If you’ve been rocking with me for a while, then you probably noticed things look a little different around here.
After attending a screening of Nefertite Nguvu’s film, In the Morning, at the Pan-African Film Festival on Friday night, I came home, had some wine, and crashed. Saturday morning I woke up, made coffee, and promptly discovered my voice my gone. I was all set to attend a luncheon here in L.A. that afternoon, but it’s kinda hard to schmooze when you can’t talk, so I found another way to be productive: revamp my site.
I’ve been feeling some type of way about Brand Britni lately. I hinted at it in my last post, but it basically boils down to not feeling like I have a clear vision/message that defines who I am and what I’m about. After thinking about it for a while, I realized a lot of that has to do with this space.
One problem? I do A LOT of ish, yet it’s not really reflected here. I mean, I write columns on race and parenting for two different pubs; I still interview celebs; I teach other writers how to do what I do; I write books (ehem); and I’m a mom. When I’m not doing any of those things (or, sometimes when I am), I’m chopping it up on Twitter about TV shows, films, music, politics, and life.
Since I launched this site back in 2012, I’ve been trying to ONLY post things that are helpful to others. I wanted to be a resource for writers + creatives, giving them advice and encouragement. But yo, that’s HARD, and sometimes I just want to write/talk about Empire or Jane the Virgin.
Back in January I looked at my blogging stats for 2014 and let’s just say they suck. Although people visited, I only wrote a handful of posts and reserved my most awesome thoughts for Twitter, Facebook, or other publications. Basically, I didn’t own my ish, and that’s never good.
But why, Sway?
Sadly, for a really long time this space has felt like a noose rather than a natural extension of who I am and what I love. But things in the game done changed.
Along with redesigning this site (uh, you like it or nah?), I’ll also be switching up the content a little. Fear not, I’ll still be sharing advice, tips, and encouragement for the BIG DREAMERS, but I’ll also be adding in more of what I love (right now, it’s this and this and this. Ok, so I watch a lot of things), and what I hope you love too.
*puts on my Oprah hat*
Here’s what I know for sure. When we try to do things that are incongruent with who we are we cannot keep it going for long. Whether that means being with someone who is not quite right for us, staying in a soul-crushing ass job, or just playing ourselves small ‘cuz we’re scared to take a chance. Soon enough, whatever we’re pretending to do will get old and tired and feel like a weight rather than wings.
I’m not sure about you, but I’m ready to soar. And I hope you come along, too.