Sunday, February 14, 2010
Blogger Spotlight! Color Online
Today's blogger spotlight is on susan from Color Online.
Susan is basically my blogging godmother. She really helped get me started, she gives me advice and encouragement when I needed and I can always talk to her.
She's amazing because not only does she post at Color Online everyday she also maintains the Color Online Facebook page and her own Black-Eyed Susan's blog. She also started Readers Aganist WhiteWashing (RAWW). She is beyond amazing! I don't know how she does it all.
1) Explain about your blog.
I started Color Online the blog initially to achieve two goals: teach young women how to use the blog application to express themselves by journaling or publishing creative writing and also to promote women writers of color, the work of writers we were regularly introducing to our young women. I hoped the blog would inform, support and promote to a larger audience.
What makes Color Online special is our focus on women writers of color. There are sites dedicated to African American readers, AA writers or women in general. We defined our scope so we could introduce our young charges first to women who like them and then to expose them to other POC women writers. We want them to see the world beyond their own experiences. Many book blogs focus on book reviews. My online background is founded in message board communities and my love for literature is based on discussion so we talk about literature. Interaction is central at Color Online.
2) What 2010 debut book are you most looking forward to? And non-debut?
Going to skip because I have to cheat on #3
3) What are your top five favorite POC books?
I read a lot of YA but I love adult literature, too. I will focus on recently read books and I’m sticking with women writers of color with female leads. This is the fairest way for me to
narrow down to six YA and one adult.
A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott
The Rock and The River by Kekla Magoon
The Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins
Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
Down To The Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole
Mare's War by Tanita Davis
And my one adult title, and not a recently read, The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
4)What can be found at Color Online?
a) New Crayons- weekly feature highlighting POC books we’ve added to our virtual
b) Color Me Brown Links- links to reviews to bloggers who read and review POC
c) Color Online Quiz. Weekly. Win free book of your choice
d) Sunday Salon- Weekly query related to literature, culture and literacy
e) Color Online Reviews- written by staff and members
f) Women Writers of Color- regular feature highlighting established or emerging
g) Color Online Love Alert (COLA)- highlighting bloggers, writers, sites that
promote and celebrate multiculturalism
h) Color Online Book discussion- new feature. Monthly reads. Will alternate
i) Poetry Friday- we feature poetry written by women of color
j) Giveaways- we give away books every opportunity possible. We believe books
are to be shared.
k) Book Loan- we have books for loan. Maintaining this library means more
readers have access.
Site has multiple access points to make navigation easy. Check out our writers menu tab and our general site tab. Sidebar images are direct links to Color Online articles or noteworthy articles at other sites.
5) If you could have dinner with two POC characters from any book who would it
be and why?
Two? You’re killing me. I’m going to say Genna from A Wish After Midnight because she is the girl I wish I had been. I’d like to think if I had been in her situation, I’d have the courage she did and I’d share with her that more girls than not have felt they didn't fit in and they struggled with their identity. I'd like to talk to Amabelle from The Farming of Bones. I’d want to tell her how much it hurt to know how alone she was, that I thought no one should suffer that kind of pain alone. I’d tell her that she was loved and someone cared that she was going through what she did. I’d tell her I mourned her death.
Advice for those who are just starting to blog?
In the beginning, be more of a reader/commenter at other sites. Get a feel before you start-up
a) Visiting others is the fastest way to find options for what you want to do and how.
b) Interaction fosters community and interaction will increase traffic to your site
c) Relax. Experiment and give yourself permission to decide what you want
Finally any advice to those who want to read POC?
There are more sites and activities than there were when I began blogging. There’s no excuse for not being able to find POC. Here’s a short list of blogs, challenges and clearing house sites:
The Happy Nappy Bookseller
American Indians in Children’s Literature
Asian In The Heart, World On the Mind
Mitali’s Fire Escape
A Chair, a Fireplace & A Tea Cozy
Cynical, Ornery, Sublime, Lush
Into the Wardrobe
White Readers Meet Black Authors
A Striped Armchair
Things Mean A Lot
Rhapsody In Books
Flip the Page
POC Reading Challenge
Color Me Brown Links
CORA Diversity Roll Coll (hosted by Color Online and Ali at Worducopia)
Social Justice Reading Challenge
Writers of Color 50 POC book challenge
Readers Against WhiteWashing (Facebook)
Diversify Your Reading
African American Science fiction Writers
Writers Against Racism Series at School Library Journal
Thank you so much for this interview susan! Everyone go check out at Color Online.