Also, Duh

I missed my own damn blogiversary.

I always think of April 1 as the day I officially switched over from Pointless, Incessant Barking to Shapely Prose, but as that post shows, it was actually March 30, 2007. I have been doing this for a year and a day now.

Thank you SO FUCKING MUCH to all the Shapelings who have made this such an incredible community, and to Fillyjonk and Sweet Machine for raising the standard of discourse by a mile, even if they don’t swear quite enough for my tastes. A year ago, I sure as hell did not expect to see my name in a New York Times article and my face on the cover of a magazine, or to get an agent, let alone a book deal, within a year of starting to spout off about fat hatred. HOLY CRAP, Y’ALL. This blog has become so much bigger than me (and that’s saying something–*rimshot*), which is entirely thanks to the readers and commentariat who make it so much fun to keep going every day. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

ETA: I can’t believe I forgot to mention this before–big, fat thanks are also due to Melissa McEwan for inviting me to be a Shakesville contributor and Joy Nash for linking to me at the height of the Fat Rant craze. Those two things had a huge effect on the success of this blog, especially because they came right together. Every time I talk to a reporter, they ask why I think the blog got so popular so fast, and I say, “Well, I was invited to blog at Shakesville, which has loads of readers, and then Joy Nash plugged me when the whole world was talking about her video, and I think those two things brought my traffic to a tipping point, after which word of mouth could keep it snowballing.” The reporters are always just like, “Oh,” and that factoid never makes it into the articles. I think they want me to say something like “The fat acceptance movement’s time has finally come” or “Well, it’s the natural consequence of having my finger on the pulse of the Zeitgeist, duh.” Nope: Liss, Joy, word of mouth. So thanks loads to the two of them!

54 thoughts on “Also, Duh”

  1. You know, I just looked at the stats, and we’ve gotten 50% more hits so far today than we did in the entire month of April last year. Goddamn, woman, way to move fast.

  2. Congratulations! I forget how I found you, but this site has become one of my “must reads” and your posts (and SMs and FJs) really force me to think.
    And, of course, have helped me hate myself just a little less. Keep it up! :-)

  3. Kate, Happy Blogiversary! I Shapely Prose is dear to my heart and I’ve been reading it about 6 months now and it has been my comfort and bible all simultaneously. To have someone who writes what I feel to the T, makes me feel positive and grateful that I’m not the only one that is going through accepting myself and getting over the fantasies and finally demanding respect. Had it not been for the Fantasy of Being Thin post I’d probably be fighting another eating disorder head on. You rock so hard and I couldn’t tell be more thankful ♥♥♥

  4. Oh, Fillyjonk & Sweetmachine you guys rock plenty too!

    Hey, we hopped on this train after it had already gathered speed. Credit for making the blog a force of nature rests entirely with Kate.

  5. Holy crap! Has it really been a year? DUDE.

    Oh, man! It’ll be April 7th for me. Wow. Who’d have thunk?

    Also, just to help your rating:


  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Thank YOU, Kate, Fillyjonk and Sweet Machine. Y’all do awesome work.

  7. This blog rocks. Found you from the gateway drug BFD.

    My girlfriend remarked yesterday that I laugh hysterically while reading this blog.

    She took that as a sign that highbrow lefties have an actual sense of humor. She suspected, but verification can be nice.

  8. Definitely…Happy Anniversary one day past due. I found this site through a link via the comments on I’ve visted ever since and appreciate all that you, sweetmachine and fillyjonk have to say!!

  9. “I wish the fuck it would rain.”

    “Yeah, I wish the fuck it would.”

    “Oh fucky fuck fuck fuck.”

    Good morning and happy fucking blogiversary, starshine. The earth says hello.

  10. Congratulations! I just found your blog a couple weeks ago, but i’ve been reading every day since! Bravo to you.

  11. Happy birthday, Shapely Prose! If I could, I would totally bake you a cake filled with babies. And I would write swear words all over it in donut-flavored icing.

  12. Happy Blogiversay!!! Thank you so much for creating this blog. It is made of complete fuckin’ awesome.

  13. Congratulations on a year, your readers, and perhaps most importantly saying what needs to be said in a brilliant and entertaining way.

    Good morning and happy fucking blogiversary, starshine. The earth says hello.

    I fucking love that song – it’s brings me to a happy place. Thanks for unexpected pick-me-up!

  14. Happy anniversary! Sometimes I don’t know what I’d do without this blog. Three cheers to the whole community!

  15. She took that as a sign that highbrow lefties have an actual sense of humor. She suspected, but verification can be nice.

    That completely cracked me up–awesome.

  16. Happy Anniversary! And thank you for this amazing community; it’s given me lots of laughter and things to think about. I’m so proud to be a Shapeling, especially right now. :)

  17. happy fucking blogoversary! even if it is one fucking day late!

    here’s to fucking saying what’s needing to be fucking said!

    and not being fucking “polite” about it!

    you are a fucking inspiration, really!


  18. thank YOU for fearlessly writing! happy one year. i’m gonna eat some noodles to celebrate you.

  19. Found you from the gateway drug BFD.

    Gateway drug is right, Cindy, and me too! I bet there are others like us too. :)

    Happy Blogiversary to the three of you and thank you SO much for Shapely Prose. You have done more than you know for your readers. <3

  20. Wow, guys. Do you think you could tone down the cursing a little bit? It really is offensive to my virgin ears. Seriously, do you really think that it is lady-like to use the “f” word? What will happen to the children?


    Second on fuckles. I’m spreading the word on that one.

    Happy Blogiversary!

  21. Happy Anniversary! Wow, I can’t believe it only took a year for you to manage to build such an awesome resource, community and inspiration!!! Granted I’ve only been here a couple weeks, but damn… have done so much in a year? Rock the fuck on girls, cause you are AWESOME!!!!

  22. Happy Blogiversary, Kate, and thank you again for everything you do here. You’re made of fuckin’ fabulous!

  23. Congrats. You’ve had huge success over the course of 1 year with this blog and getting the fatosphere into the media’s awareness. I hope Shapely Prose continues to grow as a fat acceptance community. :_

  24. Happy happy happy! I have no idea now how I found you, back when it was just you and your amazing yoga pose on the front page, :) but I’m glad I did. And even happier at the success and expansion thereof! (um, of the blog, not of the yoga pose)

  25. Linz: “Happy birthday, Shapely Prose! If I could, I would totally bake you a cake filled with babies. And I would write swear words all over it in donut-flavored icing.”

    Couldn’t you save yourself a step and shape the baby-flavored donut dough into letters that spell out swear words? ;-D

    Happy blogoversary to the lovely trio that keeps this place running!

  26. Before I found Shapely Prose, I was crying all of the time and ate nothing but celery sticks with Walden Farms dressing. I wore exclusively items purchased from Rite Aid and thought I would never be pretty.
    What a difference a year makes!
    Now, I do pilates, eat intuitively and sing songs of love to my own body. I’ve never been this happy in my life.
    Thank you, Kate Harding, for turning my life around.

    Okay, so I’m exaggerating just a little bit, but my life is truly better with KH, FJ and SM and all of the Shapelings in it! I don’t imagine I would blog without this one existing first.

  27. i-geek, wouldn’t they become all puffy and unreadable when they baked? No, wait, fatties never get around to baking anything because we just eat the dough raw.

    Though, could you get salmonella from raw baby donut dough?

  28. Thank you so much for establishing this place, recruiting amazing co-bloggers, and inspiring my work and life in new directions.

    Oh, and: FUCK!!!

  29. @Linz: Come to Denmark! We have guaranteed salmonella-free eggs and poultry! Then the entire Fatosphere can eat raw baby-flavored donut dough to their hearts’ content! Also, if memory serves, DK has the highest birth rate in Europe (likely due to having state-subsidized day care and generous parental leave policies), so there’s no shortage of baby-flavor either!

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