Polite Q and A: A Conversation with Marc Polite

Posted: September 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

Marc W. Polite is an award winning writer from New York City. He is the founder of Polite on Society a blog of political analysis and social commentary established in 2009. Most recently, Marc was recognized by the New York Association of Black Journalists at the Awards Gala for “Best blog Commentary” of 2014.

Q: I love your twitter feed. I’ve noticed you’re constantly posting. Is it hard to keep up with the latest news stories and an ever moving Twitter feed?

A: Thanks Kelli! Yes, I make an effort to be consistent with my postings. It’s challenging to keep up with the news, as it is a 24 hour cycle, so I focus most of my energy on the important stories in politics. I’m not always on Twitter, but I do peek in to see what people are discussing every now and then.

Q: Do you find social media time consuming?

A: Social media is time consuming but, I participate in it with a purpose. My purpose is to drive traffic from the social media sites, to my sites. I do that, by discovering what people are talking about, and offering a different take on an issue. Purpose helps to define your interactions.

Q: What made you decide to create a blog?

A: I decided to create a blog, because I wanted to get out there as a writer, and establish myself as a voice. Back in 2009, when I started Polite On Society, I wrote for the Black student newspaper at City College of New York. I got the spark to write for a wider audience and decided to talk about African-American issues. I’ve been fortunate enough to make an impact in the last six years and decided to extend that into other ventures.

Q: I’ve noticed you’re foraying into the world of podcasting. What is a podcast and what made you interested in that medium?

A: Yes! I started my podcast just this month. Marc’s Podcast. A podcast is like having your own radio show. It’s an individual effort and the direction of the podcast is totally up to you. I have become interested in the medium after being invited on so many other podcasts by podcasters with higher level of experience. It’s a different medium which broadens your audience. Everyone doesn’t like to read blogs, especially if the posts are too long. What can be imparted in a 600 word blog post can also be communicated in a 5-6 minute podcast. Often, on busy weeks, when I have less time to write a full-fledged blog post, I can podcast the same idea and get it out much quicker. It’s something that I am excited about, so I decided to try my hand at it.

Q: What do you see as the future premiere platform to share your writing?

A: The future premiere platform, in my opinion is still WordPress. I still put up posts regularly, and find that my traffic is high. Eventually, I would like to add a video component. I have a YouTube page but have not maximized it as much as I would like to.

Q: Has the internet made it easier to become a published writer? Did you find trying to get published by major New York publications can feel almost impossible?

A: The internet has made it much easier to get published. I have been fortunate enough to have some of my blog posts republished on other websites. Also, people have read my blog, and see it as a sample of what I can do as a writer. In combination with networking, my blog has led to me being featured in places like The Grio, Harlem News Group, Time Magazine, and Huffington Post. To answer your second question, honestly, yes. Getting published in major New York publications is a challenge. This is why I don’t make these outlets a priority. Since most of my readers are down South, it is more advantageous to me to publish my work in outlets based in these locales. One place that I have published a lot is Bmorenews.com I have a readership there. Going for the mainstream route directly is not always the answer.

Q: What’s your favorite social media platform?

A: My favorite social media platform is Facebook. So much news flows through Facebook and I know many of the people personally. I also get many of my ideas for posts from there.

Q: Let’s end on a fun note. You are tasked with job of creating a new social media app. What would you name it? How would it function? What do you think is missing from social media currently and how would your app serve to fulfill that need?

A: Ha! This is an interesting question. I have no idea what I would name it, but I know I would want to add a truth filter to stop folks from making questionable claims. I know that’s fantasy, but I’m just saying!

For more information or questions, Marc Polite can be reached at Marc.W.Polite@gmail.com Thank you so much for being my first interview and I wish you success beyond time and space!

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