Ran across these last night and it set me to thinking, been about six and half years since my first blog and this was my initial header.
Made some friends long the way and made a few people mad as hell – learned some things and chose to forget others, which is kind of the way of it as you pass through life.
Had some good discussions and some heated ones as the result of topics I chose to address and have no regrets.
Informed readers if they had a comment to make and didn’t want it made public say so and I would honor that – said the same about emails – I considered them private and would keep it that way, and I’ve done exactly that.
People posted likes and followed when we were in agreement and then withdrew when we weren’t, usually predicated on religion or politics.
I never expected universal agreement or acceptance due in part to perspectives – mine is born of a life experience and culture that has been disenfranchised and oppressed for over five hundred years in our own land.
The “American Dream” has been a nightmare for us and that’s bound to influence anyone’s outlook.
If it hasn’t been for you well and good because everyone deserves a fair shake as a result of that “American Exceptionalism” in “the land of the free”.
Just as things began to look a little better Conservatives take control and gains we’ve made as nations are on the chopping block – so if at times the perception is that I’m not happy about all this and won’t hesitate to say so then that perception would be correct.
Askimet has identified close to a hundred thousand spams directed at this blog, I don’t know if that’s a disproportionate number or something of the norm – but I’m not interested in RSS feeds to increase viewership or having hundreds of viewers driven to my site if I pony up a few bucks for some “service”.
I’m not interested in Facebook, twitter, or their social media kindred, and I don’t consider blogging a numbers or awards competition.
If you have an award or two hanging from your lodge pole then congratulations and well done, I’m sure you deserve it.
Nor am I interested in “guest contributors” when comments amount to basically the same thing, sales coupons, porn, or those breathless recitations that after hours of scouring the internet a person landed on my site and found exactly what they were looking for.
The big fights with the American Indian Movement and the Peltierites have waned, they lost.
Not because of this blog but due to the solidarity of many who have sought justice for those they murdered like Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, Perry Ray Robinson jr., multiple other victims, and those who persevered in exposing the scams, lies, and cultural corruption that have been the AIM leaderships stock in trade.
But a part of life is there will always be battles to be fought, things to protect, issues to address – you either rise up or lay down, kneel or stand, my people have been forced to their knees for too long, I as well as others choose to stand.
There is a commonality of language in photography – a language that transcends much of what separates people whether it’s language, culture, geographic location, even religion and politics, and that’s a good thing when inspite of their differences people can find a common ground, something they can share.
The same can be said of shared interests like gardening, art, literature, or any number of other things.
There are a lot of roses mixed in among the weeds as we make our way through life, it’s important not to overlook them, to stop, smell, and admire them along the way.
Likes received on this blog by photographers, artists, authors, and gardeners that lead to checking out their site have been roses to admire – in some ways a virtual vacation, an opportunity to learn or be inspired, entertained, a window of sorts to visit other countries, other locations – an opportunity I’ve appreciated.