"The New York Times is not always going to go in the 'hood and tell a story. I think that’s the point -- that everyone should write and have a voice."
Surf around the blogosphere and you'll see a lot of diversity. Bloggers are men, women and and children; gay and straight; black, brown and white with perspectives on a wide variety of topics. A couple of months ago, I was interviewed by writer Paul Farber for a story about journalists blogging on the Internet. I'm deeply humbled that the writer used me as a conduit -- sort-of-speak -- for his article. I was expecting a few sound bites, but I'm quoted quite extensively in the piece. I feel like a rock star. I like to send thank yous to Paul Farber and hip-hop intellectual/blogging-extraordinaire Lynne d Johnson for editing the story.
I love to blog. And like editor/cultural thinker Whitney Pastorek -- who jokingly(?) writes that blogging has ruined her life -- blogging has become an addiction for me. Pastorek -- who isn't a blogger -- and I share one commonality. She pens:
"I am no longer getting work done. I am not sleeping enough or eating enough or editing my barely solvent literary magazine, because the aforementioned issues have made it a social imperative that I check up on all the goddamn blogs every single day (and make comments) so that people know I care about their lives . . ."Yeah, this blogging thing also has become a gift and a curse for me.
Blogging has helped me with my writing and critical thinking, but also has taken up much of my existence. I gotta figure out how to balance my life and my blogs.
Fellow blogger and author Rebecca Blood offers some great advice on writing well and maintaining your blog.
Keep on blogging!