Aisha Adams is a poet, writer, social-prenuer, vegan, mom, wife, and naturalist. Her written work has appeared in places like the Birmingham Times, The Final Call, and Empower Magazine. Aisha is the founder and a partner at Aisha Adams Media Group. When she is not helping small business owners connect, converse, and inspire their target audience through social media, you can usually find her vlogging or blogging about her family, vegan lifestyle, and other passions. Aisha has a BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also holds a MS in Post- Secondary and adult education from Capella University. She currently resides in beautiful Western North Carolina.
Why did you start blogging? How long have you been blogging?
I am a poet, writer, and I have always had a very public voice. I was writing for other people’s newspapers, magazines, literary journals, etc… so blogging seemed like it would be a natural progression for me. I wanted to keep in touch with my audience in-between projects. I started vlogging (www.youtube.com/nappynaturalgirl) as a fun way to stay in touch; once I started generating income I wanted to do more. www.nappynaturalgirl.com came along.
What advice would you give to a new blogger?
Use your platform for good. I feel like there are thousands of blogs out there, but not many of them are saying much. If you going to spend countless hours on your blog, and plan to earn a living, say something worth hearing. Give the world something to think about.
How do you decide what you will write about, blogging or otherwise?
I have a lot say. My blog is a lifestyle blog and can be read like a magazine. I have some diverse categories, and I get to share a lot. I never run out of stuff to say. My biggest challenge is always how best to say it. Do I need to make a video or graphic? Should this be a blog or a just a Facebook post? My friends, fans, and followers are extremely vocal and they keep the conversation going. There is never a dull moment.
Can you describe your ideal reader?
My ideal reader is loyal, open minded, and highly engaged. They understand the power of their voice, and they aren’t afraid to use it. They are difficult to influence, and they don’t take any mess. My analytics show that men are just as supportive of my blog as women. I am excited about that. I don’t want a typical mommy blog.
If you had to start your blog over what would you do differently?
When I first started I didn’t do enough to localize my blog. Although I have a large audience, it is fairly spread out. This stopped me from taking advantage of a lot of local opportunities. However, since adding the Western Carolina section to my blog I am getting more opportunities. If I had known better from the start I would have done better.
Who is your biggest blogging influence?
My biggest influence is my audience. They send me articles, ask my opinion, and they really keep me moving. I have a lot of blogger and writer friends. I am inspired not just by their blogs, but by our conversations. Right now, I am reading blogs by favorite bloggers from Alabama. I am originally from Birmingham, and I want to see what what happening around in the area before my visit. So I have been scoping out Iamkineski.com, ChaucyneKinon.com, My Own Reading Rainbow (mayday39.tumblr.com), and Happilymarriedclub.blogspot.com.
How do you balance being a wife, mother, socialpreneur, writer, and blogger?
Writing and sharing my work is a big part of who I am. I wouldn’t be the wife and mother I am without my friends, fans, and followers. We are sharing a bond. We are constantly building on ideas and beliefs.
What is your definition of socialprenerur? Are you currently working on any social endeavors?
Just as the entrepreneur is concerned with enterprise, the socialprenuer is concerned with the social wellness of our families, communities, and organizations. By the time this blog is published I will have just wrapped up my first meet-up in Birmingham, Alabama. I am hoping to connect some people, strengthen some relationships, and spark creativity. I will also be preparing food for families or individuals who request it.
Aside from my blog, I am part owner of Aisha Adams Media Group (www.AishaAdamsMedia.com). I teamed up with my husband Rafrica (www.sine-lanugage.com) and my friend, blogger Chaucyne Kinion (www.chauncynekinion.com). We help small business owners connect, converse, and inspire their audience via social media. We build websites, host workshops, and assist them with creating quality content. I am working on some awesome projects.
Blogger Amani Jackson is launching Queendom (www.Queendom.com) in a few weeks, and I am thrilled to be on her team.
How long have you been vegan?
I have been vegan for about 3 years. It has been a marvelous journey. I am 85% raw.
What are some good vegan meals for children?
Here are some of my son’s favorite meals. Taking pictures of the meals I create and putting them up on Instagram (NAPPYNATURALGIRL) is another hobby of mine. (See photos)
What do you want others to take away from this interview?
We have a social obligation to be ourselves, and to allow others to experience us as the masterpieces that we already are…