Happy Anniversary! Five Years of the Manolo’s Shoe Blog!!

Manolo says, who could have imagined that five years ago today, when the Manolo made his first post, that he would still be here, still attempting to bring the beauty of shoes to his many and diverse friends.

In 2004, when the Manolo began his shoeblogging odyssey, there were very few other fashion blogs to be found on the interweb, and now as the Manolo once had hoped, there are dozens of shoe blogs and thousands of fashion blogs from all sorts of people, blogging from all sorts of perspectives.

This is perhaps the most amazing thing of all, that fashion reportage and criticism has become thoroughly democratized, just as the Manolo had predicted it would many years ago.

Naturally, the Manolo is bursting with pride that he has played the small tiny part in the development of the fashion blogosphere, as it’s greatest appreciator of shoes, and ridiculous clown prince. Although, much of the credit for the success of the Manolo must go to those talented peoples who have elected to help the Manolo fill the Manolosphere with writing: Never teh Bride and Twistie at the Manolo for the Brides and Manolo for the Home, Raincoaster and Spirit Fingers at Ayyyy!, Isidore Gallant at Manolo for the Men, Mr. Henry at the Manolo’s Food Blog, Glinda at the Teeny Manolo, Plumcake and Francesca at the Manolo for the Big Girl and Diable and Diablesse at the Spanish language site, Manolo Moda. All of these peoples are beyond wonderful and deserve the Manolo’s undying gratitude.

The greatest measure of thanks, however, must be given to you, the wonderful, generous, kind, indulgent, intelligent readers who have made every bit of the Manolo’s success possible.

It would be impossible for the Manolo to repay the debt of gratitude he owes to you. You have literally changed his life for the better, and for that, and for the thousand other kindnesses, the Manolo thanks you. You are most certainly, and without the single doubt, super fantastic!

20 Responses to “Happy Anniversary! Five Years of the Manolo’s Shoe Blog!!”

  1. Kit Pollard October 16, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    Congratulations, Manolo! Five years is a huge accomplishment!

    You’ve been one of my favorite daily reads from the very beginning – your outlook on shoes (and life) is definitely inspirational. Thanks so much for all your hard work. And I hope you’re celebrating with something truly superfantastic!

  2. deja pseu October 16, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    Congtulations to the Manolo for the five superfantastic years of the blogging! The Manolo has entertained but also inspired, and for that deserves to be commended.

  3. gemdiva October 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    Dearest Manolo,

    CONGRATULATIONS on your 5 year blogging achievement!! My spirits are uplifted each and every day by the entire Manolo family of bloggers. I have found humor, style and invaluable advice on everything from fashion to books to children’s toys and food. I could more easily imagine a life without oxygen than a life without the Manolosphere. Muchas Gracias y Muchos Besos!!

  4. Bellamama October 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    Well done! You should be proud. Not only five years blogging, but five successful years blogging! I’ve only been following for two years, and only recently started commenting, but I’ve enjoyed every entry. Now, if you’ll just keep going, we’ll all be happy!

  5. Claire in Dublin October 16, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    Congratulations Manolo!! You are funny so I keep coming back :-) More frequent posts please!

  6. La BellaDonna October 16, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    Hola to the Manolo, and his merry minions! Many thanks from La BellaDonna for the five always-fabulous years, and for giving La BellaDonna the bright spot in her day.

    Muchas Besos!

  7. klee October 16, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    Happy Anniversary! You have brought much beauty and pleasure into my life, and not just with shoes. Auguri!

  8. shomore October 17, 2009 at 4:00 am #

    Congratulations on the anniversary and all your success! It is well deserved! Thank you for bringing us 5 years of super fantastic shoes and wonderful commentary. Look forward to 5 more, at least!

  9. Gauss October 17, 2009 at 7:23 am #

    Congratulations, and many more years to come! You have a super fantastic blog and I look forward to 5 more years of great posts!

  10. Miss Plumcake October 17, 2009 at 8:11 am #

    Five years?! You don’t look a post over three-and-a-half!

  11. aimlessjoys October 17, 2009 at 9:44 am #

    What a pleasure it has been to discover your brand of blog, Manolo! Congratulations on your successful sharing, & I hope to read & chuckle & admire through many more posts from your inspired site. Have Fun!

  12. Naomi Niles October 17, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

    No, you are super fantastic! Thanks so much for the lovely shoe resources. I’ve been a fan for at least 3 years and always admire your good taste.

    Will be toasting to you tonight with my Marquis de Caceres Rioja. Felicidades!!

  13. gigolokitty October 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    Many happy returns of the day, Manolo!

  14. Anonymous October 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed your blog very much.

  15. karlo October 17, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    Thank you, Manolo and your posse, for making my third-world existence brighter by your wonderful, entertaining and funny posts.

  16. theDiva October 17, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    Congratulazioni e felice anniversario!

    Love you madly.

  17. minky October 18, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo!

  18. Victor October 19, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    My heartiest congratulations, sir.

  19. The Charlotte Allen October 20, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    And many more years of shoeblogging! I never go a day without Manolo.

  20. Belle de Ville October 23, 2009 at 10:59 am #

    Congratulations on 5 years of fashion blogging and creating the Manolosphere. You’ve been an inspiration to me and countless other bloggers.