Recognition & Racism

Niche blog awards are a good way for minority bloggers to gain recognition for their achievements. Door can close on you due to your race.

I want to respond to a post (link no longer active) made on the Prometheus 6 blog. I’d respond there, but as I mentioned before, signing in to comment is not my thing. Their response is to my comment about niche blogs awards as a way to enter the main stream “delicately”:

Well, that’s not how blogging works, but…”offensive to the majority”? And how delicate is the information about my race when you find out by walking up and shaking my hand? I see no reason to be more delicate with the information.

Prometheus 6

“Delicately” is perhaps not the best word to use to describe what I mean, but I still stand by what I said. I think niche award blogs are a great way to gain exposure (making your race known). When you do walk up to someone at a conference, they aren’t surprised. Let me give you an example of what I went through.

“You won’t achieve anything…”

I used to have a popular gaming site. My race and gender didn’t come across in the way I write there, as it didn’t here until recently. I attended a conference where I arranged, in advance, to meet and interview some people. They were all men because there weren’t many women gamers then. The race and gender thing went well, except for one man. He told me he didn’t realize I was female and black. He said I would have a hard time achieving anything as a female, but being a black female? Forget it. He refused to do the interview and to be frank, he angered me because he was “the” person I wanted to interview. He was a high profile developer and as he pointed out, I was lucky to land the interview in the first place. This put me in an awkward position because I announced that I was interviewing him.

I think we’ve all been in this type of situation. You want to speak out on something, but you can’t afford to anger the person because it can do more damage than good. I came up with a plan, implemented it and in a short period of time he needed me. The tables were turned. He had to eat those words, and I got the satisfaction of telling exactly what I thought of him. Doing things on my terms, without jeopardizing everything I’d work for. I’m all about principle, but I’m not impulsive, and I’m not stupid.

Recognition is good

I think niche blogs awards are a great way to be recognized for exactly who you are and your achievements. If you have a good blog, you should be recognized for it.
There are many black bloggers, but because of preconceived ideas, they aren’t recognized. I think it’s a viable solution to avoid a situation like I went through. It can solve some other problems, like how difficult it can be for new bloggers to find minority blogs.

What I don’t suggest doing (and I mean anyone) is putting pictures up unless:

  1. You’re sure you want to expose that much of yourself.
  2. You talked to your employer, and they are okay with you blogging.
  3. You know what line(s) not to cross, so you don’t get fired.

Perhaps someone will take the big hint and start creating more niche awards, not only blacks but all races. It would be excellent to have one to recognize women bloggers.

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