Carol A. Hand
Voices from the Margins is a title that represents one of the central themes of my life. Born into the liminal space between cultures with an Ojibwe mother with a professional career (a nurse) and an Anglo American working-class father with a 9th-grade education, where does one “fit?” Raised with instructions in two religions that claimed to be “the one true faith,” the Catholicism forced on my mother in an Indian boarding school and the Presbyterian faith of my father’s English roots, I learned to question both at an early age. As a girl who loved science and nature and climbing trees, not fashion, who refused to learn typing and how to cook, I was forced to acknowledge that the limiting categories of accepted social roles just didn’t work for me.
Photo Credit: Gary Larson, The Far Side (1983 FarWorks, Inc.)
It was easier for me to finally admit that there were just too many differences to bridge. Fitting in would mean compromising who I was on too many levels. Blogging from this frame has taught me that there are so many more people who feel they are on the margins than I ever imagined. Connecting through blogging has created a sense of community that I never envisioned as a possibility. Fortunately, I found a blogging partner who has similar feelings about the name we have chosen for our blog.
The tagline did need a little adjustment. Initially, we described our blog as “A welcoming place for voices of resistance from the margins.” Our original hope was to create a space for others to share their perspectives and creative works. That really hasn’t worked the way we had hoped. Thanks to the blogging 101 course, I was inspired to tweak the tagline a little: “A welcoming space for the voices of resistance to the forces of oppression and hegemony.” This is closer to what I believe we mean by resistance, but the tagline may still need more work.
One final thought. Our blog has a modest number of followers. For anyone enrolled in blogging 101 who would like to reach a different and new audience, my blog partner and I really do welcome submissions. If your work fits with the blog’s purpose, described on our “About” page, please check out the submissions page for details.