Blogger Spotlight

Blogger Spotlight: Sade of Stay Joyful

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Introducing Sade of Stay Joyful...

Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.

I am 25+ London based blogger who thankfully could pass for younger (so I've been told). By day I work in education, but I'm also a dedicated volunteer with several organisations and work as an events coordinator part-time. I pretty much fell into events work and had no clue at the start if I'd even know what to do but I love it now. My work in education is definitely my passion and I love being involved in having a positive impact on the younger generation. As a self proclaimed positivity enthusiast I choose to live my life on purpose and helping people is definitely what I feel I was put on this earth to do. My blog focuses on empowerment and lifestyle and is a tool that allows me to share my journey and ideas. I discuss a wealth of topics and aim to leave my readers thoughtful and uplifted by the end of my posts. My main aim for my blog is to empower people to overcome challenges that they feel are holding them back and to inspire them to seek their purpose and to live it fully.

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

I started blogging around 3 years ago, my friend actually inspired me to start. We used to have conversations where I would talk a lot about empowerment, my journey and the things I have done in order to grow myself. Our conversations often involved me putting on my mentor hat and encouraging him to never let challenges pull him down. He suggested I start a blog and share my empowerment with the world, and that's exactly what I did. I wrote my first post and felt so proud of what I had written and then the spark for writing was ignited. The journey began then and has continued, and I'm so grateful for the encouragement I received.

How has your blog evolved since starting your blogging journey?

My blog has evolved so much from the start, from the humble beginnings of a Wordpress blog to having my own domain. I first started specifically focusing on just empowerment, but I have now branched out to include lifestyle topics. I made the decision to branch out a bit as I felt I had so much to share and the lifestyle category allowed me to have flexibility. I have also included a quote section on my blog called 'joyful inspiration', I love writing quotes and usually share them on Instagram but I wanted a place on my blog that allowed my readers to connect with my quotes as well. My blog is still evolving to this day, I'm planning a layout refresh soon so watch this space. My blog is like a plant and I will continue watering it and enjoy its continued growth.

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

For me consistency has been the biggest challenge with running my blog. I have had several blog breaks due to writers block, inspiration decline and also just trying to fit in content creating into my hectic schedule of work, events and volunteering. Although it's been a challenge I always manage to overcome it and return to blogging, I never quit even when it feels like it's hard. I love it and the freedom I have to share my views and ideas excites me.

What's your favourite post/s and why?

My favourite post is 'Toxic clean out: in progress'. I wrote this post at a time where I felt so overwhelmed with people who no longer deserved a place in my life. Although for a long time I had distanced myself from them I knew there needed to be a bigger step to truly free myself from the history we shared, the vibes that surrounded them and the ties that just needed to be cut once and for all. The post was therapy for me, and with every word I felt a sense of freedom, almost like a release. Writing that post allowed me to get a lot off of my chest and to truly let go of a lot of things I'd buried. The post Toxic clean out: in progress was literally that, me cleaning out toxins and reflecting on how important it is to be strong enough to cut ties.

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

In five years I would love to be an empowerment/inspirational speaker sharing my journey as well as being on my life coach journey and having a role in creating positive change for people both near and far.  In terms of my blog, I see it continuing to focus on what I'm truly passionate about and that is empowerment. I see the photography on my blog improving and capturing a beautiful visual representation of what best suits my type of content and all round having a blog that continues to bring me joy and remains true to why I began.

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Do you have any advice for bloggers who want to get into blogging about empowerment and self improvement?

My advice for newbies who want to get into empowerment and self improvement blogging is to 'get started'. The hardest step is writing your first post, but once that's done you're on your way. Always remain true to yourself and keep your content unique and authentic, there is nothing worse than copycat blogging. Use your experiences as testimonials for your content and don't focus on how many people read your posts. Remember this, even if just one person reads your post and takes something positive from your content that's what truly matters.

What are your hopes for the Black British Blogging community?

I hope that more black bloggers get the renegotiation they deserve for their content and that black bloggers are welcomed on to the main stage of the blogging world. I'd love for there to be more equality and appreciation for black bloggers in the wider blogging community and for black bloggers to be able to access more opportunities as a result of their amazing blog content.

Visit Stay Joyful's blog and follow her on Twitter and Instagram

Blogger Spotlight: Ewura of Ewura Plange Says

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Introducing poet Ewura Plange...

Tell us a bit about yourself and your blog.

I'm a very creative person and I like to imagine and be innovative so poetry is fun for me. I stated writing poems as a hobby when I was a child but I decided to become an actual poet many years later as I believed it was right to use my gift. So far I have won 3 competitions and my poetry has been featured in the 'Bibliophilia' magazine.

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

I started blogging in 2013 because of something unusual that happened to me. I was in my house one day, when I heard God tell me to start a blog but I did not know what that was so I had to research what it was before I could make my own!

How has your blog evolved since starting your blogging journey?

I initially wanted to create a blog all about poetry. My goal was to inform readers about poetry news stories but I decided that I should focus on promoting my work. I turned my blog into an online poetry book (that is free)! I plan to upload new poetry at least once a week for as long as I can and incorporate original artwork in the near future.

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

Managing my time. I am a newspaper writer, poet, spoken word artist and student so I always have something to do and deadlines to make. Therefore, I'm forced to be disciplined and I cannot procrastinate.

What's your favourite post/s and why?

Like many girly-girls, I love romance, so my favourite posts are about love and relationships. A blog post called Separated Magnets is my favourite because of the clever use of poetic devices and its unique format.

Do you have any bloggers you admire and follow yourself?

Yes I love Mina West's blog. She is a poet and spoken word artist like myself. She is very clever and unique; those characteristics are reflected in her poetry. I recommend you search for her on YouTube and check out her written poetry blog (after viewing mine of course lol!)

Do you have any advice for poets or creative writers who want to do something similar to you?

I would advise writers to do lots of research; quickly determine who they want their target audience to be and showcase their uniqueness.

What are your hopes for the Black British creative community?

I hope we continue to network and support each other because it is easier for individuals to prosper when we are united.

Read Ewura's poetry on her blog Ewura Plange Says and follow her on Twitter and Instagram

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