Hey you, thank you for taking time out to read this post because today on the blog you get to meet a blogger! First and foremost welcome to my Guest Feature Series! It’s super exciting doing this, I may not be *a huge blogger* but I do have a presence in the online community, well because of the love many of you give to me daily. and I intend to make use of it by also giving back the love to the community, by shining the light on as many bloggers as I can, because most of us deserve it and also you know make a stand on marginalization—fighting for what’s right.
Meet Sakhile, she is the blogger behind Sakhile Whispers
1. Hello Sakhile, please introduce yourself and tell us about your blog?
My blog is mixture of diverse topics. I mostly talk about books but sometimes mental health and music.
2. What was the deciding factor that made you go “Yes I am doing this, I’m starting my own blog!” ? Are you passionate about what you post on your blog?
I’ve always been a fan of writing so I wanted to create a space where I could talk about other people’s writing and things that are close to my heart.
3. How would you describe your blogging style and persona? How meticulous are you, when it comes to the conceptualisation up to the execution of your ideas?
I don’t think I have a particular blogging style. I’m still trying to find my voice so I’m trying to find different ways of writing my posts until I can be in a place where I feel comfortable.
4. What do you want and hope your readers to take from the content you share?
I hope my readers can learn something about how different people are. That they’re allowed to hate or love certain things, that mental illness affects people in different ways and regardless of that, we’re all just trying to get through.
5. What is your blogging mojo? How do you stay inspired and motivated to continue running your blog?
I get inspired by all sorts of things; music, libraries, other bloggers, conversations other people are having.
6. What is your long-term goal/plan for your blog?
My long-term goal is to not give up. I have a tendency to leave things when I get too overwhelmed but I’m hoping this time next year I’ll still be here.
7. Who is your favourite marginalized main character? It doesn’t have to be from a book, it could also be from a movie, tv series, games, comics etc. Why is this character your favourite? Marginalization is the process whereby something or someone is pushed to the edge of a group and accorded lesser importance. This is predominantly a social phenomenon by which a minority or sub-group is excluded, and their needs or desires ignored. A marginalized person can be people of colour, the disabled, mentally ill, the lgbt+ community etc.
My favourite marginalised character is Sparrow from Sparrow by Sarah Moon. When I was reading this book, I felt like the author had me in my mind. It was so mind-blowing to be so fully represented by fictional character. This is the type of book I wish was available when I was younger.
8. It is important that marginalised people are given platforms to shine and bring awareness to their movements and plights. If you believe so, why is it important to you?
Whenever I’m reading a book my brain subconsciously assumes the characters are white until a few chapters in when their skin colour is mentioned. I never noticed this until I joined the book community and the conversation about diversity in books. Things like that shape the way you think, they normalise things that aren’t normal.
9. It is crucial that in whatever we do, we should always strive for both equity & equality, what advice can you part with, when it comes to using our platforms to give a voice to the marginalised?
There’s a lot of talking over and outrage on behalf of marginalised people in the book community. I don’t think that’s right. Instead of doing that people need to boost the voices of the people affected because let’s be honest, marginalised people don’t usually have an audience like everyone else.
10. Last but not the least, what’s your take on the blogging communities? What has been your experience within the community?
Blogging communities are awesome, I feel like everyone is really welcoming of new people but at the same time it can be really intimidating when you’re just starting out.
Here are some of Sakhile’s favourite blog posts.
I noticed this happening with a book I really loved Vanilla by Billy Merrel. So I finished this beautiful book that was written entirely in poems that touched on asexuality and be…
I was hoping this would be a quick walk up and down the road but unfortunately, she chose the busiest road. I get anxious when I’m outside especially when it’s too bu…
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. I don’t know how to describe this book but if you’re suffering from a mental illness, it’s a good book to read. Everything I’m feel…
You can find Sakhile on the Social Media sites, listed below, clicking on the various names, will lead you to her account.
You also can be featured, so everyone can also see your thoughts, I’m too lazy to change the questions right now, but I just might in future, but I’m still taking on people who want to be featured. This series I hope can go on until December. Here’s the link to all the information you need to know —> PSA: Sign Up for my Guest Feature Post