#BlackBlogsMatter Challenge – Week 1 – Black Blogs STILL Matter

I wasn’t going to do a follow up to the original #BlackBlogsMatter challenge. I fully intended to flake and bow out of this whole thing.

Blog challenges are grueling. I’m not a blogger who writes content super far in advance — 2 or 3 days at most. That’s why I write once a week … or less. Sometimes much less. So I was truly creating on the fly most of last year. Creating every day while still keeping up with your job and your family and your life is hard.

Creating every day on heavy topics like colorism, cultural appropriation, White fragility and Black consciousness is harder. In my experience, Black people talk about these subjects amongst ourselves on an almost daily basis. We ebb and flow and bob and weave our way through these subjects with passion and humor and fire like it’s no big deal. Because speaking openly about these issues amongst ourselves is no big deal. It is comfortable and easy and normal.

Speaking about these issues publicly for those who don’t likely know or understand you or your culture or your experiences is not comfortable or easy. It is not normal. It is a big fuggin deal.

The thought of doing it again gave me much pause.  Even though I said I was going to. Even though I knew I needed to …  Still, I almost gave up.

Sometime in October, I got messages from a few blogger friends asking when, not if, the 2018 challenge would start. When I responded jokingly saying I hadn’t even thought about it yet, one said “Well, get to thinking! You’re the only one talking about these topics this way. We all need this. Black Blogs Matter STILL Matters.”

I don’t know if she realizes that her message saved this challenge. And me.

Black Blogs Matter STILL Matters because Black bloggers are STILL the main and often only ones talking about these so very relevant, powerful and necessary topics.

Black Blogs Matter STILL Matters because Black bloggers are STILL  being overlooked and marginalized despite being the only ones talking about these topics.

Black Blogs STILL Matter because our silence continues to mean to our complicity in our oppression.

Black Blogs STILL Matter because our stories need to be told through our eyes and voices.

Black Blogs STILL Matter because Black Lives Matter STILL Matters.

This challenge is more than just a month of posts about diversity and inclusion focused topics.  It’s a paradigm shift. It’s a moment that is becoming a movement. It’s some of the most important work I’ve ever done.

And it matters. It STILL matters. It will ALWAYS matter.

So buckle up! The next 15 weeks are going to be a wild ride!


4 Comments

  1. I so glad you did not end this challenge and you are right, Black Blogs STILL Matter and this challenge is going to prove that. It was so needed and in perfect timing. Thanks again! Check out my first post of the challenge here: https://deluxds.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/deblackhistory-black-business/

    • Sarah Morgan

      February 8, 2018 at 1:42 PM

      I appreciate your encouragement and I love how you’re incorporating #BlackBlogsMatter into your challenge. Glad to be connected.

  2. I’m a new/aspiring blogger trying to get off the fence! I want to use this challenge as my motivation. What week are you in? #shaunundaunted

    • Sarah Morgan

      February 19, 2018 at 1:48 AM

      We are mid-way thru Week 3 and about to start Week 4. However, feel free to start with Week 1 and catch up as your schedule allows. Also, don’t forget the Original Flavor of the #BlackBlogsMatter challenge which has daily topics over 28 days. I chose 28-days to align with Black History Month — but the challenge can be done at any time.

      I look forward to reading your contributions!

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