Blogging in 2014
In 2014 I published 14 articles. The pattern of decreasing frequency is notable throughout my blogging career: 31 in 2013, 52 in 2012, and 80 in 2011. This isn’t necessarily because I have less to say. Though I definitely have less of a drive to write it all out, I also experience more doubt whether what I publish is worth saying, or worth reading. I still answer lots of personal emails and questions; over 150 this year! I keep up a Tumblr with links to relevant trans and non-binary news.
Mostly I find myself with much less time (see upcoming post on “Micah’s life” for reasons why) to compile my thoughts into neat, digestible, sensible explanations. There is a folder full of drafts: thoughtful conclusions about gender, sharing more personal experiences I’ve shied away from, and the usual tragicomic tales about living life as a non-binary person. I hope to continue publishing, but most of all, I hope you continue reading, exploring, defining your gender(s), and educating the world.
What follows is a summary of my blog activity from 2014.
Published in 2014
Things I’ve learned from being transgender that aren’t about being transgender
Just what the title says. This post was proudly featured in Freshly Pressed.
5 Myths About Non-Binary Transition
If you liked this post (focused more on transition), check out 10 Myths About Non-Binary People It’s Time to Unlearn published on Everyday Feminism.
I had a dream once about coming out as trans in high school, while knowing all I know now about myself and the world. It wasn’t easy as I expected. This post was my first to be featured in WordPress’s Freshly Pressed.
One of the most commonly repeated phrases / acknowledgments / pieces of advice / soundbites of justification that we hear as transgender people is “Be Yourself.” But how do you know who “Yourself” is when that is exactly what you’re searching for?
I’m not under the delusion that I can definitely answer one of life’s loftier questions (Who are You?), but I can certainly delude myself into trying.
A reflective post on the significance of my 28th birthday.
Top Surgery: 3 years
Each year I publish a look back on my top surgery, the event that sparked my journey into transition. In about a month or so, a new post (4 years!) is due.
T Update: Low Dose Testosterone, and Starting and Stopping
Another yearly recurring update, this one on my progress on low dose testosterone. I still haven’t managed to make a vlog, though the next t-update is forthcoming as well, and will continue the tradition of a YouTube video.
Reader Ramblings: Non-Binary Transition At Work
A statistically unsignificant compilation of results from my non-cross-validated informal readership survey.
Genderqueer In Journalism
I spend a lot of time meta-analyzing the media and its portrayal of transgender, genderqueer, non-binary people. I’ve even created Media Guidelines: Responsible Journalism for Genderqueer and Non-Binary Identities. I opted out of an in-depth critique in this series of articles profiling genderqueer and non-binary individuals recently published on several media outlets.
How do you describe your gender?
A simple questions I asked here and on Tumblr. I used the answers for my presentation to medical providers on Non-Binary Transition at Gender Odyssey, and it was a hit! Seeing the huge range of responses allowed people to truly grasp how diverse gender is, and how personal.
Top Posts in 2014
Some of the articles mentioned above were among the most read posts in 2014, but even those published in previous years have maintained relevancy and popularity.
12 Gender Neutral Gifts
Trending this holiday season, I compiled a guide of ideas for finding the perfect gift while skirting the gender binary.
Low Dose Testosterone
A walkthrough of an option most people don’t know exists: what is low dose, how does it work, why would you want it. Having been on low dose hormones myself for a number of years now, this information is still not readily available, despite being a wonderful solution for so many embarking on transition.
One of the first posts I wrote, this has always been widely read. Most people arrive at it through search engines (and most are not trans), yet some folks still take the time to comment on how thankful they are in finding it, demonstrating how necessary it continues to be to talk about this at all.
Transgender and Gender Diverse Characters in (lesser known) Movies and TV Shows
After a while of searching for transgender characters in the media, I felt I had exhausted the options: the same results kept popping up over and over again. So, I compiled a list of lesser known movies and TV shows that I had discovered which feature transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, or otherwise unspecified characters. Best of all, the commenters enhanced the original list with their own suggestions.
Reader Ramblings: Explaining Genderqueer To Those Who Are Not
My attempt at explaining how it feels to have a feel outside of male or female, and how gender identity is different from gender roles. I’m still not sure I made sense here, but other people think so.
Not really a blog post but a page, it lists all my personal transition-related posts (which is most of them) and groups them by category, making it easier to follow my journey through the years.
Your Blogs in 2014
Did you start a blog, vlog, or project in 2014? Did you continue writing one, or pick it up again? Did you read anything life-changing, thought-provoking, or just plain funny? Share your 2014 highlights in the comments.
9 thoughts on “In 2014: Blog”
a couple of my fave blogs (besides yours, of course!)
and a brand new one I’m excited about:
And don’t forget yours – I think you’ve found a good pace.
Aw, thanks janitorqueer! Your blog is one of my faves too! (Plus Neutrois Nonsense.) 🙂
I have the same problem due to the same reasons, my output tapered in the span of just a few months though, not years..which is regrettable, i though i had more staying power.
I started a blog about my transition in 2014. My transition hasn’t really gotten going yet and I haven’t decided if I’m nonbinary or male or what, but it’s there and I sometimes have things to say:
Love your blog!
That’s a great time to start blogging! I hadn’t figured out a lot of stuff either, and it’s hard for me to remember what I was feeling had I not written down, and it’s very helpful for others in the same stage.
Good luck with your blog!
I have enjoyed your blog.Thanks for the inspiration. I finally came out as genderqueer after decades of not feeling quite male or female. It was thanks to blogs like yours that I finally sorted it out. I do feel like the oldest non-binary person around but gender is not an age. I wrote about it all here: http://jerbearinsantafe.wordpress.com/fairy-jerbear-steps-out-non-binary-gender-diversity-and-me/
My blog isn’t public so no link to share, but I’ve continued to update my facebook and livejournal with gender-related and transition-related thoughts. While I do believe in being open I’m not quite comfortable being totally public, so sharing with my friends and acquaintances is the best I feel I can do.
Jan 1st 2014 was the day I first asked people to use my chosen name exclusively (it had been a nick-name before then but not a common one) and on December 23, after roughly 3 years of working up to it, I got my first shot of very-low-dose Testosterone. And I wanted to thank you because you’re one of the first people I read who let me know that was even an OPTION and certainly provided the most detailed description of the experience. I spent 15 years prior to that wanting it but not thinking it was even possible and the reason it took 3 years to start is because I had to unwrap the “I can’t have it so I don’t want it” message I had embedded in my brain and see if I really DID still want it afterall.