It's not too often that I post a personal blog, or post photos from things that are happening behind the scenes in my life, but I wanted to take this time to thank you guys for the continuous love and support you've shown to NecoleBitchie.com and myself over the years.
It's because of you that we were not only nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best Entertainment Site again this year, but I was also honored as "Blogger Of The Year" by the Black Weblog Awards in Houston a few weeks ago. The Black Weblog Awards have been the only awards that recognizes African-American bloggers in various categories over the past seven years.
Over the last two years alone (especially 2011 and 2012), I suffered numerous setbacks and obstacles while trying to keep the site up and running, and grow as a business. I can't tell you how many times those obstacles made me lose passion for this, but your encouraging comments, emails, tweets and kind words when some of you have met me have kept me motivated to continue to push forward. I've had somewhat of a breakthrough this year (**does the praise stomp**), but I always remind myself when things get rough that there is some young girl out there watching, and as long as I keep pushing, I am a reminder to her of what you can do when the odds are against you. I am also a reminder that the Internet is a powerful tool and that you don't have to wait around for someone to give you an opportunity-- you can create your own.
With that being said, I have been asked a few times if I would post my Black Weblog Awards speech on the site, and although it was very personal to me and posting these kind of things on the site leaves me feeling a little stripped and naked (as well as vulnerable), I hope that someone out there maybe can benefit from hearing my story.
You can take a look at it below:
Thanks to Gina McCauley and Maurice Cherry for the honor, as well as the staff at Houston's 97.9 The Box, Kameika "Sky" Smith, all of the Black Weblog Award winners and everyone that took part in the tribute video. I was literally in tears.
I also want to thank our creative director Patrick Neree for the incredible production on our Bitchie TV content (there are times that he will not sleep so that he can have videos edited in a timely manner), as well as "Shy" for helping me run my business (You turned this sinking ship around and I love that we've been able to build our relationship as sisters as well as business partners!). Thank you Kimmy Cason for the amazing work you've done managing our social media, and Erika Marie for helping me crank out these blog posts. I can't tell you how many times I've emailed her and said, "I'm burned out" and she's taken the driver's seat so that I could press the reset button and come back refreshed. They say you are only as strong as your weakest link and I am happy that you guys are a part of such an amazing, talented and creative team.
"99 percent is the same as 0. If you are going to do 99, you might as well stay home."
Patrick Neree - Creative Director