Thereâ€™s something to be said about being so passionate about a subject that you get kicked off a blog for commenting too much. Wayne Bennett didnâ€™t let that closed door stop him. Instead, he took his views and launched The Field Negro, a no-holds-barred space to duke it out over politics and race. A lawyer by day, the Philadelphia native has cemented himself as a voice to be heard, even if that means pissing some folks off. The disclaimer on his site is clear: â€śThe views expressed on this site are the field’s and the field’s alone.â€ť Bennett isnâ€™t alone because his site receives 80,000 views a month. With that kind of traffic, Bennett could easily earn some serious cash but has decided, for now, not to have ads on his site. â€śMoney is nice,â€ť he says, â€śbut being able to speak my mind is better.â€ť
Since launching in 2006, The Field Negro has been awarded numerous times, winning several Black Weblog Awardsâ€”including Best Political News Blog in 2007 and again in 2009 [Judges Vote] and 2011. Bennettâ€™s also been featured in the LA Times, New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer. Now, the opinionated scribe is recognized as part of BlackEnterprise.comâ€™s Black Blogger Month for his work in the digital space.
I started bloggingâ€¦
After getting booted from another African American website (I won’t put her on blast) for being too â€śoutspokenâ€ť in the comments section. I vowed that I would start my own blog and look down on her on my way up. Also, I love to write and I am very opinionated.
The Field Negro is unique becauseâ€¦
I try to be honest with my readers no matter where it leads, and I like to think of my writing style as being somewhat unconventional. It’s actually an acquired taste. My comments section is also different from most Black blogs because I don’t censor anyone. I get a lot of heat for it because invariably the storm front people always find me because of my handle and my position with the Google search engine. They make the vilest and most ignorant comments you can imagine. Still, I think it’s important to put it out there so that folks can know what they are dealing with in our so-called “post-racial” country.
People trust my brand becauseâ€¦
They know that when I write, I write from the heart. I am not afraid to be honest with them and take unpopular positions.
The biggest mistake I ever made in business wasâ€¦
Trusting others to do the work I should do myself.
What I learned from that was toâ€¦
Do as much by myself as possible; even if it means that I have to work harder
I realized blogging was a business whenâ€¦
I met the young lady who started Bossip [Marve Frazier] and I learned how much she made in a year. And then there was Arianna Huffington selling her company to AOL for $315 million.