When I started She Said I remember exactly where I was.
At the time, I was working for a company that managed different suburbs in Johannesburg. While they were pretty good at managing Joburg’s inner city, they were not however very good at managing their staff. So, one lazy afternoon with not much to do I decided to start a new blog called She Said.
I sat, dodging the glares of my manager, scratching down names of what I could call my blog, eventually resorting to Googling song names for ideas. She Said She Said, one of The Beatles lesser known songs, popped up and through a process of elimination it became the name of what would turn out to be a life-altering journey.
So suddenly, I really do mean suddenly, I had my WordPress site up and running. Within the hour I’d written this very informative 30-word post . I’ve never been a bad writer, but you wouldn’t have caught me hanging out with Dickens playing Scrabble, so I had that at least, but at the time, I couldn’t take a photograph to save my life. If I was the last hope of the human race and all I had to do was take a focused photograph you would all be toast. Crispy,burnt toast!
Like any journey however I got better at things, I learnt about Facebook, what not to say on Twitter and how not to ruin a perfectly good out of focus photograph by using three Instagram filters and a nice thick black border.
I made friends, I made best friends and met complete strangers who influenced me with their passing words, some wise and some not so wise. I learnt how to look at the camera without pulling a stupid face or feeling like a complete knob, and I got comfortable with the fact that my mom will always be my biggest fan no matter who reads my blog.
I got to see and explore more of my city than I could have ever hoped, and I got to do and experience things that some people won’t ever experience in their lifetime.
Somehow through a series of fortunate events, late nights and hard work I ended up with She Said as my companion and extension of myself, and like anyone or anything chances are there comes a time when your favourite pair of jeans need to be retired. There’s nothing wrong with them of course, they have great memories, and they still fit, but they’re not quite as snug or as comfortable as they once were.
She Said’s new look and website is exactly that, my new pair of jeans. Over the past four or so months I’ve been working on updating my website, my entire look and feel and deciding exactly what path I would like She Said to take. It’s been an incredibly rewarding and challenging process. Chances are even if you’re one of my close friends this may come as a surprise to you, I haven’t told very many people just because it’s been such an incredibly personal experience…there’s also nothing quite as exciting as a surprise! So SURPRISE! I’m still me, I’m just a little more grown up and I hope you’re ready to carry on my journey with me.
She Said is going to be around for years to come, as am I. It’s going to be fun, creative, tasty and personal and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.
Special thanks to:
Tanya and Dan, the masterminds behind the cutest logo in the entire world. Thanks for helping me with this journey and forcing me to answer some pretty interesting questions about myself and She Said.
Nicole, my number one homie and catalyst to just about everything that I am today, you’ve encouraged me a so much over the years, and I can’t wait to see how you change the world around you.
Dylan aka Dilly Dally, who sat with me and tried to make sense of my random website requests when I wasn’t too sure exactly what I was talking about.
Dani, the calmest and coolest head in all the land, thanks so much for helping me with my writers block and the countless Snapchat video chats. You’re amazing at what you do, and I’m lucky to call you my friend.
Gareth, Mr Pizzle! You’ve been there for me more than you realise. From late night photo editing classes in Mozambique to assuring me countless times that I’m not a complete failure, I can’t wait to learn even more from you.
Mom and Dad, and of course the rest of my family. You guys have always been supportive of what I do and you make me feel like I’m doing something important. Love all of you so much.
Each and every one of you, She Said probably wouldn’t be as exciting or got where it has if you didn’t read my posts and take time out of your day to reach out and interact with me. I don’t know who all of you are but just know that if I did, I would hug the crap out of you!
Finally Craig, my Chazzels. My husband, singing partner and best friend. You haven’t faltered, even when I’ve locked myself in the study and shouted at you for no reason at all. You were the first person I told about my plans and supported me even when it meant burning the sweet potato to fix my screen so I could work on this post.
Okay, I’m crying now!
Let me know what you think of the site, the style or anything at all. I would love to chat to you!