I feel like I’ve been on a bit of a blogging vacation. That’s ok, though. I’m entitled. But why have I been so quiet lately? Mainly because I’ve been waiting to hear what becomes of the Mexico Today program that I’ve been contributing to since June. Our contracts expired at the end of the year and we’ve been told that we should just be patient for now as planning and negotiations are still ongoing. That’s fine, I understand… but it makes me a bit laid back and relaxed without a deadline looming. I so hope the program continues, keep your fingers crossed that it does, ok?
I have made such good friends and learned so much through this project. I’ve learned that there are countless people who love México and are passionate about challenging the biases we read in the mainstream press. The men and women who are my fellow ambassadors have greatly enhanced my knowledge of social media with one of the main lessons learned that sharing each others blog posts, tweets, and status updates enhances the reach for all of us. And enhancing the reach is important when you’re trying to tell a story that is charming and poignant rather than alarmist and bloody.
I’ll never understand how people can be so bigoted and closed-minded – and share their feelings openly online about it, too. Have you ever read the comments on an online article about Mexico? So many are filled with venom, anger, and generalities. I’m not just sad that they are saying hurtful things about México and the people who live here, but they seem to not realize that they are showing the world how ugly and small minded they are.
I’ll get off my soapbox now, and for the time being you can catch me out walking, or knitting my endless table mat or reading on my Kindle while petting a dog. Life is good and I am enjoying myself. I hope you are, too!/p>
At the top of this post is a picture of my endless table mat that’s nowhere near ready to be felted. I’d better get back to it now!