Ocean reflects over the past six months and shares her thoughts about blogging, the creation of Deaf Pagan Crossroads, and the various posts she has written:
It seems like just yesterday that I was joining the Deaf Blogosphere and putting up my first post here at Deaf Pagan Crossroads.
That first post, Out of the Broom Closet was put up on this site on November 15th, 2006.
Six months and 76 posts later, it’s hard to believe that I have actually come this far in such a short period of time.
I won’t lie, folks. When I began this blog, I wondered what the heck I was getting myself into. To begin with, I am not a computer expert by any means. I don’t have all that technical savvy to know what I’m doing… basically I type what I want to say in the box where I’m supposed to, click the buttons that the program tells me to, and then I pray.
So far it seems to have worked. Not that it hasn’t been without its trials and tribulations. I’m thankful to all the folks along the way who gave me tips on how to make this dang thing do what I want it to. I’m also thankful that I live alone and thus nobody had to witness my frequent temper tantrums when the program wouldn’t do what I wanted it to. There was many a time I was tempted to pitch this oversized paperweight out the window… or at the very least, click the “delete blog” button and say the hell with it!
But I hung in there, and I’m glad I did. I’ve met a lot of really great people in the Blogosphere – both deaf and hearing, Pagan and Christian, young and old, black and white, straight and gay, male and female, signing and non-signing… well, you get the idea.
This site was created to be a crossroads… and I like to think that it has succeeded in that goal. As I explain in my Welcome page, a crossroads can be defined as an intersection; a place where two or more roads meet; a place where different cultures meet. Indeed, that is what Deaf Pagan Crossroads aspires to be…an intersection of Deafness and Paganism…a place where these two roads can meet and merger…a place where different cultures can come together to meet and learn about one another. I think Joey Baer said it nicely in his comment to my post about Meeting Between the Worlds:
I finally found a time to read the “interview”. It fits your blog title nicely – Crossroads. It is like we continue to learn new things daily when we cross different Deaf people’s roads. I felt I am better person today because of you and many others. Thank you!
Over the months, I have tried to balance out my posts to reflect my thoughts on – as I say in my blog header – Deafhood, Paganism, and Life in general. It isn’t always easy, but I like to think that I’ve been able to provide a little something for everyone. Some of my posts appeal more to a Deaf audience, others to a Pagan audience. Nevertheless, regardless of the topic, I try to interject a little bit of myself into each and every one of them.
Some of my posts have discussed issues of accessibility – the importance of interpreting services (Providing Interpreters and Three Bars of Soap and a Massage), captioning of on-line videos (How to Caption Your Videos and Project readOn), and video relay services (Love, Dating, and Deaf Dads). Others focused on sign language (A Pagan Blessing in ASL, Blessings to Carl, and The Sign and the Music). And I’ve tried to share a little bit about Deaf Culture (Thoughts on Through Deaf Eyes, amongst others).
Some of my posts focused on Pagan Spirituality (Defining Paganism, Prayer for the Earth, The Spiral Goddess) as well as discussing the merger of one’s identity as a Deaf person with the spiritual path of a Pagan (On Being Deaf and Pagan and To Capitalize or Not to Capitalize ). I’ve also tried to be a resource for other Deaf Pagans (Finding Deaf Pagans and Deaf-Friendly Pagan Events).
I’ve introduced readers to the joys of drinking mead (Got Mead?) and eating jelly beans (The Bean and I). I’ve made people nervous when I describe walking on red-hot coals via my firewalking posts (Why We Walk on Fire) and comforted them with a prayer for peace (An Irish Blessing).
Some of my posts were written by guest bloggers – Yvonne Aburrow (Signing From a Hearing Perspective), Wolf Wind (The Ritual of Battering), and Crystal Dolphin, whose post on her thoughts about the PBS program “Through Deaf Eyes” (A Hearing Person’s View of Through Deaf Eyes) was a finalist in the DeafRead “Through Deaf Eyes” Blogging Contest.
Many of my posts include photographs, and some of them feature the work of Crossroads visitor Robin, which you can find in a number of my Pagan posts (Picturing Paganism, as well as some of the ones mentioned above.)
But regardless of what rambling thoughts I share through my writings here at the Crossroads, I am forever grateful to my readers – for their comments, for their encouragement, and for their support. You’ve played a key role in making Deaf Pagan Crossroads what it is today, and for that I thank you.
I also want to take a moment to thank DeafRead.com for including Deaf Pagan Crossroads on its list of blogs, thus giving me the opportunity to reach out to more members of the Deaf Community; and to Pagan Theologies for including me on their list of blogs to equally reach out to the Pagan Community. Please be sure to check out these two fine sites.
In addition, I also thank the individuals who have added me to their blogroll – too many to list them all, but you know who you are!
Pops a bottle of homemade mead and fills up glasses to hand out to everyone…
It’s been a great six months. Here’s to the next six.