On April 2, 2012, a 23-year-old editorial assistant sat down at her brand-new MacBook and wrote her first post on a hot pink blog about why she was proud to be a nerd. She had no idea who that post would reach, what post would come after it, or how long she would keep that blog running. All she knew was that she needed to write analytically and enthusiastically about things she loved, and this seemed like the best plan.
Five years later, a 28-year-old associate editorial director sat down at her slowly dying MacBook and started writing her 733 post on a hot pink blog about why she’s still proud to be a nerd.
So much has changed in the last five years—both at NGN and in my life—but some things will never change. I will always believe that there’s no more fulfilling life than the life of a nerdy girl. I will always be thankful for every comment, like, and view this website gets. And I will always find joy in writing analytically and enthusiastically about the things I love.
Every year since NGN was created has been a new adventure, filled with challenges, changes, and lessons to learn—and this year held more challenges, changes, and lessons than any other. A new position at work pushed me professionally in ways I never imagined I would be pushed so early in my career, and that’s led to some changes here at NGN in terms of how much and how often I post. Such a major life change called for me to reevaluate my relationship with what I do here at NGN, and recently, I’ve been reminded that this website and the kind of writing I do here bring me more happiness and fulfillment than almost anything else in my life.
It’s good to work hard, but it’s also good to make time for what makes you happy. And even after five years, running this website still makes me happy. Writing posts, interacting with the NGN Family, and reading all of your comments (I may not always reply, but know that I still read and appreciate every single one.) has been a way for me to connect with the best version of myself at a time when it could have been easy for me to lose the voice I started to find on April 2, 2012.
Five years ago, I never would have imagined all the ways this website would help me through the ups and downs of my 20s. It’s helped me define myself on my own terms instead of looking to others to tell me who I am. It’s given me a stronger sense of self-confidence, the courage to be more vulnerable as a writer and as a person, and more friends than I ever thought possible. In the last five years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many members of the NGN Family in person and watching so many of you form friendships with each other through this website, which has become my proudest achievement as a blog runner. Facilitating friendships wasn’t a goal I had back in 2012, but it’s been the coolest thing about running this website.
I’ve learned in the last five years is that a website is about so much more than its color scheme, the number of posts on it, or even the content posted. It’s about the community that forms around it. The reason NGN has lasted as long as it has is because it’s not just about me anymore. It’s about all the intelligent, incredible commenters who share their thoughts and feelings with each other, especially those of you who’ve kept up the dialogue and have welcomed new friends even when I’ve been too bogged down with work to comment myself. It’s about the enthusiastic people who share links to NGN and share their love for this site on social media. And it’s about the supportive, kind, warm family that’s developed here over the last five years. You know who you are, and I hope you know that your love, encouragement, and generosity have served as beacons of light exactly when I needed them most over the last five years.
Thank you for making NGN so much more than I ever dreamed it could be back in 2012. Thank you for sticking with me and with NGN through changes in content, posting schedules, and the media I choose to focus on. With such a strong and supportive community behind me, I feel energized and excited by the prospect of what the future holds for this nerdy girl and her hot pink website.