To celebrate my second blogiversary I am featuring guest bloggers and writing a Follow Friday post every day this week leading up to my blogiversary on Saturday, August 15th. I want to celebrate the WordPress community as much a I want to celebrate the fact that after two years I am still blogging. To read more about my blogiversary go here. Note I still need two guest bloggers so if you are interested in sharing your blogging wisdom and experience with my readers, please let me know.
I love my WordPress Reader. I can type in any topic I’m interested in reading about and if someone in the WordPress community of bloggers has written a post about that topic it will appear in my reader. For example, I just typed in my favorite dessert crème brûlée and voila there are posts to read like this, this and this. I don’t know why I reserve crème brûlée for the rare special occasion at a restaurant and haven’t tried making it at home.
My point in all of this is that the WordPress Reader is a great place to explore and find other bloggers who write about topics that we ourselves write about or are interested in as a reader. I try to write a fair amount of social commentary pieces and would like to devote more of my blog to social commentary in particular race and racism in the United States. I follow the tags Racism and Race In America in my reader so that posts written by other bloggers on these topics will appear in my reader. Periodically, I pull up these tags to see what others are writing and saying. That is how I stumbled upon today’s featured blog The Girl Next Door is Black.
Excuse me while I say her blog name and smile; I smile every time I say Keisha’s blog title. I alternate between picturing scenes from the movies “Beauty Shop”, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and the remake “Guess Who”, and hearing a stunned white woman’s voice screeching “OMG, the girl next door is black.” Both make me smile and laugh a little inside because well I am sarcastic by nature.
I love that Keisha brings to the table a voice that white America does not very often hear (or care to listen to for that matter) – that of a black woman. Keisha and I share very similar viewpoints on the issue of racism in America in spite of our differences: I’m East Coast, she’s West Coast; I’m a GenXer on the earlier end of the range and she’s a Gen Xer on the latter end of the range, which is a convoluted way of saying I’m older than she is (neither of us are revealing our years though); and oh yeah I’m white and Keisha, The Girl Next Door is Black.
Some posts worth reading include:
I hope you enjoy Keisha’s brand of sarcasm, wit and truth telling as much as I do. You can find Keisha, The Girl Next Door is Black on WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram and Bloglovin’.