My oh my we have made it to the one year anniversary of The Grayscale. This time last year I was anxiously waiting to hit the “public” button on our WordPress site at midnight to officially send TGS into the world.
Throughout the past year TGS has grown in so many different areas including content, writing style, post schedule, and emotion to name a few. We’ve written about Gina Rodriguez, balance, tampons, Byron Bay, self-care, Citizenship Day, the pill, Glossier, F45 Training, the election, The Bachelorette, baked brie, our soundtrack, International Women’s Day, not saying sorry, NYFW and feeling myself along with hundreds of others. I’ve said it a million times but I will say it again, I am so proud of our team and the content we create for the site. They are witty, hilarious, creative and insanely intelligent individuals that bring their own voice to each piece we publish.
Millennials are a tough generation to peg down. From time to time we’ll hear from older generations that we’re not patient enough! We don’t listen! We’re lazy and too ambitious at the same time! Millennials are both praised and shamed for wanting it all. We are smirked at or whispered about for wanting to start businesses, blogs or shops with limited funding and resources.
Yes, from time to time we are all of those things. But who said they were strictly in the “bad” category?
We are scrappy, passionate and driven to a near fault. Since we grew up with the internet, we had every resource at our fingertips. With the ability to Google everything and teach ourselves, why shouldn’t we believe that anything is possible? Because of this, we also crash and burn much more publicly than any generation that came before us. All of our failures and missteps are one tiny click away and there isn’t much we can do to stop it other than recognize it, own up to it and move forward.
We are loud, disruptive and annoying with how persistent we can be. But we are also empathetic, open minded and what I think is the most honest generation. Yes a lot of us end up posting our hundreds of thoughts on the internet, but for every hundred worthless captions on an Instagram photo or Facebook status, there will be one that connects two people together and lets them know they are not alone.
On a selfish note, TGS has provided me a lifeline to hold onto in this past year. Being able to read, write and edit has provided me with a creative outlet that has helped to broaden not only my own skill set, but also the way I see and interact with others both in real life and on the internet.
Thank you for being here and hanging out with us while we navigate this experiment. We can’t wait to keep reading, writing, growing and sharing with you for another year.