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Saturday, April 24, 2010

About My Blog and Me


Some of you may have noticed that last week I modified slightly the layout of this blog. Where the About Me section used to be, I introduced an About This Blog paragraph to identify the themes of Pilgrim Soul. The About Me section moved to the right column.

This change may seem minor, but it reflects an important evolution in me as a blog writer. When I first began Pilgrim Soul in 2009, it was to develop a platform to introduce my fiction. Very quickly, though, blogging turned into something more as I began meeting fellow bloggers from around the world who engaged me on fascinating topics with varied points of view. Their comments have even resulted in my incorporating topics I had not expected to address separately from my fiction; for example, my series on Puerto Rican identity. Pilgrim Soul became my gateway to an international party, and I didn’t even have to go through airport security to get there!

That would have been rewarding enough but along the way, I made another discovery. In writing for Pilgrim Soul, I also met myself fully. The blog’s label gadget surprised me by highlighting just how often I wrote about topics having to do with the intersection of culture and religion. That made me conscious of something I have lived with all my life, but which I had not acknowledged fully, the degree to which I have been formed by that intersection and how it continues to influence me.

In my exchanges with the international community of fellow bloggers, I also became aware of how my personal experience was part of a greater development. The identification of historical shifts is often left to historians after the fact. I believe we are living in a time in which those shifts are so palpable we don’t have to wait for historians. Important cultural and racial paradigms are at a juncture in which the old definitions are faltering but new ones have not yet been well established. I thank my blog for helping me personally to acknowledge and revel in the blessing and challenge of experiencing an historical turning point like this one. I also thank my readers for facilitating my pilgrimage of self knowledge.

6 comments:

Judy Croome said...

Insightful post Judith, and encapsulate an exciting side of todday's technological world: we can see history unfolding as it happens.

I've enjoyed reading your blog as much as you've enjoyed writing it!

Chennifer said...

great post Judith!

so many of us live in that sort of intersectio, and by blogging we are able to put words to our experiences - it's such a great thing!

Nevine said...

Wow, Judy! I think you speak for many of us in this post. I can relate to a lot of what you share about your blogging experience, especially the part about meeting yourself fully. I think that when we first start on a new venture (such as blogging), we're not quite aware of what we're in for, and sometime we meet some pleasant surprises. I definitely also relate to the part about how your personal experience is a part of something bigger. And your final sentence, about self knowledge, speaks to my soul. That is my eternal quest - to grow and learn who I truly am - to develop my self-awareness. Without it, I am nobody.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your blogging experience. It certainly helps put things into perspective when we know that someone else is experiencing similar evolutions.

Nevine

Judith Mercado said...

Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Judy, Chennifer, and Nevine. I suspect the four of us live or have lived in the intersections. It might get challenging sometimes, but it's never boring.

A Cuban In London said...

And I thank you in return for writing some of the wittier and more insightful posts in the blogosphere. Also, you belong to that group of bloggers who don't post everyday. Therefore, reading your posts as I'm doing tonight after a fourteen-hour flight, is like balm for my soul. Many thanks Pilgrim Soul. :-)

Greetings from London.

Judith Mercado said...

Cuban, I'm just overwhelmed by your kind comments. Thank you so much for thinking so highly of what I write. Maybe that will give me some creative juice because for the first time in a while I don't have an inventory of posts prescheduled. I'm glad you finally made it back home after your unexpected delay. I hope it was at least interesting.