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No, your BGLH arti­cle feed is not deceiv­ing you, things have changed.

You might have noticed late­ly (offi­cial­ly start­ing on March 1) that BGLH is talk­ing about more than hair… a lot more than hair. We’ve dis­cussed cul­ture, style and black wom­an­hood in deep­er ways, and that is delib­er­ate. Let’s dis­cuss…

So, why is BGLH chang­ing?

Like many nat­ur­al hair blog­gers my back­ground isn’t actu­al­ly in hair or beau­ty, it’s in jour­nal­ism. Before start­ing BGLH in April 2008 I was a news­pa­per reporter. I even­tu­al­ly quit my job to do BGLH full time, but my inner news nerd nev­er died. I love read­ing news and cul­ture pieces that affect us as black women. Not just for my own aware­ness, but because black women are not cov­ered prop­er­ly or well in main­stream media. The longer I’ve had this web­site the more I’ve come to rec­og­nize it as a pow­er­ful hub to dis­cuss things that mat­ter to us as black women, includ­ing — but not lim­it­ed to — nat­ur­al hair.

Our tagline is “Beau­ty, Cul­ture and Nat­ur­al Hair” and going for­ward we’re tak­ing that tag line seri­ous­ly… but only with con­tent that is mean­ing­ful and rel­e­vant to our black beauty/womanhood focus. So don’t expect to see ran­dom recaps of Scan­dal…

What about nat­ur­al hair?

What about it? It’s still cen­tral to who we are. It’s our pas­sion and it’s just plain FUN! We love to write about nat­ur­al hair care, nat­ur­al styling, every­thing. Con­tin­ue to expect top qual­i­ty nat­ur­al hair arti­cles from our tal­ent­ed writ­ing team every week.

What about hair that isn’t nat­ur­al, will you start cov­er­ing that too?

No. The fur­thest we’ll ven­ture from nat­ur­al hair care is dis­cussing how weave and exten­sion styles can be used in a pro­tec­tive capac­i­ty and to switch up your look. But we’re not inter­est­ed in dis­cussing relaxed hair, per­pet­u­al weav­ing or tex­tur­iz­ers. It’s not our focus or pas­sion.

I hate this!

I’m… sor­ry? Every time BGLH changes we lose some of our audi­ence. All I can say is thank you for the time you’ve spent with us thus far. Luck­i­ly there are plen­ty of incred­i­ble blogs and YouTube accounts that focus sole­ly on nat­ur­al hair care and styling.

I love this!

We do too!! And we are excit­ed about what is to come.

So will you change your name?

Nev­er!

Will you keep sell­ing shea but­ter, cocoa but­ter and man­go but­ter?

Why yes, we will! You can buy raw or whipped shea, cocoa and man­go but­ter in a vari­ety of sizes (3 ounces all the way up to 2 pounds) here at bglh-marketplace.com.

.…

(So yeh, that ques­tion and answer was basi­cal­ly a shame­less plug…)

All this sounds fishy… Have you been acquired or sold?

Nope, no and hell naw. I still own 100% of BGLH and have no inten­tion of giv­ing up my full cre­ative and finan­cial con­trol.

Thank you for trav­el­ling this jour­ney with us and being a part of this com­mu­ni­ty! Many of you have remained as we’ve evolved, through good times and bad, and it means so much to me. Upward and onward!

~Leila

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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24 Comments on "BGLH is Changing, and It’s a Beautiful Thing"

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Twinkle

I’m here for it! Been a read­er for years and I’ll still sup­port! I’m hap­py that you all are dis­cussing more than hair..it feels good to read dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and opin­ions from peo­ple who look like me and who under­stand my joys and pains. Thank you BGLH!

Natural Power of Her Blog

I love the new changes! You will always have my sup­port

Dee

I’m dig­ging the change! :-)

Deeds

Thank you for con­tin­u­ing to be organ­ic and not an atten­tion seek­ing sell-out. I will most def­i­nite­ly con­tin­ue to sup­port.

Djadjazz

Well that’s a great news! I hope that your new top­ics will still be very open for afro wom­ens from all over the world… ^_^ bisous bisous

djadjazz

Well that’s a great news! I hope that your new top­ics will still be very open for afro wom­ens from all over the world… ^_^ bisous bisous

Ziggy ThePiggy

Its great to know that you are becom­ing more “all-source”. I must say, while the sites focus may not be in Pop Cul­ture per se, I’d love to see a few enter­tain­ment posts every now and again.
Such as :
Authors
Notable activists doing great things
More black business/inventors and the like

caty
I like this! I had start­ed to see that y’all were cov­er­ing more than nat­ur­al hair, I was excit­ed! Like this is my safe haven, I can learn dif­fer­ent tech­niques for my hair while get­ting some scald­ing hot tea! YASSS plus I’m glad y’all not talk­ing about relaxed & tex­tur­ized hair etc. Like I under­stand the women who do that exist, but this is for us who decid­ed to go back to our roots! But we still got love for you bone straight beau­ties, yass hunty. But I would like if you all cov­ered one top­ic: if some girls with… Read more »
sedem

i was actu­al­ly going to men­tion how i like how the web­site has evolved on one of yes­ter­days posts and today, you just so hap­pen to announce it..what a coin­ci­dence. i love the direc­tion that BGHL is heading…Unity & Love 4 back women

JasmineSkyy Forcer

I sec­ond sto­ries on rela­tion­ships would be great. Also are you look­ing for writ­ers? I would love to write for BGLH, check out my site jasmineskyyforcer.wordpress.com.

redpaperlantern

This change is great. I wish you con­tin­ued suc­cess. The stuff that you have been post­ing is infor­ma­tive and much need­ed. Thanks!

Chato'ne Strickland

I would like to see sto­ries about dat­ing and rela­tion­ships. Not that you asked :)

Guest

” I still own 100% of BGLH and have no inten­tion of giv­ing up my full cre­ative and finan­cial control.”–Thank you Jesus!!!

LaNeshe @Nesheaholic.com

I am all for the con­tent shift, I think its great! I personally/technically have been hav­ing a prob­lem with the site struc­ture changes though. There are so many ads and wid­gets that it’s hard for me to nav­i­gate around the site. Is there a plain text RSS feed or any­thing?

blackgirllonghair

Hey LaNe­sha. You can access our feed here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Bglhonlinecom

And we are ful­ly aware that the ads make things annoy­ing for read­ers. We’re cur­rent­ly work­ing on switch­ing to a dif­fer­ent rev­enue mod­el but it will take us some time. #2016­goals For now the ads ‘keep the lights on’ around here, so we need them.

LaNeshe @Nesheaholic.com

The feed­burn­er link is per­fect, thank you!

Ugonna Wosu

Cool, the extra top­ics have been fine, and like you said, you’ve been doing this for a while and we’ve been fine with this.

Natural

Thank you! I hope this halts all the com­plain­ing because don’t nobody got the time for all that

Shana H

I think the tagline should be turned around to say “Nat­ur­al Hair, Beau­ty, & Cul­ture”. The Nat­ur­al Hair should still come first.

Akwele

There is no growth in the com­fort zone, and no com­fort in the growth zone.

Rachel

I appre­ci­ate the trans­paren­cy.

Have you con­sid­ered pub­lish­ing cat­e­go­ry-based RSS feeds? This may help those of your read­ers who only care about hair care to con­tin­ue to get that con­tent with­out hav­ing to sift through the oth­er con­tent (inter­est­ing, I’m sure, but poten­tial­ly just not tar­get­ed to them)? Any­thing you can do to keep your read­ers and help us draw the best val­ue from the site would be appre­ci­at­ed.

Pub­lish­ing a top­ic-based feed seems straight for­ward from what I can tell: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/separate-rss-feeds-for-categories

Just an idea. Best wish­es with the new direc­tion and thanks for all the great con­tent.

Beatrice

Yup, I love it!

Elodie Careme
Con­grat­u­la­tions! Per­sons, things, con­cepts, every­thing has to change, evolve and adapt. As a long-time fol­low­er of BGLH, I am glad. I hope it’s for the best. I don’t mind extra-hair top­ics as long as we remain in the qual­i­ty area. I have some sug­ges­tions. I believe we don’t have enough entre­pre­neur­ship men­tal­i­ty among the com­mu­ni­ty and espe­cial­ly women. Could you fea­ture once a month (a week) some suc­cess­ful nat­ur­al busi­ness­women ? It could serve as a good emu­la­tor and mod­el for curly, coily and even relaxed women. I’d like to see more artists as well. Maybe nap­py painters, pho­tog­ra­phers, choré­graphs or graph­ic… Read more »
Klassy Kinks

I have a month­ly series on my site ded­i­cat­ed exact­ly to high­light­ing the sto­ries of small busi­ness­es owned by nat­u­rals — and they almost always come with give­aways! Most are nat­ur­al hair prod­uct com­pa­nies, but this month’s is an artist so feel free to check it out. http://www.klassykinks.com

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