Several years ago, I started writing a column called The G-Spot on Empowermag.com. It was born of my love for Sex and the City (the show), combined with my own ridiculous dating stories buttressed by those of my lively friends.
I was a fledgling columnist, and the articles were about 800 words too long on average, but it was fun and I’m thankful that I was given a shot.
Around the time that I was itching to be in print, RedEye came along. If you’re reading this on Chicago Now, you’re probably familiar with RedEye – the popular red sibling of the Chicago Tribune that can be found on every street corner and el station in a bright red kiosk.
I thought I was pitching them; they thought they were pitching me.
So began my 4+ years of writing my next column. The title was toned down to The Gina Spot, which didn’t offend as many conservatives, and usually made it through most corporate firewalls.
I eventually added to my responsibilities at RedEye and Metromix, by penning Date Night with Gina B., and contributing to the ever-exciting 3Sum.
RedEye shook things up at the end of ’09 and The Gina Spot was phased out. It was good timing, as I was completely burned out and decided to take the opportunity to slow down. I would have told you, at the time, that I was retired, never to return to relationship writing again.
My retirement lasted approximately 1.3 years, when I joined Six Brown Chicks and became a relationship blogger.
The trouble, however? I missed The Gina Spot, or The G-Spot, or whatever you’re used to (po-tay-toes, po-tah-toes). Jimmy Greenfield, proprietor of Chicago Now, has graciously provided space for me to resurrect The G-Spot. And here we are.
If you read me before, you’ll notice some differences.
First, I’m a tad raunchier. Why? Because I can be. The Gina Spot was chock full of euphemisms and near-swears, with some of my best dirty topics and double-entendres edited out for sake of decency (I applaud my editor).
But in real life? I’m not really so decent. In fact, I find that a well-placed f-bomb can be very liberating. I tone it down for Six Brown Chicks, but G(ina) Spot will be no-holds-barred.
Also, for many years, my vantage point was that of a young single woman who was free to do whatever and date whomever – even though I seemed to have a divining rod for men who were incredible “column-worthy,” as I used to call them. For a while I was in a relationship with a person who was completely paranoid that every column was about him (his nickname? Carly Simon, of course), so I calmed it down.
But things change, thank God, and I’m in a happy relationship with a person who is largely responsible for my decision to reinvigorate The G-Spot, and actually likes appearing in the column from time to time. (He doesn’t know what he’s in for. We’ll see if his opinion changes in a few weeks.)
As for the rest of the changes? I implore you to read regularly and find out for yourself.
Please feel free to follow me on Twitter (@ginaspot), or connect with me on Facebook (see below).
I'm also on my personal blog a bit more frequently.