Of #BlogIndabaWednesday Life is Poetry: SoulfulMiss #2018BOTY

Every Wednesday my blogging circle Blog Indaba The meeting place picks a blogger to crush on and hype them up all over the interwebs because blogging means community^_^

Introducing this week’s Creative Crush Anesu of SoulfulMiss

Sue Nyakubaya Soulfulmiss

Sue is a Poet | Blogger | Writer | Frolover She uses poetry as a way of expressing her thoughts; the soul of a young woman making her way in the world – hence the name of the blog SoulfulMiss

The last series of poetry on her blog were for the 16 Days Of GBV and some a feature posts by various poets

Her blog has several expressive pieces but one of my favourites is one of her earliest posts simplistic yet…… deep.

I am bolder
I am proud to be me
I own my struggles
I am beautiful
I am a better version of me!

Like a Butterfly…

Every Wednesday evening, as Afrobloggers we host a twitter poetry session; the Afrobloggers Wednesday Poetry Session #AbWPE.

Afrobloggers Wednesday Poetry Evenings #AbWPE

During the month of November, Sue helped connect and partner with Poetritis group to bring about a fused PoetritisWPE on Wednesdays

My Day 19 post is about an event people must not miss; well why not join us in an evening of Poetry this and every Wednesday on twitter simply follow the hashtag AbWPE and bring your words……. where will the muse lead you?

~B

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Of #BlogIndabaWednesday : TeeMadzika #2018BOTY

Every Wednesday my blogging circle Blog Indaba The meeting place picks a blogger to crush on and hype them up all over the interwebs because blogging means community^_^

creative crush

The creative crush for this week is Teemadzika


Pretty much everything has been said before, I just tell it differently or at least I think I do.

Tafadzwa is A fan of all things life especially oxygen |Poet among other things|Foodie and he brings all these things together into a blog with a bit of everything where its always a quarter to quirky

I have been an avid follower of his blog watching it grow just like his hair ha! He thinks he has the good hair but between you and me mine is longer.

My favourite category on his blog is the Stories From An African Childhood

which is about, no prices for guessing the childhood shenanigans he got upto, some of it is relateable, in the way all most parents seem to be the same person and some of it will have you angling your head at an angle thinking to yourself are you for real?

Today is also day 12 of 12 days of festivities issa blogmas challenge; one blog post a day celebrating the best of 2018 hashtagged #2018BOTY

One of the things I am super pleased about this year is how people have found inspiration or been mused to explore their creative side and embrace the medium of writing as a means of self-expression 

Its little things like that, finding out someone has also started their own blog because they read yours, or how a comment you make can sway’s someone’s decision; seeing how even the things you thought no one noticed can open up whole new worlds of possibilities….

I am a muse and a brand

Tafadzwa has a fiction series he is working on which can be found in the RANDOM PIECES OF WRITING category:

While we were discussing this story, he mentioned he wanted to do a sequel but didnt want to ruin it, cause well it was some darn fine story, I told him to go for it, and he did.  Its a remarkable feeling when someone who is good at what they do value your opinion like that.

You can find posts by the other members of the BlogIndaba community under the hashtag #BlogIndabaWednesday

Makupsy – 5 Tips On How To Write Attention Grabbing Blog Titles

Dante – Does Poetry Ever Dribble?

EthneticMe – How beautiful is right now? Creative Crush

 

~B

Of #BlogIndabaWednesdays: uBU #2018BOTY

Every Wednesday in one of my blogging circles Blog Indaba The meeting place we pick one blogger to crush on and hype them up all over the interwebs because blogging means community^_^

Blog Indaba

This Wednesday crush was uBu of Thought After Thought

ubu Thought after Thought
#BlogIndabaWednesdays

Nobuhle Nyoni was born to be uBu The Artist: Singer|Songwriter|Blogger

uBu ‘s blog is where she translates her Thought After Thought into Words. Love, fiction and deep thoughts in the category:

She “talks” fashion in the category:

and because

Visuals bring lessons to those willing to learn..

there’s the category

An empty stomach equals an angry someone.. A stagnant someone equals an empty life..

the reason for

I found my strength and I used it to succeed and I am often misunderstood, here is why..

Thus begins the category

She even has a category for people who have good things to say about her 

uBu recently gave her site an overhaul and I love the new energy, how her blog feels and looks. She’s the one who schooled me on the use of buttons, in creating links function, which I will use to the death in this post. So if you reading this and wondering how was this done, its the button block that’s what it does !!!!!

Here’s an oldie goldie post ♥♥♥ and here’s to the journey to improving ourselves

uBu‘s also turns her thoughts into music, its something I never knew until quite recently and I am in awe, I have had her music on repeat ever since. A radio personality relation of mine walked in while I was listening to one of her tracks and casually mentioned “oh you listen to uBu, cool music” and I was left speechless her music plays on the radio; how did I never know?….

My day 5 post on the 25 days of blogging challenge that celebrates the best of the year 2018 #2018BOTY is a single by uBu, Ncosasa. I know it was released a year back but its the first track on this December’s playlist. 

ncosasa

She also has new music out do check it out and also other posts from the blog indaba fam

teemadzika

My dialectics

Makupsy

Of A Blog Being A Community

My name is Beaton but you call me B. I am a digital storyteller, which basically means that I use the medium of the internet to immortalize myself the only way I know how by WRITING.

When I am not writing I am builder of blogging communities running an online platform that serves to bring together and network bloggers from all over Africa, where the world meets Africa as we like to call it.

where the world meets Africa

The Blogging Culture: A Website means community

A website means community

I am blogger although technically when no one is around, I call myself a writer with a blog. But what is a blog anyway?

what is a blog?

To answer this I will have to delve into a brief history of blogging and WordPress

Blog comes the word WebLog which means literally a log of the web

Blogging started in the developed countries, around the mid to late 90s, when it was mostly online diaries……  By early 2000s blogging had become, A THING a movement even a full time business for some, not just endorsing products and affiliate marketing but marketing and selling their own skills services and crafts as diverse niches of blogs mushroomed.

It no longer was about just personal diaries, but lifestyle, fashion, health fitness, travel, tourism, parenting; the list is endless there’s a type of blogger for everything somewhere on the internet; even those who blog about blogging.

Here’s a fun fact……Did you know WordPress was built and evolved from a blogging platform called B2/CafeLog which had gained quite a huge community count up until the programmer created of the platform vanished leaving a sizeable community who no longer had developer support.

An innovative user of this platform worried about this development came up with the idea to create anew platform integrating the “cool stuff” from there and adding more features and May 2003 WordPress was born

15 years later here we are:

32% of the internet powered by wordpress

What does this mean?
There’s a huge community of bloggers and its growing and so too has the definition of what blogging is; blogging has no longer has a clear cut simple definition, it means different things to different people.

The official definition of blogging goes something like this:

a website whose posts listed chronologically from most recent to oldest updated regularly usually by one author


I can attempt to summarily define it as:
The online updating of content onto a digital platform

Something as simple as posting a status onto your Instagram, sharing a note on your Facebook, tweeting a tweet or even a video on YouTube or updating the content on your website; blogging is a little like running a magazine.

Blogging has transcended simply being just something you do on the internet; its more than just a marketing tool too; its also a political tool, an awareness campaign raiser, a society watchdog and even custodian of culture. A blog is like a key that opens doors to worlds one can only dream and tap into the community of people beyond the person simply on the end of the screen

I call my blog a gentleman because opens doors for me

A website is more than a conversation; a website is a community and for community to flourish we need each other..

Redwoods trees grow to dizzying heights reaching for the sky and last for thousands of years yet they have very shallow roots

How Do They Do This

The secret to their strength is that their roots … intertwine with other redwoods to create an underground network of powerful connections.

I have kept my personal blog for about five years now and my reach stats look  like this


I did a little research via my peers in the blogging community to see if anyone had any ideas why the blogging culture in the global south is so low  and the most common reasons were as follows:

The Cost of data is very prohibitive Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) released a report in October showing that on average 1GB of data costs 2.5% of the average monthly income; this translates to over two billion people living in a country where 1GB of mobile data is unaffordable… and bundled internet packages make the net be largely regarded as a just social media since all people do is mostly go onto social media

As for people not understanding the blogging culture, that’s part of why I am always encouraging and helping out fellow content creators and building blogging communities it seems like fun but a lot of work goes into having a website and when you put effort and get nothing back that why websites die……

How to support bloggers

  •  Number One Read our work
  • Subscribe, like, comment If you read and love something or find it useful say so
  • If a product is being sold or reviewed why not buy or recommend to a friend
  • Share links with your friends
  •  If you spot any errors hit the contact tab let us know
  • And Pay US ha!

Remember Archimedes’ famous quote; that give me a fulcrum, along enough lever and a place to stand on and I will change the world

 I say to you:

Give me a blog, an audience and an internet connection, and I will move the world.

~Beaton

Thank you!!

~B

PS And while I have you here, I am part of blogging community that picks a weekly blogger to crush on, I am this week’s Blog Crush but you dont have to take my word for how A Blog means community have a quick read at these posts:

Beaton 
Becoming The Muse

Makupsy – Dreadlocks Love Affair

Leo – Dreadlock Rasta!

Ubu – Of Possible Coffee Addiction

Hey Anci – Beaton -the man,the dreadlocked hallmark card and the myth

Life With Dimples – BlogIndabaWednesday ~ B

Tee Madzika – Wednesday share a creative 4

miss chiseche – wednesday creative crush

Of #BlogIndabaWednesdays: Life With Dimples

Welcome to this Wednesday tradition, #BlogIndabaWednesdays where every Wednesday I am part of community that picks one blogger to hype up on and crush on the interwebs because blogging means community

Blog Inddaba the meeting place 
blogindabawednesday

The creative crush of the day is  Life With Dimples

life with dimples

Her blog LifeWithDimples.com is about life and whatever tickles her dimpled life.

The blog is “fairly new” but she is not new to blogging, she did the big move from lifewithdimples.wordpress.com to selfhosted lifewithdimples.com.

One of the posts I found inspiring on her blog was the dark skin appreciation post

To me, there’s something magical about dark skin. That black, velvety skin that reminds one of a moonless night. It’s almost, dare I say, hypnotic? 

For some reason in between body shaming and being bullys people tend to look down on the darker toned folk and you wind up with people bleaching their skin and undergoing rigorous routines to get lighter skin tones. Anyway the posts simply celebrates deeply melanated gods and goddesses no rhyme or reason, well maybe a few reasons just read the post.

And of course there’s her #WCW Woman Crush Wednesday post  on the enchanting songstress, with the sultry contralto Toni Braxton, you can tell I kinda had a life long crush on Toni right?

Toni Braxton

I’ve been a Toni fan for AGES and I have most of her discography. Her songs are timeless. You can listen to her music over and over again without getting bored. She’s from that era when music actually had meaning you know? 

Whats your favourite Toni tracks? Check out lifewithdimples’ s top ten.

~B

PS if the idea of bloggers hyping up your blog for a day and also discovering new bloggers just hit up the hashtag #BlogIndabaWednesday 

Of #BlogIndabaWednesdays: LeoMuzivoreva

Wednesdays are #BlogIndabaWednesdays where we pick on a blogger to crush on and hype up over the interwebs because blogging means community

And today’s creative crush is TheLeoNationZW  and his blog LeoMuzivoreva.WordPress.com 

Leo’s blog is a land of non-fictional chronicles, debacles and anecdotes on life as an African.  Leo says that he writes for everyone as he thinks of himself as a creative-non fiction writer, writing about real life events with a bit of creativity.

On how his blog came about he says:

I have always had a keen interest for writing. Having started by freelancing for my hometown weekly. So blogging is a passion- I mean who wouldn’t want a space to write without an editorial policy?

You can tell browsing through his posts he has a thing about history, and reads from quite an shall we say interesting and varied spectrum dropping interesting quotes. 

One of the posts I found highly informative was when he explained the Icelandic surnames during the World Cup craze, I am not a soccer enthusiast but this post gave me something to talk about and appear like a man about the world  

Did you know?? In Iceland the use of surnames is forbidden by a law, which passed in 1925. Mind boggling, Right?

For those wondering if they should let their family read their blog:

Part of my family does read… My brother, my cousin and her mother- those are the 3 who actually read and give feedback…

I like how his posts always start being about something else and then suddenly switch up into something out of a history class, I would guess man was a history teacher, like this post here which starts on being about summer in Capetown moves to English Premiership break then Olympics in South America and then the black power salute

The Black Power Salute

Dont take my word for it got to his blog read for your self LeoMuzivoreva

Also check out posts by other bloggers:

uBu ~ Transparency an inspiration

Life with Dimples ~ BlogIndabaWednesday

EthneticMe ~ Editorial policy for what?

TeeMadzika ~ Wednesday share a creative #2

Of #BlogIndabaWednesdays: EthneticMe

And its a Wednesday!!!!! So this and every Wednesday in one of my blogging circles Blog Indaba The meeting place we pick one blogger to crush on and hype them up all over the interwebs because blogging means community^_^

Blog Indaba

creative crush

And today’s creative crush Nobuhle and her blog EthneticMe

Ethneticme

So Nobuhle is a Dreamer | Extrodinaire  |  Believer

Her blog EthneticMe comes from a fusion of Authentic and Ethnic and everything there is sincerely from the heart. She started her blog as a place to heal following the unfortunate passing away of her father. With the support and encouragement from her brother it grew to become a space for her to be herself.

Her relationship is goals too her biggest fan is her husband!!!!

“Every time I am unsure about a post he reads through it for me and helps me with words”

EthneticMe

My favourite post from her blog is You Can Always Edit A Bad Page But You Cant Edit A Blank Page The post is titled  after the quote from Jodi Picoult on a talk about habits of effective writers.

I have since learnt to write down the sentences and come up with a paragraph that will eventually turn into paragraphs and voila I have a story.

Nobuhle

So that idea you have make today the day you start working on it dont leave your pages blank ♥♥♥♥♥

On what she would do differently if she could start all over again knowing what she knows now she says:

I would definitely write lots of content like maybe even 20 posts when inspiration hits, then space them out so when I am  going through a dry spell or too busy to write I always have content to upload

So do give her blog a look see and you can find her on the interwebs just search EthneticMe 

And here are links to other posts from #BlogIndabaWednesdays 

Makupsy Dream African Child

uBu Then My Heart Heard A Voice

TeeMadzika wednesday-share-a-creative

~B

PS Yeah, feel free to join our blogging fam all welcome ^_^