Attendee Spotlight: FilmSwag by Warin

Our Attendee Spotlight is:

FilmSwag by Warin

What do you hope to experience at Blogging While Brown 2014? 

I hope to really connect and share stories/experiences with other bloggers of color, and learn tips on how to expand my platform.

Why did you decide to start a blog?

I decided to start a blog because I felt that when it comes to film and media, too often, the voices and experiences of people of color are either not told or acknowledged. Also, being able to reach people and connect with them and using video and photos to do it, was something that deeply intrigued me.    

When people come to your blog, what will they find?

They'll find a collection of photos, articles, quotes and music videos, about a number of topics in relation to film and media.    

Who are your blogging heroes?

A guy who really inspired me was someone who I had reached out to in college by the name of Tambay Obenson. He runs the Shadowandact blog on Indiewire. In just 5 years, it has become the premiere site on the web for people of color and the diaspora about film.    

Do you need something from your fellow bloggers to take your blogging to the next level?

I guess to find out what's the best way to build a strong audience. I know consistency is key, but I also am curious what platforms people feel are the best ways to reach others.     

What do you have to offer blogger to take them to the next level?

Consistency is key. Also doing research on your subject and offering a perspective/view that is unique to you.    

What are your top tips for bloggers?

Don't write with the thought of "How will others react to this piece?" It's your blog, your voice.    

Where do you see you and your blog in 5 years?

Hopefully continuing to offer more information and perspective on media and people of color that isn't offered in the mainstream. I also would like to form more partnerships with people and produce more original content.



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