Ten years ago, I started writing a blog. I didn’t even know what I wanted the blog to be about: it just seemed to be the kind of thing one did. The earliest posts, if anyone has ever excavated that far back, are a confused mixture of posts on films, ‘lifestyle’, travel, and, of course, books. While the former categories still crop up now and again, I think we can all agree that this is now a book blog with occasional bursts of opera, art and theatre. But I’ve always tried to stop it being exclusively one way or the other. I want there to be space here for all sorts of wonderful things. Writing the blog has been a complete joy, and continues to be so. And much of that is to do with you lovely people out there. Some of you, amazingly, have been reading and commenting for almost as long as the blog has existed. Others are relative newcomers, but make a point of popping in occasionally to share your thoughts. It always makes my day.
Over the past ten years I’ve written over 1,000 posts: I’ve discussed over 800 books, almost 100 operas and more than 80 exhibitions, a few of which were my own. I’ve written about my travels to Qatar, Macau, Tokyo, Sicily, Suzhou, Philadelphia and the Carnival in Venice. And I’ve posted on more than 60 films. I’ve also introduced sub-pages which go into more detail about particular topics, whether that’s countertenor albums, my uncle’s ‘rock school’ programme, or the graphic novel that I produced based on the opera Artaserse in 2015. Looking back, I don’t think I’ve really lived up to the name of ‘The Idle Woman’, but, as many of you know by now, that’s another story.
Will I manage to keep it up for another ten years? Goodness knows. I try to post on a regular basis, but it can be hard to keep that up alongside a full-time job and a relationship (not to mention trying to find the time to read!). Life is going to change a bit over the next couple of years, as we get married, put down roots and perhaps even start a family, so it’s hard to make predictions. But The Idle Woman has grown, adapted and flourished along with me this far, so I hope it will continue to do so. And I very much hope that its little community will also continue, and that all of you will keep on sharing recommendations, opinions and comments. Thank you all for making this such a rewarding hobby.