If you’ve been with me since the dawn of my blogging time, you know that my blog’s title was once different. I’ve been writing and freelancing online content for roughly five years now and blogging for four. Originally I had started off writing for Modern Minnesotan- An online publication dedicated to sharing all things Minnesota. As a life-long Minnesotan myself, I found myself writing on local Minnesotan events, happenings, elections, classic Minnesota recipes, so on and so forth. I really enjoyed doing this, but I felt it lacked the personal touch I had been longing to share within an online format. This led me to parting ways with Modern Minnesotan and starting a self-hosted personal lifestyle blog affectionately called Whitty J. This blog endeavor proved to be my most fulfilling online work thus far. Being able to share my genuine life, lifestyle, and advice was something I never thought would bring me so much passion, but it has in so many ways. I have been given unbelievable and unexpected opportunities that I never thought blogging could or would give me. I’ve been able to travel, ghost-write for well established sites and brands, meet with other online creators, and collaborate with other blogs I have been following for years. Whitty J brought me joy and contentment, but for the past few months now, I’ve once again, been longing for more…
Which brings me to WHITSIE. Those close to me know that I am outspoken with my beliefs, and I’m not one to sit idly by when I see something I deem as hurtful or wrong. Whether it be politics, social justice, or simply witnessing unkind behavior, I will step in and be an ally to the unheard and suppressed. I’m not silent in situations of hurt, struggle, or prejudice and have always felt a level of self-respect for myself because of this. That self-respect had a line, though. In the past, I have written pieces on feminism, the refugee crisis, and the abomination that is the recent US presidential election, but I either posted them and immediately took them down or never posted them at all. I felt as though the things I shared with my loved ones and friends on personal social media accounts wasn’t going to fly on a public blog. Fellow online creators urged me not to bring politics or divisive content into my online space. I was constantly told that doing so would lose me subscribers, gain me hate emails, and that I’d miss out on potential partnerships and sponsors. I was warned that I must keep silent on these matters if I wanted to continue being a part of the Blogosphere. This blew my mind and ticked me off, but I listened.
That is until now. WHITSIE is me ditching the rules and warnings of bringing controversial matters onto a lifestyle blog. I’m bringing back my passion and my self-respect, and I’m going to start sharing EVERYTHING that I want to share. This is my blog after all. So what will you find on WHITSIE? Well, I don’t necessarily have an outline. You can expect the same sort of content I have always shared (recipes, travel, poetry, giveaways), but I’ll be adding bigger passion pieces into the mix as well. I want to share things that matter- things that draw even a smidge more attention onto people, non-profits, and movements that are important. Writing about my travels and recipes brings me happiness in sharing, but as I’ve grown and become more informed and aware of larger scale matters, I’ve become more passionate about sharing them. And that’s what I’ll now be doing here. WHITSIE is going to be everything I want to write on, not just the filtered content I know will bring traffic to my site.
So why did I choose WHITSIE? Whitsie is what my mom called me growing up. She passed away from Ovarian Cancer when I was a teenager, and I have spent these past six years missing her and missing her nickname for me. It’s a sentimental thing. She was the loveliest, strongest, most hardworking woman I’ve known and she has impacted the person I am now even years after passing. She taught me what it is to be kind, empathetic, humorous, tough, soft, and passionate all in one, and I wouldn’t be the strong-willed woman I am today without her. So that’s WHITSIE. This blog is dedicated to her, to me, and to proudly standing up and sharing passion with the world.
Welcome to WHITSIE.