Tomorrow, it will be a whole bloody year since we took a deep breath and pressed ‘publish’ on our shiny new blog, with our shiny new name. Doesn’t that seem crazy? I can’t believe that was a year ago.
It’s been a pretty wonderful year for us. True, we’ve not yet taken over the world, but from what we can tell, we’ve touched a few lives, and given people a space to talk about things that they need to. In our book, that’s pretty damn great.
Anna, Aisling and I have worked hard at making this a great place to be, but in reality, we know that what makes AOW such a magical place to be is you guys. Your posts, and your comments (and your emails and tweets) are what keep us going, and what keep people coming back.
To celebrate that, we thought we’d give you a round up of some of the favourite posts from the past year – yours, and ours.
I showed you more pictures of Emmi than was strictly necessary, and somehow made you guys all believe that I was living the dream, so posted a behind the scenes post to let you know how I was really finding motherhood.
We ran the absolutely amazing series ‘Jobs for the Girls‘ (we have a brilliant one coming up soon too, keep an eye out) – and learned about (amongst others) the lives of inspiring women who are also building surveyors, family lawyers, PhD candidates, photographers and analytical chemists. I’m certain that there are plenty of you out there with interesting career paths too – let us know if you think we could do a Jobs for the Girls post about you.
Aisling took some time out, and then ‘came back‘ in the most beautiful and inspiring way, with a post that could only have been written by her. And then announced THIS. And then we announced THIS. And then she wrote THIS.
We had some heart-wrenching Behind Closed Doors posts. There was a post on being ‘Unworthy‘ which so many of you felt moved by, and gave us an insight into how so many of us feel. And then there were so many other topics covered in this series – cross-culture relationships, motherhood, infertility, family issues, abuse, mental illness. We are proud to be able to give everyone the space to be able to talk about things that otherwise might not get talked about. Please, keep these posts coming.
I wrote a whole FOUR POSTS about giving birth. In hindsight, that seems rather like overkill, but you all seemed to like it, and I didn’t once use the word foo-foo, so it can’t have been too bad I guess.
Anna wrote an amazing post on motherhood, that easily wins the award for Most Comments Ever. It got you all fired up, but what was most exciting about it was seeing everyone debate it and have their say without once getting nasty. Have we mentioned how much we love you guys? She also wrote a rant about the ever-diminishing public hair debate. And one about pie, and priorities. She is nothing if not diverse.
The wonderful Hollie wrote about the big decision behind changing her name – and inspired a huge number of comments.
We rand the entire AOW A-Z of Getting Married (you can see a mini-round-up here), and it seems like just about every single one of you contributed – either by writing a post or by adding info in the comments. Thank you. I like to think that for every post we posted, thats another bride’s sanity saved. Your good turn for the year is done.
Amy wrote a post entitled ‘How being a bit of a hippy about what I put in my vagina has improved my life‘. I don’t think I need to say anything more really. If you’ve not read it, go now.
Books! We had book posts, and Books that made me me posts, and then, to cap it all off, we did the AOW Bookswap. Every single book that’s been mentioned has gone on to my wanted list. These book posts have cost me a lot of money.
We’ve had a myriad of different takes on the ‘Friends that made me me‘ series. We had posts about buildings, animals, tv shows, organisations and of course, real life people. It seems that the AOW readership does not discriminate when talking about what made them them.
And throughout it all, you guys have told us some heartwarming, inspiring stories. And then we’ve had the posts that are tough to read. Fee’s post was possibly the hardest post I’ve ever had to introduce, but you guys just blew us (and Fee, I’m certain) away with your kindness and your thoughts. It was days like the day that we posted that, that reminded us of why we carry on working so hard on AOW. The way an entire community rallied around, had so many wise words to offer, and real-life offers of support, made me inordinately proud to be part of this.
That readers, is honestly, just the tip of the iceberg. We had so many inspiring, informative, beautiful posts that I just don’t have the space to mention here. I have adored reading every single one of your posts over the last year, and I cannot wait to see what we have for the year ahead. Lets make 2013 an even better year for the AOW community. I’m certain that you all know at least one person who could benefit from what AOW does. Send them this post, and tell them to get involved, okay?
In the meantime, I’d appreciate it if you could all do my job for me, and comment below with your favourite posts of the year (feel free to use the ‘Find me a Random Post‘ button over there on the right if needs be).
PS – International Womens Day 2013 is this Friday. It’s shaping up to be epic. We’re kicking off early with a WHOLE DAY of incredible posts. Come and join in. You heard us. That’s an order.