This is my very last blog post of 2016! When I learned that the last post would happen on a Friday. I decided that I would use this as an opportunity to do something different. And with that spirit of all things new in mind, I present… Blogger’s Bookshelf!!
2016 was a pretty garbage year, I think we can all agree on that. But it was a year that was NOT without blessings. One win for me this year is the opportunity to connect with some truly fabulous bloggers. Thanks to my role as NYC Regional Director for Black Bloggers United, I have been so fortunate to meet some AMAZING bloggers! So, when I decided to create a monthly Blogger’s Bookshelf, I knew I wanted to reach out first to Black Bloggers United members to get their favorite posts of the year!
Life can give you lessons in two different ways. By showing you WHAT to do by example, and by showing you WHAT NOT to do (also by example). Don’t be like the bloggers listed in this post. When asked what makes this post her favorite, Debbie the blogger/photographer extraordinaire behind the post said that a lot of times, people walk on eggshells to not offend others, while sacrificing the truth of the matter. She says that the only way for people to have genuine collaborations with other creatives is to keep it honest. This post was her effort in sparking a genuine, honest conversation.
Any opportunity to read thoughts and opinions about natural hair I will take without hesitation. This compelling and thought-provoking post talks with natural hair bloggers and lays out in the open the “curl caste system” that goes on within the community. What makes this post Adrienne’s favorite of 2016? She is especially proud of it as it coincided with her return to interviewing. She adds that she is really hoping to add more “voices” to her website in the new year, and this post was the start of that. An auspicious start, if you ask me!!
Inspired by SomewhereAlwaysTee’s AMAZING video, this post is a continuation of the video’s subject matter. Specifically, people who shouldn’t have nice things… like travel! Anyone who has gone on vacation has most likely encountered folks like The Chronic Planner (::raises hand::) or The Big Baller, and this guide explains why these energies SUCK for travel companions. Lauren’s reason why this post is her favorite is simple: It’s her VERY FIRST post to go viral!! Kudos, girl!! I am certain it won’t be you last!
If there is one thing Bill O’Reilly is exceptionally good at… it’s being loud and WRONG! Following First Lady Michelle Obama’s (Let’s take a bittersweet moment to realize this may be the last time we refer to her as such) speech at the Democratic National Convention, Bill took it upon himself to “fact check” her. Specifically in regards to her eloquent statement, “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.“. Who in their right mind would take that portion of the speech and to, “Well, actually…“? Bill would! And Melba’s response is equally eloquent (not to mention factual!). When asked why this post was her favorite, she said simply that facts shut down hate! Word up!
Sadly, what I know about sustainable living could fit into a hollowed out M&M! This is why I love the informative and relatable way that Addie approaches the subject. And really… a Get together with your gal pals that also allows you to be a more sustainable consumer? Awesome sauce! Addie’s reason for this post being her favorite is awesome, too! She said it was fun, and she wanted to host more sustainability events to reach our demographic (black men, women & kids) along with a diverse audience. I am so reached, I am thinking about doing an AudreyCan.com Plus Size Clothing Swap sometime in the new year!!
This is a beautifully written account of Danielle James’ life, and her refusal to fit inside any box. It’s a story of her parents, her life, and journey to reconcile who she is with who others perceive her to be. It made me sit a while and think about identity and if the woman people believe me to be is anything like who I really am. I bet it will do the same for you!
All about shifting your perspective during one of the toughest consequences we all face, rejection, this post challenges us to step away from the feelings and allow the Divine to enter instead. This post uses faith and spirituality to counter the harmful effects of rejection. When asked why this post was her favorite, Tatianah said this post was one of her most popular this year. She’s glad that the blog reached both men and women on the issue of rejection! This is a subject I’ve written about a lot this year, so it resonated deeply for me, too!
Now you all know I am ALL ABOUT self-care!! The first in a series of Self-Care Saturday offerings, this post starts you on the journey to being kinder with yourself! What better tips to read to start the new year off right?!? When asked why this post was her fave, the answer was simple. Writing this series is a part of her own self-care and healing. She believes being transparent is the first step to start healing, and I couldn’t agree with her more.
We all need help sometimes. And luckily for us there are people out there who are willing to give us the tools we need at that EXACT moment in time. I am a huge believer of the power of prayer, mantras and affirmations. My existence is evidence to their power. This blog post presents five simple mantras that really pack a spiritual punch, and I think they are words we ALL need to be repeated as we head into the new year!! When asked what makes this post her fave, Tiffany said that she wrote this post because she was going through a tough time with staying motivated and feeling good enough. Having a big dream/goal can be intimidating and not everyone understands, SO it’s important be your own support system sometimes. She said these mantras helped her out, and because she (Like me!) believes in sharing a good thing, she put them out there to share with us all! You rock, Tiff!