When I first listened to Linkin Park’s A Thousand Suns album after years of Meteora and Hybrid Theory fandom, I wondered if I’d purchased the right CD. The music was … different. The tone less angry, less angsty, more explorative and overall more forgiving.
The musicians told a new bold story—not an anticipated account of pain. Now, lead vocalists called for—in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—“wisdom, justice and love,” examining societal ills but also hope through the lens of (nuclear) fallout. What is the catalyst, after all?
Musicians evolve. Even the most revered bands change course with maturity.
Blogs, I would argue, are worthy of the same treatment.
When I began Pans and Pickpockets in 2010, I was a Nevada newlywed and recent college grad, trying to figure out what it meant to be a “traditional” wife who had a predilection for social causes.
Now, in 2014, I’ve given up attempts at cooking in exchange for a communications career, so there go the pans. I don’t participate in protests these days, and I’ve come to realize that social justice stems from attitudes of the heart, not just petitions we sign. So, there goes the pickpockets.
Today, I live in Los Angeles. I work in digital communications at a fast-paced office filled with creative coworkers. I remain married to the same man, who four years later still makes me laugh with his nerdy jokes, Lord of the Rings references and witty puns.
I am me, but I am different.
I would like to continue blogging, but I’d like to tackle new territory in this space. Will you join me?
Here are some topics I’d like to share in the future:
- Writing Tips
- Social Media Strategy
- Los Angeles Life + Nevada Nostalgia
- Links to Posts Worth Sharing
- Compassion-Based Social Justice (as best we can define that)
- Activism Opportunities
Let me know in the comments below: Which of these most resonate with you?
(If you’ve bookmarked Pans and Pickpockets, note my new URL: pansandpickpockets.wordpress.com.)