Over the weekend, I finally finished getting dates for everything in my archive of screenshots from Andy’s tumblr, which I needed for the next part of the timeline. I don’t have every post, or anything remotely approaching that, but I have quite a lot.
A great deal of credit goes to the anon who helped me ages ago by showing me how to date Andy’s tumblr posts–I had already started taking screenshots, but foolishly hadn’t dated them, and it wasn’t possible to find them all again via Google searches. Even with their method, it took a really long time for a number of reasons, mainly that I also couldn’t find every post by searching the sitemaps they’d sent me, and that nearly every time I looked at the sitemaps or Andy’s tags, I’d find a host of other things that seemed important to archive. Also, of course, real life always takes priority. I’ve frequently stepped away for weeks at a time because I was just too busy. Spouse, work, friends, pets, family, personal projects, etc.
But it’s all dated at last, and now I’m deciding what to include on the timeline vs. subject-specific posts about Andy’s behavior patterns, misogyny, and so forth. Also, while I don’t want to hurt Andy’s friends from what I’ve termed “the tumblr era” any more than I wanted to hurt the former DAYDians, it is going to be necessary to include examples of his treatment of some of them. I’m thinking especially of his habits of fostering emotional dependence and then ignoring people, of love-bombing and using sexuality in extremely sketchy ways, and of throwing friends under the bus to explain away shitty things that he’s done. And if you think you know exactly who I’m talking about in each of these cases, I’m sad to say they all apply to multiple people. I have to figure out how that’s going to work.
Once I’ve finished with this part of the timeline, and another part dealing with more present-day stuff (which will be easy), I’ll go back over the earlier sections. I have a few very minor edits to make and a little more information that I can fill in here and there. I’m thinking of adding some more details from the primary source documents (e-mails, lists, etc.) that Turimel included in her book–but none of her transphobic remarks, victim-blaming, or assumptions–and that I’ve dug up on archive.org. I’ve also managed to narrow down a few dates that were rather nebulous before, some of which are extremely significant.
So there’s still a lot of work to do, but the end is in sight! I hope the fact that the post-2011 timeline has taken so fucking long hasn’t led too many people to assume that Andy’s bad behavior stopped after the Trail of Tears hike. (Although there’s plenty on this blog alone to show that isn’t the case.) I just could not get through his ridiculously huge tumblr archive any more quickly than this.