Happy Bloggiversary to us! Today marks the Every Person Is a Philosopher blog’s first birthday.

NWA writer Radmila Lunic at our blog launch party one year ago!

By the numbers…

In the past year, we brought you 233 posts. Of those posts, 62 have been our “Front Porch” features, inviting you to join us on our virtual literary front porch to chat about the ideas our writers raise in their Journal of Ordinary Thought contributions. Forty posts are categorized as “Reading Between the Lines” (that is, social justice-focused) and to that end, 29 were labeled “Creative Resistance,” telling the stories of art being used to call attention to injustices in the world.

We featured profiles of 36 of our everyday philosophers, including 17 writers, 6 board members, 5 workshop leaders, 3 interns, 3 volunteers, and 3 that are too unique to classify.

Your top ten favorite blog posts of the year…

Girl being carried up by balloonsTaking it to the Streets “Street art is known for its anti-war, anti-consumerism, and other such anti-establishment sentiment. Banksy, JR, and other like-minded artists use the bricks and mortar of our cities as their canvases in order to force ordinary citizens on their way to work or school or the grocery store to stop and reevaluate the world around them.

Creative Resistance: The Freedom Writers at 50 “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, a civil rights movement that swept the South and transfixed the nation beginning in 1961.”

I Believe That Peace is Possible “Every day I must renew my commitment to peace—in my angry moments, in my sad, self-centered moments, even in the moments when I want to be left alone. It’s keeping my mouth shut when I want to tell someone off. It’s reminding myself to be a better woman when someone insults or hurts me.” Audio and text of NWA writer Helena Marie Carnes-Jeffries contribution to This I Believe.

Poetry in the Egyptian Uprising “And at this very moment, Egyptian citizens participating in the anti-government uprising are chanting couplets of poetry as they protest in the streets and squares all over the country…. What are your memories of poetry in protest? Why is it so crucial?”

Connecting Cultures: An Artists Pilgrimage “I will make quilts that deal with social issues, lecture about the places I have been (Americans are far too isolated and most are ignorant of the rest of the world), teach quiltmaking that allows the makers to express themselves, write about my experiences, and curate exhibitions all toward the goal of building understanding, until I am no longer able.” A guest post by fiber artist Karen S. Musgrave, discussing her international and local quilting experiences.

“Nigger Will Never Be A Term of Endearment” “I may just be a crazy old lady who was born before the middle of the 20th Century, but I say nigger is not, was not, and never will be a term of endearment or respect.” Audio and text of NWA writer Sharon F. Warner’s contribution to This I Believe.

Audio: Doris Arrington “Spin From Within”  “Doris is like any Neighborhood Writing Alliance writer—she is totally unique.” An audio profile of longtime NWA writer Doris Arrington.

 

King Branch Library Writing WorkshopNWA’s Weekly Writing Workshop: Where the Magic Happens “We are thrilled to share a very special piece of audio with you, the first in a series that brings the Neighborhood Writing Alliance to life! This piece features a variety of voices from our weekly writing workshops, and captures the spirit of what we’re all about.”

The Air as Announcement: Reading Farmers Almanacs “I do not believe that the cries of birds are an announcement of the future.  But I do like to think they are a kind of “announcement” of the present, pulling my attention back to the natural world that I am often too distracted to notice….The Farmers’ Almanacs, however accurate or inaccurate they may be, remind me that nature is a slow, churning force all around me. It constantly “announces” its cyclical processes in a way that—should I choose to attend—will always produce wonder and provide perspective.”

 

Meet the Philosophers: Nena Adams “Some of my stories sound too simple and unimportant, but doesn’t it say somewhere that simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication? That is my attitude toward every NWA writer.”

 

We’ve debuted 8 pieces of audio, 2 multimedia slideshows, and 1 celebrity-packed video on the blog.

 

We’re proud of what we have accomplished on the blog this past year, and we look forward to covering new topics, bringing you more multimedia, sparking more conversation, and continuing to contribute to local and broader conversations on social justice and literary arts.

Thank you for reading. Today, take a moment to share your favorite blog post with a friend, and with us. We’d also love to hear what you want to see on this blog in the next year. Let us know in the comments!