I have had the unique opportunity to come across some really unique blogs over the years. I find that I usually lean more towards the one that tell it like it is. I am not saying I don’t like the flowery ones for a good read. However, at the end of the day, I need to hear the black or white and less gray. So when I came across this blogger it was for personal reasons. I know the blogger personally but even in knowing her personally her blogs holds literally no punches.
Blogging can be time-consuming to say the least. The amount of time even when the inspiration just spills out can take a toll. There is the actual typing of the blog as well as the editing. Then just putting your voice out there can be intimidating too. So I wanted to know who is KJM? What is KJM and what is in the works for KJM. Kingston Jael Michaels is a blog that was started a little over a year ago. It is a blog that deals with all kinds of topics but it deals mostly with KJM the author pretty much making fun of herself. She allows herself to be the butt of her jokes in hopes of helping others. She says what you want to say but are too afraid and too politically correct to say. She is just plain old funny. Find her at http://www.kingtonjaelmichaels.com for more hilariousness.
I asked KJM why she began her blog:
For the last 15 years, I have had people come up to me and ask me to co-write a book with them plus I have been editing other’s works for the last 20 years! Whether it was a school paper, thesis, or just something they were writing for someone special. I was always humbled by their requests but never gave it a thought until my friend, Michelle Monique Johnson, passed away. She unexpectedly died a week after my 34th birthday and the last thing she said to me way…”it’s time to start your blog! Fly butterfly fly!” And so my journey began September 2015…her birth month. I write in her honor and I pray I have made her proud!
I think that death can always bring new life. In my own personal experiences I have seen where bad situations birth such greatness when you are open to itWhen you blog like I said before it allows you to expose yourself in ways that simply can either make or break you. I remember when others found out I was blogging. I got mostly good reviews but from family the most that I didn’t even see on a regular basis their critique was much more harsher. Glad that I didn’t need or rely on the lack of weight their opinion shed. I wanted to know what she has learned about herself in this process.
I am naturally raw with my thoughts. And it’s not for shock value! It’s naturally who I am! Through my writing, I become this naked and vulnerable woman…something that is so hard for me to be in everyday life! I always have to be strong for others…and myself. When I’m blogging, I can rest the S on my chest and just be me…insecure at times…vulnerable…yet still strong. And I love that I have discovered that part of myself. Blog life has changed my life forever!
I pray it grows into a huge EMPIRE and that KINGSTON JAEL MICHAELS becomes a household name…from my books to my television show! Lol. Hey if you don’t aim high and believe in your talents…who will?! So I know first hand the stock I am made of. God-given talent runs through my veins. That talent allows me to transform myself…everyday.
When I first launched, I would write and then delete. Hoping to make everything perfect. Truth be told…writing is at its best when it describes imperfect human moments. I was afraid of being judged for my decisions and my views. But then I soon learned that not every day is a great blogging day but that does not mean I should erase the imperfect for it makes me who I am…and I am so in love with who I am and who I am becoming. I am a mess at times but who isn’t? You will get many things from my blog (www.kingstonjaelmichaels.com) but perfection is not one of them!
I follow many bloggers including ToiTime but to be honest my inspiration are writers, producers, and creators of earth shattering controversial books, shows, and movies. Oprah and Shonda Rhimes are two of my greatest inspirations. Black women who build as they create. I am in awe of them! 🏽
Do not be afraid of your God-given talents and never dim your lights for anyone. Shine! Support one another and just be. Lay in all your imperfections and do not erase those moments where you are vulnerable. There is strength in vulnerability. Lastly, love yourselves first…even as you find romantic love. Never leave yourselves behind because…if you cannot count on yourselves….who can you really count on? You are everything! You are beautiful! You are the QUEENS of this earth! Walk in that destiny proudly and never apologize for it! Never apologize for being you. One Love, KJM