and I know I’ve been MIA. I’ve been busy with work, parenting, and just living life. I hope the new year has been treating everyone good so far. It’s hard to believe it’s March and spring will soon be upon us. Thank goodness. I am done with winter 🙂 I’m going to make a better effort to keep up the blog. However, I’ve been indulging more in my video editing skills with my YouTube channel. If you want to keep up with my latest shenanigans..check me out on that platform. I have included my most recent video below.
The biggest thing I’m looking forward to this month, is attending the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. It’s being hosted for the first time in my city. The AWP is considered one of the largest literary conferences in the country. I received a scholarship to attend, and I’m sooo excited! The thought of all those books, writers, and workshops in one spot makes me shiver. Yes, I’m a book nerd at heart. I plan to share about my experience…so keep an eye out!
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.
This past spring, I won a grant to attend the Blogalicious conference. I can’t believe it’s just next week! It seemed so far away. I am looking forward to the conference. It’s an opportunity to travel, learn some new things, and meet up with family. If I am not feeling overwhelmed/lazy, I will post a video(s) from my time there, or at least blog. I wish I knew about the event, last year. The conference was held in Las Vegas. I would’ve hit up the slot machines. 😉