How to use Google Keyword Tool (Blogging Tips)

March 29, 2015
Recently, I have discovered the magic of the Google Keyword Tool and would like to share! Check out my step by step tutorial below on how to use Google Keyword Tool to see what is being searched the most on Google:

Step 1: Google "Google Keyword tool" and click on that first link.
 Step 2: Either make a new Google Adword account or sign in if you already have one.
 Step 3: After you are all signed in, it should bring you to this page. In the navigation bar, click on "Tools" and then "Keyword Planner"
 Step 4: Under the list "What would you like to do" click "Search for new keyword and ad group ideas"
 Step 5: Enter in your prospective "keyword" or "key phrase". I chose "black girl" because that is who I write about.
 Step 6: Look at the average monthly searches in the graph. This is how many searches words related to your keyword/phrase receive each month. If you look below the graph, you will see different ad groups that are similar to your keyword, as well as the average monthly searches for that group of keywords and the competition level. If competition is high, it means that a lot of people and companies are trying to rank on Google for that phrase, so it may be hard if you want to also rank for that phrase. If competition is low, then you have a better chance at ranking on Google for that word.

The goal is to be ranked on the first page of Google, so you want to use keywords with high monthly searches and low competition
After you have evaluated that word or phrase, you can try out a few other phrases as well just by typing it in and clicking "Get Ideas" by the search bar above.

Have you ever used the Google Keyword Tool?

A Sit Down with Brown Actress, Shani Ashley Francillon

March 23, 2015
Part of the reason that I started Quirky, Brown Love was to talk about the representation of brown actors and actresses in Hollywood. Therefore, I reached out to Shani Ashley, a seasoned actress who was glad to tell me her take on Hollywood and what it takes to succeed as a black woman in this industry.

1. So, I reached out to you because I noticed that you were an actress.What is your major career focus?
My major career focus is film. I am a movie lover; from the age of ten I would create movie plots and act them out. I still do that today! I’m hoping to be recognized in the film industry before I am 25 years old. In 2014 I did about three short films, so this year I want to complete six short films. However, because I am still in school, I am focused on commercials since the shoot days are usually two days out the week so I won’t have to miss that many days of school. Last semester I did a commercial for H&R Block and only had to miss one day of school. I’m graduating from college this year, so soon as my diploma is handed to me I can pursue my goals in the film industry full-time.

2. Was your family always supportive of your career choice?
-My family has always been supportive of my career choice, however, they don’t want it to be my only career choice. In other words, my mother still hopes that I will become a doctor but I’m sure deep down she knows I’m going to be an actress. My parents are the ones who put me into acting school. I remember Saturday mornings, my dad would drive me to the city and take a nap in the car while I was in class. My parents and two older sisters came to all my plays and have even taken me to auditions. Last week I had an audition and a statistics test in the same day, so my mother drove me from Brooklyn to Manhattan at 8am for a 2 minute audition! That is love, that is support, and I am grateful for it. 

3. Have you encountered any problems with stereotyping during casting calls or in other aspects of acting?

The Melanated Bosses Series: Jessica Huie MBE of Color Blind Cards

March 20, 2015
Inspired from the "Melanated Goddesses" movement, I present to you the Melanated Bosses Series: a series highlighting young, brown woman bosses from all over. 
Meet Jessica Huie. She is the creator of the award-winning card and gift company, Color Blind Cards. What is different about her greeting cards and gifts is that she features children and adults of various races and ages.

7 Things To Do While You Are Single (A Guy's Perspective)

March 19, 2015
Since I can't exactly comment on the single life in my current 'predicament' (you know, with me and my 365 Dates thing with Matt!), I have brought in outside help for advice on what to do while you are single.

Meet Franklin.

Franklin is a 20-something year old who has lived on two continents (he's from Mozambique but currently lives in the US) and is currently living the single life.
Here are a few things that Franklin believes should be on every single person's to-do list:

1. Figure out what you like to do
Beyond school, work or other obligations, do you know what hobbies truly make you happy? What do you like to do during your spare time? Try finding a new genre of film, cooking, writing or some random hobby that you've always wanted to try.

2. Explore your environment
Eat at a new restaurant, go to a new park or trail nearby, ask around for fun places to go in town, to strangers you can be a 'new kid in town'
Challenge: Go to the busiest road in your town and act as a person who just moved in and ask about fun places to go to at least 10 different people (make an effort to seek people different from your usual circle) and go do it least 2 of them.

3. Freshen up

Whether you are looking for a relationship or just enjoying being all to yourself, make sure that you are happy with the way that you present yourself to the world. Try a different haircut, change up your style a little, listen to new musical genres, etc.

4. Think positively of yourself
'Haters gonna hate' so let them hate. Know that someone out there appreciates all of your work, your beauty/handsomeness and awesomeness. Realize that a positive attitude is the beginning of many great things.

5. Exercise/work-out 

Use your new found positivity to fuel yourself into better shape. This will help build a better and more accurate self-image.

6. Hangout with friends and family
Being single doesn't mean being alone and being alone doesn't mean being unhappy. Your friends and family will show you love so you always know someone somewhere loves you no matter what. Some find it in friends others in family, spirituality, religion, groups; the point is to understand that you may not see but loved one are around you and are cheering for you.

7. Spend time alone

You know that weird thing you like that your friends and family don't? Go do that. Embrace it as a part of you, unless it is against the law (or at least don't get caught doing it!).

My Quirky Singles, what do you think of Franklin's Advice?

READ: 7 Reasons Why You'll Never Find Your Husband or Wife On Tinder.

Photographer Spotlight: Glenford Nunez

March 18, 2015
Beautiful and well-crafted photography has a sweet spot in my heart. I came across artist, Glenford Nunez on my Twitter feed and felt the need to share. He seems to have a love for black and white portraits and his The Coiffure Project is catching notice from everyone, including UrbanBushBabes and CocoFab. Check out some of my favorite portraits below:

Some Quirky Things About Me

March 16, 2015
Recently, I realized that I have been ranting and raving about random things that I find messed up about our world. I probably sound like a mad woman to people who don't know me! When I read my posts, I read them in my voice so when I say "hey, maybe you shouldn't do that" I have to realize that to people who don't know me, it may come off as "HEY!MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T DO THAT!!!!" 
Therefore, I have decided to throw in a few more personal posts to help build a relationship with you. That way, I'll hopefully come off more as a friend instead of someone with crazy woman rage.
Here's a little bit about me:
Name: Bryanda (Bree-on-da) or Bree
Age: 22 (July 4th, Cancer)
Ethnic Background: Both of my parents are Black-Americans...and so are my grandparents...and were my great grandparents (I've seen pictures). My great grandfather was actually a sharecropper in Mobile, Alabama.

How long have I been dating Matt?
It'll be 3 years officially on July 3rd! Before that, we knew each other for about 1 1/2 months. For more about the super random way that we met, read here!

Do I live with Matt?
Yep! We've lived together for about 1 1/2 years now with no problems.

How long have I been blogging?
I started blogging with another blog in 2011 but I have been blogging at Quirky, Brown Love since October 2014.

Am I in school?
I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology and now I'm doing a postbac program to take a few additional classes.
What do I hope to accomplish with this blog?
I want to show to the world that you cannot hold everyone to stereotypes, especially people of brown skin. Quite frankly, the mainstream media has done a horrible job representing so-called "minorities" and there isn't yet enough outlets out there to combat its destructive power. I want to scream at the top of the highest mountain and say "yes, I am a Black woman and no I do not have a sassy attitude! Yes, I like to work out, yes I can swim, yes I like to longboard, yes I'd go to ComiCon, yes I like sushi and yes I love to travel!" I know that there are Latin Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Americans from the Middle East who probably have their own spiel that they want to yell at the top of a mountain. I just want Quirky, Brown Love to be that mountain.

Brown Love Stories: Danielle and Shel

March 12, 2015
I am honored to introduce to you Danielle and Shel. You may recognize Danielle from her popular blog, Elle in Bloom. Danielle and Shel have known each other for over 20 years and have been married for 2 years. What a beautiful example of black love. Please enjoy the wonderful and quirky-cool story of their love below!
1. Names (Hers and His) 
Danielle & Shel

2. Ages (Hers and His) 
36 & 37

3. Length of relationship 
We’ll celebrate our second wedding anniversary on March 15th. 

4. How did you two meet? 
We first met in the fall of 1996 through a mutual friend. We were young but had an instant bond and connection.  
5. What makes your relationship "quirky" or unique? 
We’re complete opposites! I’m sensitive and idealistic while he’s analytical and practical. Yet that uniqueness between us draws us to each other, I think. We balance each other out.

6. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about him?
He likes to pull pranks. His favorite is the sneak attack - when he carefully creeps up and startles me. He thinks it’s very funny.  
7. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about her? 
Anything can make her cry - news stories, movies, puppy commercials, etc. It’s weird but cute at the same time.

8. Quirkiest moment and/or adventure?
At our wedding, the DJ played the wrong song for our first dance. For a minute we just stood and stared at each other (haha) but we let it flow and made light of it!

9. What will the back cover or your love story read? 
Meeting was fate. Becoming friends was a choice. Falling in love was beyond our control.

Make sure to check out Danielle's blog as well as to follow her on social media!

Support Brown Films: "In The Morning" by Nefertite Nguvu

March 11, 2015
My purpose of starting this blog was because I was so disappointed in the lack of true diversity and diverse relationships in the media. When brown people are displayed in the media, it is rarely in a positive light and is usually based on stereotypes. Therefore, I have recently turned to indie films and have been pleasantly surprised at the representation that I have seen. Check out the trailer for the upcoming film, "In The Morning" below:

In The Morning is about love and its inevitable change/decline. It charts the emotional anatomy of several relationships over the course of one day. Permutations of passion, sorrow, joy and brutal honesty fuel the lives of a group of inter-connected New Yorkers. Friends: Harper, Ravi, Fez, Bly and Amara, gather to bid farewell to one of their own moving abroad, and debate the compromise and loss of their youthful ideals about marriage, fidelity, life and love. Two lovers: Malik and Cadence, meet to ceremoniously end a whirlwind romance that has collapsed under the weight of fears, obligations and regrets. A couple: Zuri and Leal, sift through the remains of their broken relationship as they try to make a life altering decision, journeying through the bitter heartbreak that comes with faded love, disintegrated trust, and dreams abandoned. For everyone, life will be indelibly altered in the morning.

Simply stated, In The Morning is about love and transitions. It examines the complexities of love from the perspective of three women in the midst of some hard won self-transformation. It’s a mood piece that weaves together three stories about personal growth and the power of choice and action.

Brown Love Stories: Bianca and Ja'corey

March 10, 2015
I am excited to introduce to you an amazingly cool couple, Bianca, the writer behind Elle B Styles, and her mate, Ja'corey. Bianca and Ja'corey met during a physics class in high school and have been together for 6 years! What a beautiful example of black love. Please enjoy their story!
1. Names (Hers and His) 
Bianca & Ja'corey

2. Ages (Hers and His) 
23 & 25

3. Length of relationship 
6 years in September

4. How did you two meet? 
Physics class in high school. Ja'corey sat next to me and would copy my answers :)
5. What makes your relationship "quirky" or unique? 
I think our silliness and ability to be absolutely free with each other makes us unique. We're COMPLETELY open and comfortable around each other, sometimes too comfortable. We're goofy and take risks in our relationship. I am completely out of the box and Ja'corey is the exact opposite. My mind is always racing and thinking about crazy things that we can do and he keeps me grounded.

6. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about him? 
He adds sugar to everything! He is literally eating his way to diabetes and it drives me crazy! We're working on cutting down the sugar though.

7. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about her? 
She doesn't like her food to touch and she takes a LOT of selfies.

8. Quirkiest moment and/or adventure? 
I don't think we have just 1 single "quirky" moment. We're very goofy people so there's multiple moments everyday. All I can say is that there's never a dull moment in our house.

9. What will the back cover or your love story read. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Make sure to check out Bianca's blog as well as to follow her on social media!

Stop Trying to Relate To Me! Thoughts On Being Your Only Black Friend

March 09, 2015
Author's Disclaimer: This blog post does not have the intent to offend or down talk anyone of any ethnic background. I know that I have readers from various parts of the world and I would never hope to offend anyone! The problem that humans have between races stems from not having an open and honest conversation about our differences. I value you as a reader, and because of that I feel that I can be honest in what I write to you! 

Black stereotypes. Everybody knows them. But for the love of all things that are holy, please stop holding every black person you know to these standards! As a light skin Black woman, who appears to be mixed to most people, white girls seem to flocked to me in hopes that I will be their first Black friend. My friends have recently referred to me as "The Light Skin Step". There is a god-awful joke that before a Caucasian  person can become friends with a Black person, they must first take 'the light skin step' with either a person of Latin descent or a light skinned Black person. Whether or not this is true, I have been several people's only black friend throughout my school years. How do I know that I was their only Black friend? One, I was usually the only Black person in the class and two, they were so quick to tell me that I was their only black friend!

One of the worse things that a person can do is try to relate to someone of a different ethnic background based on stereotypes. Imagine a Black person going up to a Latin American person and saying, "Hey, I love reggaton, beans and rice too. I am basically more Hispanic than you are! You should give me your Hispanic Card, Ese!"

I would want to be there when that person finally gets b*tch slapped.
Source: BuzzFeed
This is the sort of banter that I am sure several Black Americans have heard from their counterparts of other races. And being of a lighter skin complexion, I have had several people from other races compare arms to me and let me know that they are blacker than I am. Oh, and let me not get started on how many White AND Black people have told me that when I talk on the phone, I sound white. My personal favorite is when I get greeted with 'yo' and 'what up gurl' or nowadays 'bye felicia' (and I know that you didn't even watch the movie, Friday!). Or, when I ride in the car and the radio station gets turned to the hip hop and r&b, I like Taylor Swift along with the rest of the world!

So what is this, a rant? Only partially. I felt the need to write this post because if you are experiencing a clash between you and people of other races due to their lack of knowledge (or ignorance), your first instinct may be to write off  people of this ethnic background for good. But in doing this aren't we just perpetuating another stereotype? The stereotype that White people can't relate to non-white people is just as much of a stereotype as saying that all Black people speak Ebonics and like hip hop. Don't write off a group of people just because a few people of the same skin complexion are ignorant. The key, in my opinion is to have an open line of communication. If someone offends you, let them know and let them know why. If you never tell them, how will they know that they are doing something wrong? Some people won't just get the hint when you stop hanging around them.

Another key point is to be yourself, no matter what ethnic background you come from. If 'yo' and 'fa rizzle' is not a part of your everyday vocabulary with your friends and family, do not pull it out only when you talk to Black people. If your classmates say that you talk to proper, don't be ashamed of it. If you like Taylor Swift, don't feel the need to accomodate the music tastes you assume that I must have whenever I ride in your car. People choose friends because of who they are and if you are pretending to be someone else, you will never truly be friends.

What are your thoughts on this issue? Have you ever been faced with similar situations?

READ: How The Producers of O.T. Genesis' "In Love With The Coco" are Single-handedly Ruining The Black Community

Brown Love Stories: Ashley and Darek

March 06, 2015
Hello, everyone! Meet the wonderful Ashley from FabEllis and her husband, Darek. I came across this couple after visiting Ashley's amazing beauty, fashion, natural hair and everything else that is 'fabellis' blog! What a beautiful example of black loveCheck out their love story below. Enjoy!
1.  Names (His and Hers)
 Darek & Ashley

2.  Ages (His and Hers)
29 & 28

3.  Length of Relationship 
2 Years & 6 Months

4.  How did you two meet?  
We actually met online.  Darek sent me a message months before to which I ignored and later, when I ran across his profile again, I liked his pictures and what he said about himself so I sent him a message.

5. What makes your relationship "quirky" or unique?  
What makes our relationship "quirky" is we are both artists.  I love to write and he enjoys music and graphic art.  It allows for our relationship to be very creative and we're also able to give each other feedback on our projects.  As a blogger, my husband is a huge help to me whether it's being a DJ or designing images for projects.

6. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about him?  
He prefers just cooked food to not be put in the refrigerator.  He also prefers to reheat items in the oven versus the microwave.

7. What is one quirky habit that you have learned about her?  
The shower head always has to be facing down because I'm taller than her and towels have to be color coordinated.

8. Quirkiest moment and/or adventure?  
It would be during our honeymoon in Las Vegas when we met the Michael Jackson impersonator from the MJ Live Show at Rio.

9. What will the back cover or your love story read? 

Don't forget to check out Ashley's blog, as well as to follow her on social media!

Quirky, Brown Life Icon: Dina Younis

March 04, 2015
Quirky, Brown Life Iconsomeone who lives their life beyond the norm that is expected of them based on society's expectations. An inspiration, a breath of fresh air and a cool chick all around.

Meet Dina. Dina is the creatively quirky spirit behind the blog, Dina's Days. If you are a self-proclaimed thriftanista and you have not heard of Dina's blog, please make sure to put this on your to-do list today! She has a keen eye for affordable finds that compare in style to outfits that the hottest celebrities are wearing, but at a fraction of the price. She hosts thrifting challenges on her blog and has a collection pop-up shop at her local Goodwill Industries (if you are ever in Akron, OH, make sure to check it out!) Dina is a Quirky, Brown Life Icon not only for her super amazing thrifting powers, but also because of the passion that radiates from her blog. From reading her posts, you can tell that she loves what she does, which is key to a happy, quirky life.

Check out some of Dina's best thrifted outfits below:

Want more of Dina? Make sure to check out her blog, as well as to follow her social media site!

Quirky, Brown Life Icon: Sydney Magruder

March 02, 2015
Quirky, Brown Life Iconsomeone who lives their life beyond the norm that is expected of them based on society's expectations. An inspiration, a breath of fresh air and a cool chick all around.

Meet Sydney. Sydney is a one-of-a-kind triple threat that you should definitely get to know. She is a classically trained ballerina, singer, actress, as well as a proud advocate and representative for the LBGTQ community. These are all reasons that I have personally chosen Sydney as a Life Icon. She was actually so nice to do an interview for my readers. Learn more about Sydney below!

Brown Love Stories: Tiffany and Joe

March 02, 2015
Hello, everyone!  I am excited to present to you a wonderful couple that I have had the pleasure of interviewing, Tiffany and Joe. I met Tiffany through BLMGirls and through her lifestyle blog, taste{FULL}. Their love story is one of true fate and perseverance. What a beautiful example of interracial love. I hope that you enjoy their story as much as I did!
1. Names (Hers and His) 
Tiffany and Joe DeLangie

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