The Lingerie Addict, a blog where for more than 14 years the unspeakable were not only evoked, but also the object of in-depth reflection, announced on Sunday that it was ceasing to appear.
Cora Harrington, founder and editor-in-chief of the blog, wrote in a post that the blog, exclusively dedicated to lingerie since its inception, would close its doors at the end of the month.
In her article, Ms Harrington cited the changing online landscape as one of the reasons to close shop.
“A lot of people don’t necessarily find information on blogs anymore,” she wrote, adding that “the internet — especially social platforms — is becoming increasingly hostile towards me.”
“It’s a constant battle,” Ms Harrington said, “and I’m getting more and more tired of fighting.”
In an interview on Monday, Ms Harrington said her content had recently garnered more engagement on platforms other than the blog, which she said recently averaged 75,000 to 80,000 visitors per month, compared to the hundreds thousands of monthly readers the blog has attracted over the past few years.
Ms Harrington, 37, also said she felt she had changed and grown as a person since starting the blog in her early twenties.
“Fourteen years is a very long time to run a site,” she said. “I am no longer the same person I was then.”
Ms Harrington started The Lingerie Addict in April 2008 after finding a lack of information about the ins and outs of lingerie. Beyond just storing her informative content, like reviews, editorials, and tutorials, she quickly saw the platform’s potential as an inclusive corner of the internet.
“The Lingerie Addict has always been a ‘body snark-free zone’ where we don’t talk about people’s bodies, don’t judge people’s bodies,” she said. “It’s always been about being an inclusive environment for lingerie that welcomes sex workers, trans people, queer people, non-binary people.”
The diverse community Ms Harrington has fostered online through the blog continues to be active, she said. While comments have slowed on the site itself, interactions and conversations around Ms Harrington’s content continue to thrive on social media.
When she announced the news to her 80,000 Twitter followers, Ms Harrington has received an outpouring of support and praise for her past decade and a half of work.
“This vocal and visible support I get from thousands of people who read my work and never felt the need to interact with me but now tell me what I did was meaningful, it means so much to me” , she said. mentioned.
Tekla Taylor, 31, a digital media manager in Alexandria, Va., who has been following the blog since 2015 and is a member of The Lingerie Addict Facebook group, expressed her appreciation for Ms Harrington’s work, adding that “the archive goes be a treasure for years to come.
“As time passes and the web becomes increasingly fragmented and dominated by algorithmic social media platforms, an individual site or blog that truly loves its subject matter becomes even more meaningful,” they wrote. wrote on Twitter.
Ms Harrington noted in her Sunday post, titled “Saying Goodbye to The Lingerie Addict”, that while she planned to close comments on all posts, the blog archive, shop and associated Patreon would all remain open.
She hopes to take some time off before she starts working on her second book and eventually make space for The Lingerie Addict in her life in a new way.
“I don’t want to leave The Lingerie Addict behind me. I don’t want it to feel like I’m dropping everything about it,” Ms Harrington said. “The question is, ‘How can I move forward to make The Lingerie Addict part of my life and not part of everything?’ And that’s something that I think will take some time to figure out.