In mid April of this year we lost kick ass Black Girl blogger Karyn Washington, the wonderful Black feminist historian Stephanie Camp, and DC was still looking for Relisha Rudd.
To say that I was overwhelmed was an understatement.
In order to cope with this, I decided to make myself available to girls of color on tumblr who are creating new media (blog posts, podcasts, digital poetry books, indie fiction) etc.
It was a way for me to honor the legacies of Karyn Washington and Stephanie Camp, and not be overwhelmed by the fact that we were looking for Relisha Rudd.
I promised myself that I would do the exercise again. So here it is.
When I did this exercise the first time people asked me questions about:
- Using blogging to get into journalism (depends, you can go the school route, but you need to have a social media presence and online archive that legacy media folks can recognize, you can go indie as well)
- How to make a blog that makes money? (get a squad, feed the meter, have and en game; a blog is social capital)
- What was hard about writing the book? (finishing it was hard, marketing is far more difficult)
- How can I monitize my Black girl fashion blog? ( you need to sell something your community is willing to pay for (make up boxes, t-shirts, coffee mugs…etc), or feed the machine in order to earn enough traffic to attract advertisers…this was easier to do pre-2010.
- One person wanted to learn more about how to apply to grad school and I just had her call me because, that was too long of an e-mail to type out. We still remain in contact:)
So leave your question below or e-mail me @ first name.last @ gmail and I’ll respond. The deadline to reach out is 11:59 pm Thursday night and I will respond to everyone by the weekend.
Thank you for your patience. I’ve wanted to do this all summer, and I just now have the time.
I look forward to hearing from you all.
- What do you want to learn more about?
- How are you trying to grow your current blog/podcast/vlog?
- Is there anything you’d like to know about book writing, marketing?
- How do I avoid burnout?