Sojourner's Place

helping hand: much obliged and paying it forward  

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Its hard to believe that on Tuesday, July 1st Sojourner's Place will have been "open for business" for six whole months. When I began this adventure, I certainly had no idea what this "blogging thing" was all about. All I knew is that I needed an outlet to rant, rave, ramble, and even celebrate the things and people important to me.

Had to learn a whole new language. Feed... rank... Technorati... tags... link... cross-posting... Old School Fridays... and Wordless Wednesdays. WTH (had to learn what all those acronyms meant, too)! What had I gotten myself into? Would anybody care about what I had to say? Would anybody out there in the blogsphere even drop by Sojourner's Place, post a comment, or most of all even return? Yes, those first couple of months were very scary and very intimidating.

Then it happened! After a month of posting, surfing, and commenting I got my first comment! Oh yeah! I'm on a roll now! Then after another 2 weeks, I got another comment! Damn! What am I doing wrong? Should I stop this? Can't stop now...I'm consumed...gotta keep blogging...just got to! Then, thank you HRC! Thank you so much for delivering that
Shame on You Barack Obama rant! I wrote about it and I got 3 comments! Not just any comments - but comments from New Black Woman, Villager, and Regina's Family Seasons ! And oh what comments they were...maybe they like old Sojourner's Place!

I could go on and on about the first few months of my blogging experience. But, I don't want to bore ya'll with a whole lot of sentimental s*it; and besides that ain't the reason for this post. What's the reason? Well, last night I checked my
Technorati Rank and Authority. In January, my rank was some ungodly number like 4 or 5 million. Last night it was 86,054!! Villager! I broke that 100K mark! And my Authority is 75! Just 25 points away from my goal of 100! I'm shooting for August!

I wanted to do something special to say Much Obliged and to celebrate reaching this personal milestone. Because I have committed my life to "leaving the pile higher than I found it", I wanted to "pay that help and support forward" to those new to the blogsphere. As such, I have created this "Emblem of the Helping Hand" as a token of my appreciation for my blog mentors and a source of encouragement for those who are up and coming.

The Rules:

  1. Select 10 bloggers: 5 you consider your blogging Helping Hand then "Pay it Forward" by extending your "Helping Hand" to 5 additional bloggers in support and encouragement for their efforts.
  2. In passing on the Emblem, each recipient must provide the name of blog or blog author with a link for others to visit.
  3. Each recipient must show the Emblem and put the name and link to the blog that has given it to her or him.
  4. Link the Emblem to this post: Helping Hand: Much Obliged and Paying it Forward so that others will know it origin and impetus.
  5. If you have not already done so, show your recipients some love by adding them to your blog roll, Technorati Favorite list, or in any other way to further let them know that their blog voice is important to you and being heard.
  6. Add your name to The Helping Hand meme at my new blog entitled The Emblem of the Helping Hand and don't forget to leave a comment as a permanent record of all Helping Hand recipients.
  7. Display the rules

To my Blogging Mentors, please accept this "Emblem of the Helping Hand" as a symbol of just how much your help, support, and encouragement has meant to me during the past 6 months. As the originator of the Emblem, I'm breaking the first rule by selecting more than 5 blogs (smile).

  1. African American Opinion: much obliged for thinking that my rants and rumblings were worthy. when i think of you, i just want to say"it's nation time" !

  2. you help me keep it real and on track. still trying to live up to that 'e' for excellence; it was my first award! much obliged

  3. Black Tennis Pros: never knew there were so many black tennis pros! coming to your site is a joy!

  4. Electronic Village: could do a whole blog on you - the eternal optimist! the griot! you will never know just how much you have influenced and helped me...i suspect that i'm not the only one who feels this way!

  5. Francis l. Holland Blog: wow! you let me know that its quite all right to "come with it" and "come with it hard". as my mamma says, you always tell it like it t - i - is!

  6. Mrs. Grapevine: special...just special! you keep me informed and in the know! couldn't do it without you!

  7. New Black Woman: you were one of the first to leave a comment. i'll never forget the feeling that maybe i was on the right track to have warranted a comment from such an important blogger! much obliged!

  8. Regina's Family Seasons: you are simply a wonderful and much needed source of encouragement to me. whether your comments or your own post, you enlighten and lift my spirit.

  9. The Black Factor: i swear we must work at the same place! every time i visit your blog its as if you must work in the office next to mine. yours is one of the very first blogs i came upon, and there i learned that i was not alone!

  10. The Marvalus View: soaps, flavor of love, 10spot! guuurrrllll! you know that you are my rock!

  11. Vanessa: Unplugged and On the Black Hand Side : you were there before i even knew you! what can i say? you know the rest! so glad i found you!

I'm "Paying it Forward" to the following blogs. These are blogs that are doing it and doing it well. Each has a very special place reserved just for them at Sojourner's Place. I encourage you to visit, leave a comment, and if are so inclined give them a FAV. Cause we new bloggers are fragile and need your support and encouragement.

  1. Hagar's Daughters: "for women who find themselves at the well...praying, dancing, & pondering (& the men who join them here)." truly inspiring!
  2. Coffee Stained News : this blog asks the question: "Does Separation of Church and State mean we must ban Christians in Politics?"always provocative and informative.
  3. Black Women Blow the Trumpet: here you can "delve into the core issues (sociological, economic, political, psychological, intra-racial and cultural) that impact the self-actualization of black women in this country and in our original homeland." you'll be challenged here with every post.
  4. Black on Campus:"Higher Education and the African American Experience." a beautiful blog that provides both an historical and critical look at the Black experience in higher education. as a "student of higher education", i just love this blog!
  5. From My Brown Eyed View: "A sistah like myself moves around all time looking at this world we live in. I like looking in the past, the present, and into the future. There is always something to focus in on. This is the space where I plan to share my visions." our paths, thoughts, and ideas continue to cross...we got a lot in common!
  6. Notes of This Native Son: "Where Spirituality, Hip-Hop & Politics Meet!" just found you! you're blog is an inspiration, provocative, and informative.
  7. Underground Railroad Tribal Alliance: "The Underground Railroad Tribal Alliance seeks to foster scientific advancement throughout the African Diaspora." you've been there from the very start! very much obliged!

Well, my two lists keep getting longer because so many of you have been a true inspiration and support to me during these past 6 months. But if I don't want to corner the market here. So, I just close this by saying MUCH OBLIGED! VERY MUCH OBLIGED!

Speak the Truth!

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner's Place ain't got nothing more to say.

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21 sojourners hollin' back


hey, thanks for the love and congrats on reaching some of your goals. I definitely think it's fly that you not only paid homage to those who have mentored and inspired you but you are also highlighting other bloggers. Definitely cool, be safe and continue to be an inspiration to the blogosphere.

June 29, 2008 at 11:46 PM

You are too much! Thank you so much for your kindness and congratulations on meeting your six month anniversary!

You have provided me with inspiration, and your Sunday Inspiration meme is outstanding and is something that I look forward to every week!

June 30, 2008 at 12:09 AM

Hello there SjP!!

Congratulations on your new ranking! WOW!

You achieved your goal!!


This is just a wonderful blog and I deeply appreciate your positivity because there is a lot of negativity in the black blogosphere at times but you CONSISTENTLY spread love and inspiration!

I am richly blessed!

Thank you for your kindness in mentioning my work at my blog! {hugs}

Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!

June 30, 2008 at 12:27 AM

You've been blogging for only 6 months? You've achieved a lot in those 6 months - way to go.

This is a very thoughtful award you've created and thanks a bunch for paying it forward. I know that you've been an inspiration to me. I'll make sure to do the same.

June 30, 2008 at 4:59 PM

What a beutiful sentiment SjP. It is quite an adventure starting these blogs isn't it? But a wonderful one. This symbol of respect for those on both sides of the blogging isle is such a thoughtful way to to say thank you and encourage others.

You made it easy for me to come back by first giving Sojourners Place such a majestic and meaningful name. And when I saw that you are living up to it in your writing, it was very easy to add Sojourners Place to those pages that I want to visit daily.

Keep on pushin' sista. I'll be right here in the cheering and support section. I thank you for the same at Black Tennis Pro's. It goes both ways.

June 30, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Sjp, We Love You! Thank you for being you, a strong black woman.

African American Political Pundit

June 30, 2008 at 6:24 PM


Thanks again!
I just jumped over here from black news junkie with the intent to check out your Sunday Inspirations post. Read the details about the Arte y Pico Award and deal with that info.

Needless to say you got me again!
I really appreciate where you are coming from. We came into the AfroSpear about the same time. So I do know what you are saying about a learning experience.

Thanks my sistah! And keep up the good work!

June 30, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Hey SjP!!
what a fabulous award you have designed! And WOW what an awesome meaning behind it! I am truly honored to be on this very elite list of those who have helped, inspired, or just welcomed you to the blogosphere! I do not take it for granted that you chose to honor me in this way and I will definitely share the love and pay it forward! Your blog is awesome and much needed! Congrats to you on your first 6 months and for that elevation in the technorati and readership. Rewards often come where rewards are due!
What a blessing you are!!
Peace & Love!

June 30, 2008 at 7:14 PM

@ Native, much obliged to you! and thanks for letting me borrow your letter for my Sunday Inspiration post.

@ Ms. Marva - not me...but YOU! You are truly an inspiration; and you and Regina the inspirations behind the Emblem. Just had to find a very special way to let you know just how much you've helped me. Much obliged for all you do!

@Lisa - hey! your spot needs more than just a mention!

@Sheila - as long as I know folks like you got my back, I can keep on keeping on!

@AAPP - you make me blush...and that ain't easy. don't embarrass easily!

@MLD - I know you feel me sista cause I feel you too. It can be "hard out here being a blogga".

@HG - yep, just 6 months! What started out as a hobby has turned out to be so much more.

@Regina - ditto what I said to Marva. You are truly an inspiration. A "much obliged" just didn't seem enought...had to give you something lasting and from my heart!

Gotta go get some tissue...ya'll done made me teary-eyed! Damn! :>)

July 1, 2008 at 2:54 AM


you are so sweet, and my 1 year anniversary is here, and need to do something nice for all the people have helped.

I'm checking out your skills, and I love the button.

Congrats for making it past the six month itch. Here's to six months more, and then to several yeards more.

July 1, 2008 at 9:45 AM

Mrs G - Happy Anniversary! That is really wonderful and a real motivation. Much obliged for your warm words and continued encouragement!

July 1, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Congratulations on your anniversary. I could relate to most of what you wrote since I just started on "blogger" less than two months.

I've wondered in the past month why I started from scratch with my second blog when I had close to 200 readers on "spaces" but I couldn't stand the format of "spaces" for what I was trying to write.

And besides, I preferred writing than posting personal pictures - nothing wrong with that. So I decided to go where the bloggers were. And like you, I'm still in blogging terminology - it's crazy and I have a graduate degree :-)

July 1, 2008 at 7:31 PM

AAW, I hear you and much obliged!Hey some of yours truly...have a couple of graduate degrees. Just goes to show you that you can always learn something new.:>)

July 1, 2008 at 10:32 PM

You put a lot of thought into your posts and into the design of your blog. Congratulations on your achievements!!

October 24, 2008 at 3:31 PM

@ RJ, much obliged for stopping by and your kind and warm words. Please don't be a stranger doors are always open here at SjP's. BTW, I've visited your spot often and although my comments are few - yours is a wonderful site in look, feel, and message!

October 24, 2008 at 11:36 PM

This is a wonderful blog. Keep up the great work!


January 6, 2009 at 2:40 AM

Thank you for the kind thoughts a flowing out here in the blog land.

January 16, 2009 at 9:18 PM

I just received this award via Denise of Shortybear's Place. Thank you so much for passing it along to her and in turn me.

January 16, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Happy to received this via Tracy at Thirsty for Him. Happy to be a part of the journey!

January 18, 2009 at 5:51 PM

I just recieved this by CuvyGurl of CurvyGurlCronicals, what a lovely idea, thank you for starting such a wonderul idea.

February 12, 2009 at 1:47 PM

1st ov all i would say you congrates on achieving some of your targets and 2ndly a bundle of thanks for that attention, may God bless you

March 22, 2009 at 12:15 PM
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