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I’ve been noodling on this blog post for around three weeks, and I’ve tried and failed to write this post half a dozen times.
But, today I told myself that I wasn’t allowed to close my laptop until it was WRITTEN. And, if it’s written imperfectly, I could go back and make updates, edits and changes.
Below, I’ve shared what specific changes and updates I’ll be making to my ~content creation~ efforts in support of social justice.
This isn’t meant to be a post to get me gold stars for being a #GoodAlly. Rather, I hope to share this for accountability – and also to give other folks ideas.
First Off: Let’s Measure What Matters
I talk about this online a lot, but I want to point out that if you’re trying to create real change in the world – you’ll figure out a way to QUANTIFY it. Obviously, we can’t attach a number to everything, but we can get specific about what our commitments are.
Example: Instead of saying, “I’ll read more books on social justice” try “I will spend 1 hour a week reading books on social justice, specifically starting with book (x).”
Another example: “I will shop from more Black owned businesses” try “I am taking the 15% challenge, and I will diversify my discretionary purchases by finding a Black business that sells mascara, pet products and home decor items, specifically, pillows.”
By getting specific, you make it easier to get stuff DONE.
What I’m Doing
Okay, so now that we’ve discussed metrics, here’s what I’m up going to do:
- I will spotlight 2 Black content creators on my public platforms each week. I have set calendar reminders to do this on Sunday and Thursday evenings.
- I am including a Black-owned brand in all of my roundup posts on The Huntswoman. If I can’t find a Black-owned brand, I will publicly post and ask if folks know of any. I will note in the post that I am looking to add a Black-owned brand.
- I purchase clothes for photoshoots (woohoo!), and I will make 15% of my clothing purchases from Black-owned businesses.
- I will post 2x a month to Instagram with a caption that is specific to discussing allyship, US history as it relates to social justice, etc.
- I will continue to publicly ask brands to release diversity numbers.
- I will continue to try to be a resource to white people who are trying to be better allies. I’ve been DM’ing, messaging, chatting on the phone, etc. There’s not a real way to quantify this.
Your (Other) Fave Bloggers
I’d also encourage you to ask your (other, lol) favorite bloggers for a list like this! Let them know you want to see this content! A lot of content creators are a little bit fearful on how to move forward, and hearing from readers that you WANT this type of commitment is helpful! <3
Errr… Bloggers Posting Swimsuits & Social Justice Info? Is that… okay?
One of the main concerns I’ve had about posting more about social justice on Instagram is how exactly to do that when I also post…. photos of me scampering around in plus size swimsuits.
I wrote a whole thread on Twitter about how I’ll be trying to do this. I know from my work in marketing that reposting screenshots of Tweets and graphics gets old, and I know that people skip over posts that are just text.
I’ll be trying new creative ways to create media around social justice, that is inclusive – without doing something offensive, example here.
Resources for My White Readers!
I’ve created some handy resources for my white readers, and I hope we can continue to have chats in the DMs and on posts about allyship.
- I made a highlight with tips on what to do when you mess up as a white ally (on my Instagram)
- I wrote a post on mistakes I’ve made as a white ally. I found that talking about my own mistakes as an ally is an effective teaching tool for others, and it makes other white people less defensive when I “call them in.”
I’ll also be writing posts for the blog (filed under “Queer Living”) on allyship. Posts like how to game the system on social media to get more reach for your social justice posts, what I’m reading, etc.