Does the Blog World Have Color Barriers?
I don’t really write about controversial topics. You all may see me reference my faith here and there, but this is expected because you all know I’m a believer in Jesus Christ. I actually started to wonder about the experience of my readers and other bloggers when it comes to interacting with other bloggers within the blogosphere just this past week. So I am just wondering does the blog world have color barriers?
I hope this doesn’t sound like I’m in a bubble, but I honestly do not think about racism too often, except when it blatantly comes up. I’ve actually experienced more racism from people who consider themselves to be black more often than I can ever remember experiencing racism from someone who considers himself or herself to be white. But this stuff doesn’t matter to me. People have their own issues that have absolutely nothing to do with me.
I also know that there are some very close-minded people out there who are apart of creating glass ceilings for some exceptional people out in the world from progressing, and I’m aware that things like racial profiling and stereotyping do exist. I’m just not the type of person that reads into everything to decide if there is racism involved. In all things I try very hard not to jump to conclusions. Sometimes things are just not always what they seem. Other times, we have to take person by person or else we will find ourselves generalizing and perhaps doing what we are accusing others of doing when we call a group of people racist.
With that being said, I guess if there was a racial reason as to why someone hasn’t interacted with me in the blog world, I haven’t noticed it. It appears that my readership has people from all types of racial backgrounds and ethnicities which I love. I’m raising my son bilingual so you all can imagine how much I enjoy cultures and languages. But just because I’m a social butterfly and have interaction with people from all over, I realize that it doesn’t mean that these color barriers don’t exist.
If any of my readers have experienced blatant racism in the blog world, I feel so sorry about this. That is terrible. If you are under the impression that there is a racial barrier in the blog world as a blogger, perhaps you also just haven’t met the right group of people yet. I’ve expanded my network of blog friends so much since I created Homemaking With Style in August. The reason for this is because I noticed some interesting things about the blog world concerning who is following who and who has a lot of comments on their blogs. I know lots of them, but I won’t bore you all with the list. I’ll select 2 just to give you all an idea of where I’m going with this. Take lifestyle bloggers that I adore such as Tamara and Lanaya. I almost never miss a post from Tamara so I’m fairly certain that she doesn’t include any “how to” or “tip-like” posts. She is a great photographer and just really writes about her everyday life. Lanaya is the same except she will include an occasional review or “how to” post in the mix. What do the 2 bloggers have in common? Both have a lot of comments on their posts from all types of women and a huge following. After knowing them both virtually for months now I’ve received similar advice from the both of them which has been extremely helpful and I have learned so much just by watching them. Comment on other blogs and be engaging is what both have told me. They both support and consistently follow many other bloggers. Tamara once told me that you have to give in order to get in return and that in the beginning it may seem like you are giving giving giving with nothing in return. If you want more readers and support, isn’t it similar to what you find to be true in real life? Two very wise women said it best and to be completely honest, I’ve stalked their blogs and followed some of the same people who follow them and now some of their followers and readers have become some of my supporters and followers as well.
I don’t like hearing that people feel ignored. I guess I just love helping people and I always like for them to feel welcome. So feel free to email me or let me know in your comment if you would like more support or advice in this area, please!
I need to know what my readers think about this. I hope I’m not starting huge debates. I just know I’m only one perspective.
Do you feel like there are color barriers in the blog world?
Have you ever experienced racism in the blog world or in real life?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.