But something that I have done, is do some reevaluating. As you can see, the name of the salon has been reduced to its most simple expression. I realized that with my writing on Congo, and my trying to keep up with the situation there, I have been neglecting other things, and other places, that are just as important So we are now going to have 2 salons. The Salon will stay as the Congo blog, with my fellow team members, and the new "The Salon II" will be for some international issues.
What does this mean for the reader of The Salon:
- A more mixed tone in the posts. The posts will sometimes be in news article style, but I want to allow for the fact that part of the beauty of blogs, is the fact that we can all write in our own voice, with a bit less formality. So more opinions, more shorter posts, and the same articles you are used to from our team.
- More pictures. I am really working on illustrating the articles better, so we can actually give visuals to the things we talk about, on Congo. I need to contact Kim and Tim for that.
- More writers. As I am trying to make a living here in the US (with the corollary savage capitalism), I am finding myself with less time to write, if I want to eat... and I regret that. So I need to find some good souls to compensate. Even if it means x-posting with their blogs (as our beloved Congo Girl does already). I also want more Congolese bloggers, and bloggers from other African countries... we'll see.
- More bilingual French-English posts. As the elections are coming up, I want to make sure that some of the things we say here, are accessible to those Congolese people living in the DRC, who are lucky enough to be in a cyber cafe, and finding us.