Now Let Me Ink That Page: The Next Chapter

The InkSpot Logo (Designed by Cacha` Lopez) The InkSpot Logo (Designed by Cacha` Lopez)
The InkSpot Logo (Designed by Cacha` Lopez) The InkSpot Logo (Designed by Cacha` Lopez)

Dear Pennies & Pens,

The last few weeks have been pretty blah for me personally. I’ve been feeling kind of drained. To top it off, I don’t know what my next step is. I want to write the next chapter but I can’t seem to find any ink for my pen.

Oddly enough, I know exactly where I want to take The InkSpot & ​8515 as far as growing both businesses. But when it comes to my personal brand, LoudPen and my online magazine, de la Pen…All Pen Everything…I’m just not sure.

The InkSpot Logo

The InkSpot Logo (Designed by Cacha` Lopez)

8515 logo (Designed by Cacha` Lopez)

8515 logo (Designed by Cacha` Lopez)

As much as I’ve enjoyed having this online magazine for the past six years, it’s not delivering any groundbreaking news nor are we discussing serious issues like women’s rights, #blacklivesmatter, politics, religion, etc. I suppose it’s okay but some of the above mentioned topics are things that I’m seriously passionate about. So why isn’t the site that I pay hosting for and create all the content for, a reflection of that?

I started blogging because a friend suggested it to me “as a way to get my writing out there”. The key word in that sentence is writing. Because that’s what I do. Anyone who knows me knows that I love to write. It is my therapy. My pen heals me in a way that no one or nothing else can.

#MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger. Inked by: LoudPen Photo Credit: Megan Weaver

#MakeUrPenLOUD: How To Be A Lifestyle Blogger. Inked by: LoudPen Photo Credit: Megan Weaver

But over the past 8 years, that fact has gotten lost in the sauce. That’s definitely my fault and I accept full responsibility. I co-founded 8515 (formerly The Network) with my business partner Cacha` in 2010 and The InkSpot in 2014 so with two businesses to manage (plus full time jobs), I’ve had no time or energy for creative writing. And lately, that’s been driving me crazy!

I used to write poems, short stories, screenplays, I even started a couple of novels. But none of them have ever been published. That’s pretty jacked up seeing as how I have the platform to release those works aka a production company that publishes books. So there really is no excuse.

LoudPen in Pen.Style: #MakeUrPenLOUD (Photo credit: Megan Weaver; Styling by LoudPen)

LoudPen in Pen.Style: #MakeUrPenLOUD (Photo credit: Megan Weaver; Styling by LoudPen)

I just want to write. And I only want to give it to you, Pennies & Pens. So from here I on, I’m creating everything for myself and for you. Whatever my next chapter is, I promise we’ll write it together.

And there it is. de la Pen…All Pen Everything. With us, keeping it real never goes wrong.

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LoudPen is CEO of ISLP and Co-Founder of 8515. Over the past 8 years, LoudPen has gained extensive experience in lifestyle blogging, writing, editing, production, publishing, marketing, public relations, creative direction, styling, brand management, and event planning. Originally from Cincinnati, OH, LoudPen is based in Dallas, Texas.