I’ve been feeling a pull for a while now. A pull towards something else. Something new. Something different. A pull to writing about something non-developmental. Sure development will always be a part of who I am, and inshallah I will pursue my career in that area. But right now, writing about development is missing something important. I feel like I’m at a different point in life right now, and since I’ve always pulled my inspiration from the immediate things going on in my life, it’s kind of hard to continue on the “serious” stuff when I’m not in a straight-jacket academic setting anymore. And I have thought about this one long and hard. I question myself: if I’m not getting the kind of satisfaction I usually get from doing something, should I still do it? And I argue with myself: people expect you to write about this stuff, and some actually encourage you to do so, and learn from some of the stuff, and you learn so much too. True. And I believe in sharing information. But right now, I feel like I need to shift back to more personal writing; which is where this entire blogging experience started from anyway. I feel like serious changes are going on within me, and I need to process that. Does that mean I won’t talk about Ghana or development at all? Of course not. Those will always show up somehow because they are a part of who I am. But right now, I feel like I need to do something different. I have realized that I enjoy doing reviews. And I love writing random thoughts and opinions on random incidents. And more now than ever, I believe in the power of sharing our respective stories. So after days and nights of back and forth with myself, we have decided to remain true, and let the winds of change blow us where they will. We are still staying true to the mission of this blog: to inform and share. And we’re working on making this blog more navigable so you can access what you want, when you want. But for now, it’s just going to be something different. And who knows? Might just turn out to be an exciting adventure. :) Hope you’ll stick with us in this next lap of the journey.
Jemila Abdulai is the creative director, editor and founder of the award-winning website Circumspecte.com. A media and international development professional and economist by training, she combines her business, communications and project management expertise with her strong passion for Africa. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys travel, global cuisine, movies, and good design.