Admit it! You’re a writer! You scribble notes of topic ideas and amazing opening sentences on the back of old greasy napkins or anything you can find so you won’t forget it. You have at least three different rough drafts ideas sitting right now in your WordPress draft folder; and when you finally do make it to typing up a blog post, you proof it a thousand times before you finally hit PUBLISH. It’s only then that you realize you used “their” instead of “there” and you question the validity of your entire existence. Honey, you’re a writer and as a writer there are a few tips that can help keep your journey enjoyable.

 

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Value What You Put Out into the Internet-verse

Where has Let’s Build been? Well, besides feverishly working and spending time with family I’ve had trouble deciding on what was worthy enough to post. I currently have at least six really great drafts in my draft box and that’s after I cleared it of junk posts. Why? Because I genuinely care about the information I decide to write about and subsequently post. When you’re a writer the most wonderful, powerful tool you yield are your words.  And the internet is forever. So while someone across the country may read your typo of “their” meant to be “there” and think hmmm…they also won’t forget how your post topic, tone and language made them feel. As bloggers we often forget we are writers, it is a slippery slope to use the term in a board sense but if we don’t acknowledge our great power how can we ever understand our great responsibility to our audience and our niche?

Tip #284 REALIZE THE POWER IN YOUR BLOG

 

 

How to Get Your Groove Back

With the schedule change came the routine being blown up in my face. That included reading blogs daily or even just reading in general recreation. Conversations, routines and experiences changed and effected the groove I had gotten used to writing in. In order to nurture the greedy writer in me I’ve started feeding her a daily dose of blog reads, current events, and stimulating conversations that she’s use to. I had begun to feel emotionally sluggish again and I didn’t understand why. What had changed in a negative way? I have a great job, I’m able to spend time with family and go out with friends…what changed? I wasn’t writing, I wasn’t taking the time to put my thoughts, emotions, advice out into the universe. I was starving my inner self.

Tip #362 FEED THE WRITER INSIDE YOU.

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Admire Your Work

Stop right now and go scroll through your blog website then come back…

NO SERIOUSLY, COME BACK!

Oh Great! You actually came back.

Did you see all the creativity that came from your brain? Granted we may have help with the layout or color scheme but if it were not for YOUR ideas and words that blog space would not be. Those followers of yours connected with YOUR words. Tell me something more amazing than that. While there may be days or months that we find it hard to carve out the time or mental space to write, it is important that we do. For whatever reasons you started make sure you’re staying true to a very important part of who are, a Writer. Now go write some awesome shit!

Tip #3,276,483 APPRECIATE THE WORK YOU’VE DONE

 

Okay Builders, What are some tips you’ve uncovered on your journey as a writer? Comment below and Let’s talk!

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sunshine-blogger-award

Being nominated by Scribbles & Tostitos for this award is the equivalent of  being given a mixed icy snow cone after being in the sun all day; it’s refreshing. While my work life has changed and I attempt to find a new balance that includes blogging, there is never a day that I don’t write notes or ask questions pertaining to a possible blog post that is well-rounded, helpful and a little fun. The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are inspiring and bring sunshine into the lives of their readers and fellow bloggers through their post content. A person is nominated or chosen by fellow bloggers for this award. When nominated you must answer the following questions that allow readers to get a closer look at the person behind the computer screen. So, as I peel the curtain back and give you a little peek, try not to judge too harshly. Here goes nothing….

 

 

Why did you decide to blog?

I decided to blog as a way to see if I really had anything to say that would be received well  by others. The initial Let’s Build brand was meant to be a mentoring program and I wanted to ensure that I could bring out my thoughts, experiences, advice in a realistic way for consumption. It kinda took on a whole different life of its own and cultivated a separate identity.

 

Where do you want to be in 5 years (personally, professionally, and physically?)

Personally, I want to build stronger relationships with myself and those that I love.

Professionally, I would love to work in school counseling and have a mentoring program that helps student-families for the paths available to them after high school to combat generational poverty. Oh, I want to be paid too. WELL. Like student loans paid off completely and never to enter my life again well.

Physically, a body like Beyoncé.

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Tell us about your favorite place in the world.

The world itself is one of my favorite places, at least the actual physical aspects of it, the jury is still out when it comes to the people who inhabit it. I’m fascinated easily so I don’t know if I can pick A place but I can imagine THE place looks a lot like Ireland, or the caves of Portugal or the Sistine Chapel. Even an old dusty bookstore sandwiched between tall buildings. I guess my favorite place is anywhere that allows me to explore my truest self while I marvel at the view.
As a kid, what did you do for fun?

I did everything and nothing. I had such a vivid, active imagination as a kid that I could stay outside or in my room all day with little to nothing. I’d do elaborate hours-long soap operas with my Barbie dolls that would rival any story plot The Young and The Restless had at the time. Outside I would use what I could find to craft an adventure and because I am the youngest of my siblings, I would often have to play multiple parts of the story for it to be entertaining. I should really be an award-winning actress now that I think about it.

 

What is your biggest tip for new bloggers?

Build your own aesthetic based off the content that you enjoy writing. You don’t have to post pictures of coffee mugs and white, linen sheets for the classic go-to blog look. Make blogging truly yours. Take those “3 useful tips for blogging” and “How to become a popular blog” posts with a grain of salt and a pitch of personality.

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What false assumption do people make about you?

That I am a proper lady. Innocent and all I think and do.

 

Besides blogging, what is something you’re currently working on?

Myself. Getting my shit together and attempting to breathe life into the Let’s Build Mentoring Program.

 

What is your funniest memory?

When my older sister and I were teenagers we stayed up until 3 a.m. listening to music and dancing until we got the bright idea to record a music video on my sister’s phone. We were laughing at everything because we were drunk with sleep and having the most fun for no reason. We did our video to Chris Brown’s Kiss Kiss in which my sister even did the beginning T-Pain talking part so close in the phone camera that we could not help but laugh the hardest laugh after watching it 20 times before we finally passed out.

 

Tell us about your perfect day?

uhmmm…what about a perfect moment. I like to break the rules so we’ll go with that instead. I have two recent moments that were perfect.

I was riding in the car with my boyfriend on the back roads of Georgia. We were passing wide open fields that looked like the ideal places to frolic. It was an amazing mix of bluish, gray sky and soft rain. With R&B playing, feet on the dash and testosterone in the driver’s seat.

After knocking back 7 margaritas on an island in Mexico, I left my friends and drunkly ventured off to a swinging bed surrounded by palm trees. It had a quiet view of the ocean. The breeze was just right, the sky was brilliant blue and I just felt at peace. I felt connected to everything and imagined that this must be how people feel when they’re high even though I was only intoxicated from tequila. I belonged to the world and the world belonged to me. It was perfect.

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What’s your favorite post on your blog?

The Infamous Reputation of Forgiveness is my favorite blog post because it poses an important question and addresses the hidden issue with how we think about forgiveness or lack thereof.

 

Speech, SPEECH!

I would like to thank God and my mama…that’s how they usually start right?

I would like to thank my readers for your amazing feedback; you’ve made this first blogging year an amazing one.

Blogging community you’re amazing, I love how new bloggers are made to feel as though there is room for all of us.

And a special thanks to Scribbles & Tostitos who has written another great post at her website. Go check it out!

 

I would like to nominate the following amazing bloggers!

Driftyness

Overly ambitious is one of my favorite posts by this blog!

womanbeinspired.org

Blogging with a Purpose is a great post by this blog!

Fatty McCupcakes

How do I make shit happen is an awesome post by this blog!

One Millennial Girl

Dear Side Job is my favorite post from this blog!

 

Questions for nominees:

1. Why did you decide to blog?
2. Where do you want to be in 5 years (personally, professionally, and physically)?
3. Tell us about your favorite place in the world.
4. As a kid, what did you do for fun?
What is your biggest tip for new bloggers?
5. What false assumption do people make about you?
6. Besides blogging, what is something you’re currently working on?
7. What is your funniest memory?
8. Tell us about your perfect day.
9. What is your favorite post on your blog?

 

HAPPY BLOGGING!