Sometimes blogging makes me want to pull out my hair.
I subscribe to some social media blogs and by no means do I follow their blogging advice religiously but sometimes a recommendation catches your eye, like the other day when I read that every self-respecting blog should have a featured posts box.
It made sense, and I figured that it should be pretty straight-forward to set up and started a search for ways to incorporate this into my site. In all likelihood there is a quick simple way to do it, but after two hours of searching and installing and placing code on my site I concluded that the untidy mess that you can see in the top right will have to do. I mean seriously… The main thing is that you can click on my favourite posts right?
Another thing social media blogs are full of is ideas for blogging topics. I tend to skip those posts as my problem is never ideas, of which I have in abundance, but time to write them. I think that if you are struggling for ideas to blog about then you shouldn’t blog. I’m not suggesting that a post might not just be simple; an image or a quote etc. but it should feel authentic. Personally, I don’t like reading blogposts that seem to exist for the sole purpose of attracting traffic to a site.
Anyway, that’s beyond the point! The point with this post is I’d like to share some fantastic black UK blogs that I think are worth bookmarking. If you are a reader based on the other side of the pond, hope you find it interesting to check out some of the black blogs over here. And for those in the UK, please feel free to add other UK black blogs (including yours) in the comments section. I’d love to find out about more black UK blogs.
For culture and events.
Catch A Vibe
For the black UK experience and history.
For black women entrepreneurs.
Twenty Ten Club
For black literature.
Black Book News
For natural hair lovers.
The Natural Lounge
For a mix of culture, society, politics.
The New Black Magazine
Nayland House says
You’ve missed the obvious – Nayland House Blog – for black enterprise across the african diaspora
Tenille @ NoirGossip.Com says
This is very informative since I am an African American, and although I have been to UK before, I don’t know much about the culture or what it is to be a person of color, living there. I will certainly check out these blogs…
And I love this one as well, consider yourself bookmarked! 🙂
Thank you so much 🙂
I like this post. I have posts I owe myself as things crop up and need to be dealt with in a timely fashion so ideas get put on the backburner or I start something and never finish! I think I need to pick my fav posts too, right now I only have the top 5 picked by traffic on the site which I thought would be democratic but as an African I really should exercise my despotic right to say what I think are the best too 🙂
Thinking too much about it I think stops the blog from feeling authentic. Having studies communication all through uni and having to talk about all these things I have come to the realisation that all goods sites never followed a formula, they evolved and people are drawn to that evolution with all its progress and set backs. Yes there are a few things you really should do but beyond that the beauty of social media is that it can be anything you want it to be. Blogs are not newspapers and should not be treated as such with such hard rules and regulations and meticulous planning.
Hope you are feeling better read you had the flu.
laughing @ despotic right to choose, indeed. look forward to your selection
thank you, i’m much better
Dee O. says
Great list! I’m definitely bookmarking some of these sites 🙂
That GOOD GOOD Blog
Thanks! V. useful!xx
Here are a few more
African Caribbean Global Voices http://www.acglobalvoices.co.uk
UK Black Writers Board http://www.ukblackwritersboard.wordpress.com
Beyond Tha Spotlight https://beyondthaspotlight.blogspot.com/
HerMelness Speaks says
‘Old School’ black, menopausal parent just trying to keep one step ahead of the kids. Forthright in her opinions and happy to tackle one teen at a time. Funny, thoughtful and for all ages.
Lauralee Smink says
I went over this site and I believe you have a lot of great information, bookmarked (:.
Caryn Ward Ross says
I am so glad I came across your blog! I am a TV and Film actress currently living in the US. I have lived in England and travel quite a bit. I can’t wait to check out the blogs listed. And if you are interested in sexy & empowering relationship advice, dating tips or red carpet beauty secrets check me out! 🙂 http://www.Lipstickandpumps.com
Love from across the pond…
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I’m from London and new to blogging and I must compliment you as I have found your list so useful- the blogs you have listed are a wealth of inspiration and knowledge and I have bookmarked allfor future reading… Not forgetting yours ofcourse which is great too! Keep up the great work and thanks!
Hello MsAfropolitan- you are right- there are so many natural hair type blogs out there that it can be difficult to know where to start, but the one’s you have highlighted are great. In fact they inspired me to start my own, as has your own blog! Its https://nubiasisters.com.
Any tips from you for a new blogger like me?
Thank you so much for adding The Natural Lounge to such a good list. Happy to be in such company.
My pleasure! Keep up the great work.
Great post! I’m contacting you on behalf of ORS (organicrootstimulator.com) as we’re inviting bloggers to come down and join us at Afro Hair and Beauty show next weekend (bank holiday Sunday and Monday)…
All bloggers that are interested have access to our fantastic bloggers lounge where we will have refreshments, products to test and review and the opportunity to partake in a video interview that will be posted on our Facebook page, seen by thousands!
You’ll also receive a goody bag worth £25 and if that isn’t enough we’ll even pay for your entry and provide you with 2 free tickets for the event!
If you’re interested or know anyone who is, contact me at StacyORS@live.com and I’ll get your details and send you your free tickets!
Why are we doing this? We understand the importance of bloggers in today’s society and what better way to include this part of the community?
‘Black,’ ‘coloured’, ‘BME’ – any kind of label is essentially racist. It’s time to move on
Why is ‘coloured’ worse than ‘people of colour’? And what’s the logic of ‘black’?
249 Comments Rod Liddle 31 January 2015
I think this Needs subjective Discourse, currently the comments featuring on this article seem to further justify the terminology being used! What are your thoughts, black, white, brown, or simply people??? Our voices need to be heard! One thing is for sure, I do not want my children being labelled and ticked under specific pigeon holes! I would like for them to simply know and understand that they are people, human beings and if its nought to do with health issues, why should the colour or reference matter?!?