It’s been a week of blogging. Ever since #UgBlogWeek started, there’ve been at least 30 stories each day to read.
There’s a lot of conversation drawn from the week about the quality of blogging and the direction of blogging. I have a few thoughts about it. Please add your voice to this conversation in the comments.
A lot of us are complaining about this with sarcasm and jibes. Poor grammar can be a thorn in a reader’s flesh, without a doubt. Nonetheless, I believe there are better ways to improve this area than sarcasm. Bloggers need to grow in this area.
Read and proofread and share your blogs before you publish.
Like I mentioned before, I am available for proofreading – firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, if you know someone who has issues, talk to them nicely, offer advice. #YouAbusedMeOnTheInternet can hurt! 🙂
Content and conformity
Bloggers are unique beings with unique issues affecting them. This is very visible in all the blogs coming out this week. However, bloggers belong in communities each with issues affecting them. We must appreciate content will either be personal or pertain to something common. We should slow down on riling people because their blog falls in one circle and not the other. As a reader, you choose to read what you love.
This presents a problem for a blogger. Many bloggers who share their content are looking for feedback. And very many common topics draw feedback. A simple question is why do we blog? To tell our stories, right? To build community, yes? To bring to the attention things we believe need attention, yes? To express ourselves, yes?
It is well and good when we blog about common topics like politics, economics, religion, gossip etc, however, to want to blog like someone because of the fame of their post is to not have a voice. To blog about something you know little about is a good show of peer pressure. You’re getting lost in the crowd.
Blogging may earn you money, or not. Choose whether you’re in it for the money or the heart.
Many denounce the Ugandan blogging community for lack of quality. I am quite sure there is a huge number of readers waiting for Bikozulu-like blogs.
Uganda’s blogging community, in the eyes of many, is far from the intensity and passion that is with the Kenyans or the Ghanaians or the Tanzanians with their Swahili blogs. This can be attributed to many issues, like the cost of web access, discipline to write, readership, and the like.
There are issues the bloggers need to work on like consistency and building their craft. However, when that is done, there is a place for uniqueness! There is a place for a unique Ugandan voice, style, narrative, passion. We are not Kenya or Ghana or TZ.
Bloggers must have a purpose and a passion. Otherwise we produce flaky, multi-footed narratives that are haphazard and have no identity.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither will the Ugandan blogging community. Initiatives like #UgBlogDay are commendable and we need to encourage more of us to write, to find our voice, to tell our story. We must together hold ourselves accountable if we must fairly talk about blogging in this 256.
Each society grows out of the challenges surrounding it. There needs to be a discipline within the bloggers to produce the quality they want others to read. And the readers must not tear down if they want to be part of the solution. Build up. Get socks. Good socks! 😉