Life Be Lifin’
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Life Be Lifin’

An Introduction, If I May…

Back when it was still the cool thing to do, I started “When ‘Keeping It Real’ Goes Right,” my first personal blog. As blogging was all the rage in 2007, I took my little Facebook “Notes” operation and launched it into a full-scale website. One of the best things about that publication was the freedom.

I published what I wanted, when I wanted, and how I wanted, with little regard for anything or anyone else. Around that time, I wasn’t Garfield, aspiring writer, journalist, author, podcaster, and whatever other title I’ve picked up over the last 10 or so years. I was just G, a 21-year-old kid who thought he knew everything and had so much to say, writing was the only way to get it out.

Along the way, I grew a following and positioned myself to capitalize from my newfound popularity. I guest blogged at some places, got a couple of paid writing opportunities at others, and received thousands of page hits on each blog, when that was still a thing to be proud of. At some point through that journey, however, I became too focused on page hits instead of writing things worth reading.

I compared myself and my success, or lack thereof, to others. People loved my blog, but I was hyper-focused on growing my audience. Before, I used my blog to provide thought-provoking commentary on a variety of topics. Later, I wrote click-bait headlines about risque topics for the sake of becoming well-known.

In short, I lost my way and my blog suffered for it.

As time passed I set my sights on higher goals and let the website fade to black. I didn’t renew the registration, mostly because I didn’t have any money but also because I’d outgrown the site. I felt it was time to move on.

It’s been almost four years since I’ve written a personal blog for my own publication but within the last few months I got the “itch” again. While it feels like the number of personal blogs has gone down, with everybody re-branding themselves as, erm, “brands,” and trying to hustle their way into a few extra coins, it felt like the avenue for the personal shit I used to write was closed.

But, it’s not. Thanks to people like SBG over at The Skinny Black Girl and La at Liquor, Loans, and Love, I was inspired to jump back into the game.

“Life Be Lifin’,” as I’ve so lovingly named this blog, is my (triumphant) return to personal blogging. It’s a new space for me to talk about life and all the ways it “lifes.” I’ll share anything that comes to mind that mostly revolves around what I think or whatever it is I’m going through. It’s my little corner of the internet and I’m inviting others to come hang out.

So here’s what to expect.

After today, the publishing schedule will be at least once a week, every Friday. Bonus posts might show up on other days but you’re at least guaranteed to see something by the end of the week.

Word counts will range anywhere from 250 to 2500 words, if the writing gods decide that’s how it’s going down that day. It’s a personal blog, so it’ll mostly be about me. I might feature other people, stories, perspectives, or whatever, but I’m Swizz Beatz’ing this shit.

It’s a one-man band, here.

One important thing to note, this is really a “personal” blog. I’m not re-branding myself with this endeavor. I’m not writing cultural critiques or discussing the latest pop culture fuckery of the day. This is not the place to find my thoughts on whether Drake’s new album is worth adding to your playlist (it’s not).

That’s not to say that I won’t ever talk about any of the aforementioned, because I might. The point is that isn’t the primary function of this column. I write about all of those things in other spaces and if you’re interested, here’s a good place to start.

This space is to talk about benign happenings, like my girlfriend who likes to sniff my neck, and even the more serious things, like the time this white woman referred to me as “big and scary” to a group of little kids as if she felt that was the appropriate thing to do.

I just need a place to release.

And now I have it.

I look forward to rocking out with y’all in the future.

Peace.

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A blog about all the ways life, “lifes.”

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Garfield Hylton

Garfield Hylton

Medium Creator Fellow. Award-winning TV news journalist. Freelance writer. Mad question asker.

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