Friday, September 6, 2013

Reflections on Breeze and the Growth of M3

There's been about six months since Breeze first came to M3. It came to him through the grapevine, or as he would call it the gay black database, that there was a gay black blog. He told me later that his first impression was why the hell hadn't he been asked to be a part of it? So through a friend he got in touch with me and I signed him up. He immediately went to work. He ended up taking over the graphic design of the blog. He changed the look of the blog, making it a lot easier to navigate and view on mobile devices. I was immediately impressed by the quality of his designs and writing. So it begged the question. Why was he righting for us? I mean it was clear from the get go that just having him on the blog raised out level of professionalism by at least fifty percent. He could have charged us a large amount of money for the work he did. So why didn't he?


At the time I didn't really understand why he'd put so much work into a blog. He had just joined, I didn't really know him that well, but now that I look back I can understand that what we had started at M3 really was special. A writer's collective is really hard to come by. I think I would have wanted to join if I had run across M3 rather than starting it with James. A lot of us will say we're writers but when it comes down to it we'll only talk about writing. Sure we have some work here and there, but when it comes time to put up or show up there's always a lack of participation. We still have to deal with that now. We have lives to live. None of us is getting paid, at least not yet, and sometimes that lack of enthusiasm for intellectual and literary pursuits is downright discouraging. But still we're here.

We were showing up everyday for three months when Breeze came along. It doesn't seem like we were doing it for that long before he came on board, because when he did we really did move through a metamorphosis of sorts. We went from lemonade stand to a Minute Made conglomerate (at least as far as perception was concerned) almost overnight. We've been at it nine months now and it's still going strong. We've transitioned to YouTube videos and for the most part it's been successful. Finding with people who want to remain consistent is a challenge, but it's one that I've learned to face head on. It helps that the hard work is so fulfilling.

Editing and promoting videos was not what I expected to be doing when I started M3. I'm a writer first. So when I ran across this video it made me a little nostalgic. I just wanted to write more. That was the whole point of M3 really. I never expected there to be such a writer's collective. It was just a few friends of mine asking to join in and seemed like a good idea. Not I find most of my time is spent doing things other than writing. It's not bad per se, but I'd rather be writing. So I just have to find the time. And I am. Still it was nice to go back and see things when they were a lot simpler and writing was the only thing I had to worry about.





MALCOLM TRAVERS
Male Media Mind