Five years, baby!
It’s my Sanctuary’s five-year bloggiversary today, something I’m intensely proud of. To use Innocent Loverboy’s adjective, it has been pretty turbulent at times. I’ve had breaks from blogging, incredibly frustrating dry spells with the writing mojo, flashes of moral panic about whether I should be keeping this blog at all (they were squished pretty quickly, never fear), and self-doubt.
But I’m a stubborn little girl who knows when she’s on to a good thing – and this blog is one fucking brilliant thing! It’s helped me in my confidence as a writer and with my body confidence. It’s also been fantastic for my not-so-latent exhibitionist side. Luckily for you.
I’ve made some great acquaintances and friends through this blogging about my sex life lark and to them – the blogger Lovelies – I doff my kinky cap in no particular order: Jilly, Rose, Molly, Mina, Special mentions to the stalwart cheerleader who is ILB and the gorgeously talented Blacksilk who have been there with me since my very first posts. To all the commenters – I give you a great big LadyP special wiggle in your general direction. I love getting comments and try to reply to every one. Remember, honeys – Commenting is Good Blogging Karma!
I wanted this post to reflect how much the readers and people who get in touch with me on Twitter mean to me by asking you to respond to my challenges I set earlier in the month. I’m omitting Challenge 2 for secret mysterious reasons. Allons-y! (Geekery points, BurlesqueBun??)
Challenge 1: Your favourite posts
Innocent Loverboy piped up with ‘Let the Memory Live Again’ right back from when I was finding my feet as a blogger in 2008 stating that, ‘It’s sweet and romantic, and shows – since it’s one of your first few posts – what you’re capable of writing from one mere memory. I like it. It’s also possibly the first post of yours I read’.
Paul sent me a few emails listing a few posts from across a couple of years:
2012 – My fav read is Rack and Ruin part 2 – I love the idea of a blindfold and a ‘controlled’ blowjob and from the way you write it I can live every second of it – wonderful.
2011 – Compliant – Well another BJ post (can you spot a trend here !) I like this because you set the scene so well – being told you must suck and that you will be spanked after. You (and the reader) can only give one compliant response – the submissive in me trembled reading this.
Confessions and leather – a prelude – The power of dressing in the right clothes can just make a mood. You described magnificently how I feel when the dressing up mood grabs me.
Paul, thank you so very much for taking your time with what must have been a truly arduous task of trawling through my archives!
Molly picked one of my first Sinful Sunday posts – ‘Calm after the Storm’ Taken by serendipity on my very old-hand camera phone. I loved how these shots turned out so much, I used one of them on my business cards.
I have a number of posts that I’m really pleased with – most appear in my ‘Pieces of Me’ menu in the sidebar. Of that list, I would choose ‘Forever the Night’, as it was my first attempt at some proper fiction from a male perspective which was well received. Fiction, yes – but based on Mister and myself, naturally (and my subconscious guilt for the noise levels he illicits from me up against those thin bedroom walls).
Challenge 3: Sum up Lady Pandorah or her Sanctuary in 3 words
Fridayam – ‘Beauty, eroticism, intelligence–the perfect combination.’ *Blushes*
Rose – ‘Fucking Hot (So good it doesn’t need 3 words)’ Coming from my most favourite of red-headed Amazons, I am flattered.
ILB – ‘Lady Pandorah’s Sanctuary’ *LadyP sticks tongue out at his cheekiness*
clivechip – ‘All of you’ You star!
Paul – ‘Hits the spot!’
Dean H over on Twitter – 1) adorable 2&3) nice arse
I am thanking your contributions in the medium of photography. Because I can!
Here’s to another five years, yes?
[Edit: a few photos have since been removed from this post]