Through the looking glass ~ 2017 in words, pictures & shout-outs
Looking glass 2017 ~ Personal Stuff
I started my blog in 2016 but I was plagued by a very bad leg injury soon after. It is a long tale waiting to be told, but briefly this is what happened.
I went to A&E and the hospital wanted to keep me in for an MRI and immediate operation. I chose to go home and worked on my own recovery. When I attended out patients they informed me that there was only a 10% chance of recovery. The welfare of my leg became my religion. Now it is is about 95% healed, without medical intervention.
Over the last year my man and I have travelled, and lived in, ten different places due to work commitments. We feel as if we are modern day gypsy’s. Often we are over stimulated with all the changes we have to cope with and end up quite exhausted.
Looking Glass 2017 ~ Blogging Stuff
January to April 2017
During the later part of 2016, I was completely immobile and my man looked after me. I wrote this poem for him as a gift to thank him for his care and support. And it is my focal post for the first third of this year, when I published it on my blog.
I certainly was not really in any mood for photos at this time but I do like the simplicity of this selfie.
My initial shout-out goes to a gentleman – Pete Symes. He was the first person to comment on anything I wrote and continues to support my writing and images. He’s a great guy and has various blogs that you can choose from.
May to August 2017
By now I felt strong enough to get back to my website and started writing a lot more. However, a few times I was stalled by the dreaded Sky Block, which hindered my progress.
Two summers previous my man and I had been away in the south of France and I wrote about one of our date nights from that time. Bondage Alfresco style gained the most interest out of all of my written work during this period.
At the beginning of August, I joined the wonderful Sinful Sunday Meme and this was my fourth entry.
From the moment I spied the window in this image, the shot was waiting to happen.
Aurora put it the roundup for that week. The same image was also featured in the following months E-lust magazine.
The previous Sunday I had also been lucky enough to be chosen in the roundup by Bondage McGryver, with my buttons photo.
Shout out to sub-Bee and her post about porn – What gets me going. I have been wanting to write something similar for a long time. Really love part of the last line – it is my porn done my way, and I won’t be shamed into viewing it in any other way.
The last third of the year was more epic for me so lets take a peek through the looking glass.
After entering Sinful Sunday I found the motivation I needed, so once Marie mentioned Wicked Wednesday to me my writing really took off.
I published the non-fiction post Church Smells, my third entry for Wicked Wednesday. I was delighted when Zoe chose it in her top 3 round-up. It caused a slight ripple because of the controversial nature of its contents. I included it in that period’s kink of the Week and submitted it to E-lust where Molly picked it as one of her featured posts.
In 2017 I hosted three guest posts. The first by Rebecca (lapsed Catholic wife) was in reply to my church smells post. I linked it to Wicked Wednesday and we were both so pleased when Modesty chose it in her top 3 roundup.
Even though this image was not singled out it is my favourite shot from this month. The reason being – so many people commented that my legs looked great. No one realised I still had a slight leg injury.
By now I was writing most days and thought I would try my hand at the Masturbation Monday Meme. I was over the moon when my very first entry, about giving a hand-job, was included in the top three round-up.
I was really enjoying my photography and so happy when this image from the moors was chosen by Oleander Plume in the Sinful Sunday round-up and used to promote it on Twitter.
This was a particularly busy month for me as I published 14 posts.
Very much inspired by the Wicked Wednesday prompt of picking a sentence from page 69 of the book you are reading and write some erotica around it. I penned a fictional post for it (only my second one), Why should we call ourselves Sinners?. This received much attention: Cheryl Kaye chose it for the Wicked Wednesday round-up; Molly picked it as her featured post in E lust; it received various SoSS mentions.
In the same month, this shot was very much appreciated by my followers. In fact, it was used as the Masturbation Monday prompt a week later.
My second attempt at guest hosting was so much fun. The photos were from Mike Smith who incidentally tweeted my favourite reply to any tweet I have put out on Twitter. I was promoting a Sinful Sunday image and he replied to it,
“you’re a handful”
– extremely to the point but true in many ways 😉
I wrote a semi-fiction post Whispered Obscenities. Even though it was not included in any roundups it is my personal favourite of all the things I have written this year.
The last of my guest hosting featured a photo I saw on Twitter of Sexton Beetle. I was extremely keen to publish it and we were tickled pink when it was picked in the Sinful Sunday round up by Molly.
It was also in December that I posted this shot of my man. He plays the guitar brilliantly and I find it a real turn on.
In December I was the guest judge for both Wicked Wednesday and Sinful Sunday. This was great fun but difficult too. My shout out this month goes to my two favourites from my round-ups: Cousin Pons – Some Motels have Thin Walls. And Exposing 40 for her incrediable guest Sinful Sunday image.
If I had gazed through the looking glass at the beginning of the year, when I was still concentrating on my mobility issues, I would not have envisaged I could acheive as much as I have. I feel blessed 😉
January 2018 – looking forward
Other 2017 Blogging Achievements
Swing-towns blog asked me to write, and then published, two of my articles.
It was an awesome day when I found out I was number 51 it the Top 100 sex bloggers list, created by Molly and sponsored by chaturbate. And I felt very sexy indeed to be on Kilted Wookies Naughty List.
Share our Shit Saturday hit the sex blogging headlines in the last third of 2017. Seeing the importance of sharing our work I got involved with it from the start. I would like to highlight my Censorship post as it something very close to my heart and received several mentions. I have also been very proud to get various SoSS mentions for other posts and images of mine. Not to mention thrilled to make it into many End of Year reflection posts.
Lastly, a massive THANK YOU to all the busy bloggers who have given their time to come and view my work and then feel strongly enough to link to it in a sharing, SoSS type post, or mention. I very much appreciate this support, without it I would not be here. With that in mind, in return, I would like to highlight some of their blogs:
These are all fab – click on them and see 😉
More thanks going out to everyone who makes the effort to comment on my posts and/or subscribe to my blog. Bloggers write because they want to know what YOU think, so all of us adore comments.
Wishing everyone a constructive and happy 2018