I write and make an impact because I am a Writer. I double check grammar, use colorful description and relay a specific message and a personalized tone because I am a Writer.
They say all one needs to be a Blogger is a pulse and a computer. I have a beating heart and a shiny, reliable white MacBook.
But I am not a Blogger.
I am not here to bash Bloggers. Just like the masses, I know blogging is a powerful communication tool. Blogging also provides aspiring Writers the opportunity to express themselves and reach more than just friends and family with their literary skills. Many Bloggers are diligent, focused and talented. Others, not so much, and this is the trouble with ‘Blogger.’
I began blogging in November 2005 to become a disciplined Writer. Practice makes perfect, and so, while in graduate school studying creative nonfiction, “In the Words of a 20-Something ” was born. I utilized the blog to gauge my impact on readers and build a writing portfolio. My end goal was to publish a collection of relationship stories. My end goal was and still is to become a published author…a Writer.
I don’t feel fulfilled writing 3-4 posts a day and giving away products via brands. That is not what I intended at 27, when “In the Words of a 20-Something” became “Love Trips” and the sole online relationship column for MiGente. That is not what I envisioned at 12 when creating and constructing my first book with a typewriter, a stapler and brown construction paper.
My version of a paperback.
But, after inconsistent freelance gigs, I grew frustrated and tired of the fickle world of Writer. In December 2009, I took control and Lovemionline.com was born.
Lovemionline was an online magazine that was labeled a blog. The same thing has occurred with LoveSujeiry.com. In less than 2 years, my professional title was that of Blogger. Unintentional, yes, but I rolled with the dollar signs that were offered by brands and hoped I’d make money in my sleep like a Blogger who’s made it. This year I even began attending conferences like BlogHer and VLLBlog in Las Vegas as a way to succeed in the field, network and build brand relationships. Ironically, it was these very conferences that led me to question my intent.
I returned home from Las Vegas refocused and reflective. I lay my head on my pillow, closed my eyes and envisioned the life I desired to live. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I asked my inner voice. Flashback of my 12-year-old self with a staple in hand, putting together my 190 Girls teen book. Flashback of my 16-year-old self singing on stage. Flashbacks of my 28-year-old self in front of a camera, creating comedic content and starring in my own video show for SiTV. These were the moments when I shined, the moments when I was happiest professionally.
And that’s where I’ve returned.
From this moment forward, LoveSujeiry.com will be the website for all things Sujeiry – the published author and comedic personality. Here you will find more about me, including appearances and events such as future book signings. I will continue writing on the site but I am scaling back. I am returning to my roots and my passions, which means you can read more of my relationship stories, view many more videos and enjoy listening to my soon-to-come podcast.
I hope you join me on this new journey as Relationship Writer and Comedic Personality.