After more than 4 year of blogging it's time to stop. But the blog will of course be available and I will keep moderating the blog until it's no longer needed, so the blog will stay open for comments.
I’ve actually stopped blogging since February, but I didn't wrote a proper goodbye. So I will end Afro-Europe with a series of postings of material I have promised others and myself I would blog about. The final posting will be a surprise.
But before I stop I want to thank co-blogger Sibo for his great posts. And I would like to thank all the people who contributed to this blog with their articles, their mailings and with their invaluable comments. To name a few, Chico Chico-Rei, who also wrote some great articles for the blog, and the regular commentators John, Azizi Powell, Sanza, negroamore4u, BlkViking, Truth2011 and Danielle Gomez. Also thanks to the many others who contributed anonymously. I also would like thank the digital team of Ebony Magazine for featuring this blog on their main page for two weeks and also our friends of the great film blog Shadow and Act, who linked our posts so many times and supplied us with tons of new visitors. And also the online magazine Dominion of New York and the many websites, blogs, Facebook and Tumbler pages who have cross-posted or linked our postings.
Looking back at my posting ‘The break: Blogging Black from the Netherlands and how I became an Afro-European’ of more than two years ago, the only thing I can add is that blogging gave me the unique opportunity to have deep conversations with people from all the world. Conversations about what is like to black in an other country and about so many other interesting topics. These conversations changed my perspective and gave me a deeper understanding of the differences and similarities between black communities. These conversations also gave me broader understanding of my life as a black person in The Netherlands.
Since I am a social media junk, I won’t stop reading blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. So just the blogging will stop, not the journey. But for now, it's not the end yet.