pull up a chair


The Just Posts roundtable is up once more, and I just can’t keep myself away from (or keep my elbows off) that table. The Just Posts are a monthly event where we are invited to join in, by submitting posts that speak to the common goal of making the world a better place. You can see them right now at jen’s, mad’s, hel’s and suzanne’s. (Each of those posts has the whole list, but the hostesses also add a bit more to the discussion.)

And while I have your ear, let me whisper a small confession. I nominate my own posts. Whereas some folks consider the Just Posts an award list (and they are that, as well) the hostesses stress that this is also a roundtable. People are invited to submit their own posts.

The first time I participated, I sent an email with some nominations for other people’s posts. And I hoped that maybe someone would find one of my own posts worthy. But then I realized that there was a good chance that no one else would nominate me, and then I’d just feel bummed and left out and discouraged. So I nominated my own post, and felt a bit tacky. Since then, I’ve gotten over that.

The way I see it, knowing that my post will be a part of a bigger picture is part of what motivates me to write about topics of activism and social justice. And I do think it’s important that I write about these things. For one thing, it eases my own conscience. But for another reason, I truly feel that my contributions, tiny and insignificant though they seem, really do matter. They add to the numbers showing that people really do care. There’s power in numbers.

And in keeping with this philosophy, I also try to nominate plenty of other people’s posts, too. Plus nominating is fun.

I hope you’ll join me at the table. Dig in for some reading. Maybe a bit of writing. Might I entice you try a taste of nominating? (But please let’s not eat that pig’s head shown in the woodcut. That’s just icky.)

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A 1484 woodcut from Canterbury Tales.

8 responses to “pull up a chair

  1. A,
    I love you. Your heart is so wonderful. And you are a virtual Just Post PSA. It can’t get any better than that.

    Nominating IS fun. Even if it’s your own posts.

  2. Thank you for this as I struggle with the idea of submitting one of my own…I just can’t get over it.

  3. This must be about 7 posts of mine you’ve nominated (I assume it’s been you the entire time) in the last three months!

    It’s so great knowing that people’s well-meaning rants such as mine, and all the others on the list, are appreciated. So, Thanks Alejna!

  4. Good for you. I always think about nominating, and then when the time comes around I’m always like “ack! too busy to think about this right now!” I should just keep a list of posts I read by my computer, huh? that would be way to easy.

  5. Hey alejna -thanks for finding my blog because it led me to yours. I like what I see so far. I’m going to browse through and see what you’re all about. (love the Canterbury Tales pic.)

  6. I’ve always nominated yours….until this month, since I didn’t even get around to nominating anyone nor myself. It’s been rough these last couple of weeks, but I hope to be back to my nominating self next month.

  7. jen-
    *blushes* Gosh, thanks.

    Tabba-
    Then I’m glad to have shared my confession. I hope you’ll give it a try.

    Jangari-
    Yes, twas me. Your stuff deserves to be read. (And you’re welcome!)

    painted-
    Keeping a running list of posts to nominate is a good idea. In fact, I’ve just started doing that this month. Previously, I’ve scrambled to poke through archives at the last minute.

    urban pedestrian-
    Thanks so much! I’m glad you stopped in, and glad I found your blog, too. (Though I still have a bone to pick with you about the pants/trousers debate.)

    KC-
    Really? That’s very cool. I’ve never been sure. I’ve always nominated your posts, too. (Especially seeing as it was you I followed over to the just posts in the first place.)

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