What I'm going to do here is rather unique. I'm just going to shutup and post a whole bunch of links.
One way to increase Black site traffic at our Blackosphere blogs is for each of us Black bloggers to post tips about whatever available jobs of which we become aware, whatever they are, no matter how humble or exalted, be they in our own organizations or elsewhere. We cannot promise readers that they will attain or even be interviewed for these jobs, but we CAN at least serve as a Black alternative to the old white boys' club that serves to inform whites of jobs before those jobs are published in the newspaper, if they are ever published at all.
...it's one of the more important things we gave up when integration became a goal instead of a tactic. But it should remind you of something...the networks you are developing right now via your discussions.
The old network was the overlapping spheres of individual relationships. So is the one that is in development now, except now those connections can reach across the country. They can be far more numerous, denser.
And I'm using the future tense because this is still under development. This case is proof it can be developed. This case is proof it SHOULD be developed. This case is proof you can raise an issue to the point where is can no longer be ignored if you believe in it.
So do it. Okay?
We write about what we’re passionate about, and that often means writing about issues that (whether or not they should) not only don’t interest or attract huge numbers of readers, but that make many people so uncomfortable that they’d rather not have to address them at all.
And there’s even a “triple whammy” for African American political bloggers. Because you also open yourself up to attack by other African Americans for being “not black enough” in your politics, your choice of topics, or even your personal life. Blogging about politics from a particularly black perspective isn’t “safe” unless you steer clear of certain issues, but it isn’t “safe” to steer clear of those issues either. Add to the mix that we’re not monolithic, and thus have diverse concerns among ourselves, and the difficulty of addressing them all to our own satisfaction (let alone satisfying anyone else’s ideas of what we should or shouldn’t blog about), and the whole idea of blogging politically as an African American is a daunting one to consider.
It would be much easier to blog about something else. Maybe that’s why, in contrast to the numbers above, there are 258 blogs about black culture, over 3,000 blogs about hip hop and almost 4,000 about rap. (Though there’s certainly some overlap there because a number of the blogs on in those categories probably also cover politics to some degree.) There’s also a hip hop Blogads network and a black culture Blogads network, but no black political Blogads network that I could find.
Sorry folks, I didn't mean to go on a rant, but.....hey, I wouldn't be the field if I didn't. So thanks again to everyone who has helped to make this a successful year by commenting, reading, and allowing me to share the blogosphere with you.
Before I go, I was tagged by the good peeps over at Coyote Angry who wanted me to list five blogs that really make me think. This is a tough one, because different blogs make me do different things, and it's hard separating what makes me think from what I just enjoy. For instance, I enjoy reading blogs like La Bella-Noire,Nat Turner's Revenge,Too Sense, and Skeptical Brotha. For information, I say f**k Drudge. I enjoy reading Voice Of A Native Son,African American Black Opinion and Afro Netizen. For comments on my blog, I love hearing from the likes of I am not star jones,Liz,and mahndisa. Mmmmm, so now the five that makes me think. OK I would say The Free Slave ,Mirror On America,The Strange Death Of Liberal America ,The Anti Essentialist Conundrum, The Book Of Asabagna, and my man over at Exodus Mentality a close 5A; all make me think. Whew, that was deep, and I am sure I am leaving out some folks. Hey, let's just put it this way, if you are linked on this blog I am feeling you.