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Blogger Spotlight: Adebola of MyBreakingViews

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Introducing Adebola of MyBreakingViews...

Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.

I am MyBreakingViews and I love stating an opinion, so when it came to creating a blog I knew I would find it easy to talk about political issues that surround us as a society because it changes all the time. I also loooove travelling! I've done over 30 places around the world and I have sought to share that with people. 

I recently started my YouTube channel also called MyBreakingViews. I have a huge passion for helping people and letting everyone state their views. I believe in using MyBreakingViews as a platform for opinions to be shared! 

When did you start blogging and what motivated you to start?

I originally started a blog three years ago on my travels as I did a study exchange in Singapore and travelled all over South East Asia. However I felt like this was common so decided to start a blog on political and social justice issues that I felt young people needed to know about.

I have since grown and realised there are so many other avenues that I could explore, like my faith (I'm a born again Christian), my travels and just my life. 

How has your blog evolved since starting your blogging journey?

Oh wow. This is a question I had to really think about. I can definitely say I have grown as a person. I started on Blogger - I had no idea about blogging, editing or even like headers, footers, URL. I was lucky that my boyfriend at the time was a graphic designer and he did sort me out but then I stopped because I just felt like I wasn't putting my all into it. 

I now use WordPress and GoDaddy as my host, I actually spent money because I knew I would take it seriously once I payed up. I am so glad I made that decision. The support I have received has been amazing and I am constantly growing and learning new things everyday, trust me. 

What has been the most challenging part about running a blog?

I would say the most challenging aspect of running a blog is staying consistent! It is so hard especially when it's cold and life gets in the way. I just found myself making excuses because I didn't know what to write.

I learnt the best way to keep on top of my writing was to write on my phone especially when I am constantly on the move. In fact this influenced me to start my YouTube channel because I knew I could share my opinions on another scale and widen my platform with another skill. 

What's your favourite post/s and why?

I love my posts on my very own political views but due to my area of work I have had to take a step back and find other ways to grow MyBreakingViews as a brand. I would say my fave posts now are about my travelling because I am sharing my own experiences. 

Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years’ time?

This puts me on the spot! Where do I start? I have connected my blog with my YouTube channel and I hope to actually be able to use the two to talk about political issues and real life social issues that affect our community, I don't what it to just be my views, I want it to be all of your views too.

In a nutshell, I want MyBreakingViews to become a social political platform, a news channel and a website to talk about travel, lifestyle, politics, makeup and ministry! Amen! 

Do you have any bloggers you admire and follow yourself?

Yes I mean where do I start lol! I really love Christian bloggers like Wunms and also Shirley B because she helps me tap into my girly side. 

Your blog centres around your personal opinions on politics as well as travel. Do you have any advice for bloggers who want to do something similar?

Yes, be you. Don't be afraid to talk about your views! When I write about social political issues, I would sometimes think about what other people would think and it was only when someone set me straight and asked me what is MyBreakingViews. It is my view! When you have to say something, do not worry about what people think. It's what you think, it's is your own Breaking View! 

In terms of travel, I say it in my posts - travel! Travel somewhere new every year and talk about your experiences because everyone's experience is always different. Other than that stay consistent, enjoy the journey and enjoy the growth.

What are your hopes for the Black British Blogging community?

That we get bigger and greater. We have so much to say as black people and I absolutely live for it and love it! Black people face barriers on a day to day basis and I love when bloggers/YouTubers use their platforms to talk about these things. 

Visit My Breaking Views blog and YouTube channel. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Blogger Spotlight: Lize of Sewafolie

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Introducing Lize of Sewafolie...

Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.
I lived in Lagos, Nigeria until I was 17 years old when I then moved to London to join my family who had left a few years previously. The plan was that I finish my secondary school education in Lagos before moving. 9 years later, I'm now a graduate of the University of Sussex having studied BSc. Psychology and Sociology which I also studied in college. 


I started blogging in 2014 while I was in my last year of university. I initially started it as a means of sharing my creative writing, but while I was curating my works before launching, I decided to also write about my travels since I had so many pictures from all the trips I had gone on. Since then, the blog has grown and evolved into what it is today.

I've always been passionate about social issues which is why I studied Sociology so I think as an extension of that curiosity to learn from others like me, I started the VSM section of my blog which stands for Voice and Soul of Millennials. In the series, I have conversations/interviews with young millennials who inspire me and that I'm also curious to hear and learn about certain societal issues from.

In a similar vein, I also do interviews with young artists and entrepreneurs who are passionate about their craft. I've always wanted to be a business owner, so as I began to research and learn about business, I saw it fitting to learn from those who had gone before me. As an extension of my love for sharing knowledge and experiences with others, I decided to share these findings with my blog readers. 

Sewafolie is really an extension of my passions and loves so it all comes natural to me which makes it very original, fresh and different in its own right. And of course I've always been a lover of taking pictures and posing, so style blogging just had to be included. People are more visually led when it comes to clicking on links you know :D

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When did you start blogging and what motivated you to start?
I started blogging in March of 2014 and I was inspired by my own talents and the reaction I got when people read my writing. I've always enjoyed making up stories in my head and sometimes writing them out, although I seldom shared those. However, after daring myself to apply for a writing job and then getting it, the reviews I was getting from the readers made me realise that this was a talent I had always thought I wasn't good enough at but there I was making a living off of my words.

I decided to create an online portfolio for myself and keep on writing and building my own platform and not only that of the company I was working for at the time. So yeah, getting hundred thousands of reads every month and thousands of comments on my work was the motivation I needed to finally come out of the shadows and profess boldly that indeed I wanted to be a writer. The blog was the first step in that. I'm currently working on my first novel.


What post are you most proud of and why?
There are several to be honest. There was an interview I did with an artist from which she was able to directly get a job when the employer found my post on her. That was quite a surprise and made me feel that indeed, I am doing something good. 
However, there are two VSM conversations I thoroughly enjoyed and learned immensely from and I think everyone should have a read. In no particular order, the first was on religion with Teejay which is actually an audio because I really wanted his ideas conveyed in his own voice and the other on culture, religion and womanhood in Nigeria with Ireti. 

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Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years’ time?
In five years time, I see myself as a digital brand being commissioned for different projects by brands, collaborating with other artists, writing a 3rd book and building my online boutique business Ofio which I launched in November.


Do you have any bloggers you admire and follow yourself?
Yes! Yagazie Emezi, Asiyami Gold, Paola Mathe, Cassie Daves, Lee of Spirited Pursuit, Patricia Bright, Maya of Shameless Maya, Estare Live, Sincerely Oghosa, Shewa Jay, Dee Mako, The Slumflower and others I've probably forgotten to mention! 

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Do you have any advice for bloggers who want to get into style or travel blogging?
I'd say be yourself and be true to yourself. Work at being as professional as you can be/afford. Get your own domain name, host your site, have business cards for networking events, etc. Also, consistency is key. Plan posts and schedule things if you can, this is especially important if you're also studying or have a full time job alongside blogging. Passion for blogging is the first step as well, as you'll only go far if you really love what you do. Blogging isn't easy or as plain sailing as it may seem, it's a lot of hard work.


What are your hopes for the Black British Blogging community?
I hope we can be more inclusive, collaborate and share more with one another. Right now it's quite segmented. Having blogger events organised by bloggers too would be great in helping to connect, share and talk about important issues that affect us all. 

Visit Lize's blog and find her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Blogger Spotlight: Ade of ADZVICE

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Introducing Ade of Adzvice...

Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.

I'm a bit of a rarity in that I'm a Black British male in the blogging world. I've been blogging off/on for well over 5 years and I would classify myself as a travel and lifestyle blogger if I had to get technical - (who likes labels anyway?). I am a marketing professional with experience across various marketing specialist areas such as brand management, e-CRM and customer marketing as well as over 3 years in the alcohol industry.

Outside of work, I am an avid traveller and tend to visit 10 cities a year. Attending street food markets is another pastime of mine I enjoy. As a self-professed cocktail enthusiast, I love seeking out the coolest cocktail bars in London and abroad and putting them to the test. I am a hip hop head and a proud J. Cole fanatic (#Coleworld). Useless at football but that hasn’t stopped me from being a lifelong Manchester United fan, which given that I have always lived in South London, makes perfect sense! ;)

In terms of blogging, I am the founder of ADZVICE, the online hub for guidance and recommendations. Through blogs written by myself and other contributors, as well as the ADZVICE podcast, we aim to empower young men and women with tips and recommendations on a wealth of topics. If by the end of reading just one of our blogs or listening to a podcast you haven’t picked up practical tips, you’re probably on the wrong blog.

When did you start blogging and what motivated you to start?

I launched my first ever blog, http://mr-adz.blogspot.co.uk/ back in 2011 with the intention of using personal, real-life experiences to give practical advice and techniques to show why progression in life shouldn’t be considered as optional. I wanted to give advice on topics which I felt young adults need to speak about more, all with a personal development focus. I remember getting tired of the ample amount of trash ‘blogs’ I was exposed to which were trivial and always left me with a big “so what?” after reading. Thus, I set to be a positive alternative to those kind of websites.

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How has your blog evolved since starting your blogging journey?

Fast forward to almost exactly 5 years since my first blog I mentioned (several more were launched and abandoned in between) and ADZVICE was born. Originally, it was still very much a personal blog where I would give travel tips, restaurant reviews and lifestyle guidance. I worked on it independently and after a few months of positive feedback, I realised the potential for the ADZVICE brand beyond it’s then format.

I took the blog down in the summer and relaunched on the 1st December, which was also my birthday. Now, I have a partner (@BonitaRS_), who helps curate the site and we both lead a group of contributors who each share advice and guidance on a topic that relates to their personal blog. The aim of this is to open up readers to many bloggers all in one central hub. Whether you need tips on how to manage your money, a cool bar to impress a date or just want some lifestyle guidance, ADZVICE has something for you.

In the process of launching ADZVICE, I also began a podcast which is an extension of the brand. Originally called ‘For Millennial Minds’, the ADZVICE podcast, as it is now known sees myself and a guest sit down over drinks and a meal to discuss a topic they’re passionate about with the aim of sharing tips for the listeners. Previous episodes include ‘Quarter Life Crisis’, ‘Managing Money’ and ‘the Art of Self-Investment’. It’s interesting to see that although my blog has changed quite a bit, giving advice to others has stayed firmly at the centre of my motivations for blogging.

Where do you see yourself and your blog in five years’ time?

I have not done my 5 year plan (yet) but I am confident ADZVICE is going to be significantly bigger. I see it as something that is going to add value to so many people out there and open up all types of opportunities for me and those involved. It may sound cheesy as hell but as long as I am happy, travelling loads, healthy and ADZVICE is a respected and commercially viable brand, I will be in a fantastic place in 5 years time. There are some specific things that I am speaking into existence but are too secret to share in writing at this moment :)

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Do you have any bloggers you admire and follow yourself?

I am much more aware of bloggers on Twitter that I follow than the British bloggers with huge followers. I like what @ZeenaXena has done with @BloggingGals and take great tips from @Bola_Sol who runs @refinedcurrency. A personal friend and relatively new blogger is @Disunomics and he uses his humour and economics background to show how ‘everything in life is a transaction’.

From a purely aesthetic point of view more than anything, @AFIANATASHA takes beautiful photos and is someone I follow and now personally know. Finally and although she’s not British @QuirkyBrownLove is an incredible blogger and her blog is a great showcase for alternative Black culture. I’ve actually been featured in a list of 50 male bloggers they put together which was pretty cool.

Do you have any advice for bloggers who want to get into travel and lifestyle blogging?

Everyone is a blogger these days so I would tell a newbie to think carefully about what will set them apart from the many others. Think about your brand, what’s the long-term vision for it and if you were an outsider looking in, would you read your blog? In terms of just general blogging tips, I’d say start simple. Get yourself a nice Wordpress theme, take photos on your phone, provided its of good quality and don’t be afraid to make mistakes, learn and change the direction of your blog. Progression always beats perfection.

What are your hopes for the Black British Blogging community?

I think it's a great time to be a Black British Blogger to be honest. We’ve seen the power of Black Twitter and although it has some negative connotations, it shows the influence Black people can have via social media. My one hope is to see more Black British MALE bloggers. At the moment, I’ve come across a handful, if that (myself included).

Check out ADZVICE and follow the blog on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.