biggest social event of the year . It’s a really good feeling when a risk pays off and to have one my party’s brightest stars giving me this kind of support means a lot to me
Talking of support I don’t know where I’d be without my support network of poets, political activists, and fellow bloggers.You know who you are and you have inspired me in more ways than you know. Without you tartan tights would never have become the blog it has and I would never have done so many interesting things in the past year, or over the lifetime of this blog.
So I’ll finish this post by making a promise to you and that is to make tartan tights the best it can possibly be by producing what I hope will be enjoyable and interesting content on a wide range of issues. As I do so I ask you to raise your glasses to my blog, to the next five years and beyond and whatever else you do
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