Black Web Friday – 4/27/12

It’s another week of Black Web Friday, and during the week I was reminded once more why I started this process to begin with. One of my friends wrote to tell me about another list of top 50 whatever online. At least this list had 2 people of color on it, but my friend wrote anyway to ask why there were only 2, and the woman’s answer was that these were the only 3 she’d ever talked to online.

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Well we can’t have that now can we? After all, the internet is replete with people of color, supposedly one of the fastest growing demographics for creating websites and blogs in the nation… okay, that would be black people specifically, and I thought I’d best go back to that to be clear with my terminology. So let’s see who I can share with you this week.

The site Loop 21 is something a little bit different. It’s a site that has news and commentary like some other sites I’ve highlighted before, but it also has magazine-type articles that I find kind of interesting, and that’s what sets it apart from the others. It also partners with sites such as Huffington Post and the Daily Beast, both definitely not black sites, to show a bit of diversity in its coverage. Very entertaining site.

Okay, I’m not going to lie; I don’t do pilates. That doesn’t mean no one else does them, and even though it’s not my thing, I found the site Pilates For Fitness by Gina Jackson intriguing. She’s a certified Pilates trainer who looks like, well, she does Pilates, and her blog covers other health topics such as dieting, cleansing and yoga. It also has a very cool look and a standard commenting system; if you’re looking to get healthy and want more than learning about my new healthy eating ways, check it out because it deserves a lot more attention.

Are you looking to learn more about working a small business? If so you’ll want to check out Melinda Emerson’s blog and website Succeed As Your Own Boss. She has a lot of articles that pertain to running a small business and articles on how to make it easier to do business as well. She has a lot of bonafides including being a TV producer, and there’s a lot to learn here. And it’s a WordPress standard comment system; gotta love that.

Mavis Nong breaks the mold on Black Web Friday with her Attraction Marketing Online blog because she’s the first non-American, being from South Africa but living in England. I ended up deciding to include her here because she writes a lot of great stuff about, well, marketing online, and I felt that she deserved to be better known as well so she gets in. She adds talking about MLM to her list of ventures, though I’m not an MLM kind of guy, but I know some of you are so here’s a nice resource for you. One post in particular that I liked was when she talked about LinkedIn Marketing giving more of a tutorial for doing it right as opposed to when I talked about the reality of trying to market on LinkedIn. And for the second straight week, all the blogs I named here have the standard WordPress comment system; yay!

There you go, 4 sites to check out as we head into May; wow, it’s going to be May already! Enjoy the weekend and check these sites out.
 

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Black Web Friday – 1/20/12

As I stated on my 1,200th post, I’m starting a new weekly series that I hope I can and will continue through the end of 2012. I decided to call them all Black Web Friday and have them separated by the date so they’re easy to find. I’m also creating a new category of the same name like I did when I was doing my Sunday Question series; if you missed those you should check some of them out, as I thought they were generally entertaining.

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Today is the first day, and I don’t have any real rules for what I say about these sites except to say that I plan on introducing at least one blog each week, whether I go with multiple sites or not. Bloggers are who I really want to highlight to begin with, but I just feel there’s so much more that folks don’t know about that I’m going to help highlight. Also, if I mention a blog, I’ll tell you what the commenting system is, since many of you know I’m particular about the types of blogs I’ll comment on, in case you go visit a site and wonder why you don’t see a comment from me somewhere there. Of course, some blogs I probably won’t comment on anyway for certain reasons, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worthy of being visited.

These could end up being relatively short posts compared to my normal missives; I’m sure some of you will be thrilled by that prospect. 🙂 So, here we go.

The first site I want to highlight is called The Grio. It’s basically a news site that’s geared towards black people from a black perspective. It offers both news and commentary, and you’ll see many of its articles quoted or linked to from CNN quite often, which is how I discovered it. It also has a great entertainment section and offers many other features that you’d see on more traditional news sites, only in my opinion way more. I find it incredibly entertaining.

The second site I want to highlight is something a little different, yet not unexpected. It’s called The Angry Black Woman and it’s a blog written by three black women that offer their opinions on a variety of issues; one of them is eponymously named as the blog. They make a very interesting point that many black women make but few people seem to hear, that being that just because black women might get mad at something doesn’t mean they’re angry all the time. Not that they don’t express their anger at a lot of different topics on this site but I feel their points of view are important, and I agree with many of them, including this latest missive surrounding the naming of Beyoncé’s baby. And their site is set up for traditional commenting.

The last site I’m highlighting is one that I’ve highlighted previously, and someone who deserves a lot of credit for my initially deciding to do some types of list posts in the first place. That site is Basic Blog Tips by Ileane Smith, who just received accolades and kudos from her friend and a long time friend of this blog Kissie. Her site is definitely blogger friendly with the traditional commenting system, and it’s grown in leaps and bounds in the time that I’ve known her. She accepts lots of guest posts on her site as long as they’re social media related, so anyone looking for a good space to highlight themselves should check it out. This is the example of a blog that’s not a black blog written by a black blogger that many people probably already know, and she definitely deserves recognition for her online accomplishments. Why she doesn’t show up on many of these other lists I certainly don’t know. And she’s also got a big time YouTube channel with 65 videos to date; lots of great stuff there as well.

There you have it, the first Black Web Friday. Let me know what you think, and be sure to check these sites out. Until next Friday y’all!
 

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