essays from the heart; among other things

heartfelt essays on life, politics, & relationships, with music, poetry, & sparks of humor mixed in. a personal blog reflecting personal views.

essays from the heart; among other things is a space where i, edgard portela, share deeply personal reflections on various aspects of life.

from navigating relationships, exploring political landscapes, to sharing my passion for music & poetry, this blog is a blend of heartfelt stories & commentary that hopefully you will find interesting.

rooted in the communities of hillcrest & university heights in san diego, ca, my writing offers my lens on local issues as well, while connecting to broader human experiences.

my motto and purpose is simple: ✨to inspire, to inform, and to love.


  • essays: personal essays, poetry, the "heart” of the blog. mostly deeply personal content & opinions. this includes humor & satire, often shedding light on different facets of my life story and experiences.

  • political and social commentary: thoughtful analysis & commentary on current political & social issues, with a focus on how they impact our lives. this section will explore topics such as justice, equity, and the broader implications of policy decisions.

  • music and art: updates about my original music, insights into my creative process, & reviews or features on other artists & works that inspire me. this will include exclusive releases & behind-the-scenes looks at my upcoming projects.

  • local focus on hillcrest and university heights, san diego: content that highlights the unique aspects of these vibrant communities. expect stories about local events, profiles of interesting people and places, and reflections on what makes these neighborhoods special.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hi! This is me, I’m Edgard.

about me

i’m edgard portela. i am a writer, singer-songwriter, & community activist with a passion for storytelling & community engagement. through my essays, i aim to spark thoughtful conversations & inspire meaningful connections.

the things i create are deeply influenced by my experiences as someone who is puerto rican, queer, and non-binary. i’ve lived in puerto rico, the midwest, vermont, & washington, dc before landing in hillcrest & university heights in san diego, ca. i find endless inspiration in san diego & my fellow queer people who make these neighborhoods so vibrant.

with nearly 20k followers on tiktok, i engage a diverse audience through authentic storytelling and engaging content.

i invite you to join me on this journey, to connect, share, and grow together.

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here’s what you can expect as a subscriber, with options tailored to suit different levels of engagement and support:

free subscribers

  • access to selected content:

    • enjoy a curated selection of personal essays, poetry, & heartfelt stories.

    • dive into a portion of political & social commentary posts.

    • get occasional updates & highlights about music & art.

    • read selected stories & reflections on hillcrest & university heights.

    • comment on all free posts to share your thoughts & engage with the community.

    • receive the weekly newsletter with highlights & free content summaries.

paid subscribers ($8/month or $80/year)

  • full access to all content:

    • unlimited access to all personal essays, poetry, deep dives, political & social commentary, & local focus content.

    • early & exclusive access to original music releases & updates about upcoming albums.

    • receive guaranteed replies to your comments on any posts.

    • invitations to exclusive virtual or in-person events such as q&a sessions, webinars, and live streams.

    • occasional discounts on merchandise & event tickets.

founding member plan

  • all paid subscriber benefits, includes all the perks of the paid subscriber tier plus:

    • first access to new music releases before anyone else.

    • receive a personalized thank you email & a full post about you on my blog & social media.

    • be recognized as a founding member on the blog.

    • periodic gifts, such as signed copies of albums, exclusive merchandise, or other special items.

    • enjoy occasional direct communication opportunities, such as a private chat or call with me.

your support, whether as a free subscriber, paid subscriber, or founding member, helps sustain the blog and encourages the creation of more heartfelt and inspiring content.

thank you for being part of this journey.

your engagement and feedback are invaluable to me, and i look forward to sharing more stories, insights, and music with you.

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heartfelt essays on life, politics, & relationships, with music, poetry, & sparks of humor mixed in. a personal blog reflecting personal views. ✨to inspire, to inform, and to love. ✨ TikTok: eddyplolz (17.4K)


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