A week away from our 6-month-blogversary, it’s really motivating to receive a Blogger Recognition Award. A special thank you to Courtenay’s Beauty Box for following, supporting and nominating Write to Live for this award! If you are looking for a blog that uniquely covers lifestyle, beauty, mental health topics, definitely hit that follow button on her site!
So with these nominations, each blog discusses how they got started and gives two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
How It Got Started
The idea for Write to Live came about when I was reflecting on 2016, more specifically, the bloody summer of 2016. This was the summer in which we witnessed the modern-day lynchings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, Korryn Gaines, Terence Crutcher, Charles McKinsey and Keith Lamont Scott, who was the 173rd black person that year to be killed by police. Meanwhile, I was working in our nation’s capital creating de-escalation policies for public schools and realized we completely overlooked input from our main beneficiaries: students. The two thoughts that have stuck with me since that summer are 1.) We have to create the change we seek with the knowledge we have while uplifting each other, and 2.) We have to empower youth to find the strength in their voices to do the same. Black and brown bodies are constantly under attack by hits at education, health, housing and so much more. This a space to analyze and think through solutions to those issues while celebrating the culture and livelihood of those bodies.
Words of Advice
Join blogging networks. Joining networks like Black Bloggers United, Black Girls Who Blog, Bloglovin’, etc have allowed me to interact with other bloggers, collaborate with other bloggers and learn from folks who have been at this for a while, since I’m new to the game as well.
If you love what you’re doing, don’t stop. It takes time to build a following, so as the creator of Cubicle and Curls told me, focus on your content and the followers will come. Welcome the challenge of sticking it out until your viewers increase if you really believe in your message. If the message was placed on your heart, someone out there will definitely be drawn to it.
Below are some blogs that I follow, love and encourage y’all to check out!
Cubicles and Curls
She Who Writes Reality
Relish N’ Rise
Whispers of a Womanist
Love, Nia Simone
The Ideal Fire Starter
Changed By Purpose
Victoria Lola’s World
Write Some Shit
Below are the requirements for accepting this nomination:
- Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Write a post to accept your award
- Give a brief summary of how your blog began
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Select 15 of your own nominees for the award
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them. Then provide a link to the post you have created