Two weeks ago, new reader Javacia reached out to me to participate in an interview for Georgia Mae, a women’s lifestyle blog Javacia started. She’s based in Birmingham, Alabama and her blog is her attempt to reconcile Southern values with feminist ideals. She came up with a good term for this–Southern Fried Feminism! You can read the full interview on Georgia Mae.
Javacia asked me a question I hadn’t thought about in quite some time and wanted to spend some more time sharing about:
You decided to add a feminist slant to your blog about a year ago, right? How did that affect your blog’s readership?
In January 2011, I started talking about being a feminist who likes fashion and makeup. A month later, I announced that my blog would take on a decidedly feminist slant on everything from roller derby, pregnancy and the media.
During the first months of my blog, I wrote mostly about budget fashion, makeup, and wedding planning. I shared less about myself and my thoughts on issues and more about what I wore and where I traveled. Though I enjoyed writing about these topics, I felt limited and tied down to a very particular niche. It felt very restrictive not to write about my personal and political beliefs as related to fashion and beauty in a way people could relate to when reading a post.
Since then, I’ve slowly started to come out of my shell and share more about my past including being bullied, body image and growing up. The more I’ve shared, the more people have shared with me. Not only their comments or feedback on a post, but their own experiences. And that has be the most rewarding part of blogging: Sharing about my life in a way that helps others share more about their lives and their thoughts.
I cannot thank each and everyone one of you enough for reading this blog and sharing a little bit of your lives with me. I started “blogging” twelve years ago before there was even a word for what I was doing. For me, blogging has always been about sharing my thoughts and my life and giving others a way to share theirs.