Every so often, I’d like to talk about the future of this blog and where I see it going. It’s always changing and evolving and one thing is that I’m trying to focus on it being more organized. I cover a lot of different categories and I tend to pick them at random, but I think I’d like to begin to organize the categories a certain way.
The categories have always been: identity and society, writing, graphic design and art, science and history, travel, and paganism and spirituality. With identity and society, I talk about topics that are relevant to me and my own identities. Whether it be racial, gender, spiritual, etc. I talk about autism, being childfree by choice, and many other things. This is the category where topics may be controversial and politically influenced but I always try to keep a balanced perspective. I think when it comes to this sort of hot topic, it’s important to keep to reason and logic because emotion can cloud your judgment.
I try to keep my blog positive and unbiased, but I still have my own opinions and sometimes I need to be honest. Honesty is very important. I don’t always know the facts and I never claim to be an expert on anything. Even in areas where I know a lot, like writing and history, it’s impossible to know everything and it’s okay to admit you don’t know. I’m always in pursuit of knowledge and always open to learning new things. No one is an expert on everything.
So my blog is going to be a little more organized in that certain categories will only come out on certain days. On Mondays, it’s all about identity, society, and travel. I’ll talk about autism, being childfree by choice, racial and gender identity, what it means to be part of certain identities in this society, etc.
There are a few important things to remember about Identity Mondays. I only write about my personal identities, not anyone else’s. I am a left-leaning moderate politically and it’s important to know this because while I believe in freedom for everyone, I don’t believe any of my identities are superior or inferior to one another.
Let me explain more about what that means and I’ll use ethnicity as an example. I am mixed race, ethnically. I identify as Hispanic. I was born here in the United States and I am the fourth generation in my family to be born in the United States. But Mexico is not the only place of origin for my ancestors.
According to my DNA test, the largest ancestry I have is Native American, Celtic, and Iberian. This accounts for 90% of my ethnicity. I also have some trace North and West African in me, and a few other random origins.
Being mixed race is why I am generally not a fan of identitarian politics because they tend to exclude mutts like me. Here in the United States, most of us are mixed. I’m 75% European and 20% Native American so is 75% of me more privileged than the rest? Should I cut that portion off? And what about the fact that my siblings have the same blood as me but we all look slightly different? I have lighter skin and more European features but my siblings are browner than me. We have the same parents, the same family, the same origin.
So this is why I tend to be against identitarian politics because I am mixed and I have the right to be proud of ALL of me. Not just certain parts.
That’s just racial identity. There’s also gender identity, spiritual identity, lifestyle identity, and many others. We all fall into categories of marginalized vs. privileged in one identity or another and I think it’s important to understand that it’s not a competition. We are all individuals with differences and similarities and that’s what’s important.
So that’s all the theme of Mondays. Identity. And also travel. Restaurant critiques, museums, flight experiences, etc. I’ll post about those as they come up. I don’t travel much but when I do, you will hear about it.
On Wednesdays, you can expect a few things. Wednesday is learn stuff day. I’ll talk about writing as a craft, talk about character, plots, world-building, and being a writer in this society. And you’ll get some free science and history lessons.
I love the most about history and science because it’s always being challenged. Science is at it’s best when it’s constantly self-critiquing. In science, my favorite subjects are astronomy, geology, paleontology, and the environment so those are what I’ll focus on. I love doing research, and of course, in every history and science lesson, I’ll include my sources.
Friday is spirituality day, and also critique day. I’m still doing Star Trek critiques and I’m working through season one of The Next Generation, a new critique will be out soon. I’m doing Star Trek, Supernatural, X-files, and Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit so I have enough material to keep me busy for years.
Other than critiques, Friday is for spirituality. As a pagan, on Fridays, I’ll talk about astrology, my altar, sabbats, my pantheon, and a whole host of other topics. I will not teach you how to do spells because I don’t believe there is a wrong or right way to do witchcraft and because spellwork is private: between me and the Universe.
So there you have it, that is the new set up of this blog. Identity and travel Mondays, Learning Wednesdays, and spiritual Fridays. I hope everyone is enjoying this blog so far, and one thing I want to mention is that I am always open to guest bloggers. If you have a topic you think fits the theme and would like to say something, please feel free to contact me and we’ll see what can happen.