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"VOF Week 3: (Internet Demystified)".

When I first bumped into a blog I had no idea anything like it existed. I had in fact asked a colleague to give me a website address to a friend’s website. My colleague replied, ‘actually she has a blog, not a website’ and I thought, yeah, whatever. On following the address, I was so fascinated that someone could write so much about themselves, and people connected in such a space. It demystified the Internet for me and I think for three consecutive days, I read any blog I came across and quickly posted my comments. I felt safe to express myself and free to critique, disagree, through spanners in the works etc.

I would say my drive and passion for blogging has always been my greatest challenge. Blogging can take up a lot of your time and if you have a regular job where you have goals and targets to meet each day, your work can suffer at the expense of blogging. When I used to have a regular 8-5pm job, I had Internet access from the office. I realized that I needed discipline to write down all I wanted to say and still be able to do my work efficiently. I tackled this by noting things down on a notebook to blog about later. Because of a rigorous work schedule, some of my items were stale by the time I got time to blog about them.

It has also been a bit of a challenge to get hits on a blog and people who engage with you especially on matters related to women’s rights work. I like the idea that I can invite friends to my blog without them identifying me, but I guess most of my friends are not interested in blogging. That is why I am very excited by World Pulse that offers this space for like-minded women to connect and interact.

I currently volunteer for a number of organizations, which means I cater for my Internet expenses, which are quite high in Kenya. I therefore cannot spend lots of time blogging. Again I battle with jotting down thoughts to blog about later, which doesn’t always work. I have however realized that it is always better to blog immediately I think about something because I will generally take sometime to think about an idea, I could use that time to blog. For example, my ideas in PulseWire are very spontaneous; the ones I jot down on my notebook rarely see the light of day.

I am learning to use my phone for blogging because I have it all the time, can take it anywhere and it is cheaper to access internet via the mobile phone. I also got a laptop, which means I can blog anytime from the comfort of my house. I hope to invest in a high tech mobile phone and trust that I manage to get a better and cheaper Internet bandwidth so as to improve my blogging.

Comments

LauraB's picture

Learning about the way you blog

Kagwi,

I was captivated to hear about your blogging experience. You see, I don't really know what it looks like for you in Kenya to sit at the computer and write your thoughts and experiences. Where are you? What kind of computer? Is it slow, new, old, PC, Mac? I use my fast, wonderful MAC in my home office most of the time and when I got to World Pulse to volunteer, I use my old laptop which is very cranky, but I love to be with all the World Pulse people with their ideas and good energy. Now I can visualize you, using your phone and your laptop at your home. I like trying to see you blogging. That's part of the connection and fascination for me. You know when you meet someone and talk to them in person, you can see their eyes, their body movements...your descriptions gives me a chance to see more of you.

It's interesting to think about your spontaneous blog versus your jotted down ideas. I do like reading blogs that have energy and enthusiasm. I relate to what you say. Have you had the chance to comment on some of the other VOF journals? It's a great way to connect showing leadership and interest in the community and so fun.

It sounds like you are meeting your challenges and finding creative ways to blog.
I look forward to listening to more in the future.

Warm wishes

Laura

Kagwii's picture

Hi Laura, Thank you for

Hi Laura,
Thank you for connecting with me here and I am glad that you can have a feel of my world. Thank you too for giving me a look into your world of blogging and how it is for you.

I have a Mac which I bought second hand two years ago. It is slow and sometimes has 'mood swings' and goes off without warning, but I like it because in more ways than one, it makes my life easier especially because I do not work from an office so its the only computer I have access to. I love Macs and I do hope to be able to acquire a new one sooner than later.

So mostly, I sit on my bed with my laptop on my laps and work from there. I hardly carry it out of my place so all my blogging and other works are done in that position (smile). If I use my phone, mostly I am in the bus going someplace or sitted waiting for someone/something. I like the flexibility it offers though it can be a bit discouraging because some sites are not formatted for the phone. So in as much as it is cheaper to use my phone, I still prefer to use my laptop until I can get a phone that is fully internet friendly like a blackberry or Nokia N95/6 etc.

Connections here are not very fast but the faster it is, the more expensive it gets. However the government is working on a project to have optic cables that will make internet cheaper and more accessible to most Kenyans.

I do take time to read and comment on the World Pulse entries, VOF journals and especially because I volunteer for World Pulse, isn't it amazing how our worlds as women are rich and diverse yet so the same? I enjoy connecting with people here on World Pulse and I am very excited thinking of the power we have collectively. What do you do when not volunteering for World Pulse?

warm wishes,
Purity

mrbeckbeck's picture

Interesting post!

Hi Purity,

How's it going in Kenya? It was great to read your post here for Week 3. You have a wonderful voice in your blog...it comes through clear as day. Especially when you use humor, like in the beginning here... "my colleague replied, it's a blog, not a website" and i thought, yeah, whatever".... that made me chuckle, because it's so honest and real. But now that you're a blogger yourself, you probably tell people that same thing? PulseWire is such a great thing to share with people...it's a website and a blog...and more!

Thanks for sharing your story. I don't have an internet capable phone myself...but I like the idea! I do a lot of work through email, and would love to be able to check it anywhere. But, then again, maybe it's not so bad to be disconnected for some time during the day?

I wish you all the best....until we connect again!
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Kagwii's picture

Hi Scott, Its going well

Hi Scott,
Its going well here, thanks for asking. How are you doing?
Thank you for taking time to read my week 3 post, I am elated at your comment.

On answering about blogs, actually I have become quite gracious (smile) and I am able to explain to people what a blog is while ignoring their ignorance. For instance, I volunteers in a girls' camp project. The girls who attend the camps are from rural areas and quite disadvantaged such that they do not know how to use a computer. So you can imagine the patience and grace required to show a 15 year old how to use a computer and learn how to blog among other things. I must say those girls help me achieve this even though its quite a process.

I couldn't have put it better on what PulseWire is, thank you for this great and awesome project!

Here in Kenya, all the major mobile phone service providers enable GPRS services on your phone and quite affordably but I do agree with you, its a very good idea to disconnect for some time during the day, even for a period of time.

Wishing you all bests as you continue in this great work. Let's keep connecting.

Bests,
Purity

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