This is a very thoughtful interview with the brilliant Latoya Peterson of Racialicious over at Where is your line?. The whole thing is so worth a read.
I base most of my activism in personal experiences, but that can be very limiting. When I got to the blogosphere, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a crash course it is in everyone’s issues – and you were already supposed to have done the pre reading. You can see this a lot in my earlier work – I made just about everything about a personal experience that I used to talk about a larger issue. Some of those were the most remembered and most discussed pieces I ever wrote. But there is a huge personal toll involved with mining your life and experiences for blog fodder, so I’ve learned over the years to start inserting professional distance. Still, I struggle with it. Identity is vitally important to activism, but I’ve also seen folks get so wrapped up in their personal interpretations and experience that there isn’t room for anyone else’s thoughts or ideas.