Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Housekeeping: Why I'm not posting as much, and a request for cross/guest posts

Hello all!

I want to give a short explanation as to why original content on my part has taken such a swift downward turn. I am in the process of some major transitions: I'm going back to work to new jobs after three months of underemployment and unemployment, and my mental health has taken a turn for the worse. Since my mental stability has proven to be fragile and I don't have health insurance, I have to prioritize repairing my brain's functioning when it shows wear.

This doesn't have anything to do with readers on this blog, or comments, or anything beyond the pressures I'm putting on myself. I want to be as productive as I was in the first two weeks of August, but I can't do that with everything else in my life. I'll be continuing to read, and comment, and tweet. But I've got to take a second and shore up my mental resources before I sound my voice again. I need time to process what I've learned, so I'm staying mostly quiet until I feel confident about what I say to an audience, and how often I can speak up.

And, let's not forget, it's privilege that's allowing me to take a short step back. Because of my many privileges, I'm able to take a break from actively confronting the kyriarchy: folks with bodies less valued by society have no such luck.

I should be back writing both lengthy analysis and more topical work by next week and may even post something later this week. 50 Books for Problematic Times will continue to be posted daily. Regular features (Tasty Thursday, Success Sunday, roundups) should continue as normal. I've just got to get the hang of this "pre-write posts" bit so I'm not posting lengthy analysis on the fly.

Here's where you come in: if you want a forum, or want to spread something you've written, now is the time. Any guest or cross posts are deeply, deeply appreciated at this point in time. It doesn't have to be feminist, as long as it is critical of oppression. If you have one, leave a link in the comments, or email me.

Readers, thank you so much for reading. I hope you will be around when I'm back in full force.


  1. I'd be glad to be a guest blogger/cross post material. Leave me a comment on my blog, cannedartistshit.blogspot.com, or email me.

    Elena aka Nell Gwynne.

  2. I think its fantastic that you are taking time for yourself and realizing that you need to do it. The world would be a much better place if we could all do that. :)

    And congratulations on the new jobs!

  3. Sorry to hear that you're having a rough time. It's important that you're taking care of yourself. As the Yogis say, "Nourish others with thine overflow."

    I responded to an article by Suzanne Harrington that I saw in The Irish Examiner about how the media excuses serial killers who target women. If you need a cross-post and if it suits your groove, you're welcome to it. http://jessicareidy.blogspot.com/2009/08/humor-and-homocide.html



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