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International Women's Day: Diversity in the Blogging World

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Diversity in the blogging world is a topic that is fast gathering more attention. And rightly so. It is incredibly important that bloggers of every race, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability feel represented. After all, seeing someone that looks like you in the blogosphere really can make you feel like you belong. This is something that us white girls can easily take for granted but for those who are not so well represented, it is a big deal. When blogging awards roll around, talk about diversity and representation reaches fever pitch.

But very often, it never goes beyond talk. "I believe in diversity!" we shout, "How come there are so few black bloggers nominated in this year's awards?!" we complain. Yet how many of us actually DO something to help make the blogging world a more diverse place? Today, instead of just paying lip service to the idea of greater diversity, the aim of this post is to be active in the fight to promote under-represented groups. Shall we get started?

Amazing Bloggers to Follow

In honour of International Women's Day, the message of which is to celebrate the achievements of women, I'm sharing some of my very favourite diverse women in the blogging world who deserve some serious praise and recognition. Get ready to hit follow for every single one of them!

Monica Wong
Ever the consummate professional, Monica is a commercial model absolutely smashing it in the blogging game too. If you don't follow her on Instagram, you're seriously missing out because her feed is absolute goals. Go do it now.

Yossy Yakinsanya

I NEED to have some pics taken by this incredible photographer. Yossy has serious talent as a quick scroll through her amazing portfolio will show. Not only this, but she knocks it out of the park with her own blog too. Her fashion posts are second to none.

Ashlee Moyo 

How does this girl have enough hours in the day?! Ashlee is a businesswoman and travel vlogger extraordinaire, always jetting off to amazing locations and organising blogging events and get-togethers during her time back in the UK. I have so much admiration for her.

Tania 

A disability / chronic illness blogger and soon to be Mum with the biggest heart, Tania's blog is not to be missed. She combines posts about beauty, fashion, and spoonie life with ease and she is always a pleasure to interact with.

Rachel Williams 

Rachel blogs over at Transphilosopher, a blog that is a recent discovery of mine but is something that I'll definitely be heading back to a lot. She tackles trans talking points head-on, shares her own honest experiences and provides an incredibly thought-provoking platform.

Almira 

This gal may only be 16 but she's already crafting a fantastic place for herself in the blogging world, spreading the messages of self-care, wellness and self-reflection. I've no doubt that her blog will continue to go from strength to strength.

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What can I do to support a more inclusive blogosphere? 

I hope that this is the question now resting on the tip of your tongue. To provide an answer, instead of writing about diversity in blogging from my privileged white girl perspective, I'm going to elevate the voices of some amazing BAME bloggers in the community on the subject. Because the message of this post is to practice what you preach, am I right? Sit back and take in what these ladies have to say.

"Do you feel well represented within the blogging community?"

Saabirah: Yes, I am seeing a lot of black bloggers that I can relate to. Also they have great work but don’t seem to be getting the support and recognition they should be. Even though I answered yes, I think we are only well represented amongst ourselves, like within the BAME blogging community, but in the media, events etc I feel like there needs to more black bloggers on the scene.

Melina: I'm on the constant search for amazing bloggers, but the majority I follow are white. The few bloggers that fall in the minority category don't get as much recognition as I believe they should. Most that I do follow tend to give up after a few months or a year after not seeing even the slightest bit of recognition.

Adelaise: I find that the blogging community is an inclusive network with bloggers coming from all backgrounds and ethnicities. That's one of the best parts about blogging - they only limit to success is the work that you're willing to put in. Many BAME bloggers run successful blogs with readers from all parts of the world. You only need to look at the success of bloggers like Patricia Bright to see just how successful you can be. I'd say we are fairly well represented in the blogosphere.

"How can white people be better allies to BAME bloggers?"

Melina: I think the most important thing that white bloggers should do is support their fellow bloggers. If you like their content share it with your followers. Comment on their posts so they see that someone likes what they are talking/writing about. Support is so so important, and maybe if enough supported minorities in the blogging industry some of them would get more known and perhaps even be given some of the same opportunities that white bloggers get.

Elisha: If a BAME blogger chooses to share experiences of their culture or upbringing, being curious and asking questions respectfully is a great way to engage and learn about different backgrounds. This definitely works both ways. On the side of BAME bloggers, if making a reference which only a person from the same background would understand, break it down and explain it so others can understand.

Saabirah: Support our work, read our content, share our content. I sometimes feel like white bloggers don’t even see our work. It probably isn’t intentional but we notice it, we notice the lack of interest in our content especially if we address social issues.

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The Diversity Checklist

Using the words of the fantastic contributors above, here is a simple diversity checklist of things that you can do this International Women's Day (and beyond!) to support a more inclusive blogging community.
  • Support content from under-represented sectors of the blogosphere by reading and actively engaging with what they do
  • Seek out diverse bloggers to follow - make sure your timeline isn't entirely white dominated
  • Share the work of bloggers you love with others
  • Include a widely diverse group of bloggers in your blog award nominations.

It's only thanks to continuing conversations about diversity that we are starting to see a little more representation through movies such as Black Panther, literature in the form of books like Love Simon and more. There's still a long way to go, but there's never been a better time to join the movement.

Now it's time for a bit of self-reflection. Are there any areas where you could improve in the diversity stakes? Let me know in the comments below. Do share your favourite bloggers with me in the comments too, I'm on the lookout for more content to fall in love with!

Until next time,

A x

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