Letter from an Editor: Kieran
A few months ago some close friends and I became preoccupied with an idea. It emerged from a dissatisfaction with the scope of localized media outlets, a desire to create a medium which might encourage constructive discussion, and showcase creativity.
This concept took no solid form, however many winter nights were spent huddled around a wood stove composing the framework for an Atlantic-Canadian centered network, a network of people, and their stories. When we reached out to some friends and the response was positive, we reached beyond our immediate crowd to look for ideas, criticisms, and most importantly, help.
The project eventually found a name, Secret East. It’s something to reflect what makes living in Atlantic Canada exceptional, yet entirely frustrating. That is, you and I are connected to something which is culturally significant, but which is tied to a niche group of individuals. It would be a mistake to say that three people could simply create a network to present all the best kept secrets of Atlantic Canada, but we would like to get the wheels turning.
So, after having been named, events spiralled more and more out of control, to the point where I find myself now, in this very moment, sitting in a half completed office space with Jesse Burns and Kris Hamlyn. Each of us is juggling renovations, writing, and coordinating content. Our idea is becoming tangible, it is inching towards reality. I am excited. I am terrified.
My hope is that this project will be atypical, as it will not be an editor telling you what is cool — because honestly, I do not know. It will not be complacent, it will not pull punches, or pander to any pre-existing notion of Atlantic Canadiana. This will be a concerted effort. In a time of new media there is less space for passive audiences, and more demand for a dialogue, for active engagement.
For me, this is an opportunity to learn something I didn’t know about the place I live, and to share it. I am hesitant to call this project a blog, as I am hesitant at this point to place many parameters on it. I will say that it should prove to be organic, and take whatever form is best suited to receive and relay information of substance. So please engage with us, we are very excited to hear from you.
Kieran – @imbah709