This history of our people tends to be an oral history. This is especially true in the MC world. Stories are passed down through friends and relatives, and even strangers, of how a person is remembered, and what they achieved. Some of it true, some of it embellished, but almost always, the stories are second hand. Here’s why It’s important to share your journey in your own words. Don’t let someone come along and co-opt your story. You should be the keeper of your legacy.
Because of technology, we all have the power to write our own stories and share it with the world instantly. We’ve always had the ability to write about our own lives, but we’re so busy in the thick of living, that we rarely take a moment to write down events, times and places as a part of our own personal history. Sure, we interact and share stories on Facebook, but what happens to your legacy if Facebook shuts down your page, or shuts down completely? Remember myspace? Keep in mind, every picture you post, every post you write, all of this content belongs to someone else. If you can spend 30 mins to type a post on social media, that same energy should be spent on your own website, where you own and control the space.
Black Girls Ride Magazine has always been about celebrating the legacy of women who ride. We tell your stories, so that when history looks for you, they won’t have to guess. We have evidence that women of color were here since motorcycling began. But, the story shouldn’t end with us. I encourage each of you to write about your adventures on the road. Your tales become inspiration to the next generation of female riders. When women read about your rides and see your pictures, it’s empowering. What do you want the world to know about you and your love for motorcycling? What inspires you to take the ride? How does riding impact your daily life? What is it about traveling and fellowship among riders that keeps you coming back for more?
We encourage you not only to share your stories with us, so they may be published, but to start your own riding blog. There’s something freeing in telling your story. Everyone’s story is unique. No one has lived the life you lived, or will travel the same roads as you in the exact same way. Use your voice to protect your legend. Here’s how to get started: http://blackgirlsride.com/how-to-start-a-riding-blog/