My graduate writing professor/thesis advisor once said, “Sujeiry, you have to be the same…but different.” This piece of advice has stuck with me for 5 years and counting. It has also led me to explore who I am creatively and professionally and what makes me shine.
“The same but different…” has become a mantra of sorts. It soothes me when I fear my originality or when I feel I am too similar to other writers in Blogger Land. It is important to be compared to great authors and personalities but shining brighter than other Latina creatives is also crucial. It can mean the difference between blending in and succeeding in this shrewd business.
So how does one go about networking and working with our peers who, in actuality, are the “competition”?
By learning how to be the same but different.
For me this means attending events, performing at open mics, and recently, reviewing other Latina websites to gain knowledge. Some of these websites teach me how to enhance LoveSujeiry.com visually while others are a direct example of what not to do. And then there are those that inspire me to monetize my website. Those website and blog owners that hustle, impressing me with their outreach to increase the number of comments on their post and that have a variety of known brands who buy ad space. These are the creative and business savvy Latina bloggers that I want to emulate.
So off I go to continue my research. Being the same but different is very time consuming, especially when one’s livelihood depends on it. I know I will get there. In a way, I already have. As others have said to me, Sujeiry you are…
…the Dominican Carrie Bradshaw.
…the Latina David Sedaris.
…the future host of the Latina version of “Love Line with Dr. Drew”.
And to that I say: My name is Sujeiry, 1st Lady of Love and I am the same but different.