Seven Year Anniversary of Beach Sloth
Every year I celebrate how far Beach Sloth has come. Seven years is easily the longest I have ever done anything. Usually I give up after a few. Reading through Beach Sloth feels akin to seeing how my relationships have evolved. From such mockery that began Beach Sloth as just another snarky blog to the heart that it currently possesses, I am unbelievably proud of all the people who helped me along the way.
If a single expression can summarize my opinion of what this blog represents, it would be the adage of “Support Each Other”. Whenever I see the opposite happening, I worry. My life, since adopting this mantra, has gotten a lot better. Even those who I worked with in a professional setting know this basically defines who I am. By supporting others, I engage in a process where I can see how far they will go in their careers.
Thankfully the number of writer friends, musicians, and others who have come up in the world. Many of the people who were first covered here in Beach Sloth now appear in the New York Times, in Vice Magazine, The Fader, The Guardian, and wherever else. Additionally I also feel happy with those who, though they may not be as active as before, have found joy with others, joy in their careers, etc. Whether or not a person continues to create vast quantities of art is irrelevant to me: my hope is that good people keep moving forward. Not everybody can create the same volume of work as they did before: it would be crazy if they did. I know that Beach Sloth, though it continues, it does not have the many many posts a day it once had (people said it was tricky to keep up).
2017 has been a challenging year for a lot of people. I have messaged people, kept in better touch with people, and also learned when I needed time for myself. This may be the year where I finally struck the right balance between how to support myself and how to support others. A lot of art has come out this year that has me so excited, and that makes me feel less alone. Perhaps that is what Beach Sloth is about: helping people realize that no matter what they do online artistically that there will always be somebody there to encourage them, to blog about it. That somebody is me.