Please forgive my delay in recapping what was the second UBHH of the year. A lot of things happened after the 7th of April. Good enough, I haven’t taken a month.
Last Thursday, UBHH had half the number of those who came for the first one. I blame this on the fact that I did not promise cake. In fact, less ladies came through. Thus the power of cake! However, friends, shall we miss such good fellowship because of lack of cake? Lynn, would it be fair? I hope not. xD.
That aside, the April meeting was a lot more engaging than the first. We had very vocal bloggers around sharing very vocally their views on different issues. By vocal bloggers I certainly do not mean Pearl or Bernard. We got to share our thoughts on issues like the recently concluded Social Media Award’s blog category and whether it was fair for that site to win given it seemed more like a news site than a blog site.
Of course, this led to an
argument discussion about what a blog truly is, what makes a blog enjoyable and who to call a blogger. It’s supposed to be a log of events, happenings, opinions on one’s site. Thus, it cannot be a static web property, like for example e-commerce sites whose content doesn’t change often. The question, however came up, does that make sites like newvision.co.ug blogs? Furthermore, bloggers needed to be identified with some standards, like how often do they blog, do they share, comment, paragraph? etc.
There was also issue with grammar. Some seemed to say that consistently bad grammar can be a style of blogging while others were of the view that it should be the exception, not the rule. The ones who supported the idea of grammar being a style also posited that if a message can be understood, why make a big deal about the grammar?
Of course blogging cannot be limited to writing. There are vlogs, podcasts (such as Kylie’s recent one) and photoblogs.
Colin (spartakussug) seemed to have an idea. What about we stop writing about ourselves (by that he meant subjectively) and start writing about ourselves. What about we tell the world about who we are as a people, as a nation? Do they know what gonja is? Kabalagala? Rolex? Gomesi? He seemed to say that we need to stop being preoccupied with our personal issues and get on the larger agenda. (To be honest, he seemed to be suggesting #koikoi, a blogging version.)
There was a lot on the night which I cannot wholly share here. However, for those interested in building the community, check out these forms and share your contribution.
Here are the blogs of the bloggers that joined us.
The next ubhh is on 5th May. See you there.