It’s my blogiversary! Greg in Hollywood turns 10!
Greg In Hollywood turns 10 today!
To keep a blog going requires commitment and consistency so this milestone does give me quite a feeling of accomplishment.
It’s hard to believe 10 years have gone by since Greg in Hollywood was quickly launched in 2009 – less than a week after I was downsized from the shrinking Los Angeles Daily News. I had been doing the Out in Hollywood blog at the paper since 2006 and loved it so much. So after my layoff, my main feeling was that I had to keep going.
My smart and talented friends Danny Sullivan, Lorna Harris, Kate Cohen and Val Cohen dropped everything for several days a decade ago to help me quickly get Greg In Hollywood up and running and allowed me to instantly turn lemons into lemonade. I’ll always be so grateful to them!
This blog has been my baby – a constant not just in my professional life, but in my life. Greg in Hollywood is directly responsible for my being approached about becoming U.S. correspondent at Gay Star News when it launched back in 2011 – a job I stayed with for a very rewarding 5.5 years. Since 2017, I’ve been juggling the blog with my job at the Los Angeles LGBT Center where I am a writer for the marketing & communications department.
For all the love and energy I continue to put into Greg In Hollywood, I get it in return in the form of really thoughtful emails that come out of nowhere and meeting longtime readers when I’m at an event or out and about.
People are so kind and so thoughtful – and honest.
Now we start year 11!
Celebrity encounters from the past 12 months: 1. Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant (above). 2. Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon 2. Olympic free skier Gus Kenworthy 4. Actress Rosario Dawson 5. Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski 6. YouTube superstar Tyler Oakley 7. Actor Billy Eichner 8. Singer Steve Grand 9. Pose star Ryan Jamaal Swain 10. Tony winner Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) 11. Queer as Folk alum Michelle Clunie 12.Actor-singer James Maslow 13. Actor-writer-producer-director Peter Paige and actor-activist Wilson Cruz 14. Actor Garrett Clayton 15. Dancer and TV personality Derek Hough 16. Actor Benjamin Patterson 17. Actor Nicholas Hoult (and my pal Jim Key!) 18. American Idol alum Trayvon Owen 19. Glee alum Kevin McHale 20. Eastsider stars John Haibach and Kit Williamson 21. Actress and author Jennifer Lewis 22. Retired LA Galaxy star Robbie Rogers