Well, here I am, finally tuning in to the Blogging 101 course on WordPress to really get things kick-started. As you’ll see below, I’ve got a few posts already, but I’m happy to plug in to Blogging 101 and get connected.
My main reasons for blogging are pretty simple: I want to enlighten my readers and share my personal reflections on the black experience. I don’t necessarily want to get political, because I’m not looking for death threats and hateful retaliation. I am looking for healthy dialogue, and I feel that a safe place to start exploring my ideas is by commenting on portrayals of African-Americans and people of color in film, television, pop-culture and video games. I’m purposefully avoiding the music industry for starters, as this seems to be a topic all to itself, and I’m way more of a film buff and gamer than a music fan.
That being said, my second goal would be to build an audience for my fiction. I’m writing short stories in the horror and weird fiction genres. I will also write some historical fiction.
My third goal is to eventually make a full-time living as a writer.
On a personal note, I am an African-American male. I’m in my forties, married to my wonderful wife of 21 years, and raising two amazing teen-aged boys. I’m an educator and activist (I’ve been a public school English teacher for over twenty years) and I am finally realizing my dream of becoming a full-time writer.
Whew! That felt good. Thanks for all your support and welcome to my blog!