Yay it’s The Opinioness’ 1st Birthday!!! Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to read my posts…you have no idea what it means to me. I still can’t believe one year has passed since I started this zany journey. Judging from my most popular posts, you all love reading about ass-kicking women in films, women protesting in Egypt, myths about vegans, recipes and Lisbeth Salander.
I created this blog to discuss issues that matter to me: gender, feminism, food politics and living vegan. Some of my friends thought I would write about women’s rights since I’m a die-hard feminist. Others thought for sure I would write about vegan recipes as I’m a hardcore vegan. I knew both were right. While numerous feminist blogs and vegan blogs exist in the blogosphere, I had rarely seen one that fused both. I realized that I can’t separate the two; both comprise the core of who I am. And so, here we are…one year later!
My very first blog post, besides my “hey world I’m here” entry, was my review of the movie Kick-Ass. The easiest posts for me to write are the recipes and film reviews. To me, recipes go beyond cooking meals; they evoke memories and emotions. As we discuss food, we share traditions, customs and stories. The film reviews are so much fun as I’ve been a movie junky ever since I saw Star Wars and emulated Princess Leia in my homemade white dress and cloak with my hair coiled into buns and a light saber in my hands (in my version, Leia kicked more ass than anyone!). But I also think movies provide an opportunity to critique media and gender roles as they both shape and show cultural norms.
The hardest post for me to write was the one I wrote about my experience with domestic violence. The words flowed like water, yet hitting the “publish” key was frightening; how would people react? From that post (and many others), I’ve learned that blogging is simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying. You’re putting more than your words out there; you’re baring your soul for the whole world to see and judge. But it’s also about connecting, reaching out to others and letting them know they’re not alone.
Over a year ago, I was searching, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. With every accomplishment (like putting myself through school, moving to Boston) and with each new job, I felt like I was getting closer and closer. Yet my dream job still eluded me. And then I wrote my first review for Open Letters Monthly. After that first piece, I knew…this was it. While I had told a select few throughout my life that my dream was to write a book, I had resisted being a writer for years. I ran from it. I shoved it out of my mind. What if people didn’t like what I wrote? I thought there was no way I could make a living as a writer. Now I know; there’s no way I can’t.
Writing consumes my thoughts. I can’t go to the movies, read a book, watch the news or eat a meal the same way again. I’m always thinking about dissecting and analyzing points, bridging themes and choosing which words will capture the essence of what I’m trying to convey. Becoming a writer has irrevocably changed my life. It has opened up dialogues about social justice. It has also allowed me to connect with amazing people, some of whom I admire immensely, I never would have otherwise met.
So thank you, thank you, thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I enjoy writing them. As I say in my bio…whether you call yourself a feminist or not, or a vegan or not, it’s time to kick ass and make this world a more fabulous place.
Now for the exciting part! To celebrate and say thank you to all of you for your support, The Opinioness is offering not 1 but 2 giveaways! As this is a feminist vegan blog, one prize will be the winner’s choice of 1 of 2 feminist books and the second prize will be the winner’s choice of 1 of 2 vegan cookbooks. The 2 winners will be able to select:
For the feminist drawing, select either:
Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women by Rebecca Traister
For the vegan drawing, select either:
Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
So how do you win these fabulous prizes, you ask?? All you have to do is:
- Subscribe to my blog (if you’re not already subscribed) AND…
- Leave a comment on this post telling me your fave post and why AND…
- Tell me whether you’d like to be entered into the feminist or vegan drawing
Then you’ll be placed in the running and the 2 winners will be selected at random. The DEADLINE to apply is SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD.
Thank you to all of you for being an amazing audience 🙂