Joanna here, at the Great Word Wenches Eighth Blogiversary.
Today we're celebrating by harking back to our favorite blog posting evah!
There'll be four blog links today. Four on Friday.
This is my own fourth Word Wenches anniversary. I'm still the newest Wench — the baby Wench, as it were. So proud and happy to be here.
When I went looking for my favorite posting, I had quite a number that called to me. I could go back to the one about women fighting with fists and swords. Or the 'fireworks and explosives' post. Or the one about Regency liquor. (I sense a certain disreputable trend in my posts that had hitherto escaped my notice.) But on the whole, I decided we'd go with a cleaner topic. Bathing.
So here is Georgian and Regency Bathing Customs – here.
It’s lovely to be celebrating the 8th anniversary of the Word Wenches blog and with it our wonderful Wench readers and a huge variety of blog posts.
It was very difficult to choose a favourite from my time as a Wench and I got completely distracted reading through old posts and thinking anew about a range of fascinating topics relating to history and writing and much more besides. In the end, like Andrea, I chose one of my first posts as a wench, One Man and his Dog.
I was so excited to be a part of the group (I still am!) and so keen to share my quirky research interests with a group of like-minded people. The blog illustrates a couple of my passions – dogs and Prince Rupert of the Rhine – and I know I am not alone in loving both of these disparate subjects! In addition, Prince Rupert is a character in my current work in progress and so there is a nice connection from one of my early Wench posts to my writing now.
So here is a link to the blog post, with thanks to my fellow wenches for being such an amazing group and to our readers for being such fun to chat with!
I think one of the reasons the Word Wenches have thrived for eight years in an internet landscape where sites come and go at the speed of light is because we all have wide-ranging and eclectic interests. (that’s an erudite way of saying we are quirky!) Which makes choosing a favorite from the blogs I’ve done over the years no easy task. Like a magpie, I tend to collect bright shiny tidbits of arcane information. I call it research . . . and usually the esoteric historical information I find fascinating does end up in my books. But most, I just find the stuff fun to know.
However, after going over my contributions to the blog, I’ve decided to spotlight the very first post I did for as a Word Wench. There are two reasons—firstly because I was—and still am—thrilled to be part of such an amazing group of writers. Not only do we share a passion for writing and history, but on a more personal level, we have become a close-knit, supportive group of best friends. Secondly, I’m choosing it because it illustrates the sort of offbeat historical subject that set fire to my imagination. And what makes it even more fun is that there is an audience of kindred spirits who seem to share my passion. So without further ado, here is a link to the history of gunpowder. And I’ll also add my own colorful fireworks of thanks to all you readers whose enthusiasm for our posts keeps us going!
From Sherrie Holmes and Sparky Tabasco, happy anniversary to all the Wenches for 8 wonderful years! As your blogmistress, I've been privileged to come along for the ride from the very beginning. It's been a trip! I can remember when I was first approached by Mary Jo about researching blog venues and then becoming the blogmistress to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes. Blogging had really exploded back then, and many authors were dragged, kicking and screaming, into the blogosphere. Now, blogs are a great way for authors and readers to connect, and a side benefit has been the wonderful friendships that have been formed as a result. Here’s to another glorious 8 years!
I was delighted to be invited to join the Word Wenches back in 2006, and then it seemed quite an achievement to reach our anniversary in May 2007. Of course we wanted to do a group blog worthy of the milestone, so what else but Getting Naked With the Wenches? The topic was "nakedness in the past — the fiction and the non-fiction."
I pulled together the first of three posts on nakedness. In this one the Wenches discussed bathing habits — naked or not?– and even the definition of nakedness, which uncovered (sorry!) this from the OED. 1761: "The streets were…filled with naked people, some with shirts and shifts on only, and numbers without either." There are pictures.
We also discussed nakedness in sex. No pictures in the blog, but there's a link, with appropriate warnings. Enjoy!
Stay tuned for Friday's posting when we'll hear from Anne, Pat, Susan and Mary Jo. On Friday we'll offer a plentitudeand a half of Wench Book Swag to lucky commenters on either of these posts. What kind of book swag? Let me say — ARC! Let me say — Newly released books. Let me say — audiobook!
So … What's your favorite Wench post from the eight years of Wenchdom?