A couple of weeks ago, my blog celebrated its one yer anniversary. Wow, time goes by fast. I have enjoyed blogging. It’s been cathartic. I encourage other everyday black women, to start a blog. As a group, we have been marginalized in and outside the black community. However, this is a good time for black women. Technology has allowed us to finally center our experiences/voices. Don’t let starting a blog intimidate you. You don’t have to be the best writer. You just have to know how to convey your thoughts.
Here are a few personal suggestions on starting a blog:
1) Write about what you know: It’s cliché, but true. Be your authentic self. If you enjoy going to the movies, do a review blog. If you like to travel, write about your traveling adventures. Folks will catch on quickly if you try to write about things you aren’t really interested in.
2) Share only what you want to share: Don’t feel obligated to share everything. I write some off the wall things, but it’s also part of my real life activism. You have to do what’s best for you/your personal reputation.
3) Write one post a day or every other day: When I first started blogging, I tried to write a minimum of three posts a day. I quickly burnt out. One post per day or every other day is good enough. It’s also good to take breaks…so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
4) Be creative: Incorporate videos, images, audio, play around with the font (nothing too wacky, though 🙂 It makes things more interesting for readers.