Long-time readers knows GrrlPunch’s origin story. However, not many know how my involvement came to be. I was invited onto the board with a handwritten letter like everyone else, but I was conflicted to join at first.
I have always been a writer. In fact, english was the only subject in high school I tolerated. Unfortunately, at the time, I was in a bit of a creative rut. What would I write about?
Well, I found that answer in the most unfortunate of ways. Days after I received an my invitation, I received another interesting message: “I do not think this is working out.”
These eight words came to me as a surprise and, unbeknownst to me, would influence the next three years of my life.
I thought my long distance relationship with my serious boyfriend was going well. However, as it turned out, it was not.
My heartache gave me something to write about. My first GrrlPunch article was a dramatic answer to the question, “What is a relationship?”
This first article of mine got the magazine is quite a bit of trouble at our catholic, all girls school. My proclamation that sex is a critical ingredient in a relationship sent shock waves across the halls.
It could be argued that this trouble was the beginning of my friendship with Lucy. Instead of deleting the article, she defended it, along with the magazine’s overall message.
I knew that’s the type of person you befriend.
Lucy’s actions set the tone for the rest of GrrlPunch, and, consequently, set the tone for my writing style.
Lucy proclaimed that GrrlPunch is a safe haven for all people, and that no topic, no matter how controversial, is off limits. Her proclamation inspired me to keep writing about what I knew best: women’s health.
GrrlPuncher readers know that I have quite a bit to say about birth control and acne. However, avid readers have also followed me through heartbreaks and tribulations. My impulsive writing style has gotten me into some hot water with exes.
Regardless of this, GrrlPunch’s mantra remains the same: “These are our opinions, joys, fears, questions, goals, and memories. We share them to highlight the importance of what women have to say.”
I, however, am still learning to embrace this fearless writing style. As a long time contributor, I have the ability to view my old articles at my convenience. Like most, I cringe reading my old writing.
What is even more discomforting is that anyone with WiFi can read this cringe-worthy writing of mine as well.
GrrlPunch caught me at a crucial point in my life. From age 17 to 20, I’ve had the ability to broadcast whatever topic comes to my mind.
Over the last three years I’ve told readers about being cheated on, my struggles with acne and even my period issues.
This over-sharing worries me at times; however, I eventually realize the importance of what it is I am saying. Instead, of worrying about my future employer seeing my article, I remind myself of the young people out there that need to see their struggles represented in the writing of others.
Using GrrlPunch as my public diary may seem disadvantageous at times, but I also recognize how it coincides with the magazine’s overall purpose.
To all of you out there struggling with writer’s block, look at your own life for inspiration. Once you’ve overcome your block, submit your own “diary entries” to GrrlPunch.
Above all, remind yourself that what you’re producing is valuable because your voice matters!