never in a million years did i think that a space that, more often than not, feels more like a personal journal rather than a public website would get so much attention for NOT updating. after about a month of not posting on beyond the stoop i began to get personal messages asking where i was, strangers asking if everything was ok with me, my parents asking why i’m not writing anymore, that random friend from high school who read but never commented speaking up wondering why they can’t find my new posts.
let me just say you all make a girl feel good with all the love! beyond the stoop was an amazing creative outlet for me in a life of straight and narrow. i stopped writing because my “real” life picked me up on a rollercoaster ride that dropped me off right back where i belong. right here, writing, sharing, learning, challenging myself in a way that my “real” career can’t.
the nearly year-long hiatus led me to think about where beyond the stoop was going, what i want it to be in the future, and how i can incorporate new exciting things into a space that was already well-developed into it’s own niche. when i thought about resurrecting it with a new “hey i’m back!” post, i remembered that one episode of friends season 5 that i missed and snuggled up on the sofa for the rest of the night. i felt something was missing, but writing on beyond the stoop just was not it anymore, especially after the long stressful days of work at my real job.
all of the above led the phan house. it’s brand new. it’s not perfect. it’s going to be changing often while i educate myself on the world of wordpress and internet stuff…. and it’s going to be a rollercoaster. but it’s going to be a good ride this time.
welcome to the phan house!