Randomness: Blogging

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.

Good luck!
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Randomness: It Takes Two

Back in the day, I used to side eye my mom when she would get upset/cry when one of her fave old school singers passed away. I used to think it wasn’t that damn serious. Now that I am older, I get where she was coming from. When celebrities pass away, who we feel represent our youth, it’s shocking. (1) It’s a reminder that we will all pass one day and (2) our young days are over!  :O/

When Heavy D died a couple of years ago, I shed some tears. I consider myself second generation rap/hip hop (late 80’s to mid 90’s), and Heavy D was an icon from those days.  A time when Jheri curls, beatbox, and overalls w/ one strap unhooked, ruled the world.

So, when I heard that DJ E-Z Rock had passed away, my heart cracked just a little bit more.  They were part of that second rap/hip hop wave. I remember Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two” being played several times at my prom. Dang. Time goes by so fast…

So, RIP to homey. Also, shout out to other old school rappers who have passed away in the last couple of years: Ms. Melodie, Gangstarr’s Guru, Chris Kelly (of Kriss Kross) and few more I know am I forgetting.

Have a good weekend…1,2,3 get loose now!