All writers know the frustrating feeling of working on a piece for weeks, shooting images and publishing it, only to have no one read it.
I wanted to create an online community for people who were interested in reading and sharing articles online, and inspiring each other to be better.
There were already some amazing online communities for bloggers and writers when I set up Bloggers of Colour on November 30 2015, I’ve shared the links to some of my favourites below, but I wanted to create something just for people of colour. Here’s why:
Underrepresented and underexposed, creatives of colour are often overlooked and ignored – putting in the work for years – it seemingly takes much more effort for us to be honoured at the award ceremonies, listed on the 30 under 30 lists and featured on the front covers.
Some people might even be of the opinion that the reason the average person on the street cannot name you 10 bloggers of colour is because we don’t blog. As you can see from the work we share daily at BOC, that’s simply not true.
— Bloggers of Colour (@bloggersoc) January 19, 2016
At first I was the anonymous founder, and only those who I had invited to be guests at our Twitter chats knew who I was. But during one of the chats people were asking who was behind it, and I felt like a creepy catfish for staying quiet.
Here’s why I didn’t want my face all over Bloggers of Colour:
I don’t want people to look at me and think that Bloggers of Colour is only for women like me, because it’s not. Bloggers of Colour is for anyone who identifies as a person of colour who writes, blogs or vlogs. Let’s lift each other up and win more.
— Bloggers of Colour (@bloggersoc) December 13, 2015
Other amazing online communities
Blogging gals: http://www.blogginggals.com/
Blk creatives: http://www.lovemycc.com/
Brown Girl Bloggers: http://browngirlbloggers.com/
I’d like to thank:
- Mika who has been supporting BOC since we had like minus one follower on Twitter.
- Steph Royalty who was the first to feature us in a blog post and whose gifs make us cry with laughter.
— Steph Royalty (@StephRoyalty) February 18, 2016
- Pam who is our most outspoken and enthusiastic supporter and hasn’t missed a single Twitter chat yet.
I LOVE the #bloggersoc community! Yall inspire me, always 💖✨🌻
— Pam. (@pamunapologetic) March 23, 2016
- Hannah Ajala who was the first person I told about my detailed plans for BOC and who continues to advise me and tell me what I’m doing wrong (and right sometimes…)
More love from Bloggers of Colour supporters
I genuinely appreciate the support @BloggersOC give. I build my brand piece by piece by being personal & authentic. They embody that as well
— Cold Knowledge (@ColdKnowledge) February 26, 2016
This account gives me so much life! Peace and blessings queens! https://t.co/l3b9Ka7JBC
— Chakayla J. Taylor (@chakaylajtaylor) March 16, 2016
@BloggersOC You're inclusive when it comes to the blogging community. It's not the "same ole bloggers" getting shown love all the time.
— Stylin&Profilin (@Stylin_Profilin) March 1, 2016
@BloggersOC Thank u so much 4 always RTing my tweets. It means a lot. I appreciate what you're doing 4 bloggers of color. 😉
— Faithful Fab Female (@FallonJai) January 8, 2016
@BloggersOC is really such an great platform. I've come across so many great stories & bloggers from them. Follow!
— Carolina Santa (@AsToldByKindra) February 17, 2016
Where to find Bloggers of Colour online
You can find out more about Bloggers of Colour on our website here: http://bloggersofcolour.com/
Follow us on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/BloggersOC
Join us on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/bloggersofcolour/
Like us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Bloggers-of-Colour-1675030579423524/