It’s been one year since I paid WordPress, snagged a panorama of the Los Angeles skyline, and started a blog. I wanted to write about social justice, about the ways I was learning to be engaged in this work right from my own home.
Then I learned that no one wants to read about that, according to some article I can’t even remember now. But it basically said you can’t gain an audience that way. Well, phoo on them, and thanks to you, I thoroughly don’t believe it.
I believe regular, ordinary people like me care about important causes and wish they could do more and enjoy learning about the work of making this world more right.
Then my life shattered when we lost Kate and Lucy, and everything got more personal. It created an internal conflict for me, because writing helped me process my life, but I didn’t originally set out to write a personal blog. Something didn’t sit right if I thought about writing about me. Then a friend wrote me and said, Thanks for being a real person in leadership, and for putting voice to so many important subjects.
That is where we will continue to go in year two. I hope I am a real person here, who writes about important things. Writing about myself is for the sake of the former and writing about justice and faith is for the latter and I hope never to confuse the two. Justice is still the heartbeat of this blog, but you’ve already noticed that I’ve added more on other topics. And since I enjoy writing about them, I will.
To celebrate year one, I’m listing out my favorite posts. Since many of you began reading in January, it’s likely some will be new to you. And whenever you began reading, thank you. Thanks very much for taking the time.
Hope you enjoy!
In year one…
- We talked about the importance of public restrooms in addressing homelessness.
- I talked about how I compare myself to you on Facebook, and how I don’t want to write to be seen, and then made ‘content’ my word for 2012. Still working that out, and loving it.
- I told you why I don’t recite the pledge of allegiance.
- I shared 5 things I care about when it comes to one-time service opportunities.
- My dear friend was mugged, and since I was as well in 2004, I offered 4 reasons why muggers suck. There are more than 4, but it’s a start.
- And I told you about our year with the Hippie Box, or Community Supported Agriculture subscription as a tangible way to be better stewards.
Cheers to year two!