Looking Back At 2016 & Before: 16 Blogs From The World Of Champagne

Published on December 31, 2016 by   ·   1 Comment

Champagne 02There’s nothing like the change to a new calendar to get people feeling all nostalgic about “days gone by” and all that sort of junk, and Miss Jaye is no exception.  As of December 28, this website has published 78 posts in the Blog section alone so Miss Jaye decided to go back through the archives and hand-select 16 blogs published between when the site launched in the summer of 2012 through today.  We hope you enjoy!

Call Me…Maybe?

The blog post that started it all!  This is the very first blog published on the site, during the summer of 2012 when you couldn’t go 5 seconds without hearing that Carly Rae Jepsen song…whatever happened to her?!  This early blog explores what it’s like to put yourself out there and risk rejection, with the possibility of finding something wonderful.

Dork Shadows: Inside The Obsession

Another fairly early blog, this one explores Miss Jaye’s love of the 60s soap Dark Shadows.  It was actually her love of that show and the annual festival held to celebrate it that lead to a string of events that put her at Days of the Dead Indianapolis in the summer of 2016, an event that really changed her thoughts on performing, creating art, and the combination of glam with gore!

HeartThe Year of Firsts

Miss Jaye may be known onstage for her raunchy comedy, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a softer side.  This blog details her thoughts on the first year after her divorce, an event that lead to many changes in her life including finally making the leap to launch this website.

Violent Femme: Femininity As Power

This blog was written in response to a letter to the editor dredging up outdated thoughts about drag and whether or not it degrades and mocks women.  In addition to being a fabulous performer, Miss Jaye also has an MA in English where she focused on Gender Studies and Performance Theory, so she has a few thoughts on this subject, hunties!

Where Have All The Good Men Gone: Masculinity As Stupidity

Another of Miss Jaye’s ruminations about gender, this one looking at men and how the idea of masculinity has devolved into a Jackass-style prank show of non-stop tomfoolery.

Finding 37

Birthdays are a time to be introspective, and Miss Jaye took the occasion of her 37th birthday in 2015 to think about her struggles with mental illness and depression and how to find a way forward when you never imagined a world that included you in it.

secretBaby’s Got A Secret

Miss Jaye talks about the idea of privacy in a world where we are more than happy to broadcast all the gory details of our personal lives on every corner of social media, and what it was like as a low-level local celebrity to go through a divorce with people watching, always watching.  NOTE: This blog contains a reference to Bruce Jenner as this article was posted before Caitlyn Jenner announced her transition and her chosen name.  None of these articles have been edited, and this reference is not a misgendering, but rather is historically accurate for how Caitlyn was publically identifying at the time.

The Get Along Gays

The controversial subject of outing closeted gay politicians came to ND with a scandal involving a married Republican and his messages to a young man on Grindr right around the time that a vote on non-discrimination legislation was causing a lot of hateful discussion.  Miss Jaye reflects on where queer politics have ended up in recent years, and how Radical Queerness might just be the way forward.

Making Do

Miss Jaye’s thoughts on the importance of creativity and making your life into what you want it to be.  Her goal is to turn “make do” into “make, do.”

Swimming With Sharks

This article explores the difference in body acceptance between women’s culture and gay men’s culture.  Plus it has a couple of really great songs linked, so there’s that.

Corn DogThe Corndog Conspiracy

This piece is dark and funny, but also makes a point about the ways we talk about (or more often, don’t talk about) issues like drug addiction and mental illness.

Forces of Nature: Remembering Liz Lunde

This piece has the distinction of receiving the most views of any piece in our site’s history – more than 2000 within a month of publication! – and it’s still one of our favorites.  Liz Lunde really was an inspiring and enigmatic figure on the local scene and there will never be another like her.  She is greatly missed.

Who’s Afraid of the Crazy Cat Lady?

A celebration of the crazy cat lady and how she might just represent a certain type of freedom from societal expectations.  You’ll never think of crazy cat ladies quite the same way ever again!

(Almost) Never Before Seen Footage

So, Miss Jaye is still on the fence about how she feels about RuPaul’s Drag Race, and she isn’t sure she would ever put in an audition tape again, but this post was just an opportunity to share her audition tape with the world!  It was an odd time in her life, and the tape is sort of ridiculous – I mean, Adele?!  Why the hell didn’t she do Divine?  But it’s still a fun little moment in time.


This is one of the most risque pieces we’ve hosted on the site, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have some meaty thoughts in there.  What right do we have to be self-destructive?  Should we have the option to destroy ourselves, as long as we don’t take anyone out with us?  The answers might be elusive, but it’s definitely a provocative question!

Why CARRIE Still Captivates

Another early post, Miss Jaye decided to round out this list with an homage to one of her favorite horror icons: Stephen King’s Carrie!  The book and both movie versions are all different and all fascinating, and their underlying theme speaks to us today as much as it did when it was first published.

Well, there you have it – 16 blogs from the World of Champagne published in 2016 and before!  There are some laughs, some tears, and some real growth moments.  Here’s hoping for even more of these fabulous moments as we tear down the door on 2017 and get to work!

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