QueerJoe Comes of Age! Happy Blogiversary to Me!
QueerJoe(.com) is 18 years old! It’s hard to believe, but yes, I’m now an adult. Happy Blogiversary to me.
Origins That Make a Happy Blogiversary
Original purpose of the blog: To document my knitting projects and express my thoughts on knitting, LGBTQ issues and life.
My purpose in writing this has changed. Or it’s actually revealed itself over the years. It is to help establish community.
First Blog Entry: It was a test entry to see if I could even use the complex technology to publish a blog. I was also a personal introduction to the World. It still has a link that is no longer valid to my LYS’s web site back then.
Statistics: I’ve published 2,318 blog entries (including this one) since I started. I had some help from a couple of “guest bloggers” over the years. But most of them were posted by me. There are 4,188 comments…before blogging became an antiquated form of communication, I used to have lots of commenters. I remember the early days when I had a cadre of fiercely loyal blog readers. They didn’t take kindly to people who insulted me, my blog or my knitting projects. I’ve gotten a lot less controversial since then.
Things I’d Change: I’ve discussed this in the past, so I’ll refer you to this blog entry.
If I could just get the Supreme Court to rule that Blogs are people, this blog might even be able to vote now!
On my 18th year, I’ve done two retro things to the blog:
- Original Pattern Re-Design: One of the first patterns I ever published on the blog was the Koigu Cross Stitch Scarf. I have revamped the design (added a chart, reformatted, changed the pattern to accommodate various sock yarns instead of Koigu, etc.).
- Added a Menu Option: Ask QueerJoe Anything. My original ventures into social media included an AOL chat room called “Ask A Gay Guy Anything” This is like that except it’s been broadened to include knitting questions. I’ve already responded to a couple of questions…check it out, and feel free to ask a question yourself.
Added another couple of pattern repeats to the current Primordial Sworls Wrap.
I have to admit, this project makes me happy every time I see it.
For those who prefer not to scroll back through blog entries: This is the Primordial Sworls Wrap using two colorways of Uneek Sock Yarn from Urth.