Well Well Well…
Seven months into this experiment called Diplomatic DJ Blog, and I’ve come to terms with something: politics sucks(sometimes). I need a change.
Don’t get me wrong: I still spend 60+ hours working and learning about politics per week….but for the purposes of this blog, I want a change. I want an escape. I need it. Let me explain.
At this time we’re being bombarded with politics in every way, shape, and form throughout our daily lives. Big Momma Shonda on your Facebook Feed. Step outside look across the street and neighbor Steve has a new “MAG
A” sign. Check your Snapstory feed and Classmate Olivia is at another rally on Women’s Rights (shout out to all the women, though. Love y’all. Hi Mom). It’s inescapable, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but too much of anything can be detrimental. There are those people who live, eat, breathe, and sleep politics. Not I. Does that make me less of a politico nerd?¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I LOVE how politically engaged people are becoming.I love the energy of people yearning for civic engagement and to “do more”: from high schoolers staging walkouts to citizens reaching out to their elected officials about issues they are most concerned with. It’s all apart of being a productive member of our country and more broadly, a contributing member of the global society. I still enjoy working within the realm of politics: both during and outside of work hours.
So if you Iove this new wave of political action, why would you want to shift DDJ away from it?
Ah, I’m glad you asked. DDJ is supposed to be an “escape” of sorts; party mix of international affairs and music. With the overwhelming sense of “ohhhmigosh I started a blog and people expect me to write about relevant, cool things. I’m panicking,” I got wrote more focused on the U.S. election. Then I stopped writing because I was drained and writer’s block mixed with procrastination is just as bad as “vodka and emotions”: according to Drake. Unsure how to forge a path, I attempted to find new vibes and inspiration for a blog that is truly a joy for me as much for you.
Change Soon Come…
I say all this to say, I’m pushing DDJ to refocus on the original mission of mixing international affairs and music. Going further, I desire to hone in on cultural diplomacy. I contemplated the greater meaning of DDJ being a “window into the world.” Global/ domestic politics is only one area. While I intend to write about them, I don’t want that to be the main focus anymore. That doesn’t mean DDJ will turn into another Pitchfork or Buzzfeed (shout out to them). Forging my own path takes time.
So, seven months in, DDJ is shifting gears a bit. Change is healthy. Maybe you’ll call me selfish for not adding to the growing discourse of politics. Like Drake said,”Call me selfish, shhh, at least you calling.” Don’t you worry. DDJ will add its voice to the dialogue when needed/called upon.
Thanks for the support and love thus far. Even the, “hey, are you still doing that blog thing?” Bless up y’all.