Wendy Jane Grossman delivers a humorous piece at her blog, Wendy Jane’s Soul Shake, about a white woman who explores black Twitter. “I started feeling like a lurker, who was just trying to be cool by being a part of something I can’t really be on the inside of because … I’m not black. But, that’s my own guilt tripping self.”
I still consider myself a relative newcomer to the world of Twitter, joining just four months ago. I joined after attending the Grub Street’s writers’ conference workshop panel on Twitter. Presenters, Rebecca Schinsky and Kevin Smokler recommended it as a way to connect with others, not just for author self-promotion, but to build “real” virtual relationships with people who share the same interests as you.
“How do you find people on Twitter?” I asked them.
They replied, “you start following people who are talking about things you’re interested in, and you will find your community” …
Still I felt like something was missing. And, then it happened. I had my “duh” moment and realized I should follow people who are talking about race. So, I started to follow some of the on-line magazines like Colorlines and The Root, and people like author of How To Be Black, Baratunde Thurston, and anti-racism activist, Tim Wise. I also started following actress, and writer, director/producer of the webcast series, Awkward Black Girl and Ratchetpiece Theater, Issa Rae.
Read Wendy Jane Grossman’s entire piece at Wendy Jane’s Soul Shake.
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