I’m patting myself on the back for a moment: All The Referee of the Year Candidates Are Men and You Should Be Pissed About It broke Face Beat It‘s record for hits in one day, clocking in at just a hair under one thousand page views.

Okay, enough of that. As happy as I am to stir up the conversation about women in quidditch, that’s not enough. My feminism isn’t shit if it’s not intersectional. I’m a white, cisgender, straight woman who voted for Hillary, a stereotype of White Feminism if there ever was one.

But I want to be better than that. I want to keep shining a light on what it’s like to be a minority in this sport. I want to keep this conversation going.

I can’t write about what it’s like to be LGBTQA+ or a person of color in quidditch by myself, but I want to. My experience as a woman is far from the only perspective that needs to be shared.

So if you’d like to share your experience, I’d like to provide a platform for you. Feel free to message me, leave a comment here, or email me: elizabeth@barcelosknows.com

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As this blog is ever in a state of me experimenting with it, I’m trying something this month to keep me a little more accountable. Every Sunday for the rest of the month, I’ll be posting a preview of the week’s blog posts. I’m shooting for a leisurely Tuesday/Friday posting schedule for January, so let’s see how it all works out.

Quidditch? On this blog? Groundbreaking.

This week is quidditch themed. (Surprise, surprise.) Tuesday will kick off my 2017 Year in Review series. I’ll be reflecting on last year’s ups and downs (but mostly ups, I swear!) in my favorite nerd sport.

On Friday, I’ll be writing about competition but comparing quidditch to one of my other favorite things: the Great British Bakeoff.

Miscellaneous shameless plugs

If you liked my first Beauty Box Battle, my January subscriptions should be in by Friday. That means I’ll have an update ready for next week!

My friend/teammate/fellow opinionated person Ra Hopkins just started their own blog! It’s called Cupcake Does Things. If you enjoy my attempts not to write about quidditch all the time because I totally have other interests, really!, then you should check it out. Their new year’s resolutions are far more ambitious than mine but I can’t wait to see their progress.

Shoutout to my Instagram boyfriend Jimmy for taking the cover photo for this post after brunch this morning. There’s no connection to this week’s content; I just really like that mural and my outfit today.

Oh, and follow my blog with Bloglovin if you’re into that sort of thing.

Sass + 1: Women in Quidditch

I spent some time with one of my favorite YouTubers, Sequoia Simone, before US Quidditch Cup 10. Between us, we have over a decade of quidditch experience and we’ve held every organizing and officiating role in the sport. We had a great talk about what it’s like being a woman in the positions we’ve held in quidditch and how that’s impacted our view on the sport and society as a whole. While it’s definitely not the definitive conversation on the topic, I hope it sparks more discussion on the subject.

Tangentially related: Frozen bedroom we spent the week in was hella adorable.

Shameless Self-Promotion: Joomag Design Academy

Sometimes I get asked why I write this blog, but that’s another post for another day. The tl;dr version is that I want my writing out in the world where people can find it. I want to make a living as a writer and that doesn’t happen by firing up WordPress when the muse strikes and calling it a day. I write 3-4 posts a week, I research topics and think up new content ideas, I have an editorial calendar, I share my posts on social media, and I try to find other places to share my work. In other words, I treat it like a part-time job.

I learned a lot of this from my internship at Realtor.com, and between that experience and the work I put into my own website, I landed the full-time, salary/benefits/all the bells and whistles writing job I have now. After two months here, I’m stoked to announce that we’re (finally) launching the Joomag Design Academy blog!

I worked on magazines a lot in college, so I’m stoked to bring that experience to my work. Joomag is a digital publishing company and our platform makes it easy for anyone to create their own digital magazines, ebooks, catalogs, etc. But just because you have the means to design something doesn’t mean you know where to start. My vision for the blog was to create a place where you could learn the basics of magazine design and grow from there. It’s been so rewarding to go from having that pitch accepted to actually making it happen.

Eventually, we want to grow to the point where we have other writers and designers contributing to the blog. But for now, I’m just sitting here pinching myself.

#BarcelosClothes: My First Stitch Fix

Back when I was figuring what to call my blog, I eventually landed on Barcelos Knows for two reasons: I love a good slant rhyme and I’m known for being an insufferable know-it-all. While writing what you know is one of the oldest pieces of writing advice, I don’t know everything.

But you know what? There’s nothing stopping me (or anyone else, really) from writing about what I don’t know. In that spirit, I’m starting a new series on my blog: Barcelos Doesn’t Know. I’m pretty clueless about some things but I want to change that, one blog post at a time.

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