Hello, my fellow chill North Dakotans!
So, here’s the thing. I’ve been living in (Western) North Dakota for some time now, and there are things that I’ve noticed. First of all, North Dakota has alot of things going for it. It’s a pretty prosperous state and right now (at least the oil boom areas) are seeing a mesh of cultures that I believe is unprecedented in regards to this state’s history. I mean, I could win the license plate game in my town alone. That’s impressive. The rest of the country is starting to notice that North Dakota is more than that sparsely populated state right above Mt. Rushmore that gets alot of snow.
Also, North Dakota, believe it or not, has YOUNG PEOPLE living here. Yes, that’s right, I know you might not realize it but ND is not solely comprised of elderly cowboys and middle aged oil riggers (though obviously I’m not knocking either of those.) There are, in fact, young people a-plenty! Young people who like to DO THINGS, young people who like music, young people who like to go out. These kiddos, like me, are readers, writers, artists, students. They have interest in health, style, concerts, and film, but it seems to me that they (we) are more limited than other states in our opportunities to share these interests. Either there’s just not that much up here to do, or we’re just not aware of the network that we could have.
AND WHAT DO I HAVE TO SAY TO THAT? STUPID. If there are have 5000 blogs devoted to California-centric concerts, free music, where one can locate a pair of skinny jeans, hipster DIY, ETC (!!!) why not North Dakota? I realize to keep this blog going we might have to do some digging, but my intention is to bring our attention to the genuinely cool scene in this state. I want to blog about events, cool places, ND bands, shops, art, the ND film scene, and so on, with a light peppering of general coolness (mp3s, personal experience, randomness).
The goal of this blog isn’t to be pretentious— I use the terms “indie” and “hipster” with affection but with an awareness that those are LABELS and they may carry snobbery and narrow definitions along with them. But of course you don’t have to identify as either to like cool things, and you don’t have to reject labels in order to be a snob.
I am open to absolutely any suggestions as I formulate this blog. Hit me with your best shot, Indie ND!