Happy 10th Birthday, Catwalk Queen
Today is our 10th Birthday.
On 30th July 2002, I registered the URL Catwalk-Queen.net.
I'd been blogging under the name Catwalk Queen for a while before that (since about mid-2001) but that was the day the site as you now know it began to take shape. It's hard to believe - especially for me - that it was ten years ago that all of this began, when I was freshly out of high school, about the start a journalism degree at The London College of Fashion, deeply naïve about what was to come and full of grand ideas about how I was going to be the next Anna Wintour.
What started as one fashion student's personal blog slowly grew, evolved and moved domains to become the CatwalkQueen.tv you see here today. There have been multiple owners, editors and contributors over that time, and though I took a break from the site for a while, I'm very happy to back at the helm and able to celebrate such an incredible milestone with the amazing team now working on the site, and the former editors and contributors.
This site has meant so much to me that it's impossible to write about it without getting emotional. As well as providing me with the means to do what I love for a living, it's given me (and my colleagues) some incredible opportunities and experiences. Catwalk Queen has always been more than a job to me, it's my life.
Just some of team CQ old and new (and the years that they worked on the site): Kim Foster (2006 - present) Isabelle O'Carroll (2006 - 2010), Andrea Thatcher (2008 - present) Kelly McAuliffe (2008 - 2009), Laura Street (2007 - 2009), Jess Markwood (2009 - present), Kate Williams (2010 - present) and Gemma Cartwright (2002 - 2009, 2011 - present) plus friends / contributers Zara Stone, Abi Silvester and Steph Powell, Hannah Freeman and some celebrity guests!
I've made lifelong friends in the CQ team, interns, readers and supporters, and it's this I'm most grateful for. Whether you've been reading for 10 years or 10 minutes, YOU are the reason we've been able to keep going for ten years. It still amazes me when I meet people who've been following the site since the early days. The fact that strangers have been supporting this blog for over a decade is nothing short of incredible and I can't even begin to explain how grateful I am.
So after ten years of growth, development and the occasional struggle, we now we have to look to the future, and what we want to do for the next ten years. So much has changed in the online world since Catwalk Queen began, and while the site has grown and changed too I know that there is so much more that can be done. We're currently working on changes that will take Catwalk Queen into the next decade, and we'd love to include you in that development, and to hear from you what you would like to see more or less of on Catwalk Queen.
No surveys or comments or polls this time around. Just email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts.
In the meantime, keep an eye out throughout August as we be looking back at some of the best bits of the last ten years of Catwalk Queen.
Here's to the next ten years!
- Gemma Cartwright