I started blogging in July 2011 to share my perspective on sexual and reproductive justice, advocacy, and policy and how it impacts Black, Latina, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Native/Indigenous women & girls.
Blogging has really been a means to an end: To promote my consulting services. To be transparent, throughout the past year, I’ve wondered, “What in the world am I doing? Are people even paying attention?” I focused a lot of how many page views I would get or how to get more people to comment on my blog posts that at times it became overwhelming. However, my confidence began to increase with each blog post.
Throughout the year, I’ve grown to enjoy it a lot, and at times I stay up at night thinking of what to blog about next. To help me, I’ve incorporated the feedback given to me by my readers, and I’ve tried to find interesting ways to engage my readers so that I would be delivering content that’s engaging and relevant while still holding true to my intentions for blogging.
The highlight of the past year has been being recognized as one of 30 Black women bloggers to look out for in 2012 by For Harriet. I was completely caught off guard. I never would have thought that I would receive this type of recognition, particularly in the first year of blogging. It made me realize more than ever that, despite page views or blog comments, people really were paying attention.
To express my gratitude for every retweet, every “like”, every “favorite”, every comment, every re-post, and every newsletter subscription, I’m holding another contest for y’all with some awesome prizes! (Just look at the picture above!)
Here’s how the contest works: