Who is La Shawn Barber? La Shawn Barber describes herself as “a former liberal and current supporter of conservative ideals.” An Independent conservative, she is a member of neither the Republican nor Democratic party. She possesses degrees in English and the law, and blogs about both Faith and Politics. A devout follower of Jesus Christ, La Shawn Barber is a freelance writer and entrepreneur, whose blog, La Shawn Barber’s Corner can be found at http://lashawnbarber.com/.
A recovering alcoholic, La Shawn Barber’s story is a compelling one, and you can read it on the website for Today’s Christian Women at http://www.christianitytoday.com/tcw/2003/003/19.26.html. (It is titled A Sobering Truth.) Now, she is living her childhood dream, writing and speaking about her life and passions. Last year, she made several appearances on MSNBC’s Connected Coast to Coast with Ron Reagan and Monica Crowley as a blog reporter and featured guest. She was also featured in a BBC news story about blogging.
In addition to her blog, La Shawn Barber writes a biweekly political column for the Washington Examiner. Her articles, book reviews, columns, and essays have been featured in publications such as Washington Times, Washington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Denver Post, Baltimore Times, Today’s Christian Woman, and others.
She is also a credentialed blogger at the Conservative Political Action Conference, and has been a guest on popular radio shows such as The Savage Nation with fellow Independent conservative Michael Savage, The Jesse Lee Peterson Show with Reverend Jesse Peterson of BOND, and Hugh Hewitt’s show.
La Shawn Barber’s Corner is an excellent example of how a well-written, successful blog can open many doors, both professionally and personally.
La Shawn Barber’s writing is edgy and interesting, and her front page had me hooked, scrambling for the archives. Her passion is evident in her writing, even on her Bio page. “If you must refer to my race, call me black, not ‘African American.’ It is offensive to me. There is no such color, race, or nationality. I am an American of African descent.”
Her passion is no doubt part of what has led to her success. What else has contributed? La Shawn says: “A combination of factors – success as a political blogger, conference speaking, TV guest spots, and press generated from doing what I consider a labor of love – gave me courage to give up the horrible 9-5 grind, make a leap of faith, step out on my own, and sell what I know to people willing to buy it. As you may have noticed, I’m not shy about self-promotion.”
La Shawn Barber took time out of her busy schedule and granted me an interview for Associated Content. Here is what this successful blogger had to say:
Jack Oceano: What sets your blog apart from other blogs?
La Shawn Barber: I am a black woman who is an outspoken, bold Christian with unorthodox political views (conservative). My writing style is edgy, and I don’t like euphemism. In my opinion, all of these things set me apart from other bloggers.
Jack: When did you start your blog and why?
La Shawn: I was writing a biweekly column for a few small conservative news web sites, and I started blogging in November 2003 because I wanted to rant between columns. There was so much going on in the world, and I wanted a place to express my thoughts and upload drafts of my columns for readers’ review. The blog took off and took over my life. I’m now a blog consultant and professional blogger for various companies, and I get paid for advertisements on my blog. My personal blog is one of the top conservative blogs in the ‘sphere.
Jack: What do you do when you are not blogging?
La Shawn: Hmmm…Let’s see. I have a life somewhere. When I’m not blogging, I attend political events and blogging conferences. I also go to church and sometimes can’t resist the urge to blog about a really good sermon.
Jack: What are your favorite and/or least favorite things about blogging?
La Shawn: My favorite thing about blogging is self-publishing my views and freely expressing them. I thank God every day that I live in a country where my freedom of speech is protected.
My least favorite thing about blogging is the Internet “troll” that some of my posts seem to attract. These people insist on personally attacking me; they can’t or won’t attack the argument. I used to waste a lot of time trying to reason with these people and giving them a second and third chance to participate. Now, they’re gone with the click of a mouse. My blog, my rules.
Jack: What do you feel is the key to a successful blog?
La Shawn: It’s difficult to say, but I’ll give it a shot. The secret of my success is standing out in the crowd. I hate to bring my race into it, but it is a factor in my success. There aren’t many bold, black conservative women bloggers out there.
Finding a niche and having something unique to say also leads to success. Being controversial and allowing commenters to freely discuss the topic but disallowing them to call each other names has helped in my blog’s success.
Jack: Thank you for taking the time to chat with me. I wish you continued success at La Shawn Barber’s Corner and in all your future endeavors.
Be sure to visit La Shawn Barber’s Corner at http://lashawnbarber.com/. Thank you for reading!