Well, derbyland, it’s been a while. Probably it’s been so long that you stopped even wondering what happened to me. That’s cool. I’ve been busy, too. What you are looking at right now is the archive for the website formerly known as Live Derby Girls. There’s nothing new here. But there will be.
I started Live Derby Girls back in 2009, when I looked like that picture up there and minor penalties were a thing. I chronicled my adventures through the world of roller derby and a lot of talented derby writers joined me. It was rad. Live Derby Girls was, I think, the smartest and most personal derby site out there. I reposted all of our old articles so that you can check them out for yourself.
If you do, you’ll learn a little about the evolution of roller derby over the past few years and a lot about the evolution of the women that play roller derby. These are not people who create “content” about roller derby. These are women who write about the sport with vulnerability, passion, and attitude for days. Putting the site back together made me feel enormously proud of what the LDG writers accomplished, and made me really excited to see who comes back to play and what they’ll say next.
So, then, what happened, exactly? Why’d LDG disappear? Good question. If you look back at my last few posts, from November 2011, you’ll read about my increasing frustration with my league. I was getting burned out. I wasn’t really having fun anymore. But I was still going to keep on rolling. Or so I thought.
On November 21, 2011, two days after my last post for LDG, I was in a scooter accident. It was a total freak thing. My helmet came off, so my face took the force of the impact. I broke my eye socket, my cheekbone, and my arm in two places. I tore the dura covering of my spinal column. I had a bad concussion. I was pretty messed up.
I didn’t have any health insurance, I missed a lot of work, and I had a lot of bills. I obviously couldn’t play roller derby, and I didn’t have the energy to write about it either. I couldn’t even really afford to keep the site up. So Live Derby Girls fell sadly by the wayside. Someone else bought the old domain name (and hasn’t done jack shit with it).
Gradually, with a lot of help from my derby and yoga communities, I rehabbed (But never paid off those hospital bills. Oops.). I moved to New Orleans. I started skating again, first with the Crescent City Derby Devils and now as a fresh meat skater with the Big Easy Roller Girls. (That’s right, I’m fresh meat.) I pressed restart. And I’m ready to take the mic back. Who’s with me?
I’m going to start out by posting a few “Best Of” articles to feature the work of some of LDG’s bestest contributors. There are so many of them and they’re so good that they’ll keep us all busy for weeks. And then, who knows? LDG is pressing restart, too.