Xicana Platform

Friday, March 06, 2015

So this post will be a little more personal. I'm upset because I had ideas on what I would talk about, but now I've forgotten them all! 

Okay so anyways about like what I've been wanting to do. To start off I am the most inconsistent person alive. I say I want to do a thing, get the supplies or equipment for said thing. I do it once and never do it again. It is honestly so frustrating, probably not only for me but for my friends as well because they have to hear it! The latest one is embroidering. I bought all these supplies because I feel its something that interests me and I think it's so super cute. Well I did one as a gift and I DECIDED I wanted to improve and start selling them or get a little Etsy shop. NOPE hasn't happened, haven't picked up that needle since December. I slick blame it on going to Europe and throwing me off track, but I know that's not the real case. But like I think about it once a week and I KNOW I really want to do it. Do you know how frustrating it is to be your own cause of failure.  . .  I wish someone was holding me back so there would be at least a valid reason. (I'm going to be limiting my free internet time to like only 10 hours a day LOL so maybe I can get something productive done!!)

So why I'm saying this long back story is because I had ANOTHER idea of what I want to do. Okay. hear me out. So I have like this obsession with like media communication through the internet. (sometimes I wonder if journalism would've been better for me but I don't think so. . . ) And since I was like in high school I've always wanted a blog (cough cough), vlog, like everything. But I don't have a very good idea of like WHAT. This blog has always been a personal type thing, but I feel I want to present something to the community. A couple weeks ago I suggested to two of my girlfriends to make a vlog on YouTube where we just chat about topics and such. And then I thought why don't I do a podcast of some sort blah blah. I like the idea of a podcast, but I feel it's a harder medium for people to have access to. YouTube and this type of blog link is so much easier. Okay so here's my idea. I want to make a Xicana magazine or newsletter. . . .. Maybe like a four page baby magazine of some sort. There's a lot that would go into that and I surely couldn't do it on my own. I feel that there isn't enough xicana representation in all kinds of industries. I think it'd be wonderful to have somewhere where especially young xicanas can get inspired or see themselves in positive light and make them proud of who they are, what they look like, and where they come from. It'd be a sort of lifestyle mag with some academics thrown in there. Just to further educate about their history and the struggles of their community. I just think it's really important and I am sure there are many sources for that, but it doesn't hurt to have one. Like I said before I couldn't do it on my own, but I just feel like I don't want to tell anyone because It's always embarrassing when I don't go through with what I say and such. I'm kinda like the boy who cried wolf and I don't expect my friends to take me seriously. Of course I already have some name ideas ;) but it's so much harder than it looks. Like how do I get proper pictures, distribution medium and such. Also I can't think of topics I would talk about and such, I'm not a great writer but of course I wouldn't be the only writing. I'd really like for other 20somethings to be involved. I really like to target high school, but of course every xicana needs encouragement.

Another problem with this, is that IIIII need to involve myself into the community, especially with immigration situation. It is very easy for me to involve myself in other people's struggle because I don't have a direct relationship with that and the heaviness isn't on me if that makes sense. Like it's not my direct responsibility as a member of that community. I am aware that I need to further educate myself to properly strand my ground and involve myself in the issues within the Latinx community. I really do believe that is one of my greatest weakness and shame. I cannot do the above without immersing myself and being not only verbally involved, but physically active. Honest honest, it something I really want to work on, it's not only something I seek knowledge of, but I need it to legitimize my contribution and I don't think that's a bad thing. Sometimes I feel that I am very distant from the REAL struggles. But I need to go to the middle of it, take action, and use the privileges I hold to protect my community.

I really wanna do this, but I am scared I will lose interest and motivation or it won't be good enough. 


ps. another problem is that within the xicanx movement there would be some contradictions as to what would be posted. Well I wouldn't exactly say that, but some people may take it as that. My faith is an important part of ME and it's something that I wouldn't leave behind so it would be very hard to make it come together and something that takes a lot of thinking.

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