I talked to a very close friend and confidant in Bowling Green today. Her words lifted my heavy hands and brought me to realize the wisdom of her careful counsel from months ago.
That counsel had everything to do with changing the manner in which I engage issues on this blog.
The changes here have begun and will pick up momentum in 2008.
The topics covered will focus more and more on issues of human rights and development. There will also be a concerted effort to post more consistently on South African, and southern African, politics and culture.
In a sense, I have decided to make this a more serious forum where folks who are interested in the issues covered can contribute to constructive and respectful discussion.
My intention is to use this blog as a training ground toward developing a professional academic
e-journal. One that hosts commentary by contemporary Pan African thinkers and activists in the motherland and the African diaspora.
Still, I harbour no pretensions of what can be achieved here. I know that a blog is just a blog and not a vehicle for serious intellectual and revolutionary articulation.
In the past few days this realization has sunk in deep enough for me to see the irrelevance of theorizing and discussing issues of race and racism on the back of knee-jerk reactionaries.
On the strength of this depth I intend to free this blog from the constraints of that type of pedestrian interaction.
In a very selfish sense I am bringing changes to guard my personal, professional, and intellectual integrity. But I am also raising the standards here. And that includes holding myself to a higher intellectual standard.
That said, I am very grateful to the folks who read my writing here. Please continue and keep the comments coming will ya :0)
I appreciate the 'bloggerhood community' and activist space that has grown from this capitalist tool.
Thank you L. Your struggle is my struggle.