Hey my name is AshleyNerdStar. And this is my brief story of how a girl from Saginaw, Michigan gave birth to something creatively special. Follow me if you will on this journey through the art of storytelling.
On November of 2011, I had a dream. I had a dream of creating one of the most interesting blogs in the history of my own mind. So the “AshNerdStar Hip-Hop Music Blog” was born. The blog initially focused on Hip-Hop music and culture. Readers of the blog liked it very much. In August of that same year, I stopped writing blog posts completely. Okay, I’ll be honest with you all. I was slacking. I procrastinated. I became a little bit overwhelmed. Why? Maybe I was afraid of just pushing myself into making this blog a big success as time progressed. Maybe I was just afraid of my own abilities. But I made a solemn vow to myself, that I would return, and keep writing no matter what.
So during the time of me taking a break, I had so many awesome ideas flowing through my big head of mine. I changed the blog name from “AshNerdStar Hip-Hop Music Blog” to “The AshNerdStar Report.” Why you may ask? I shall gladly tell you my fellow homies. The first reason I changed it was because I felt like the blog posts I was doing was in “reporting to the masses” format. I felt I was sharing content that I thought was cool in an interesting and constructive manner. The second reason why I changed the name was because I was really tired of saying “AshNerdStar Hip-Hop Music Blog.” It was too long. Third reason of why I changed the name because “The AshNerdStar Report” sounded pretty darn catchy.
About six months, ago I stumbled on this social networking site called “YouNow.” The website is a magical world where you can broadcast live and share your many talents to complete strangers. It allows you to interact and meet people in a cool way. Ah, the joys of the internet. One of my good friends Belle Bee (AKA Baby Mama) told me about this Cover Song Contest they were having. Yes ladies and gentlemen I can sing. I went on the website a few days before the open call of the contest to check it out. I have never heard of YouNow until Belle told me about it. Thought it was pretty cool. The open call for the contest took place a few days after that. I managed to make it to the semi-finals and then to the finals. Unfortunately I didn’t win the contest. I finished in the top eight out of over a thousand or more singers who participated.
After the Cover Song Contest had ended, I was invited to broadcast on the Featured Channel for about a week. During that time I really enjoyed broadcasting. There are people who actually became fans of me. Can you believe that?!?! Me! Apparently I don’t bore them when I broadcast just talking about random stuff or singing. So I made up my mind to keep coming on YouNow. Now I broadcast quite frequently on the website. I have also met and talked to so many cool talented people. Now my story transitions to the present. I hope that I have not lost you. If I have well I will write the Cliff Notes version of this story at a later date.
As I stated before, I have met so many interesting, cool, and talented people on YouNow. A few weeks ago, I started thinking how great it would be to interview and write blog posts about them. I wanted to promote what they love to do and why they share their talents so others can love it too. In addition to those interviews I also wanted to talk about all kinds of music that I am into. I am still going to talk about hip-hop, sneakers and other dope things I love. Don’t worry. I guess I just wanted to expand my writing horizons and discuss about many different things.
My dream job is still the same. I would like to be an entertainment magazine writer. It would be cool to interview musicians, actors, photographers, in addition to doing music, TV show, and movie reviews. Maybe dab into a little bit of opinion pieces here and there. I feel that this is my calling. So I wanted to re-ignite my passion for writing and keep that sum bitch fired up! I hope you all will join in this journey with me. Because it is always good for others to support your own dreams to take flight and at the same time help with theirs.
That ends my reintroduction of why I wanted to make a fresh start with this blog.
That I shall leave you with this quote for you to ponder upon:
“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” — Jessie Owens
If you don’t know who Jessie Owens is, Google it.
Stay Classy, Homies ^_^.
Additional Note: I still have the blog on Tumblr, but I decided to make one on here to gain more followers.