10 years ago today…

… there was a wee newborn blogspot blog, on which a certain tigtog asked so why blog now? (Since imported here.)

In September 2005, John Howard’s Coalition government had been in power in Australia for not quite ten years, having won what was to be their fourth and final election in October 2004. Does that seem a long time ago to you? It seems surprisingly recent memory to me.

Here’s some Hoyden events for you since September 2005:

  • August 2006: Hoyden became Hoyden About Town rather than Hoyden-About-Town, and moved to the WordPress software
  • March 2007: Lauredhel began posting.
  • May 2008: Lauredhel announced the creation of the Down Under Feminists Carnival, and created the first Otterday thread.
  • June 2008: Lauredhel posted The Inaugural Down Under Feminists Carnival
  • December 2008: Mindy began posting
  • February 2009: Beppie and Helen began posting.
  • June 2009: Blue Milk began posting.
  • September 2009: Hoyden moved to hoydenabouttown.com where we’ve lived ever since (albeit on at least three different servers). Wildly Parenthetical began posting.
  • November 2009: I began posting.
  • July 2010: Chally began running the Down Under Feminists Carnival on its own site. (And so at this point Chally has run it for more than two thirds of its run! The 100th month of the carnival is due a year from now in September 2016.)
  • August 2010: Jen Gearing began posting.
  • September 2010: Jo Tamar began posting.
  • September 2011: Chally began posting.
  • November 2011: Orlando began posting.
  • December 2012: megpie71, mimbles and shonias began posting.

Happy 10th birthday, Hoyden About Town! Anyone got favourite posts, comments, recipes, Who episodes, #auspol posts, snark, warm-fuzzies, etc, to share from 10 years of Hoyden About Town?

Many thanks to tigtog, for founding Hoyden About Town and hosting us all this time!

Orange alien cupcakes

Birthday aliens by Tama Leaver


Image credit: Birthday Aliens! by Tama Leaver on Flickr, CC BY.



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10 replies

  1. Thank you so much for this commemoration of the occasion! I know I’ve slowed down a lot lately on the blogging front, but it’s still running deep through my veins. Now that I’m getting some springtime mojo back let’s see if I can start kicking the can around again sooner rather than later.

  2. Loud Huzzahs! Thank you, tigtog, for all the work you have put in over the years.

    While it’s true I got my own login in 2011, I actually had several guest posts before that, the first one being this, in September 2008: https://hoydenabouttown.com/2008/06/09/photo-correspondence-from-a-hoyden-abroad/

    Apologies if it’s been confusing for people lately, that since I have been posting on my own blog under my real name posts here sometimes show up as that instead of my more regular internet handle. I really should sort that out. For the puzzled: Orlando = Anna

    • And thank you for the helpful advice you gave me some years ago, tigtog, about wearing a light scarf while sitting at my desk, especially in winter, to help with back pain. Something to do with just a little extra warmth, I think. It has helped.

      Also for all the fabulous feminism.

  3. Ten years! How can that be? Happy birthday to us!

  4. My goodness! Happy birthday, HAT!

  5. Happy Birthday HAT! I guess I feel like HAT has always been around. Glad it is still here and I too, one day, will get back to posting.

  6. Happy birthday Hoydens! What a glorious achievement. Love your work, you are my go to blog for regular reading.

  7. My goodness, has it been that long?

    HaT is one of the blogs I credit with me going from political blog addict to pursuing intersectional feminism, along with Shakesville. All the Hoydens have helped me to see the world in new and different ways, and I’m super grateful. Here’s to ten more years!

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