WOW! Five years ago, January 1, 2011 PaisleyPerspective blog was launched. The idea was formed out the need to do something worthwhile. I was unemployed and in between seeking a new job or means of income, I decided it was time to start my own blog. Prior to PaisleyPerspective.com, I contributed to a political blog. However, I was ready to be able to write about issues, ideas, and give opinions outside of the political arena.
Originally, I decided that I didn’t want to do a daily blog but create more of a magazine type aesthetic. Starting out I posted twice a month on the 1st and 16th of the month. Each posting included approximately three posts, spanning across general articles, photographs, and poetry with a common theme. I accepted contributions from others to give PaisleyPerspective.com a voice other than my own.
I felt good in 2011 upon the launch. I gained employment but was still focused on creating an interesting blog. Then while working on the April 16th posting, my world changed. My mother died during that time and I felt my spirit implode. My postings decreased and when I did post it was to deal with my mom’s death. Six weeks after her death my maternal grandmother died.
It took some time and struggle to get back the original energy for the blog. I am still struggling to regain the energy that I had with the original launch, however, I feel that it is coming back. Reflecting on what I would say about the last five years, I decided that it was time to revisit the original model set for PaisleyPerspective.com. I have decided that on January 16, 2016 I will go back to the mini-magazine type posts.
It is a new year and PaisleyPerspective.com is ready to grow into its better self. New beginnings will start with bringing back some original ideas to bring you thoughtful content. In order for the original vision to be successful it will require your voice in addition to my own.
I am looking for submissions including articles, photography including photos of visual art, poetry, or music videos. It is my goal to share subjects that tie into arts & social action. Check the submission guidelines page for ideas on how to submit. I can’t wait to see what you have to share.
Finally, on this first day of 2016, I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year. May you strive to be your better self.
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