My Latest, Greatest Hits on the Web and NEKOCON!!!

Happy Fall y’all! I’m a terrible blog owner!

But….it’s because I have been so darn busy. I have had a couple of really cool pieces hit the web. Check out a sample of what I have been up to lately:

*Geek and Sundry: The Webcomics That Are Changing the World

*HelloGiggles: Shondaland is BACK! Here’s Everything That Happened Last Season and What’s Next

I also had my first piece post on Upworthy! For those who aren’t familiar with the website, they post all things positive going on around the world. Of course, as soon as I found out they had a freelance writer’s program, I immediately made it my business to get an article on their page. I wanted to find something that met all of their criteria for an excellent story: surprising, meaningful, visual, and shareable.

I tried a couple of ideas and got hit with REJECTION. Ouch. But, I finally found THE story that I knew would be a home run. While scouring the web, I found an interesting article about a group called Stone Flowers. Based in London, the group is comprised of refugees from all around the world. These people have suffered unimaginable pain and persecution, yet they found their way to this unique music therapy group. They write songs about their experiences and record them in their native language!

Check out this special story here and share it with all of your friends. I don’t know about you, but I love a powerful story!

Next up….a pretty cool piece I recently wrapped up for Paste Magazine! ANDDD…..

I’m going to be a PANELIST AT NEKOCON!! Nekocon is an anime convention that takes place in Hampton, VA. The talented and fabulous Jamie Broadnax from BlackGirlNerds has invited me to come out and do a panel with her about social media. So, if you are in or near the area, come check me out!!! I’ll be the Black chick with the Afro rocking something Doctor Who-ish (yes, even at an anime con).

And remember…I am a freelance writer FOR HIRE. So, for any serious inquiries, HIT ME UP and let’s talk bidness 🙂

-Tai Gooden

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Keeping Up With Tai Gooden

Hellooooo My People!

I have had so much going on lately. First, I had to say a tearful yet joyful goodbye to Necole Bitchie. I was a contributing writer on her popular celebrity blog and she made the tough decision to move on from her blog. I miss writing for her and emailing back and forth with her every day, but I am ecstatic about her decision to pursue happiness. Through her struggle to leave NB behind, I received yet another confirmation that I am doing the right thing by leaving a predictable life behind and diving into freelance writing.

I have also been busy picking up extra work with HelloGiggles, The Mary Sue, and others. It’s been a whirlwind, but I am so grateful for it. I also had the honor of being mentioned on a podcast not once but TWICE. Verity Podcast is an all women-run show that focuses on all things Doctor Who, and they mentioned my article on The Guardian about how to combine talent and fandom love to make a little cash. If you remember…that was the article that caused a bit of backlash toward me so it was good to hear someone say they liked it LOL! They also mentioned my fledgling blog Bad Wolf Blerd. It was definitely an exciting moment, so listen to the podcast!

Next up is a trip to San Diego for business outside of freelance writing, a possible press appearance in Maryland at Intervention Con in August, and then a panel appearance in November. I’ll tell you more about the November event as it approaches 🙂

Have a great weekend!

-Tai Gooden

You vs. Them: Stay Focused on YOUR Path to Success

Happy Saturday!

I have been grinding over the past few weeks! My days have been filled with conducting research on new places to pitch, writing pitches, and even writing a few articles. I saw a few freelance writing opportunities and I took the time to put in my application. I have yet to hear back but I believe I will secure the right opportunity when it comes along. Until then, I will continue to take a leap of faith and send my resume to potential clients!

Lately, I have had a message on my heart and I want to share it with you. If you are reading my blog, I know you are a doer and a dreamer. I know you are working hard toward your dreams and trying to stay inspired. I also realize how hard it can be to stay motivated when you look around you and see others success. You wonder why a person with less talent is outpacing you in your field. You see a person you admire continuing to make big moves and you wonder when YOUR time is going to come.

You are not alone. Sometimes, I find myself comparing my writing journey to others. I wonder when my moment is going to arrive. And as much as I try to avoid being envious of my writing idols, it happens.

But you know what? I don’t allow myself to stay in a negative space. I realize that social media only gives us a snippet of what it took for someone to achieve their dreams. Their glorious successes, accolades, and admiration are often the end result of YEARS of hard work, setbacks, frustration, and dedication. There was a time when these same people were newbies. They had to find their own path to success. And they built their brands by knowing when to keep their blinders on.

That is what we have to do. We have to keep our blinders on and focus on our own path. Constantly coveting another person’s achievements will not help us stay focused on our own journey. While we can learn from their words of wisdom and apply their solid advice to our career, we cannot allow envy to derail us from our dreams.

So, how do I avoid this dangerous trap? I take a step back and give myself some credit for the progress I have made. I stick to my quarterly goals and make sure EVERY move I make is going to help me achieve my milestones. I congratulate others on their success and I remind myself that my unique journey will not look like theirs because I am not them. And I realize that there is a writer out there who wants to make it as far as I have made it today!

I hope you decide to focus on the accomplishments you have made and keep your mind focused on your own path.

-Tai Gooden