First and foremost, thank you for allowing me to participate in your series. Well, my name is Yusuf but I go by my pen name TheRhymeRula for my published work. I’m a blogger, podcaster, poet, and short-story writer. I’ve been fortunate enough to have my work featured on SpillWords. Onto the purpose of my blog. Real Free – Flowing Words is my platform to share my unfiltered thoughts on anything as the headline says once you go on my site and it comes in two formats, blog entries, and poems. To add levity I include wisdom quotes, film reviews (which I want to get back to doing one day), and photography.
I started this blog in the Summer of 2017 and I wanted to have a home for all the writing I was doing and completed throughout my years in college. Additionally, I wanted to connect, collaborate (which I’m glad I’ve done), share, and know I have a place to bestow my work to fellow writers who will appreciate my work and I create rapport with. This will thus lead to them being returning visitors and we can encourage each other with every publication.
Not really, the darker topics will cause me to be more meticulous on how I want to structure and get the message across so the reader can comprehend and understand that I’m passionate about the topic I’m writing about at that moment. Furthermore, even if my stance on the topic differs from theirs, I always respect and acknowledge their perspective. So, is it difficult? I’ll rephrase my answer and say no because I believe even though the topics may be dark, I believe they should be addressed and not disregarded no matter how uncomfortable it might make you feel. That statement might seem harsh but with the “Cancel culture” and Political Correct “warriors” rampant nowadays, unfiltered and explicit content is always subject to scrutiny even if my opinions have facts to back them up.
It’s an amalgamation of things. I can get inspiration from my past, current events, something I’ve read like a quote or a book, Black History, something I’ve learned and want to share that’s going to benefit my readers, and sometimes I get inspired by something I’ve watched.
My long-term goal in blogging is to continue growing this site and brand that is now going beyond the site. I would like to increase my viewers/visitors and engagement that would translate to followers and a retainment of those followers with consistent content publication.
6. What inspires you to write about topics that others may shy away from?
I don’t like censorship and I enjoy this platform for being lenient compared to other platforms where they can stagnate your content and subjugate it to shadow banning or worse account termination. What inspires me to write about topics other writers might shy away from is my hopes to create a conversation no matter how light or heavy the subject matter is, and that will in hopes attract more viewers. Who knows what I write might inspire them to start writing hard-hitting content.
7. What is your favourite food?
That’s a tough question. I don’t want to exclude something or include something I don’t eat often. As of lately I’ve been cooking my meals and have incorporated a lot of vegetables and fruits in my pasta and rice dishes which have been delicious. If I want something quick I’d make a turkey club or chicken salad sandwich, or go to a pizzeria and get some wings or a chicken sandwich with everything except raw onions (I like them sauteed), ketchup (ew), or mustard. My preferences change depending on my mood. So to be honest I don’t have a favorite food.
8. What was your favourite cartoon as a child?
There are too many for me to name to narrow it down, I can name any from Nickelodeon classics cartoons, Marvel, to Disney, but if I were to choose one that I loved watching as a child it would be Arthur. I loved watching all the cable network cartoon shows but once my parents cut our cable in 2000, I gravitated to that series and other programs on PBS. As I grew older and got cable back I started watching adult-oriented cartoons i.e. The Simpsons (Which my mother disapproved of me watching but I still did 😉 , South Park, Family Guy, and many more.
9. If you could have any superpower what would it be?
The superpower I’d like to have would be regeneration like Wolverine from the X – Men because for one I can heal instantly and will be impervious to diseases. Going through the healing process for any injury minor or major is painful and nerve-wracking so I would want to prevent that at all cost.
10. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything you would like to share with the readers.
I welcome you to visit my site and explore the variety of content I post every week. If you enjoy viewing it, other than liking it, leave a comment if you found anything I said insightful to you (don’t worry I take positive and negative comments in stride). In addition, I have two podcasts, a history one titled Black History 365: The Throw Down and a podcast that is an audio version of my blog content here titled Real Free – Flowing Words. You can find them both on Spotify or any platform you get your podcasts on. With that said, once again thank you Pooja G (Lifesfinewhine) for having me on your series. Peace and keep it real.
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19 thoughts on “Blogger Interview With Yusuf”
Wow, great interview. “my hopes to create a conversation no matter how light or heavy the subject matter is” LOL. That’s a great aspiration. Yes, dark topic sometimes is harder to handle. I’ve always pondered on how to make dark uncomfortable content readable and I’m really intrigued by your blog. LOL.
Glad you enjoyed the interview.
All the best for your blogging journey yusuf.
Ahh yes, I love that Yusuf has called out things like today’s cancel culture and the modern era of political correctness. As someone who has been called, amongst things, racist, homophobic and right-wing, I can definitely understand it. In fact, I strive so hard to be none of these things that sometimes I even second-guess myself because I’m so determined NOT to be any of those negative terms! A great interview, I’ll be sure to pop over 🙂
I love it when someone is called out for their crap behaviour but with cancel culture it’s gotten to a point where some people just call others out for no reason other than that they don’t agree with them. Like terms like homophobic/racist etc are thrown around sometimes which can actually be extremely damaging. Glad you enjoyed the interview!
Exactly! I think that was the case with the woman who called me a racist, just because I said that some of the things that have happened to Black people (assault, discrimination etc) have also happened to me as a white disabled person, and therefore I couldn’t get onboard with BLM ass it is because to me, it felt like saying “well your life as a Black able-bodied person is more important than mine as a disabled white person, even though you may have a better life than I do”. Black lives matter! Of course they do, and I would never ever dream of treating a person of colour any differently to how I treat someone with the same skin colour as my own, but sometimes these people don’t want to hear such things, it’s just “you’re white, therefore you’re privileged”. I even ‘checked my privileges’ and nope, the test I found told me I’m not privileged at all lol. Haters gonna hate, I guess.
Yeah I guess you just have to move on and accept that some people are just never going to understand that everyone has their own opinions and thoughts and just because they’re not the same as yours doesn’t mean you get to cancel them or whatever it is people are trying to do these days.
I usually just think of what my Dad used to say, “mind over matter, I don’t mind and you don’t matter”. If they can’t have a compelling argument based on talking, listening and understanding, that’s not my problem lol
Very interesting, thank you for sharing. Although I could get to Yusuf’s page using your link for some reason I couldn’t follow from there.
Glad you enjoyed it! Not sure what the issue is but maybe you can try again later.
It’s ok I just searched them after but wanted to let you know just in case 😊
Oh I see- thanks so much for letting me know!
Amazing interview Pooja and yusuf
Glad you enjoyed it!
Great Blog Yusaf!! You too Pooja
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