People encouraged me on Twitter. This one blogger Dwana, started sending me messages giving me the lay of bloggerland. Huh? I didn't even know who she was. BTW: Once I realized she wasn't crazy, we became great friends!
This blog felt right. I knew that this is what I was supposed to do. I wasn't sure how it was all gonna work or even if people would support me, read it, and better yet, like it, but I was willing to take the chance.
But then I heard Sybil in the back of my head. Yes I did, that heifer said, "Remember Hyperion -- you are not a creative writer. What if you attach your name to this and it's a failure? How you gonna live that one down Diva?" And Lawd Lawd, my Mama's chimed in, "Bitch, you ain't never gonna be shit, stop tryin to act all white."
|Me, Cover of Washington Post 1996|
|Me and JustJay 15 yrs ago!|
All it takes is one honest conversation to know they didn't understand God's vision. And how about, Sybil can switch personalities in the middle of the game. One day you think you have her sincere support and the next day you find out that was the OTHER Sybil that actually supported you. It just took a while to see who they truly were. Now, STOP explaining her crazy shit away. When Sybil shows you who she/he really is, BELIEVE him/her and Keep It Moving!
|Me, Audrey and Her Girls|
And then there is all of you! Your support has been overwhelming. I read your comments, get your e-mails and tweets about how a particular blog touched your life. Thank you. And my commitment to you is to #doBetter. I will respond to your comments, I appreciate them, and should acknowledge them. PROMISE! Starting today!
This has been one great year! I didn't have any speaking engagements, but I had something to say. God gave me a new place to say it and for that I'm grateful! I stepped out on faith and did this thang! For that I'm proud. I'm humbled that you thought what I had to say was worth saying. This has been one great lesson. My ministry was standing still but I was willing to find another vehicle to do the work, to touch lives. I listened to God voice telling me, "I have more work for you my daughter." I heard Him loud and clear.
Honestly, yes, I cried about the fact that speaking had almost halted, which meant that my income had halted. But I didn't let it take over, consume my purpose. I just shifted gears. God will always have a path for you to take, you just have to be willing to do it. Doing God's work has to be the most important thing! The rest will work itself out. #ForReal. It may not be how you expect it, but a donation from a blog reader still helps to pay the bills just like a speaking engagement. Thank you!! Your support has meant the world to me...
And a special thank you to all the tea companies that have joined my #TeaWithRae Partnership. It's a big thing for tea companies to attach their name to a blog that has nothing to do with food but instead presents provocative topics like mine that make some people uneasy.
That is no small thing and I understand it's implications all the way around. And thanks to all my readers that have checked out my tea recommendations. I hope that they lived up to my explanations.
Second, I will continue to be honest, candid and transparent. I will continue to tackle topics that help us grow... help us to do and help us be better to ourselves and to others. I will keep content current! Unless my health takes center stage, I will be blogging at least 4-6 times a week.
Third, I will reach out to more tea companies. And I will make the current relationships solid. My goal is to get more products to review and product for you. Giveaways are in the works. Also, I will be working out more discounts for you as well.
Last: I need you! If my blog has blessed you, please tell your friends... Email my blog to your entire email list! The more traffic I get, the better position I will be in to receive financial support. It's crazy that people like Kim Kardashian gets paid to Tweet. Huh? I need the support. Come to my blog daily. You can also post a blog you like on your Facebook page... Tweet my blogs to your followers....
The more you come to my blog the better position I will be in to do more for you!!! This has been a great start for a new blog... But I need you to help me grow!!! I have been getting between 10,000-12,000 visits a month. I need to make that 50,000 a month... 50,000 a day... #IcannotdoitAlone.
Thanks for a wonderful year!! #TeamRae