Why I Became An Influencer – [WATCH]

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately.

Hey, we’ve all had a little more time on our hands anyway, right? Why not use it in a productive manner?

Given the current state of our world, I’ve had a lot of time to think about just what the hell I’m really doing with this platform of mine. Am I using it the right way? Am I being responsible? Am I welcoming new friends when they arrive? What does the term “influencer” mean anyway?

A quick Google search will tell you that an influencers and influencer marketing are found, “[…] involving endorsements and product placement from influencers, people and organizations who have a purported expert level of knowledge or social influence in their field.” Largely, they do this using social media.

Though I’m not necessarily marketing or selling anything (and don’t plan to until I come across something that would truly benefit my audience and match their interests), but I supposed what I hope to “influence” others to do is be more accepting of themselves in their natural forms overall. I’ve been blessed with somewhat of a platform, and I recognize that I have a responsibility to use it well and with courage. God help me if I decided that selling things on my sites is more important than sticking to the whole purpose of why I’m still present online anyway.

In case you forgot, this is why I do what I do.

It is my hope that young women will decide (after watching me) that they don’t have to take their clothes off to be successful. It is my hope that the “weird” kids and the outcasts look at me and say, “I’m not so alone now!” I want to keep our conversation about mental health in this country moving forward, and not hide it among the shadows.

This is why I do what I do. I promise to use my platform for good, and to continue to learn and grow. Stay with me.