Last weekend, my baby turned two years old.
Muslimah Media Watch, the website that I founded in 2007, has now been around for two years. It feels like much longer, perhaps three years at least, because this blog has created so many wonderful things in my life, and the site itself has undergone so many changes.
In late August of 2007, I was the website’s sole contributor, writing all the content. It was easier then, because I was in graduate school, and found the website to be a welcome distraction from my thesis or a wonderful place to apply all the feminist theories I was learning. I had found no place for myself mainstream feminist media, and realized how easy it would be to carve out a space for myself in the blog world.
But it was more than that. I knew there were other women like me: Muslim, feminist, and seriously pissed off at being misrepresented. I knew that we might not have much else in common, but I created MMW for all of us.
On MMW’s one year anniversary, I had expanded: six or so contributors and a steady posting schedule.
This year, MMW boasts twice as many contributors and faithful readers. Oh, and a Twitter account and a Facebook page. Our contributors are from all over the globe, helping me to realize my vision of global MMW domination.
Maybe next year.
In the meantime, it is a both a pleasure and an honor to work with my contributors. They are smart, they are fierce, and they are adding their voices to a mounting refusal to be stereotyped or mis-characterized in media.
And I am so happy to be a part of it.