Blog: The Urbane Urbanite
Shydel James’s blog is on Blogspot.
DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?
Shydel James (SJ): The Urbane Urbanite is an urban lifestyle blog where topics range from food & drink, travel & leisure and art & culture to personal reflections, rants and ramblings on current events, life and happenstance.
DCSME: How did you pick the topic for The Urbane Urbanite?
SJ: Easy. I chose to write about what I know and love. When I sat down to think about all the things that are of interest to me: food, alcohol, the arts, theatre, film, music, travel, writing, books, fashion, etc., I realized that all of those things make up a particular type of lifestyle. A refined lifestyle, yet, I don’t sip tea in my sitting room on the upper east side either. At the end of the day, I’m an urban guy with good taste. That’s how The Urbane Urbanite was born. My very first post was about an upscale tequila tasting I attended on the lower east side of New York City. That’s the sort of thing I’m all about.
DCSME: How is The Urbane Urbanite different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?
SJ: I try to put a personal stamp on every post I write. Unless it’s a profile of another person, I like to draw inspiration from my own opinions and experiences.
I also don’t consider myself an expert on everything I write about. I’d rather interview people who are actual experts on certain subjects, which allows me to share appropriate advive, information and tips with my readers.
I don’t talk at or preach to my readers. For the most part, my writing style is quite subjective, but with a conversational, easy, breezy feel to it.
Whether I’m writing a review of a restuarant or giving my opinion on why I think it’s a bad idea for mothers to bad mouth their child’s father around their kids, I always welcome my readers to weigh in with their thoughts.
As I reach my one-year blog anniversary in March 2011, my number one goal is to encourage my readers to comment more so that we can establish a two-way dialogue, even if it’s just a post on how to make good sangria!
DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?
SJ: I enjoy having the opportunity to write/talk about the things that I’m passionate about – and know that folks are reading along in agreement or disagreement. I also enjoy the community feel that blogging brings when my readers actually share their thoughts on the things I’ve written about.
DCSME: How often do you update The Urbane Urbanite?
SJ: I update my blog about two to three times per week.
DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?
SJ: I’m also an actor/writer, who contributes regularly to UPSCALE magazine and has written for VIBE, KING, Essence.com and several other online entities.
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