about

So, first things first. My legal name is not Tasha Fierce. I have a different last name. But it’s my name, now. I’ve been writing under this pseudonym for the past seven years, and it just fits, anyway. It’s not my daddy’s name, not my (ex) husband’s name. My name. And when I finish school, I’m totally getting it legally changed to Tasha Fierce.

But anyway. Hi there. My name is Tasha Fierce. Welcome to Garden Variety Revolution.

Before I tell you what this site is ultimately about, like the page title promises, let me give you a bit of backstory on yours truly. I’ve been writing since I was actually 2 years old and there’s been writing of mine on the Internet since 1997. I even get paid! I’ve been published in books and magazines and people have talked about me on the radio and I’ve been cited in academic papers! Shit is wild, yo. Excuse my French. But anyway, despite my long time BFF status with the written word, over the last few years, I felt myself drift away from writing. I don’t write longhand because I habitually hold my hand funny and it cramps, and I stopped writing online because I felt like what I wanted to write about was off-brand. You know, writers and blogs are supposed to have a brand, and your writing serves to sell that brand, right? Despite being old enough to know better, I guess I kind of surrendered to the whole technoconsumerist takeover of the blog (née online journal). And so because I didn’t feel the same writerly passion for topics that were on-brand, I just didn’t write at all.

I would still read other things online, and I’m a full-time sociology student, so I got to write about plenty of social justice issues in an academic context. But there are a lot of things I want to talk about that I don’t get to in school. There’s been a lot of things I want to talk about that I don’t get to anywhere, really, but I haven’t written regularly since probably 2012. I made a lot of changes in my life over the last ~5 years, but my “brand” never really updated to reflect that, so I never really bothered to talk about it. I digress, though; I don’t want this to devolve into a rant about how much I hate branding and how inhibiting I find it. This is an “about” page, for god’s sake.

Anyway, as a result of the self-reflection required to mount a successful effort to withdraw completely from psych meds, combined with my relative isolation from social media for the past few years, I managed to learn a lot about the importance of nature and nourishment in my life, and I’ve become enamored with the dream of applying what I learned to improve others’ lives. Combining my experience with observations and research, I formulated a lot of working hypotheses on the direction I think society needs to take in order for humanity and the biosphere to thrive. I decided to start applying those hypotheses to my own actions, so I started a container garden on my little patio. That led to me annexing the neighbors’ south-facing deck for more containers growing food. Gardens need compost, so I started a compost pile. I started making yogurt, which led to water kefir, which led to kombucha. You get the picture. None of this is revolutionary necessarily, in that there are millions of people who do the same stuff, and I don’t claim that I’ve come up with any ideas that are unique, honestly. My ideas are definitely a synthesis of a bunch of other people’s ideas. That’s one reason why I decided to major in sociology, because I want to learn what strategies would be most effective for building a sustainable society. But I won’t be done with all of my schooling for at least 5 more years, so for now, this blog is intended to be both a venue for self-expression and an offering to humanity, so to speak. I decided to forget about branding and marketing and using social media productively and just write about what’s important to me. That ranges from urban homesteading to food justice to combating state-sponsored violence against Black people. If anything I can share with the Internet helps someone out there, or makes you think about something in a different and more productive way, it’s good.

And so we’ve kind of arrived, in a roundabout way, at what this blog is about. I wasn’t sure I’d get there. But yeah, this blog is about sharing knowledge, building community (virtually), discussing complex issues facing society, and having fun doing it. Basically.

Sidenote: This blog has been through several iterations prior to assuming its current form. It started out as Red Vinyl Shoes, then became Sex and the Fat Girl before it transformed into Tastefully Ratchet. There are articles here from 7 years ago when I was a 29 year old wannabe fashionista who thought she wanted to focus on plus-size fashion blogging, and pretty much all of the writing on sex and dating and fat was penned in the period after I separated from my ex and I was trying to date again (after almost 10 years of marriage). Suffice it to say that some of my views on that stuff may have changed somewhat, so be aware. At some point I’d like to review and provide some kind of update to my views on that ish, but we’ll see.

I also have to say that my views on most issues in general are constantly evolving, and I’m always open to new ideas and feedback from those who have different lived experiences than me. I find the idea that you have to be unfailingly confident in your correctness when you write about a topic to be distasteful, so I endeavor to admit when I’m wrong about something if it turns out that way. Never be afraid to be wrong, for real. /PSA

That’s all I have to say about this blog, for now. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you learn something for your trouble.

Peace,