I blog therefore I am?
Well, who IS Sepia? I ask myself that question daily. Woman. African American. 40 something. Mom. Social advocate? Music & karaoke lover? Nerd & self proclaimed internet junkie? YEAH! That's IT! :)
I have actually said that I wasn't gonna do this. What could I possibly say that would be of use to the world at large? My internet experience started back in 1997 with AOL 3.0. My best friend had a computer and life wasn't the same again. Black Voices. com became my new cyber home. Being online afforded me a new social existence. Where else can you find a like minded group of people in milliseconds? I was lured and courted by graphics, games, email, chat rooms, and a whole range of online activities.
Starting out on AOL, typing became a necessity, but eventually, my online evolution brought me to the voice chat experience. From the silent sanctum of AOL and BV over 30 and 40 to the new voice chat site of Mplayer, (now defunct, under new management as www.livve.com). Personalities that were restrained and identified through various text and font styles were freed by the sounds of vocal indentation, tone and expression.
I have often said that the black chat experience is nomadic in nature. The core of us veteran chatters often seek new fertile ground to explore, yet will send back for others in the "vocal tribe" for a familiar face and voice. "Water seeks its own level" is so true. Still, ever the internet adventurer, online friends tiring of Mplayer found Paltalk.com, which is my current vocal chat oasis. (www.paltalk.com). I have been on that site since 1999 in the African american lobby. Other lobbies are available and I do visit the social issues, karaoke and music areas, but the AA lobby is my online haven.
I happened upon the world of Blogitry, (is that even a word *lol*), and have been a fan ever since. The first blog I purposely read was related to politics and the Presidential election of 2004, which was the Daily Kos (www.thedailykos.com). After that it became a treasure hunt of links. blogs, personalities and virtual opinions. Reading personal blogs has only become a recent hobby and the wide variety out there means I will always have a new blog to explore.
Some of my favorite blogs / links are:
http://blackinformant.com/ (that also features a wealth of African american sites),
http://www.ugogurl.com/index.php, (a guide to travel for Sisters of Color),
Now, here I am. *sigh* What have I gotten myself into? ;) I'm gonna try and see how this goes. Say a prayer, this may be a bumpy ride.