In the space of the blogging world, the "mommy' blogger has garnered much of the attention. Add to that the new documentary American Blogger which has a huge slant if not a completely horizontal line towards Caucasian bloggers with the only voices in the blogosphere, and you can see why it is so important to shine a light on Brothers of Blogging.
Black and Brown men, of course, should be heard; should be a part of the conversation especially since there are so many untruths being told about them. Speaker at the 2013 Blogging While Brown conference and Brown Blogger, Lamar Tyler, is expanding his brand and his impact on the community. He and his wife started their blog, BlackAndMarriedWithKids.com, with the goal of showing positive images of black marriages. The couple has added a production company, a series of DVDs, and a web series. Tyler has taken his brand to the next level, but understands his base and his business started with the blog.
Marc Polite has a different way of getting his message across. Blogger at Polite On Society, he writes social commentary, political analysis and literature. When the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case was announced Polite's call to action was to boycott a convention he had planned to attend in Florida.
I must admit he got my ire for not attending the National Association of Black Journalists conference because there are other people of color in Florida and you can't just shut them out, but I digress. Our Brown Brothers bring it when they blog; they also take the heat their opinions often spark.
The Single Fathers Blog's founder, @showtimesays, had this to say about the responsibilities of being a Brown blogger:
I have to dig deeper and reach for those stories that have a direct impact on my community. It means that I have to be conscious of the things that I say because I do not want to portray myself in a way that would feed into any stereotypes that society may already have about men of color.
The blogs and posts of the Brown bloggers we are featuring range from sports to politics to tech, but they all have the same thing in common. There are some amazing men in the Brown and blogging communities, and they aren't going to let anyone else dictate the conversations.
Ella Rucker is an Ohio native living in NYC. Ella is a freelance writer who blogged for two years for Good Enough Mother and is currently producing #MentorMonday for internationally-known and Oprah hired Paul C. Brunson. Along with her blogging, she recently self-published The Poetry of Prose and was included in two books by Marion Licchiello including Anyone Can! Live A Happier Life. She tries to inspire everyone to believe in Something Wonderful and share Best Blog Content through Facebook. You can find her there or follow her on Twitter @ellalaverne.
You can currently catch her blogging at They Met Online about dating and parenthood.