My name is ML Shade and I am trying, once again, to start a blog. You know what they say, 5th time’s the charm!

Before you ask, yes ML Shade is a pen name, but as it’s an amalgamation of my grandmothers’ and great-grandmother’s names, it’s also a meaningful one. Mostly I have it because I’m a high school English teacher. I’m not ashamed of anything I write or post, and none of it is inappropriate, but I just want one tiny slice of my life to be private and not immediately accessible to my students and their parents.

In the past I went on an odyssey into the depths of the internet, trying to figure out how to write a blog and how to make it successful. I always saw the same advice: know your niche, use SEO, create relevant content, identify your target audience, blah blah blah. And I tried that. I really did. It just never felt right or fun, so eventually those blogs died and were deleted.

And then I had a realization: I’m not trying to make any money off this.

Literally all I want to do is talk to cool people about cool stuff.

So that’s what I’m going to do. I think my overarching idea is something about creative writing and maybe at some point, if I manage to stop sitting in my hands, I’ll get a book published and I’ll be able to talk about that. But for now, I’m just going to talk about cool stuff and hopefully meet some cool people.

Thanks for stopping by!