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Welcome to the blog section of this post. As many of you may have been following The Mizzadventures of Chelsea Black blog I thought it would be interesting to tell you the story of how I’ve gone from blogger to author.
It all began when I was typically ranting about the dating disasters I was experiencing after my divorce. Yes, I had been with the same person during the critical technology boom years but surely it needn’t be this difficult to find a decent date? Apparently it was harder than I had realised.
Some of my posts caught the eye of an editor of a magazine who suggested I write a column which I did for about a year. But, columns are restrictive. You have to stay on brand and quite quickly my submissions weren’t getting posted. So I decided to start a blog.
Many see blogging as a means to an end. Either they’re selling something else or they’re testing their writing on audiences but, for me it was different. I honestly just loved to rant about anything from my own dating to celebrity relationships, Black issues to giving dating advice and suddenly I could do it in more than 140 characters. It was therapeutic as well as engaging with people usually made me realise that 1)I wasn’t the only one experiencing these wastemen and 2) the anger was on the screen and not boiling up inside me waiting to come out at the next date. Nobody needs that level of date rage.
The fun thing about blogging is that it diarises your experiences over time and similarly to how I got into blogging I figured, why not turn them into a book. The first , Cupid’s Cockups is a culmination of my dating experiences and takes some of the blogs and experiences. Book 2, Frogs and Fuckeries was a little different as I went on a determined dating challenge and used my Social Media to update people on my progress. Weirdly people were tuning in on the daily and asking me what had gone wrong with Date 23. So it needed its own book if only to highlight the severity of the dating app problem in Black London.
No, I won’t stop blogging as I love the immediacy of it and the connection it brings to others. You do get the odd troll (strangely for me it’s middle-aged white women who are hurt that I don’t recognise their tears and fears on certain issues [insert Kanye shrug here]) and sometimes you spend more time answering comments than you do on the actual blog itself but, overall the experiences have been positive. I’ve met new people through blogging who have become real life friends or Social Media family. And it has broadened the topics I’m comfortable writing about. Social commentating and dating tips creates more discussion than yet another tale of wastemen and ghosting so we’ll leave those blogs and dicks on The Mizzadventures blog site for now.
I will blog less as writing books takes more focus. Currently working on my 3rd and I’ve used my facebook posts as a starter for 10 so blogging and posting on Social Media do help with the book writing process. Here’s to plenty more blogs and books. Who knows, it could be film and TV next!
© Chelsea Black 2021 ®
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