Jasmine Reed The Author: Where did you get the name “The Dry Ginger”?
The Dry Ginger: When I first started on Instagram I had no idea what I was doing, or what I wanted out of it. I had been sober for 3 weeks and was just narcissistic enough to think that people might want to hear what I had to say, what I was going through, and sharing my story.
I decided that Instagram would be the best outlet for me. Facebook was off the table because I still wasn’t public with people in my real life on what I was currently going through, and I didn’t necessarily understand Twitter. Instagram provided an outlet that I desperately needed. I started the page as @thesoberstruggleisreal. I focused mainly on text posts, but it was always original content.
I would write my emotions, find a funny relatable twist, and post it up for the world to see. It didn’t take long before I started gaining real traction within the sober community on IG. After I realized the ability I had, the following I was gaining, and the impact I had on people’s lives I really wanted to reach a broader demographic. It was at that time that I changed my Instagram handle to @thedryginger.
I wanted to allude to my sobriety, but I didn’t want to alienate other people who may be suffering with things like anxiety and depression, but may not necessarily be living a sober lifestyle. The “dry” part of the name had a double meaning, dry as in sober, but also dry as in the type of humor they would find on my page. The “ginger” part was easy, I am in fact a redhead and it made it personal to me.
I always wanted people to know that I was a real person, and that my memes were real, so when they related to them, it wasn’t a nameless, faceless person they were relating too, but a real person going through the same struggles as them. When I started the page, I had no idea what I wanted it to be, and had absolutely no clue that it would grow the way it did.
Jasmine Reed The Author: What motivates you?
The Dry Ginger: When I first started the page, the answer was much simpler: to keep myself busy, to get thoughts out of my head, and to share what I was going through with anyone who would listen, in an attempt to not feel so alone. As the page has developed and grown the motivations have changed. When I realized I had a real gift, and people started reaching out to say thank you for the posts, I realized that my one goal was to help break the stigmas around addiction and mental health.
If I could help one person realize they weren’t alone then I was doing what I was supposed to be doing. I put all of my raw emotions on the internet so people who are struggling know they aren’t alone, people who may not understand may gain some understanding, and to let the world know that mental health issues, including addiction, can strike anyone.
Jasmine Reed The Author: How do you decide which memes to share?
The Dry Ginger: Almost the entirety of my page is original content, which means, they are my own captions I have developed. About 4 months ago I began using myself as the picture in half of my memes. I wanted to own one hundred percent of my jokes, as opposed to just the caption. Those have become my favorite memes to share, they are also the scariest since it is myself in the photos.
Creating original content is a daunting task, there are days, weeks even, where it seems like the writer’s block will never end. I decide to share whatever memes I feel people can relate to the most. I also pride myself on making more complicated style memes, I try to star away from the “when you” memes as much as possible. Finding different and unique ways of conveying my emotions.
Not every meme is going to be a banger, that comes with the territory, but if it made me chuckle, or if I feel strongly in it, I will leave them up on the page regardless of how engagement was. I’m a strong believer that the only person I am allowed to make fun of is myself, I never want to be a bully online, my memes are incredibly self-deprecating, but that is what allows others to relate to them, and be able to tag their friends, and share even for a moment, their own struggles, even if it is in a superficial way.
Jasmine Reed The Author: Can you recommend any meme pages?
The Dry Ginger: I have a very distinctive style on my page, but as I dive deeper into the meme world, I fall in love with new pages every day. I’m very much desensitized to generic memes, so I enjoy pages that make me think, feel slightly uncomfortable, or have a real knack for straight comedy.
I’m also a huge advocate for supporting pages that create their own content, anyone can find funny memes on the internet and repost, but it takes a special person to be able to create funny meme after funny meme from scratch. My favorite pages include (but are not at all limited too) @TheWIttyIdiot, @Dizzle_Saint_James, @Adam.The.Creator, @Thedailylit, @Coolcontent.live, @Tatum.Strangely, and @Douggiehouse. All of these pages have their own unique style, their own brand of humor, and are all original content creators.
Jasmine Reed The Author: What are your long-term goals?
The Dry Ginger: I want to be able to branch out into other forms of comedy, podcasts, livestreams, and potentially even my own standup. I know that I have a lot to offer, and I’m just scratching the surface of what I can offer. I would like to do much more writing, and have been working on different concepts for books that I hope to have completed by the end of the year. I really just want to keep advocating for mental health and those that struggle with addiction. Any way that I can do that I want to explore. I had no idea when I started that it would grow to this, and I can’t help thinking what else I may be capable of if I just put myself out there. I want to be someone that people can look up to and say, if she can do it, so can I.
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