I won't bury the lede here; newsletters are probably blogs, or rather they’ve fallen victim to that thing the tech industry does where stuff that already exists is rebranded and put into an app.
Nonetheless, I'm Kendriana, and this is the Future Femme Text Newsletter. I'm a writer, but some consider me an influencer of sorts, not because I take glossy editorial-style photos and sell beautiful products to target consumer bases, but because I've posted a considerable amount of writing on social media over the years.
Much of it's now archived because—yikes. Everyone can relate to looking at their old social posts and saying, "What the fuck was I talking about?" right? (It's likely what I'll think when I return to this post a year from now and try to edit it into something more polished, so people won't realize I didn’t know what I was doing.)
I've been publishing on the internet for long and well enough that a few folks are interested in what I write and actually read it, for which I'm eternally grateful.
I've written professionally, I guess that makes me a reluctant writer-influencer moonlighting as a journalist, and this is my first official newsletter. I'm excited because it allows me to write about issues that are suppressed by algorithms and traditional media. It harkens back to my first experiences with blogging, a Xanga account during my angstiest of emo pre-teen years; I think it was a blog called "Morbid Outlook." I have to laugh.
Full-time journalists seem to be moving to social media and newsletters in droves, so are they now moonlighting as reluctant influencers?
I don't have all the answers, but with the Future Femme Text Newsletter, I plan to answer a lot of obscure questions, things we don't always know to ask, and responses that are rarely considered. Inquiries like: "Is lab-grown meat the future of the food industry, and why will you be eating it?" "Will asteroid mining flatten capitalist colonialism or forge the world's next imperial empire?" and "Who gets to go to Mars?" —but also polemic pop-culture bait—"Who exactly is 'Space Karen' and why is it Elon Musk?"
My most pressing question? "How can we create better user experiences on Earth now?"
I often think about the rush to colonize space, mostly a vanity project, but one that humanity is increasingly looking toward as a viable solution if the planet becomes inhabitable. I want to challenge that idea through writing about stratification, disposability, autonomous personhood, and how we can better protect the Earth, including all the living things it sustains.
Do I want to go to space? Absolutely, but Earth is made for us, and it's home to abundant life and beauty, so let's not fuck it up forever—especially since Mars isn't ready yet. Let's talk about who and what is accountable for its devastation, the brilliant solutions developed to alleviate those problems, and all the futurist glory across the universe.