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Getting started:  “It was an accident. I was writing a book and I realized half these people don’t know who I am so I started blogging.  I did [my] research and bought my domain name in one day. I started back in 2010 so I’m still a baby blogger the way I look at it. I’ve just been able to gain some success on the early side.

Content: “I talk about everything.  Most people like hip-hop, black culture, social issues, politics, relationships, movies and books. You can come on any day and get a little bit of [every]thing.”

Advice: “Stick and stay, you get your pay. Don’t get caught up in the hits. That stuff will come over time. Google is here for a reason. It will take a while to get generated so that your blog is one the top searches on Google. Also, look at other bloggers and see what they’re doing and just really study what’s going on with other people. I think your friends are your first circle of your readership. You’re not really a top blogger until you have people who are not your friends who follow you consistently.

Biggest Challenge “I would probably say the most challenging is getting people to really understand what I try to do with my tongue and cheek. Some of my posts have gotten out there like on the Huffington Post and went on a whole other level and place that I didn’t even dream that it would go. And more just getting people used to my voice and getting people really into the movement of what I’m trying to do. That is the hardest thing I think for any blogger.”

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.