I can’t front about it. The only writing skills I had growing up were writing love notes and cards for my friend’s girlfriends. They said I had a way with words. I only saw it as a way to make extra change to buy that honey bun at lunch time that my mother didn’t like me eating.
I wrote my first ever article as a student at Prairie View A&M University for the campus newspaper and received rave reviews. They kept me on board and I started doing interviews. Even then I didn’t see myself as a journalist, just an average guy who could make subject-verb agreement.
The turning point came in 2004 when I was invited to be a contributing writer for The Final Call Newspaper after submitting a few stories that surprisingly ran in the print edition. I honestly was only trying to get my city, Houston, on the map so I started submitting stories. Little did I know, I would become a Staff Writer for the paper and my first cover story was Hurricane Katrina in 2005 because it was in my region.
So, how in the world did I stumble into blogging? In 2006, someone asked me if I had a blog and I didn’t really know too much about that. So they sent me the link to Blogger.com and I opened up an account. I didn’t really have any intentions on using the account at that point. However, in a cover story I did in 2007, I brought national and international attention to case of The Jena Six and my name as a journalist was spreading far and wide. I was being interviewed on television and radio shows every week. Plus I was on the grounds helping to mobilize people to support those six young men and their families.
I was writing news updates just about every week in The Final Call leading up to the huge rally that was planned for September 20, 2007 in Jena. People demanded I give them more rapid updates with photos of the on the grounds work so they could see it around the country and the world. I said to myself “Maybe I can use that blog”.
Thus, Brother Jesse Blog was born! I had no idea I would become this addicted. (LOL) It’s humbling and motivates me to keep working at getting better. Whether it’s a news story or a blog post, I am excited every day to use these platforms to uplift the masses.
If you're looking to become a blogger I am always willing to help. Also, I highly recommend that you read the book "Angel's Laws of Blogging: What You Need to Know if You Want to Have a Successful and Profitable Blog" by Angel Laws of ConcreteLoop.com. I read this book TWICE in two weeks and I must say it is one of the best books I've read on blogging. The thing that makes this book so valuable is that it comes from someone who is practicing what they preach and not just publishing theories.
Many of my blog readers may not believe this, but just before I picked up Angel's book, I was in a blogging slump and was feeling like I was going through the motions and was actually thinking about taking a break from blogging. But once I read Angel's book, it renewed my spirit. I started implementing some of her strategies immediately and I have enjoyed wonderful results. And I'm looking forward to improving every day. This is why its important to always maintain the posture of a student because you never know when something valuable will come your way that can benefit you--especially when you think you have reached a certain level of success. There's always another level for us to reach no matter how good we are. Thank you Angel.
It’s not just blogging for me…it’s purposeful work.
(You’re welcome to follow Brother Jesse Muhammad on Twitter @BrotherJesse or visit his award-winning blog at http://jessemuhammad.blogs.finalcall.com)