Hey! So, in the past week or so, I’d been playing around with lots of ideas in my head for lots of different things. I still need to work on my Awesome Ladies Project and what I want to do for that (along with my various art journals like Play that Song and my Brave Girls series). But I’ve been taking some downtime and reading. Yeah, I know. I haven’t took the time to pick up a book, but as I looked at my pathetic heaps of books piled high that needed to be read, I remembered one of the goals I set for myself in the beginning of the year, and that was to read more and watch less TV. So far, I’ve sucked at keeping that goal. Yet, for the last three days, I’ve managed to finish three books and I’m currently half way through my forth. I’m rather proud of myself, especially since most of them are BookExpo books, and as BEA 2014 looms near, I need to finish most if not all of these books before then.
Anyway, after reading a Sarah Dessen book I had sitting there for a while unread, I sort of got a bit of inspiration. Now, I was in the process of cleaning out my server and deleting tons of spam comments on this magazine blog I started and was keeping with my friend called Papier Mache. Well, it’s safe to say we kind of let that slip and haven’t updated it in forever. I was planning on deleting it, but I wanted to back it up just in case I wanted those posts again. But the file was huge with all the spam, so I read my books as I let the computer work it’s magic and delete those nasty suckers. Anyway, once I finished the Sarah Dessen book, I got the idea of starting a new magazine blog and using some of the content my friend and I made for Papier Mache in it. Except this new blog will have a theme and a specific demographic: young women. I don’t know if it was all of Kara’s Babe Vibes or Kristin’s Awesome Ladies Project or my Brave Girls series, but the idea of creating a pretty blog for young women just appealed to me. And I didn’t want it to me a trash sort of blog, like Thought Catalogue is. I wanted it to be inspiring, just like the Sarah Dessen book I just finished reading. I wanted to be for teens and young 20-somethings. I wanted it to look pretty and feel inspiring. So, I took to Tumblr and started a new blog.
Colbie Magazine. Named after the small fictional beach town of Colby, North Carolina, where Sarah Dessen has some of her books take place. I wanted it to be similar to Frankie Magazine in look and feel, expect the content will be solely about women and/or for women…young women. So far, I’ve been writing one or two new posts for it and just reformatting old Papier Mache posts, and posting those to the blog. I decided to go with Tumblr as the platform because it’s easy to use the tags to gain exposure, plus I can make the blog look however I wanted without much hassle. I don’t know. It’s a work in progress. Now, I just have to find some lovely ladies to contribute to it!
If you’d like to check it out, head over to the magazine here. If you wish to contribute to it, please don’t hesitate to contact me through Tumblr’s messaging system or submit your post right there on the magazine’s site. Hopefully I can keep up with it along with ariestrash, because I think it could be something awesome.