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"VOF Week 2: (Writing Tried and Tested)."

For as long as i can remember I've always been interested in journalism and editorial work. I would have even loved to study and be a journalist but my father thought that it was not the best career path for his third born daughter, i guess it was never considered a serious career in those days. I ended up studying economics. Nevertheless, i kept on writing poems, songs, articles and was part of an editorial team for a Christian magazine in my college days. I did the work with a passion and even wrote good articles that were published in that magazine. I am passionate about integrity and so, more often than not, i will find myself writing something in line with that. I am amazed at the lack of integrity and accountability in our leaders, especially in Africa. Anyway, that is a story for another day. Recently, i was appointed as an Editor for a Christian Magazine in Victory Fellowship International- Kenya. We have been working on the magazine, being the first edition but haven't come to the point of production due to lack of funds and mixed priorities, so we're working on raising money as an editorial team so that we can produce the first edition. Its an elephant task but the passion we have, enables us to see only possibilities! It is this passion for writing that has kept me on the web, browsing for opportunities to add my voice on various global issues.

I stumbled on World Pulse and could not resist the opportunity presented right before my eyes, to write and be heard! When i first read about it in Association for Women Rights in Development (AWID) website, i never imagined that it would be this huge! But i got interested with the assignments and the writing bit and that is the main reason why i joined Pulsewire. My passion for writing, for journalism at last, would be tested and tried. World Pulse gave me a platform on which i could bring my thoughts, ideas, suggestions, to the world, and the world would be my judge, my audience, to read, critic, comment and add value to my skills, thereby improving on those skills.

Writing for me, is a journey that i pray will never end, and Pulsewire is a friend and partner in that journey. You have given me a global audience for my voice to be heard.

Comments

cad_communication's picture

Well done

Indeed, i am one of your audience. I have enjoyed reading stories posted on jour journal and your personal story shows that we should always persue things that we are passionate about. If you need help with the Christian magazine, do not hesitate to contact me.
If you have the passion for writing, I'm sure you are the right person for the job i.e. producing the Christin magazine. I can teach you to do simple layout for the mahazine so that you do not spend even a cent to produce the magazine.

Cheers,

Gertrude

katea's picture

Poetic Genius

When William Blake said about the Poetic Genius, he actually talked about that passion for writing and something artistic. He is one of the few intellectuals who was happy in his life because for him, following one's dream (writing and art) is following one's bliss. I am happy for you that you have found your bliss.

best of luck,
katea

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

Terry's picture

Passion

Thank you Getrude, i sure need help with the arrangement and layout of the magazine, that alone will cost us so much. I have tried it out with a few softwares, but i just can't get to do it well. Thank you so much for offering to help, i am willing to learn all that there is to it, to be able to produce that magazine.

Katea, i totally agree with you, i have always told my friends, that 'if you're not passionate about it, don't do it at all!' Passion is important in what one does, it is what drives us to excellence and not to give up on what we believe in. I am grateful to be able to use my writing skills at a forum where its not a one way traffic but i can get feedback on my thoughts and views.

Thanks.

Terry

Terry Shiundu

Genice Jacobs's picture

great job

Hi Terry,

I'm Genice and I've been assigned to be your listener for VOF week 2. You've done an excellent job with this essay. I loved hearing your story and the fact that you are pursuing your dream of being a journalist even though it is not considered the "best career" choice. You express yourself well in writing and I'm sure have many stories to tell which would reach the hearts of many. I encourage you to keep writing and keep reminding others to follow their passion. You set a good example.

I would love to hear more of your personal story and how you found your way back to journalism. More on what you see in the world and want to write about. I think that the more specific you get about your own insights and story, the more interesting your essays become. We all have such unique perspectives and it is our unique view that is most interesting and revealing and original.

I encourage you to continue your quest and never compromise on pursuing your passion.

Keep up the good work,
Genice Jacobs
Oakland, Ca usa

Genice Jacobs
Profluence

Terry's picture

Appreciate Lots!

Hi Genice,

Thank you so much for the encouragement, and for taking time to respond and share your thoughts with me. They are very helpful and this is what will help me perfect my writing skills. I have so much on my mind that i would like to write about, sometimes i think to myself that i might miss up my thoughts. I will do my best to keep on writing. I may not have had the chance to sit in a journalism class or the opportunity to change my career, but i know, i can still do it as a hobby and somehow, it will make a difference, in big or small ways.

Thank you again, i really appreciate your insight!

God bless you.

Terry

Terry Shiundu

meg.peterson's picture

Hi Terry, Its great to see

Hi Terry,

Its great to see how you have pursued your passion despite the challenges that you were/ are faced with. It is truely inspiring to see someone find a way to live out their dreams. I am glad that Pulsewire has been a positive place for you to express your thoughts and receive criticism or ideas about your writing. I feel lucky to be able to read your story and so many other women's stories. The global community that it provides is incredible!

I am curious to know more about the nature of the writing you have done. What topics most inspire you? I wish you luck with getting your magazine going and look forward to hearing more of your story.

Cheers,
Megan

Terry's picture

Life

Thanks Meg. I do apologize for the delay in responding to your note. Thank you for your comment. I have mostly been involved in Christian magazines, though once in a while i do comment on forums and once in a newspaper on political issues. I like to write about life, character, as i believe character, integrity, honesty, faithfulness, are very important in life. Many of the problems we experience in the world today begin from within, then the manifestation is seen on the outside. I also like listening to peoples life stories, especially women. What they've been through and how they got to where they are, that really inspires me. Everyone has a story and they're all different, thats what interests me most with World Pulse, hearing the voices of other women at their different levels. Its really a great blessing to me.

Thanks again and i hope we can complete the magazine soon. Thanks for the good wishes.

Shalom.

Terry Shiundu

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