So I been speaking ambiguously about some good news on the horizon. I found out on Friday that I can disclose it. Without being overly dramatic, I wanted to let you know I’ll be featured on BlackEnterprise.com in May as part of their Black Bloggers Month celebration. Friday was the video and photo shoot with some amazing folks that’ll also be recognized. Additionally, I did a little interview that will have me gnawing my nails until I see how it turned out.
Of the recognition I’ve received in the last few years, this is by far the most significant and reflective of the hard work I’ve put into writing, running websites, and trying to positively influence lives. I’m not the Pied Piper of Tweets with 15K followers. I don’t have 10K Facebook fans. My posts aren’t flooded with comments telling me how great I am. People don’t flock to events to meet me as much as you might think. I’m actually a pretty regular guy when it comes to this stuff. But there are a few things I do well, like network, support others’ events, build professional relationships behind the scenes, and take the road less traveled with writing even though I know it won’t get me as many clicks. My trajectory has been slower than I’d initially hoped, but I gotta say…
I feel like I’m right on time.
And like I’m Big Meech. Still Big Meech. Introverted on a stage, making Big Speech.
Between this, speaking on the Brothers of Blogging panel at the Blogging While Brown conference on June 2nd in Philly, and a few panels/radio shows coming up (I know I owe some folks emails), this year is looking kinda magical. That’s just for me personally. That doesn’t even include the SBM juggernaut, which I won’t talk about until it’s time to be talked about.
If you’re a writer or someone trying to build a following online, let me leave you with this:
The key isn’t having a lot of followers. It’s having the right follower. It’s having someone that believes in you, wants you to succeed, and is in a position to make sure it happens. You don’t have to pander. You just have to keep pushing forward. Perseverance has magnetic qualities.