Sunday, January 1, 2012

Some Queen for the New Year: Thank You and Well Wishes in 2012

One more year is past. I hope that all of you are happy, safe, relaxed, and sufficiently medicated--be it on life, Jesus Juice, or Red Stripe...the latter being my drink of choice tonight.

This has been one hell of a year, both good and bad. Let's lean on each other in the New Year, stay strong, and keep building.

Thanks for all of your support, helping WARN grow, providing me the opportunity to learn from our conversations, and a platform to engage other pursuits. More good things are coming, I feel it in these increasingly old bones.

But seriously, I love you all--in a cyber platonic way--and appreciate those voices who have been here from the beginning, those folks who have found WARN recently, and the good number of folks who lurk.

The average blog lasts only a few months. We beat that a long time ago, and while we have a long ways to go, the momentum keeps growing.

I have several goals for the year, and with your help, we will get there together. This is the time for resolutions: besides my "academic" goals, in 2012 I want to nail down a book contract for Chauncey DeVega and We Are Respectable Negroes, do more interviews, go on TV, and get a regular radio spot going. Lofty goals. I aim high. If I lose, it won't be for lack of shooting back or a lack of ammo.

Once more, I thank you all--friends and enemies alike. Together, you keep me on my toes, humble, and honest. Sometimes, there is a temptation to write for comments, dance for gold, and follow trends for attention sake. I try really hard not to do that.

As I said years ago, continue to say often, and will do my best to stay committed to going forward, I am me with the volume turned up. If you ever feel or think that I am following trends, "selling out," or getting lazy and betraying my commitment to Black Pragmatism, please call me out. Trust me, in this world the temptations are many, we need truth tellers to keep us on point.

May the force be with you.


dorktron said...

Props on all the powerful posts in 2011. My world is much bigger thanks to you.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, CD and all WARN posters. Glad to read you all. I am compelled to think and often times learn fom you all. Isn't that the point of being alive? Thanks.

C.Bid said...

I've mentioned before how much I enjoy reading WARN regularly, but I am going to make a personal resolution to engage in the discussions rather than remain the white-skinned lurker I've been.

I wish you a very successful year, CD, and I hope that you will attain all of those goals you are aiming for. The work you do here is a great service that deserves more recognition and a wider audience. A book contract and radio show could really help. Have you ever considered Podcasting?

Best wishes,

chaunceydevega said...

@dorktron. cool name and thanks. are you a cousin to Pimpbot?

@sabrina. thank you. your voice was much appreciated this year!

@c. bid. thanks. had some offers re: book stuff, but the timing and the project wasn't a good fit for what I was looking for. we shall see if I regret it. I have thought about podcasting. Seems like lots of work, and for an indeterminate audience. In a perfect world it would be great to piggyback on a more established spot, grow an audience, etc. The thought and suggestion are something to mull over though.

Brotha Wolf said...

Happy New Year.

Mystere said...

Good sir, you have made this glamrock fan quite happy. :) May 2012 be a better year than 2011, for you and everyone.

Plane Ideas said...

Happy New Year CD and WARN posters....This site is so wonderful for old time activist!!

CD your writing is breathtaking and inspirational ...