The link I'm sharing below is really the first blog post I did here...on blogger. I'd done others with livejournal, and I'd done guest posts, too. I also worked on the staff for bestgayblogs.com in the early 2000s. It's just that I never got around to starting my own blog until 2009.
And it's been 9 years since then, which kind of surprises me. I didn't expect to keep the blog that long. The interesting thing is that it's become my own best reference over the years. If readers ask me questions about books I've written I know that I can usually come here to the blog, do a quick search, and find the answers. I don't always remember the details about what I've written, at least not offhand...especially when it comes to a book series. This blog keeps me organized.
When I first started blogging we were in the height of the e-book boom. A lot has changed since then. I think the people who made the switch to e-books back then will most likely stick to reading e-books only. I know I won't go back to reading print books, ever. I also think the people who have absolutely shunned e-books will never part with their print books. There are a few people who fall in between the lines and they read e-books and print books. But for the most part I think the lines have been drawn. It's also interesting because from what I've seen with readers, the most voracious readers who buy and read at least two or three books a week typically read e-books. Nothing has inspired the most dedicated readers more than having access to digital books, and a digital library.
In the last 9 years I've seen small presses come and go. Some that were around for years closed their doors for good. Some of them I worked with, including LGBT presses like Alyson Books. It's a shame because I love small presses, and I always have. I prefer working with small presses. But with so many people going indie these days it's become more difficult for small presses to hang on. So we're left with indie books and books from the big publishers. There are still a few small presses out there, so please support them if you can. We need them now more than ever.
I think what kept me hanging around with this blog for so long was the information I learned while researching for blog posts. I'll be honest about that. I often blog for myself, so that I know what's current and what's happening, and I don't always care about how many hits I get. And so many things have changed since 2009. Just following the legalization of gay marriage (and posting about it) alone kept me fascinated for years.
I've never been the most ambitious blogger. I rarely ever care about statistics, but I do check them on occasion. I usually get about 10,000 hits a week, and I ran over the 1 million hits mark a while ago. Those hits usually come from random google searches, or from readers I've managed to attract from all over the globe. Many hits come from sharing on Twitter. Interestingly, the least amount of hits I get come from Facebook. In fact, I think if I stopped sharing posts on Facebook my regular hits would still remain the same.
In any event, here's an excerpt from one of my first blog posts in 2009. I often say I'm going to close the blog, but I'm just not ready to do that yet. I still need it for my own personal references. And I'm comfortable with google blogger. I do have a back up blog on Word Press... www.ryan-field.com ...that I started with the intention of switching to for good. But I just never fell in love with Word Press, so I only keep it as a back up for this blog and I import posts from here every so often to keep that one up to date.
Excerpt from 2009 post:
In one of my favorite works by Edna St. Vincent Millay, there's a classic quote that reads:
"My candle burns at both endsIt will not last the night;But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -It gives a lovely light."
You can check that out here. And if you have a question about any of my books you can also do a quick search above. I usually keep a pretty good track of tags and they're up to date. I've never actually checked the number, but there have to be thousands of posts here by now.
As for 2018, I don't foresee any huge changes here on the blog.
Total Gay Bottom Haaz Sleiman and Anderson Cooper
Here's something you don't see often. A gay coming out story about a Muslim actor named Haaz Sleiman who is a gay bottom. He makes it clear that he's a "total" bottom.
“I am a gay, Muslim, Arab-American man,” Sleiman said, “and I’m going to take it even further. Not only am I gay, but I’m also a bottom. Not only am I a bottom, but I’m also a total bottom, which means I like it up you-know-where.”
He goes on to talk about bottom shaming in the gay community, and a few previous hook ups with Anderson Cooper.
We hooked up a few times. Let’s just say I was not for him, he was not for me.
I wonder if Anderson is a total bottom, too. It's hard to tell.
In any event, you can read it all, here. It's a good interview and I like the fact that he's so candid.
Andy Cohen The Gold Star Gay
I still don't really know who Andy Cohen is. I've never seen anything he's done and I don't see him online anywhere...other than in the gay presses. So this is all news to me.
Andy Cohen recently commented that he's never had sex with a woman, and then he referred to himself as a Gold Star Gay. I would imagine Cohen did this in jest. And now some "offended" blogger I never heard of is going after Cohen because of the Gold Star Gay comment.
It’s not that there’s anything wrong—or necessarily right—about gays or lesbians who’ve only gone horizontal with their own gender. After all, same-sex attraction is at the core of LGBT identity. The problem is that qualifying sexual histories with terms like “Gold Star” adds a level of competitiveness to LGBT identity that’s not only inane—it’s downright divisive.
I like to start the new year out right. That blogger, whoever he is, can kiss my ass. I'm a Gold Star Gay, too, and it is what it is. I never felt the need to have sex with a woman and that's not going to change any time soon.
You can read more, here. I think the comments are the best part of this article, as usual.
The Projector by Ryan Field