November 8, 2016 is a day that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Not only because of the devastation I felt. And the fear. And the sadness. And the powerlessness. But because of the call to action. The need to rise, to fight.
Which brings me back here.
I started this project back in 2013 because I am so proud to be a woman. I am so proud to see so many incredible women out there creating, making, talking, screaming, protesting, building, fighting, working, laughing, living. I wanted to make a magazine that celebrated that, that celebrated us. I never stopped wanting that. But there were a few things that got in my way.
Number 1 was time. Number 2 was money. I was spending more time than the money I made on a project that I wanted to be bigger and better than it was maybe ready to be. I working part-time so that I could build this thing up with the end goal of it being the thing that paid my bills. When that didn’t happen I had to move on. But now more than ever it is so important to have a space for women online where we can celebrate, rejoice, champion one another.
I cannot continue to feel hopeless. I cannot continue to feel scared. Lydia is small. It always was small, perhaps it will always be small. But one small space where women’s voices are amplified is maybe not everything, but it is something. And I have to do something.
We need women’s voices now more than ever. We need diversity more than ever. We need hope more than ever. So, in November 2016, we are back.
We will be making some changes, of course. Lydia will, for the time being, discontinue our digital print issues in favor of returning to online only content. We are moving to a non-profit model. We will be focusing solely on interviews with creative women from all spheres, along with personal essays. Any submissions will be accepted on a volunteer basis. I will try to get at least one post up a week.
But some things will remain the same.
We are still EMPOWERING. We will still cover all those who identify as women. We will still amplify women’s voices by having all women writers and other creatives. We will still seek to create an environment that is supportive, uplifting, smart and passionate. We are still women, creating content with other women in mind.
We are still DIVERSE. We are still dedicated to covering the stories of women from a wide variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, body types, orientations, industries, etc. We still want you to be able to see yourself and your interests in the pages of Lydia. It is something that we are striving toward every day. It is the reason we are here.
We are still ACCESSIBLE. Lydia is still a site for women. Women who are in different stages of their lives and careers and who want to read stories that are relevant in their every day, real lives. We’re always going to cover women and the work we think you will be interested in learning more about. We still want to have the sort of content that WE want to see… because we know it’s what you want to see, too.
If you know of any women with incredible stories who are creating, building, putting good out into the world and you want to interview them for Lydia or think that I should, please drop us a line on our Become A Contributor page