Eight weeks ago today, I started Damn Girl. Today, I am so thankful for the support of over 600 subscribers.
I love you guys. And not in that “getting-me-to-my-goals” kind of way. More like in that serious, creepy stalker way. In that “you-leave-a-comment-and-I-track-your-ass-down” way. I read your blog, I find you on Facebook, I wonder what your life is like. Real freaky like.
SO many of my followers are writers, and you are the salt of the earth. You feel deeper, you go deeper, you are my tribe. You get it. You suffer and you create and…
I want to open up more
I had a really bad experience with my first foray into being a woman on the internet which, ended in rape threats, murder threats, and illegal job offers. (It was a Kickstarter for a travel case; more on that later.)
You have restored my faith in humanity. I can’t believe the warm, loving reception you’ve given me. I want you to know more about DYGGST personally so I’ll start with a few tidbits:
1. I married Mary and Percy Shelley’s great-great-great-great-great-grandson
For the Frankenstein fans out there, you know what a cool claim to fame this is. Yes, he’s a writer. No, I don’t think he is keeping corpses in the cellar. (Yes, we have a cellar… it’s more like a dungeon. Not in a creepy way, just in the chains and handcuffs and iron bars kind of way.)
2. I grew up homeless with schizophrenic, drug-addicted parents
Technically my mom is schizoaffective and my dad has schizophrenia. My mom enjoys meth whereas my dad favors heroin, but what are a few differences in the face of love?
They lived in a van for years, roaming up and down the country making babies. My siblings and I slept in a chest of drawers till I was four. Apparently, my aunt insisted on the investment in the drawers because for a while we were all just freely rolling from one end of the van to the other. Good times!
3. I’m really invested in my female readers
I want you to do well, in a strangely personal way. Like, If I buy anything anywhere, I check first to see if there is some female blogger’s pockets I can line beforehand. I love women, I always have. I know it’s super trendy to do the whole “women don’t like me and I don’t like them” thing, but I fucking love women. I want to braid your hair.
On that note…
Damn, girl, drop your links!
Please link to your blog when you leave a comment! It makes it a lot easier to stalk you, and anything that I can do to help get your blog additional exposure, I want to do that. I think it’s so important for women to pursue their passions and their side hustles!
Thank you again for making this such a wonderful experience!
I must give a special shout out to Tanya Klein at https://www.theincurabledreamer.com/. She was one of my first followers and if you haven’t read her funny AF blog, do yourself a big fat favor and enjoy!
Stay tuned every Thursday for unsolicited advice about shit you didn’t even know you were doing wrong and if you haven’t followed me on Twitter, please do so! (For the stalking.)