Race. Ethnicity. Immigration. Culture. . . . Hoods.
Yeah I went there.
All contentious issues which divide as often as the bring people together. I shied away from writing about anything that would make me seem too ‘ethnic’ – that would perhaps make non BMEs think I’m only relevant if you’re also black or minority ethnic. It’s like posting about my love for fried buttermilk chicken, plantains or amala would scare people away, so talking about chocolate brownies and roast dinners would be a safer, more vanilla, less contentious path. Let’s face it, I love all of those foods too, I didn’t get to this size on a diet of quinoa and chicken breast after all. But you know what? I’m proud of my heritage, my culture, my ethnicity and my hoods. I’m proud of my diverse family background and my gorgeous brown skin, so why I actively shied away from anything that may make me sound ‘too black’ seems stupid. Do white bloggers think about sounding too white and alienating black/ brown/ Latino readers with their words? I doubt it.
Blogging can be a tough game. For something that should be an enjoyable past time can become all about the stats and a pissing match as to who is furthest up the various blog rankings (and in turn, who gets the most brand collaborations) but that’s not why I’m blogging so if I lose a few views because someone just doesn’t get why I’m spending time visiting Nigeria or wearing a head scarf in my photos there’s really no love lost. Oh and those people deciding not to click because of those reasons should probably expand their horizons and be more open to learning about other cultures anyway! This is me warts and all. A kinky haired, stew loving women with a passion for travel, talking too much and putting my foot in it from time to time.
I pondered about whether a list such as this was needed. Would it prove to be divisive? Should I single out black and brown bloggers in this way, celebrating their writing and photography skills with a list or will they rise to the top of your Bloglovin readers off of their own merit? Maybe.
Ask yourselves this: if I replaced the word black with plus sized, LGBT or tech would you care as much? We seem to be ok with that but race is still an issue for so many and until it becomes just as much the norm to write about it there is work to be done by us all.
Personally, I find it comforting to find people with shared goals or problems, be it another blogger who is into travelling or one who is into styling their natural, afro hair. It’s not always about race, but sometimes it is. Sometimes that’s the shared denominator. If it is, you now have a list of black bloggers based in the UK.