I can’t believe honeythatsok turns 4 years old this month. These four years have been some of the most challenging of my life, personally, and I have been glad to have had an outlet for my thoughts, frustrations, and the occasional happy moment. Some of you have been with me since the beginning. It was a comfort to know that I could write down my feelings, send them into cyber space, and have them be understood by someone. honeythatsok was about me, growing as a writer.
Now that I am grown, I am feeling the need to look outwards. The need to contribute, to be of use. Like many of you, I feel a storm brewing, and I feel like my particular skill-set could prove helpful. After four years of uncertainty I am finding my footing.
The mission of honeythatsok has always been to examine the world. Using ecological sustainability as a lens to question the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. It’s a big mission and I am only one person so my insight will be limited and flawed sometimes. It won’t appeal to everyone, or even most people. But I think that’s kind of the point. To allow ourselves to be different while accepting certain universal truths about the health of this planet. Now, if only we could agree on those.
Up until now, honeythatsok has been about me. I didn’t write very frequently because I felt each article had to surpass the previous in depth and scope. It became an impossible expectation. I look at the world around me and I think what is needed right now is simple, clear, engaging content about sustainability. That will not come from me writing flowery personal essays once a month. The world, the wires, the very air around us is buzzing with information. So. Much. Information. What is needed right now is media literacy. We need interpreters and we need to teach others how to consume information.
And I think honeythatsok was born for that task.
My goal for 2017 is to transform honeythatsok into a database for applied sustainability thinking and curating real news updates. News with no tabloid shock value, grounded in history, that may actually affect the future. I will aspire to post weekly updates with news that may live beyond the next Facebook trending headline.
But it’s silly to think I might accomplish this alone, so that’s why I will be opening honeythatsok for submissions for stories or essays, written by you, that you find important and relative to honeythatsok’s mission statement.
If you would like to be featured, please email me at joey @ honeythatsok.com
And don’t worry, I will still be posting personal essays from time to time – it is my lifeline and how I make sense of things – but I think this blog can be more than just that. It could be a community.
I feel strangely optimistic for 2017. Among all the despair and outrageousness, I can feel the battle lines being drawn. The people who want to live modestly in truth and love in one corner, and the people who want to profit from keeping others from living freely in the other. There are way more people in the first. But we need information. We need truth in reporting. Truth unedited by governments, global corporations and advertisement. That’s the real “fake” news because they answer to no higher power than money. Before we can chart a new path we have to understand why the old one isn’t working.
I hope you will join me. I hope you will find this space useful. I hope you will share your story, in any space, because we need your experience and insight. We make the old story obsolete by creating a new one.
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