By Christina Tudor, Current YP4 Fellow
I’ll start by introducing myself. My name is Christina Tudor and I’m the Civic Engagement intern at Young People For (YP4) this summer and current member of the 2015-2016 fellowship class. My main goal for the summer is to start up YP4’s blog team. Blogs are a great platform for writers to connect with one another, share opinions, and elevate important causes. I’ve been blogging for about six months now and it has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding things I’ve ever done.
I started college nearly two years ago and decided to major in writing with the idea that I wanted to grow up to “write stuff.” Like most eighteen year olds, I had no idea what I was doing. I started getting involved in many important causes. I advocated for reproductive justice, spoke with legislators about the Women’s Equality Agenda, and held education events on Title IX. I’ll let you in on a little secret, while I was doing all these things, I tried to start a blog. But I was too afraid to put my thoughts online. Then, a friend who worked my college’s newspaper asked me to write for their blog. She said she noticed all the work I did on campus and asked me to blog about activism.
I said yes and my first blog post was up the next day.
Being asked to blog for someone else was just the push needed to start writing and posting about important social issues and activism. Many opportunities have emerged out of my original decision to start blogging. I now have direction in my writing; I now have a voice in the movements I really care about. I am so incredibly excited to launch this Blog Team and maybe give others the same push that I needed to start blogging.
Some Quick Benefits of Blogging:
- It’s a Great Creative Outlet
Even if you were never one who kept a journal or write your thoughts down, writing about events in your life, projects you’re working on, and social justice causes is a great outlet to process how you feel and spread the word about something you care about. As an activist, it is also a great method of self-care to process through the movement you’re working in and educate others.
- Public Support and Personal Connections
The reactions that friends, family, and others have to something you write may surprise you. Although you should write for yourself and not just so people will see it, it is very rewarding when someone approaches you to say they relate to what you wrote, or that they never thought about something before.
- Visibility Brings Opportunities
Being able to have published writing samples online will help you a great deal professionally. In fact, the whole reason why I have this internship is because a journalism professor suggested it to me after he found my blog. When your work is visible, people might reach out to you about it and it is a great way to showcase your writing capabilities, who you are as a person, and what you care about.
- Uplifting Issues and Engaging in Important Conversations
As I mentioned, I was worked on a ton of social justice related projects before I started blogging and one of the best parts about blogging is that it gave me a space to share my thoughts and uplift important issues. Many important causes are (unfortunately) not always discussed in mainstream places like the classroom or workplace. A blog is a space that’s yours and you should use it write honestly and engage in necessary conversations that aren’t had in other places.
It may sound cheesy, but blogging is an opportunity for personal development on many levels. I came to blogging with a strong writing abilities but that is not a necessity. If I were to scroll back through all my old posts, I notice that they get progressively better and I’m more comfortable with each post. Throughout this yearlong project, you will grow as a writer as well as become more confident tackling tough topics and sharing your activism with others.
If you think you’re passionate and that you have some important insights to share with the world, fill out the blog team application here. Even if you’re scared or unsure of yourself, apply. It just might pay off.
All the best,
Civic Engagement Intern-Young People For (YP4)