One year ago today, I posted on my long-dead blog that I had a big idea for re-opening the blog.  It was actually a very vague and boring post.  I’m not sure why I did it other than to give myself accountability for whether I would indeed come back.

Much like Jesus, I came back three days later and the rest is history.

(Just kidding – I’m totally not that blasphemous!)

If I had my shit together, I would have tried to organize a giveaway.  As it is, I’m sorry, I have no prizes for you, but I am so grateful that I have friends in this community and people who have really helped me to grow.  This is going to turn into an Oscar speech.  Pretty much every day I’m surprised that people continue to read what I write, and more so that it’s not just a) my mom, or b) one-time visitors.  Because before this blog, I was just someone who had an interest in sex toys and had absolutely no public filter or sense of shame.  Now, I have ajob in the industry, I’m attending my first big conference, and it doesn’t matter if I have a public filter because my lack of a private filter gets me free silicone playthings.  Because I have this outlet and this amazing opportunity to make friends, I feel like I’ve really been able to grow a lot, and I really appreciate everyone who comes back here post after post.

This time last year, I had just gone through a surprisingly rough break-up.  I think the need to start the blog really came about as a way to focus on something for which I had big, long-term aspirations.  I had begun reviewing for EdenFantasys in December, when I decided to quit Pure Romance.  My time exclusively on Eden helped me a lot in a couple of ways, but mostly, I needed experience writing and I needed to learn about toys.  I’ve always been naturally inclined for deep research, in which I learned about phthalates and other undesirables.  (I credit Epiphora for learning how to write a review that doesn’t suck.)  Something really shifted in January, though, when I ordered my first premium toy: a JeJoue MiMi (1st generation).  So, with the budding interest in toys and my years-long love for blogs, I decided to come back and really blur the line between lifestyle and sex, feminism and frivolity.

I’m so glad that even with a few short breaks, this blog has been up and running for a year now.  This is a for-profit blog, and I depend a lot on company partnerships for reviewing.  Without companies willing to work with me, especially as a new reviewer, this blog would either be nowhere or drastically different from what it is today.  I can’t believe the generosity in this community, other reviewers and bloggers included.  I really can’t wait to see what comes next.