For quite awhile now I’ve been playing around with the idea of having a website attached to my name and identity as a writer and editor.
I have many reasons:
1. Networking – If I have readings and if someone asks “Where can I find more of your work?” I can direct them to this site.
2. Professional Growth – In the present day, it’s not real if it’s not on the internet. I’ve had blogs in the past–from a blogspot to a blog here on WordPress–but a website is a mixture of personal and professional. I want to share my thoughts on literature, writing, and community, but in a more polished, mindful, and critical way than I’ve done in the past.
3. Community – I want there to be a space for me to share my voice and stories with other writers struggling to find community and a space in what can oftentimes be an unwelcoming/clique-y literary world. I also believe it’s important to share these same stories with readers and fellow humans–not everyone is a writer but everyone understands the struggle to have a voice, the struggle to show emotion, and even just the struggle itself. I understand that sometimes just knowing that someone else has similar experiences, similar obstacles, can help soothe the heart and spirit.
4. Personal Growth – I promised myself at the beginning of this year that I would live by a credo: to practice being my most authentic, genuine, and sincere self. That I owed that to the people I love, to the communities I work in, to my writing, and most importantly to myself. Even if I didn’t always succeed–if every day was a new day to challenge myself to not hide behind what I felt others expected of me, but instead to act and give in ways that I was happy and willing to do, to speak up for myself and to validate my own feelings–then that day was just another part of my journey and my evolution as a woman. I strive to always be open and vulnerable and sincere, because through the course of my life I’ve realized that being honest with your emotions is the greatest act of strength.