8 Reflections on a Year of Blogging
A month ago, we passed a significant milestone after blogging together for 1 year, a milestone that passed in the midst of renewed violence in Palestine and Israel. In this year, we have shared laughter, tears and frustration and have grown in the process of sharing our hearts with each other and with you, our readers. Our bloggers each decided to share what this past year has meant to them:
I: Writing for this blog has been challenging, cathartic and energizing. It has been a privilege to partner with a group of people that is committed to similar goals, even if we don't see eye to eye on everything. During difficult and particularly violent times, I have found encouragement and empathy from my fellow bloggers. It isn't easy to find encouragement in times like these, so when you find it, you hold it all the tighter.
Q: This year, our first, of writing for AnotherVoice, has been a great time of working together with amazing sisters whose voices need to be heard in the crazy context of Israel-Palestine we each call home. Writing every month, sharing our pain and our joys, having the freedom and the encouragement to honestly share from our hearts is the blessing of this blog.
Abbsi: A year ago I was privileged to join this group of Israeli and Palestinian bloggers. It has given me space and freedom to share my joys and fears as a Christian, as a Palestinian and as a woman. For me, it is a place to cooperate alongside others while demonstrating mutual respect and support for each other.
Y: Blogging with 7 other unique, talented and strong women has taught me so much about myself and others, as well as about the situation we are living in. We have had both high and low moments in the process, celebrating amazing successes together, while also developing a thick skin to criticism at times, and learning to work together. What we are doing is unique and our ability to stick together as Israeli and Palestinian women is a great encouragement, especially in the midst of the violence we find ourselves in.
Alice: Writing this year for the blog has stretched me - I'm not a writer. However, I do have an opinion and experience living in Israel and working with Palestinians. Working on joint blogs has helped me deepen the experience and learn PATIENCE! Hoping next year we will have peace and our blog will turn to remembering how hard things WERE…
Bee: It is a privilege to be part of this blog because we share a common goal: we want to be heard! Everyone comes from a unique place and experience, and to be able to use words to articulate it has been a learning process for me. I hope this year we continue to inspire each other, and more importantly to continue to be an example to what we stand for.
Goody Two Shoes: What a year! So much fun. My family has been 'blogged out' and remained patient.
I have learned about spelling and grammar, paragraphs and titles.
I have learned about others.
But most of all I have learned about myself.
Tootsie: What this blog has taught me over the past year is that fear and love are the two most important feelings in our context. Fear is something that we try to fight, but we don't fight it with love. Most people act in fear rather than love. What Palestinians and Israelis need to learn is that perfect love casts out all fear. We can't live peacefully together if we are constantly living in fear of one another.