After I realized that no amount of coaxing was going to make me write about anything that I didn’t believe anyone would care to read, let alone anything I didn’t feel belonged in this space, I jumped to the WordPress Reader to see what other blogs I follow have been sharing. I immediately took notice of two things:
Maya Angelou died today.
To be honest, I had no idea she was still alive. Remarkable writers like her lived out their lives and touched many…and then seemingly fade from the public eye until their passing. Personally, I would not be able to settle for that kind of end. No one expects to cause a generation feel something real in their hearts or to leave an impact on history as a whole. Yet, she, and many others like her, did.
If I could change the hearts and minds of only a few people, that would be more than I would have ever expected. To achieve that would likely spur me on to continue onward, making as much positive noise as I could until I could no longer.
I had written something else, but decided to delete it after realizing how ignorant I sounded. I did a bit more digging into how much of a voice she had. I knew she was a prolific speaker and author regarding race issues, but had no idea she was also involved in gender commentary as well. She may have been out of the public eye during my generation, but that is all the more reason to respect the work and wisdom she put into the world. I would be so fortunate to ever achieve a ripple of existence that traverses across time, or to resurface, in death, as a piece of a generation’s heart…
May she rest in peace.
The majority of the blogs I follow are Reblogging
Let me start by saying there is absolutely nothing wrong with sharing interesting posts from other blogs on your own. This feature is probably a key reason why blogging continues to be a popular way to express oneself. I did a quick search of “reblogging blogosphere” just to see, and came across a familiar blog that sums up my feelings on Reblogging nicely:
“Re-blogging is a courtesy in my book… if done properly and it is used to showcase someone else’s work. For me it is not an acceptance of their views or even of the opinion that they write, it is only an act of sharing space.”
Ironically, this was also a blog I once followed that produced such a high frequency of content that I unfollowed him. Reason being, I felt it a disservice to someone putting so much effort in, yet not be able to acknowledge them in any way due to being completely overwhelmed and slightly annoyed. Hence my familiarity.
So what’s my point? I like the idea of Reblogging as it takes the spotlight off of you for a moment and shines it on someone else. However, after learning many irritating intricacies of Tumblr being largely a Reblog community, seeing mostly Reblogs on a content platform that I personally feel is much more enriched and geared towards creation not curation kind of feels like a copout to supply one’s blog with some form of content in the absence of anything directly relevant. On the other hand, publishing content out of obligation or pumping out a ton of posts daily for whatever reason doesn’t sit well with me either.
For the record, I have only been reblogged once and rarely reblog since…well…I just told you why.
Do you aspire to leave a mark on a generation as Maya Angelou did? Did her creativity and tenacity inspire you?
What’s your personal take on the idea of Reblogging? If you do it, feel free to share your motivation(s) behind it.