Stockings Addict has been around for almost 18 months now. The other day, while feeling a bit nostalgic and reading some old articles from last year, I realized I have never once explained to you, my readers, why I write this blog. In recent weeks, several meaningful conversations with fellow bloggers have made it abundantly clear to me why it is I do what I do. I’ve narrowed by thoughts down to four general statements, and I’d like to share them here.
1) I write Stockings Addict because I genuinely love stockings, and need a place to talk about them without driving my offline friends crazy. When my hosiery addiction began in Winter/Spring 2008, I was eager to share my discoveries with my friends. Every new pair of nylons was a revelation. From the moment I realized Leg Avenue wasn’t my only option for fishnet stockings to the instant I understood why people might spend $40 on tights, I found myself craving a venue to discuss these things. Sadly, while my offline friends are wonderful people, none of them could care less about my newest obsession, and so I turned to the internet before I drove them all away.
2) I write Stockings Addict to fill the void in substantive lingerie and stockings reviews. When I first started building a lingerie wardrobe, I found almost no resources for the budding enthusiast. Though my blog isn’t as review-centric as when I first started writing, I still consider product reviews an essential feature of Stockings Addict. I want people to be able to come here, search for products they’re interested in trying, and find a review by someone who isn’t paid, sponsored, or subsidized by the manufacturer.
3) I write Stockings Addict to bridge the gap between fetish and fashion. In the past 18 months, I’ve noticed most lingerie blogs fall into one of two broad categories. They are either all about fetish (sex, sex, sex!) and no one writes about the subjective experience of wearing stockings. Or the blog is about the fashion, and the entries feel overly sanitized with no addressing the sensual side of lingerie. I see Stockings Addict as a place to promote the following message: it’s okay for women to buy pretty things for themselves and it’s okay to wear those pretties everyday.
4) I write Stockings Addict because I like connecting with other lovers of lingerie. As I mentioned in a post a couple of days ago, I love it when designers, retailers, fellow bloggers, and other lingerie aficionados comment on my posts. I’m not web savvy enough to create a literal forum, but I try very hard to replicate the feel of one on this blog. I want people, no matter what their interest in lingerie and stockings, to feel comfortable coming here. And that’s why I don’t post pornography or allow degrading comments.
From the very beginning, I’ve viewed my blog as a personal project, and any visitors as an added bonus. To me, the blogging is the reward, like a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day. My readers? Well, you all are the nuts, whipped cream, hot fudge sauce and cherry on top. I’d enjoy my ice cream without all that, but I’ll savor every bite with it…and that is why I value you.