NOTE: Geraden’s site is no longer active, so links now point to the Wayback Machine archive…
Geraden? Who is Geraden?
The name was originally conceived of by Stephen Donaldson in his famous novel “The Mirror of Her Dreams“. The author of a man’s blog about tights decided to adopt it as his nickname. And so on Blog-City in April of 2005, he began writing Geraden’s blog. Within the first month he had over 600 hits and continued to gain public attention, reaching 100,000 hits in July ’06 and over 500,000 in just 11 months later. Over the course of the next few years, Geraden kept up with his blog fairly regularly, adding more useful content to it as time went on. Back then, his blog was really the best source for information about men interested in wearing tights, or acknowledging the desire to but struggling with guilt and shame about it. It even gained tremendous attention from the “men wearing pantyhose” buzz in 2008, having been linked to through Wikipedia and referenced by several news outlets at the time. But, as will happen with most blogs, there comes a point where the author either loses interest, replaces the interest with something more compelling, or other changes in life make it impractical to continue. Unfortunately, sometime in 2009, Geraden went mostly inert on his blog. He did continue to maintain it and deal with approving comments and trashing spam, though.
But then there came an uncommon reason for a blog to die: the hosting service closes up shop. Blog-City, a blog hosting service from the UK, has been surpassed significantly by the likes of WordPress, Typepad, and Blogspot. The pressure has been too great and so now they are retiring their service at the end of 2011. Geraden has no interest in the daunting task of transferring his blog content to another website and possibly face having to pay for the level of hosting required. And so, it is about to become accessible only through the “Way Back Machine” archive website. Of course, this means no new content. At the moment, the website archive has an old snapshot, back from July 8th 2011. And sometimes, for some reason, old snapshots are lost. Therefore, if you haven’t given Geraden’s blog a good look-over, you might want to check it out before it is retired from Blog-City.
There are many posts on Geraden’s website, too many to list them all here. Although there is a recently posted/commented list, highlight of common keywords, and a search box, there is unfortunately no index. If you’re pressed for time, here are some highlights from his blog (they’ve been updated to point to the archive, except for the first one):
- Goodbye from Geraden (link broken, not yet archived)
- Review Index
- Tights for the Tall
- Mainstreaming Men’s Hosiery
- Reflection on Hits, 100,000 hits (July 2006), Half a million hits! (June 2007)
- Men Wearing Tights — the Objections
- Media Interest (2008)
- Gene Therapy (guest contributor “Sheers4Fears“)
- A Stringman’s Story (additional document: A-String support device)
- Glad to be back
- About me (Geraden), part-1, part-2, part-3
- Contributions from Kaj (e.g. Me in Tights part-1, part-2)
- First Buying
- Be Yourself – Or Else
- Dave’s Story
- Abaddon’s Story
Geraden, thank you very much for your highly useful contribution to the men’s hosiery community. We are sorry to see you go, but grateful for your past efforts. Hopefully they will continue to live on through the Way Back Machine archive site. I will try to occasionally repost some of your topics that I found most useful, giving them an extended lifespan (and of course, cite you with full credit). Best wishes, health, and prosperity to you!
NOTE: A contributor to Geraden’s blog (Astringman) had mentioned having conceived of a device he calls the “A-string”, which is used to help keep loose fitting tights from slipping. He contacted me with the details of this support device, in a PDF document that is linked to above and here. Our thanks to him for taking the time to author it! 🙂