Just over six months ago I decided to start my blog and take the art of blogging a lot more seriously. Initially, Oh, fro! began as just another natural hair page on Facebook where I would write a post and publish it as a note. I was just over a year natural and felt I needed a space where I could just document my hair journey before I drove my Facebook friends crazy with all my rambling about natural hair this and natural hair that. Somehow, in the midst of documenting my hair journey, a desire to help other naturals began to grow.
Having had a Facebook page already up and running, the idea of actually starting an actual blog sort of scared the wits out of me because it meant I’d have to overcome a lot of areas where I saw obstacles as well as certain fears I did not want to face. Was it easy? Hell naw. But was it worth it? You bet! I still consider my blog to be fairly small, but with a Facebook page and Instagram account that continues to grow, honestly the response from each and every one of you has been overwhelmingly amazing and humbling at the same time. Of course, at the end of the day numbers can be fickle and not necessarily reflective of the nature of your impact. By no means am I a blogging guru, but with bloggers like KlassyKinks and CravingYellow recently sharing tips about blogging I felt inspired to share with you five things I’ve learnt – and still continue to learn – about blogging.
1. Vulnerability and transparency
Anyone who truly knows me on a personal level will know that unless I’m close to you, I’m generally quite a reserved and deeply private person. It’s probable that you have to fish information out of me, I’m more the type that shares few things voluntarily and more often than not, I prefer it that way. However, blogging has taught me how important it is to be unabashedly candid, vulnerable to a degree and 100% myself 100% of the time. Without that, the connection between you and your readers gets lost in translation.
2. Ms. “Know-It-All”…Puh-LEASE!
I’ve always said this from the get-go and I’ll probably continue saying this ’til the cows come home…I don’t know everything. No really, I don’t. I do, however, love reading and enjoy researching topics in so far as my interests allow me to and wherever I feel capable to do so, I’ll share the knowledge I know and have absorbed. I wish I knew everything, but sometimes there’s a beauty in not knowing the answer to every single question under the sun, and even more so, admitting that.
Now more than ever I’m learning that when it comes to social media intentionality is gold, not so much because of the number of likes or followers you want to have but because it’s essential to post things that are in line with what you stand for, things which you believe in that set you apart from everybody else and will, as a result, help grow your brand – whatever that may entail. Personally, if what I intend to post won’t inspire or help someone in some way, I’m learning that’s it’s probably best not to post it in the first place.
4. Interacting with people
I won’t lie, this is one that I struggle with and definitely plan on working on this year. Whether it be reaching out to other bloggers, approaching fellow naturals or even just interacting with people who comment on whatever I post, I constantly have to remind myself to come out of my shell and interact. Community, both online and in real life, is so important.
This is something I’m still learning because I can be quite terrible at it. Don’t get me wrong, when it comes to writing, I love it. It’s most probably my second love. Truth is, writing can be hard…not just any writing, but writing well. Writing when you feel uninspired, when you feel a little under the weather, when words just don’t come easily. I’m learning that in every season, it’s essential to find a rhythm you can stick to and just write your heart out.