Friday, November 14, 2008

Thank You

I missed my six month anniversary because I was so busy blogging about an issue that day.  In 6 months and over 500 posts Womanist Musings has come so far.  I remember how scared I was when I wrote my first blog post and hit the publish button.  With each post I gained confidence that yes indeed, I had something to say.  That confidence would not have been possible without your daily comments and your encouragement.

I love the conversations that happen here.  I know that we cannot always agree and that I have done my fair share of fucking up, but through it all I have learned so much from everyone and I will be eternally grateful for that.  I wanted to take the time to say thank you to everyone who keeps tuning into my daily rants that I politely renamed Musings.  I want to thank you for laughing with me, sharing outrage, and most of all for teaching me.

At the 6 month mark I also feel it is time for a little bit of reflection.  Is there anything about the blog that you would like to see changed?  Are there issues that you would like me to focus on more?  Would you like to see more "special" posts like those I do for Sunday Shame, or the first day of my period? If so what ideas do you have in mind?  As always my goal is to increase the depth of conversation that we share and have a little fun a long the way.  It is my hope that we will continue to grow as a community and learn from each other.  As I have said repeatedly I am a huge believer in conversation.  Until we start really listening to each other there can be no real and substantive change.

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As always with love and respect,

Renee

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to hear more about your experiences--not AMAZING EPIC EXPERIENCES, but part of the day-to-day situations you encounter as a woman of color, a mother, and a human being.

I am not a woman of color, and sometimes it takes the small stories (such as the post about black women's hair NOT being a petting zoo) that opened my eyes to how I Other people.

Jana said...

Thank you Renee,


Your bravery and concern for humanity are an inspiration.

seitzk said...

I love your blog! I check it pretty much daily. I love your Colluder of the Week feature, and it really helped me understand the nature of collusion and oppression can come from people who share your identities too. Thanks for being so smart and so strong in the face of all the bullshit. It means so much to know you're out here.

rebecca said...

I love this blog, Renee! Thank you for it.

Charles said...

"Are there issues that you would like me to focus on more?"

I'll think about that some. But for now, just -- thanks for blogging. I don't always agree with you but your posts are always interesting reading and often challenge me to rethink things. Thanks for doing this, I know it takes a lot of effort.

whatsername said...

I love what you do!

That's all I got.

Mór Rígan said...

Happy blogiversary Renee. I love your writing!

Lindsay said...

Congratulations! I personally appreciate everything you do here. And I love the period posts. Just one more way to break down the menstruation stigma.

polerin said...

You've only been doing this for 6 months? ... wow. see, that's actually inspiring. I hadn't had time to go through the archives, so I didn't realize. I'd thought you'd been around for longer from the way you write. Keep going, you're one of my "check every day's"

frau sally benz said...

CONGRATS RENEE! You're one of the first bloggers I found when I decided to start blogging, and I loved Womanist Musings so much that I've never abandoned it!

You do so much great stuff not only on here, but all around the blogosphere. I know you've met plenty of resistance, but you keep on going, and that's what I admire most about you.

Keep it coming!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary, Renee! BIG COOKIE with candles on it for you today.

I love your Colluder of the Week, too. Like to see more of that.

Also, how white privilege extends to our foreign policies and our general attitudes towards people in the rest of the world. I think even among those of us who recognize it and own it here at home, we too often don't think about how much white privilege informs our policies/attitudes towards the rest of the global community.

nia said...

Congrats Renee, keep on keeping on. I found your blog completely by chance and I am so glad I did. I have learnt so much since reading it. I never really understood the way privilege works and exists in all of us to some degree, until you broke it down.
Whatever direction you decide to take the blog in, I hope you always let it remain a safe place for rape survivors and others who are sometimes silenced to comment on.

Like Anonymous #11, I think it would be great if you could tackle how western and other privileges impact the global community some time.

P.S. Why the name change?? I like the original name Womanist Musings so much better!!

Rj said...

I just realized that with all the posting that you do, and then, responding to the comments, that blogging must be your full time job!! Congrats! Great read!

Ojibway Migisi Bineshii said...

Your blog is great Renee! I love it and will always be stopping by and reading!

Peace!

zooeyibz said...

congratulations. I'm new to this blog, but I find your wisom and compassion inspirational. here's to the next six months! and beyond...

Peridot said...

Love you just the way you are :-)

Macon D said...

Congrats Renee! Your energy, dedication, and insight are amazing, and a real inspiration. I don't understand how you do it!

BeccaTheCyborg said...

Congratulations Renee! I've only been reading here for a couple of months, but I check every day, and now always have more to think about, get mad about, and look forward to reading more of.

You're awesome and inspiring. Thank you.