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

Manolo says, it was six years ago this very day that the Manolo first began his humble shoeblogging. Who could have imagined in 2004, that the Manolo would still be here, feets firmly planted in the interwebs, still sharing his love of shoes with the world?Gucci Boots, Fall 2004

Back in the day, lo these many years ago, there were precious few blogs devoted to matters fashion, and none which considered the beauty and import of the shoes. Hence, the decision of the Manolo to start his shoe blog and to bring the small bit of joy to others.

What is most remarkable about this, however, is that by the end of the first year after the Manolo started, it was apparent that the world had changed, and that the relationship between the fashion hierarchy and the media and the consumers had been fundamentally upended. And now, with the rise and triumph of the fashion blogs, we have entered the period when fashion and fashion reportage has been democratized, when any aspiring designer and any new blogger can, through hard work, talent, and the savvy sense of theater gain attention for her efforts.
Prada Pumps, Fall 2004
Of the course, the Manolo is delighted to have played the small, miniscule part in this revolution, as the fashion blogosphere’s greatest lover and promoter of the shoes, and as it’s reigning clown prince, ridiculous in his majesty.

Naturally, the Manolo could not have succeeded as well as he has without the help of his fellow Manolosphere bloggers, Christa, Twistie, Miss Plumcake, Mr. Henry, Glinda and the Raincoaster. All of these peoples, together with the other friends who have helped in the past, are amazing writers, and amazing peoples who have the Manolo’s unending gratitude.
Pucci Pumps, Fall 2004
The biggest share of the gratitude, however, goes to you, dear reading friend, for your kindness, your generosity, your indulgence , your intelligence, and your attention. Without you, the Manolo would be nothing more than the tiny voice echoing into the darkness. But, with you, the Manolo has blossomed and flourished, like the flower watered with the distilled essence of love. And for that, the Manolo thanks you the thousand times the thousand. You are indeed, most super fantastic!

P.S. The Manolo adorned this post with three of the shoes he recommended in that first month, October of 2004. From the top to the bottom, Gucci boots, Prada golden pumps, Pucci!

23 Responses to “Happy Anniversary! Six Years of the Manolo’s Shoe Blog!”

  1. LaLarson October 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    Congratulations, Manolo!

  2. The Bombshell October 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Congratulations and thank you for six years of fun!

  3. Sarah F October 16, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    Congrats on your anniversary, and thank you for sharing your love of the shoes with us for so many years!

  4. anony-non October 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    Manolo, you’re the best. Congratulations on your six year’s of success.

  5. blackbird October 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Manolo!
    Thank you for making me smile every day.
    Congratulations.

    bb

  6. g-dog October 16, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Congratulations! For being serious, funny, entertaining, informative, an advocate, a critic — and balancing all of that with gracious aplomb!

  7. Jo October 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    6 million congratulations – a million for every amazing year! Manolo also makes the smiles…

  8. Lisa in Berlin October 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    congratulations, Manolo! Yours continues to be the one of the best blogs I read.

  9. Erik Nabler October 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

    Congratulations, Manolo! Sadly, I do not share the true love of the shoes, but I do greatly enjoy your writing. To many more years! and a few more exclamation points for good measure!!!!!

  10. Valerie in San Diego October 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    Thanks for entertaining us, cheering us, and showing us lovely, lovely shoes for six years. Long may you continue!

  11. Christa aka Never teh Bride October 16, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    Yay! I’m still super happy and grateful to be a part of the Manolo blogging family!

  12. Victor October 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    I’ve read many, many blogs over the years, and yours is one I return to over and over. I’d like to second Jo when she says, “Manolo makes the smiles!” My heartiest congratulations and deepest wishes for many more years of your humble Shoeblog.

  13. klee October 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    Auguri! Congratulations to my favorite blogger!

  14. raincoaster October 17, 2010 at 5:51 am #

    Six years on the internet? That’s like…six billion million years in the real world. How have you put up with us this long?

  15. Phyllis October 17, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Congrats! I must say that due to your influence I now buy better shoes.

  16. theDiva October 17, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    Congratulations, dear Manolo. Love you madly.

  17. raincoaster October 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Look what I got you for the anniversary: http://ayyyy.com/2010/10/17/friday-caption-contest-results-roundup-edition/

  18. Jeannie Dahl October 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    Hurray for the Manolo! Congratulations on having one of the funniest blogs on the internet.

  19. shomore October 18, 2010 at 12:16 am #

    Congratulations Manolo! You are an inspiration to us all.

  20. Glinda October 18, 2010 at 1:13 am #

    Congrats on your anniversary! Teh intertubes would be ever so much poorer without your august presence.

  21. Shoesnotblues October 18, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    Congratulations! Thank you for facilitating the love of shoes! And those Pradas from 2004 – aren’t they very reminiscent of this year’s Pradas (the A/W ones)?

  22. Kit Pollard October 18, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    I’m a little bit late, but wanted to wish you so many congratulations on your anniversary! I second all of the commenters – thanks so much for years of great posts. I’ve been a fan since the start and you never fail to make me laugh and think – the perfect blogger combination, in my opinion!

  23. karlo October 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

    Congratulations, Manolo!