When Tamika Newhouse started the African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC) in 2008 she had no idea it would eventually lead to her hosting Black Writers Weekend, an annual event that is not to be missed by African American writers and bloggers.
“I stumbled into creating the online community,” Newhouse says. “I wanted to be part of a book club but I was in a new city, I didn’t have any friends, and I thought it would be pretty weird for a grown woman to walk up to other grown women and say ‘Hey, I like to read books. Do you like to read books? Let’s read books together.’”
So she started a MySpace page and created an online book club of her own, one that focused on reading and discussing the work of African American authors. She quickly realized that there were many black writers out there not getting the attention they deserved. So, in 2009 Newhouse launched the AAMBC Literary Awards in San Antonio, Texas to recognize and honor black writers. In the years following awards ceremonies were also held in Chicago and Baltimore. In 2015 the event grew to include a red carpet ceremony and was held in Atlanta. This marked the beginning of Black Writers Weekend.
I love blogging and blogging has loved me back. I’ve been offered paid freelance writing gigs and paid speaking engagements because of my blogs and I’ve used the See Jane Write blog to grow a small women’s writing group into an award-winning business. A blog can also be a great way to build an audience for the book you want to write.
Make 2018 the year you finally launch (or relaunch) your website and blog. Here’s a guide to get you started.
Writing is a practice. Just as athletes must practice to get better at their sport and musicians must practice to get better at their instrument, we writers must practice to get better at our craft. That’s why I love blogging. I consider blogging the writer’s practice field.
Here are seven ways you can write better blog posts and begin to improve your writing overall.
We all know how the saying goes: A goal without a plan is just a wish. So if one of your goals for 2018 is to blog more consistently you’re going to need a plan to make that happen. This is where The Content Planner comes in.
I call it #BlogLikeCrazy. Each year, I challenge the readers of See Jane Write to publish a new blog post every day in the month of November. And I’m so glad that every year several ladies (and gentlemen) join the fun.
Today I salute the #BlogLikeCrazy All-Stars for 2017 — the bloggers who succeeded in giving their readers new content every day in November.