Algorithms, representation in the blogosphere, and that time the kids had tea with Kelly Ripa. Also, thank you. ❤️
Ohhhh, do I feel so much of this. I’m so glad you’re sharing your writing with us. It’s a gift. A gift we should pay for because nice comments don’t pay the bills. 😘
I really enjoy reading your posts ❣️
Thank you for the gift of your time and thoughtful writing. As soon as I can, I will joyfully join as a paid subscriber! ❤️
Hi Jenna! I found this post through the explore page and feel like I'm back in one of my favorite 2010-era blogs. Thank you for your transparency and humor! I look forward to reading more :)
I didn’t know being a rock star was so easy:) I enjoy your posts very much, I’m happy you returned to blogging. 💙 Joined as a paid subscriber.
You’re so great! As someone who also began blogging forever ago and stopped, then recently restarted again, your words are so comforting.
Delighted to read your newsletters Jenna and love the drawings! (no pressure :-)) Very happy to be a paid subscriber. No panic if you don't get to write every week - it's always a pleasure to read your words no matter when. Take care and have a good week.
I loved your writing on your blog back in the day. I'm so glad you're writing again and happy to pay. I still make Mark's biscotti recipe for my family. I would pay if Mark did a Substack of recipes, tips/lessons on baking, learning about flavors & combinations, etc. He has a very relatable, calm presence and of course his professional baking experience, I think many people would be interested in.
I remember that comment. And I don't know what this says about me but I think of it from time to time, most recently, a few days ago. It's probably the meanest and cruelest comment I have ever seen and I remember being both open mouthed shocked and replying in anger at her bizarre perception. I wonder if she has grown from that moment. Personally I'm thrilled that you are writing again. You have a gift for it and you have a very real, relatable experience with life. As another Asian American, I do a little inner happy dance when I see Asians represented in media. During a discussion about representation mattering, I told a friend that the only Asian I grew up seeing in media was Connie Chung (all hail lol). Wowza.
I'm not sure what made me think of you the other day, but I looked you up on Instagram and was happy to hear that you were thriving living away from social media life. There are some bloggers from that time who've left that life behind. And that your kids are now in college! I remember following you back in 2010 when you did wrote and blogged more frequently.
And incidentally, I never got rid of my blog feeder (Google Reader RIP, it's now Feedly), so imagine my surprise when I found that you had started writing again in there because this was fed to me. (I did not know you could update your feeder from an old website to a new one?).
Consider me subscribed, I enjoyed your writing and am so happy to get to read it again. And also agree that algorithms suck; blogging was the real deal back then. There was so much space to explore, go deep or broad, or just wade in the shallow areas. Communities didn't feel icky, they felt real. I often wonder if this means the Internet as we know it has finally peaked.
Thanks for being open and honest. Do you find that you’re able to make a living off of this platform yet? And how many of those 500 subscribers are paid?