I recently was asked to do an interview about my blog. It was a surprise to me to be asked for an interview. I had met the interviewer briefly back in March so I kind of knew some of the body of what that she produced. I was so nervous that my stomach was in knots leading up to the interview. The interview went really well and lasted for about an hour. The first question everyone asks me about this blog is why did you start blogging? I never revealed my authentic answer until now.
I’ve always been a writer since as far back as I can remember. As a kid, I wasn’t a loud kid but kept my thoughts to myself. You can say I was a bit of a loner growing up. I always found things that made me happy such as playing with action figures to writing notes to myself. My imagination was really creative on how I could create scenarios that lasted hours. Little known fact: I played with action figures until I was like sixteen. My collection of G.I. Joes, wrestlers and other action figures were extensive. Most people would call my figures toys but in my reality, they were action figures.
The one subject I hated in high school was English. I could not stand it because of the reading portion of the class. My English teacher from my junior year of High School would always make me read my paper out loud to the class. I hated it with a passion, reading my writing then I would shuddering over my own writing. I would feel really embarrassed after reading so one day I asked her why did I have to read in class and some students didn’t. She made a profound statement, I’m helping you become conformable speaking in front of others. She stated that she dealt with shuddering when she was my age and she could see through my writing my voice. In a few of my papers, I received A’s after reading books like To Kill a Mockingbird, Great Expectations, and Romeo and Juliet. I enjoyed writing stories in a different version. She was the first person to give me a notebook to write in. Kinda funny looking back on it now. As I journeyed from high school through undergrad, I learned how to hone in on my thoughts to make various types of papers. In undergrad I know I wrote over 150 plus papers in my four years of JCSU. One day I’ll release the story of the paper I wrote my sophomore year of undergrad. It’s funny now but back then I was so mad hot when I got my grade back. Spoiler alert: I got an F on that paper.
Over the years, I kept a notebook on things I wrote from various situations, feelings or something I witnessed. I upgraded my note-book in undergrad to a three subject and it was so it filled with so many writings. Most of my writing in college was poetry rather than stories. I think I still have it around my house somewhere. Below is the Q and A from my interview:
What made you start a blog?
A good friend started a blog two years ago and it sparked the idea/interest inside of me. I had been writing in college notebooks for many years so decided to see if I could help other people learn from my experiences by sharing in a blog format. It’s free on WordPress and a really good way to connect with other people. I post my blog article, I use my social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to alert people to the new posts. Hopefully, the titles and pictures are interesting enough to draw people to read more.
The Heart of it: I lost a close friend and Godson back in 2017. I was so paralyzed that I was numb to everything and everyone around me. I wasn’t talking about how I was feeling and just kept internalizing everything. One day, I had a mental break down while I was working. I couldn’t just get up and leave, so I opened up a notebook and started writing. I was writing my feelings then I switched to writing letters to my close friends four surviving children. After writing the letters, a sense of relief came over me. I reached out to my friend with her blog and asked for advice.
How did you learn about blogging?
I followed a friends blog and her stories were very real and personal. Many of my experiences involve working with individuals and populations that are vulnerable and, or, need some help. Several years ago, I worked in a group home for boys and many of those experiences taught me lessons that I hope to be able to express and share in a universal way to help others.
The Heart of it: I read my friend blog: How to properly grieve. She had lost her brother and she did about three blogs about it. Plus the name of the blog caught my attention. Follow her: Google search: Our Golden Mic. It’s the only one so you can’t miss it.
Do you have any advice for bloggers?
My advice would be to be authentic and to write from your heart. Be honest. Your story can help others overcome struggles or it may help them avoid making the same mistakes. You may be a shining light for others.
The Heart of it: I’m not a perfect man and I’ve been through a lot and I’ve overcome a lot of obstacles. Be yourself because people will always have something to say about you. Be conformable enough to say yeah I did it and let me show you how I overcame it. Why not give them something they can pass on. I’m unashamed, I did it, and all I can do is be better than yesterday.
What do you like about blogging?
I feel like we are all so busy and often communications suffer. As a society, we have moved more into being impersonal than personal. Many people are locked in their own ways and a lot of people are feeling lonely. Values and “gentlemanliness” seem to be something of a lost art and I’m hoping to address these two things in my first book. Being a blogger has helped me evolve as a person. It’s helped me to pay more attention to small moments and, actually, to live more in the moment. Life is precious and should be enjoyed to the fullest. I just want to leave my mark for the next generation as the past generations have done before.
The Heart of it: I like the feeling of releasing a lot of built up frustration and writing my blog helped me release it. I get a chance to use my creativity and be productive. This blog will be something that will be passed down to my children so that I may leave a legacy trail for them follow. I’m actually happy when I do this and it’s never a greater feeling than being happy doing something you enjoy.
My Favorite quote:
“My role model was my grandfather. He instilled in me the feeling that no matter how successful you are you have a responsibility to help others”.- Kevin Johnson