It’s hard to believe it’s almost a New Year. I had started this post for this week’s Wicked Wednesday prompt – of course it is about the New Year, since it falls on New Year’s Day! – but realized that rather than taking a look forward (at least for this post) I am going to look backward for a moment. I’m going to take you through a 2013 retrospective, before I look forward to 2014.
I’ll follow the same template as I did in 2010 and 2012, (for the years 2009 & 2011, respectively) when I participated in a meme called “First Lines” (or some such thing) that I had found elsewhere (you can read the genesis of it in my previous posts.) Basically it goes like this: take the first line of the first post of each of the months in the previous year and copy them here, with links to the old post. It was a lot of fun the times I did it before, and took me on an enjoyable walk down Memory Lane. I hope it does you, too.
(Edit: As I mention in this post: Happy Half-Year, I’m going to create a Linky Tool for anyone that wants to join in and post linksto their own “First Lines” Retrospective at the end of this post.)
2013 – The Year Captured in First Lines
January – How We Got Kinky, Part 3
“You never know what it’s going to be that will trip that ‘trigger.’”
In 2010 I had written a series of articles for Eden Cafe in which I talked about kink and, in this case, how my Ex and I had come to kink. When Eden Cafe underwent some architecture changes, though, I realized that the articles could possibly get lost in the shuffle, and I felt they told a good enough story that I wanted my readers here to have the opportunity to read them.
This was only one of two posts I made that January, because I was working on the change-over from my Pieces of Jade WordPress blog to being self-hosted here on Kink & Poly.
February – Welcome to Kink & Poly!
“So hello again! You made it – I made it! Here we are, together again. :-)”
And this, of course, is my debut post! What an accomplishment that was. I had worked so hard on it and had to learn so much to put it all together, but I had such a good time doing so. And it was worth every minute of effort. I LOVE Pieces of Jade’s new home on the web.
March – Rejection Makes Me Better
“I am sitting here contemplating a story before I revise it; I am living with it, letting it live in me awhile, before taking the scalpel to it and surgically removing the bad parts. ”
One of the things I am most proud of in the move to K&P was finding a way to integrate all three “parts” of myself: the kinky lover of two men; the “vanilla” side: mother, sister, daughter, career woman; and the writer, all into one space. I know that some people didn’t like the change (keep it all kink or all vanilla was the occasional feedback I got) but I knew that wasn’t true to myself, to who I am and how I live: the pieces of me intersect and co-mingle all the time. This post was one of those that started in the “writer” part, but as I wrote it I knew I would revisit the topic again, from yet another piece of me, and in fact I was just working on a post the other day in which I referred back to this one.
May – Wicked Wednesday: Comment Masturbation & Orgasms
“Marie Rebel’s prompt this week for Wicked Wednesday was ‘Comment: Take a comment that has been left on one your blog posts and turn it into a new post.'”
As I say in the very next line, being me, I couldn’t *quite* follow the rules. But I had an awful lot of fun with this post, in which I debated the merits of taking the “National Masturbation Month Challenge”: masturbating at least once a day.
June – Kink of the Week – Figging
“I’m going to break this up into two posts, because I actually experienced figging for the first time as part of a Picture Request some time ago, but I’d like to keep that separate, since I’d also like to discuss figging, and not just show pictures.”
Yay for figging! (That’s all.)
July – Happy Half Year – Goals & Accomplishments
“…as I was saying before I got distracted, since I hadn’t done one for 2012, and since I am a bit of a goal-oriented person, I thought I would take this opportune moment – one half of the year is gone, and one-half of the year lies ahead (are you a half-gone or a half-ahead kind of person?) ;-) to assess my “progress” in some goals I have set for myself over the past year.”
Oh, now I have read back over the list and write another post assessing the rest of the year!
I did a lot of Scavenger Hunts this year…
September – Sinful Shopping“Now that Anal August is over (recap to come!), W has turned his thoughts elsewhere: back to my cunt, and specifically, back to my rings, which we had recently replaced with segmented titanium rings.”
October – #KOTW – W’s Perspective: The Voyeur’s Accomplice
“A person who has become a very good friend totally changed my perspective on voyeurism.”
Those were actually W’s words. This year the Kink of the Week opened up W to the idea of posting some of his thoughts on kink – something I couldn’t be happier about.
November – Punishment Dynamics
“Last week’s Kink of the Week post on BDSM relationships that include punishment as a component really got me thinking. I didn’t think I’d have much to say about it, since I don’t have a relationship that has a punishment dynamic, but the more I read others’ posts on the topic, the more I struggled to clarify my own – admittedly muddled and ambivalent – feelings about punishment in any relationship: vanilla, parent/child, or BDSM.
This post really embodied the best of what I have come to love so much about Kink of the Week – so many differing perspectives, so much food for thought, and, ultimately, so much fodder for discussion.
December – My Band of Merry Gentlemen
“I love holiday music!”
The first of my music-themed holiday posts for 2013.
And that’s a wrap!
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