I'll have you know this isn't my first rodeo. I've blogged before. Here and here. As long as the internet's been poppin I've found some little corner to share my stories and images online (LiveJournal anyone?). And somehow it's been years since I have been in the blogging groove. I've moved. Had different jobs. Started and stopped projects. Started and finished some, too. When I look back at the times when I was a regular contributor to my own little corner of the internet I was actually making things and exploring new concepts, ideas, modes of making and creating. Perhaps having a place to share prompted me to create things to share. What I am saying is blogging helped me be accountable creatively. And my 2018 intentions include being accountable to myself when it comes to making and creating. Tough lovin myself into manifestation. So here I am, back in the habit.
The truth is I'm a little rusty. I've become one of those people that works full time and watches a lot of law & order and tries new recipes while listening to podcasts before going to bed before ten. And sometimes I make art but not in the feverish way I used to. Not in the late night, paint under my nails, papers strewn about, coffee coffee coffee way of my past. And honestly that way wasn't all that sustainable. But I believe there is an existence between caffeine and crime tv that allows me to both work full time AND make things that matter to me. Right?
So bear with me as I embark back on the blogging journey. I have no idea where this is going. I'll probably share things I'm working on, music I'm listening to, and random primary sources I find like old photos and postcards. I will also likely talk about myself and what's on my mind. The dire situation in Puerto Rico. My experience as a mixed race person of the Puerto Rican diaspora. My thoughts on feminism and colonialism and what tv shows I can't get enough of. I can't promise that this will be light or intellectual or that you'll be interested at all. I hope you are, even if just a little.
2018 has a lot of pressure on it already. We all want it to be better than 2017 because we want to be better. Well I'm guna push the brakes a little and say, let's cut 2018 some slack. It's a construct, anyway. And despite a few people with a stupid amount of power, I truly believe we are all doing the best we can. It's been my mantra lately. We're all doing the best we can. It's not easy living on this planet right now. So let's talk to each other and take care of each other. Let's make art and read each other's blogs. I think it might help.