I wasn’t going to write about barcamp but I thought It does deserve a mention. For those of you who were there, you will agree that this must have gotten into records as one of the most successful ICT gatherings in the city. The numbers were good, the presentations were great so the day turned out to be awesome.
Barcamp got me thinking seriously about Africas approach to ICT. Now, I might not have as many as 21 but I have questions nonetheless.
- Where does Africa feature on the Internet?
- Do we have the infrastructure to compete?
- Are we tech savvy enough to compete?
- Do we have the content to keep our own traffic local and attract traffic from outside the continent?
- What is the way forward and how can all this be achieved?
- Where am I going to figure in all this?
Since I don’t want to take my employers time (I move to enter this post as evidence to support that litigation in the future), I will give my view and answers in my next post. For now ponder on that!
I got linked… I got linked… I got a mention on White Africans post on the Nairobi barcamp! Now you may ask, whats the big deal anyway? Well, picture this; you are a television anchor then Larry King gives you a mention on his show! Yes that is exactly what this is like. White African is the kingpin of bloggers and getting a link on his site is big! Maybe I am exaggerating a bit but what the heck! I got the hook-up!
Let it be known that my original theme was not just a random “picky ponkie” choice. The reason I picked it is because I had to pick a blue/black theme to be my first ever WordPress theme. Which brings up the question, why blue/black? The answer is simple really. Blue, because it is my favorite color and Black, because I am very proud of my African descent.
p.s. I am a great believer in the African people despite all the doom and gloom in our continent which is the only thing highlighted by the western media. (This demands a whole post!)
Anyway, on to my original topic, what has color got to do with anything? According to Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy there are four personality types: blues, golds, oranges and greens. In his interview with George Boelcke of Education News (ednews.org) he further states:
Blues live life through feelings, dream the impossible dream and seek to make a difference in the lives of others. They have a huge sense of intuition, love to hug and connect with people in caring and genuine ways.
Now don’t get me wrong, Dr. Shaughnessy does not necessarily say that favoring blue for a color means you have a blue personality. For example, it could be argued that I am a green since he also states that:
Greens are the scientist and engineers of the world. They live life through logic and are very calm, cool and collected. They love to learn (and teach) and will really never open their mouth or commit to anything until it’s perfect. There really isn’t a problem they don’t want to tackle – the more complex – the better. While emotional stuff makes them quite uncomfortable, they love intricate discussions, puzzles and their valued alone-time on the computer.
So then, what personality am I? blue? green? or blue-green? Since the good Dr. does not rule out the possibility of “cross-breeds”, I will label myself a blue-green. I am Loving Geek! 😀
Yes! It has been in my plans to blog since like forever. This is my fourth year of “invisible blogging” (that is what I call it because, I have written so many mental blogs, which have never seen the light of day). I cannot really explain the delay in putting “pen to paper” (in this case putting hands to keyboard), but I largely attribute it to a prolonged writers block and a misconception of what I want to achieve by blogging!
So now that my block has ended courtesy of the good people who updated the related Wikipedia page and White African, whose talk [at Barcamp Nairobi 2008] on blogging was an eye opener, the begging question for me is, why blog? Off the top of my head I can come up with a number of reasons why I should, including:
- Its the in-thing (it has been for a while) next to facebooking!
- I have a lot of free time at work! (ahem…)
- I am soon getting a Blackberry/P1 which will mean a whole lot of time on the Internet.
- Winnie said I am a good writer! (a different story altogether)
- My big sis is an awesome writer so I’m guessing I must have that writing gene lying deep within.
- Everyone has a story to tell! As Achieng says time and again.
- I have visualized a time in the future where I’ll be able to compile this into an autobiography of sorts. A little money and fame never hurt anyone!
These may or may not be the reasons one should blog but they are to some extent the reasons I will blog. So here is to a long journey ahead. I hope I will not be alone in this for a man is not an Island and I love attention. 😀