It’s National Library Week and it would be remiss of me not to celebrate the very place where my creativity is ignited and set a fire. However, there is one key element that I possess that most do not. This element has helped shape me as a blogger who yields consistency; it has brought me laughter, comfort, and great ideas; it has even helped me evolve as a woman in some aspects. This key element isn’t an “it” at all. She is my blogging buddy, Jasmine T. Duff. Allow me to introduce this amazing woman, writer, wife, entrepreneur, friend, and my soror…this is why the library is important to her and what she feels about having a blogging buddy.
1. What is a blogging buddy?
A blogging buddy is someone who helps you stay on track while writing. They’re there for emotional, inspirational, and technical support. They help you come up with ideas and fuel your creative passions. They’re there for your not so confident and more than tired days, ready to sit back and laugh but most listen to your woes. Consider them your go-to guide for keeping it real as you navigate the nuances of life as a writer.
2. How did you meet your blogging buddy?
I met the fabulous Marlicecia Chavers through See Jane Write! She is the creator and curator of LoveStyle blogging, a writing style that caters to self-love, self-care, and creating a phenomenal life. She’s also one of Birmingham’s best makeup artists! A few things I love most about Marlecia are her courageous spirit, daringly innovative mind, and her “reach for the stars” work ethic.
3. How has your writing improved since having a blogging buddy?
I’ve become waaaaay more consistent! It really helps knowing somebody else is out there riding the struggle bus with you sometimes; that your super random fears and unexpected lazy days aren’t so off key after all. I’ve also become a more creative writer, we constantly bounce ideas off one another and encourage one another to try new things. I’ve done more work than I ever imagined since I met Marlecia, we met one another right before #BlogLikeCrazy and it was an answered prayer. We’ve even thought of a few business ideas for the future!
4. Where do you meet?
The plan is to meet at Homewood library at least once a week.We usually start off chatting about our days, traffic, random blogger issues, and a host of other things. Then the room falls silent as we dive into our respective goals for the day. Whether it’s finishing today’s blog post our outlining next month’s social media plan, there is always work to be done and the mission is always accomplished.
5. Why is Homewood Library a good place for creativity?
I love Homewood library mostly because it’s quiet! The study rooms are up against the walls so they provide privacy for deep thinking and small talk. They also have some pretty cool activities, like yoga and iProduct masterclasses, that help me become a more well-rounded individual.
6. Why is the library a staple of every community?
There are so many FREE resources at the library! Libraries are a staple part of any community because they work to meet their patron’s needs. Homewood Library has programs and activities for all ages. They have movies and games for rent as well as an entire wall of local event flyers. If you’re looking for a way to get to know your neighbors, start at your local library.
7. Why are libraries important to you as a writer?
Libraries are important because they support your quest for knowledge. There’s a book on just about everything in a library, and if they don’t have it they will help you find it. Libraries encourage us to step outside our comfort zones and try something different. With so many resources around it’s easy to work on just about any project as a writer. Libraries are also important because they’re where I want my future books to end up! They remind you that reading is an art form and give you time to unplug from our tech-loving society nowadays. Reading allows you to grow academically and emotionally, so I can’t imagine a world without libraries. Books taught me how to dream and imagine, I hope every child gets a chance to explore in their local library.