Happy new week, babes. Recently a certain Ms. Nina of LemonsAndLuggage.com nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award - an award given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community.
Nina's vibe for her nominees was highlighting bloggers from marginalized communities, which came at the perfect time for some conversations I've been following online surrounding the unrelenting whitewashing of so many blogging communities. If you haven't heard about some recent outrage with a press trip by Revolve clothing (read more here), they had a whole bunch of the usual skinny white/light girl bloggers posting from their trip and some people had had enough. That then sparked, among other conversations and such, the creation of the #YouBelongNow movement and instagram account where blogger Valerie Eguavoen highlights content creators who are doing great work but are often overlooked.
Alright, amazing. As for me and my personal journey or whatever, I often look at these global outrages centering on inclusivity, representation and just plain racial/regional sensitivity and wonder how much this reeeeally affects me as an African kid in Africa.
H&M and Dove are cute but obviously what I should be doing is supporting a local business which actually focuses on me as their market and respects me. If there isn't one then I should be thinking about how to make one happen, no?
SO. That's why today I'm focusing my energy on highlighting and engaging with bloggers/creators from Africa and the rest of the non-Western world. Check out my answers to Nina's questions and my 11 nominees below!
- How would you encourage other women from marginalized communities to start blogging? I'd say firstly, just start. Write out a few posts, take a bunch of photos (if it applies) and have a bank of content at first so you post regularly from the beginning. Also, be yourself 100% and that means don't try and emulate what you think a 'blogger' is supposed to be - share what you want the way you want to and you'll see what your audience responds to the best.
- What is your favorite post you have written? I have a few but I'd say this one on reasons not to fear travelling solo (while female and/or black) and this one on honest instagram captions :)
- How do you deal with hateful comments on your social media accounts? Honestly I don't get a lot of hate, I'm not big enough yet LOL. (Can't think of any instances apart from someone commenting 'ugly' on one of my instagram posts)... So at this stage I just ignore them!
- In which ways can female bloggers from marginalized communities empower each other? Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate. I believe almost any two creators can learn from each other and make something together that both their audiences love. If not that, share each others' work! Leave comments! So easy.
- What's the best blogging advice anyone has ever given you? That consistency is key. I can't say it (or hear it) enough!
- What do you want your readers to take away from your blog? How important travel can be in someone's life and to give it a go, near or far from home. Also that the fashion/modelling industry belongs to anyone who wants it and now really is the time to do things your own way!
- What has been the most rewarding thing about blogging? The awesome people it's introduced me to, from readers/viewers to other creators and other people in the travel and fashion worlds.
- How do you stay positive? Generally I retreat into things I love like music, movies, yoga, chocolate, that sort of thing :)
- What would you do with a million dollars? Buy a looot of property around the world and of course a little travel too!
- What is your biggest strength as a woman? Probably my intuition. Women are magic, yo.
- What is your biggest goal in life? Happiness and infinite learning and knowledge in all forms.
NOW. Here are my nominees for the award - all you have to do is answer the following questions, come up with your own 11 questions and tag 11 other bloggers, nominating them to do the same.
- Lyra from Lyra Aoko
- Katchie from Travel With Katchie
- Nolu from Melanated Butterfly
- Qali from Being Qali
- Debra from Miel E Koth
- Dalal from Just Dalal
- Cassie from Cassie Daves
- Fred from So You Like Fashion
- Rhea from The Girl From Fuss
- Jireh from The Traveldote
- Bella from I Am Brownie
Listen I'm frightfully lazy today so I'm going to ask you guys to answer the exact same questions Nina asked me (substitute the women questions with men, Fred!) - I can't wait to see all the responses!
Be cool, babes.
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