Moving back to New York in 08 has had it’s challenges but has been very rewarding.
Most people who come to my site now don’t know that I started off as topic driven blogger 4 years ago (who had the long posts lol). I always had the moniker DJ Diva before I started blogging. I started spinning music to make extra money to support my decision to finish my degree. I was blessed to have a steady gig before I had equipment. This fact always makes me smile.
In 2009 I have been blessed to have the opportunity to be able to go back to the school and finish my quest for a Ph.D in English. Those of you who have met me in person, know that I talk of nothing but my research and fascination with my dissertation topic. 🙂
In 2008 I picked up a new computer..with a new program I had never used before…and with the skills I already had…managed to pump out over 50 mixtapes. None of them are the same. I have barely repeated songs with the exception of The DJ Diva’s Best of 2008. I think I lived up to my moniker of DJ Diva-The Mixtress of R&B (Top downloads shown below)
Needless to say I have been very proud of myself.
Being the perfectionist that I aim to be, 2009 also brings the opportunity to expand my hobby of DJaying more thoroughly. I say hobby because while it is one of the talents I have: my JOB is to take care of my family and reach the first goal of becoming a professor of Urban Literature, The Harlem Renaissance and Shakespeare. The great thing is now I can combine the experience of creating these free podcasts with my equipment and begin to combine the two to make extra cash and to have a good time. Most of you should know by now that I love to have a good time. 🙂
Where does that leave The Mixtress?
I can’t leave my girl behind. She is my baby and I worked hard to get her up and running. I have received a lot of love on the site and while most of my readers over at djdiva.blogspot.com haven’t made the jump with me, my traffic has consistently grown based on the mixes alone. I feel as if I am shortchanging these readers with a once a week mix and nothing else to do when they get to my site. In 2009 I plan to upgrade her in time for her first year anniversary. There will be other changes: adding more new music downloads, more new artists spotlights/interviews and of course the Monday Mixtape.
I know this may seem overwhelming to some but 2009 is about work for me. Work toward my job as a wife, and mother. Work to achieve my lifetime goals. And work to expand my talents.
But it’s good work. As Mos Def says in Champion Requiem:
And my work is personal, I’m a workin person
I put in work, I work with purpose
What are you gonna do for 2009?