Why African Scholars Should Consider Blogging Part of Their Culture

Sincerely speaking, I learned how to blog when I was working under Danny at African Math Initiative. Before, I used to think blogging was only meant for ‘geeks’ or tech savvy. I came to realize that anyone can be a passionate blogger if you have interest, a desire to improve on your writing skills and educating the society. It is through blogging that I developed interest to study HTML and CSS on Code Academy.

To start with, I have been doing research on blogging tips and characteristics to get to have good knowledge and also improve on the way I blog. A blog post is any piece of writing which is published online while blog is regularly updated webpage just like a journal. A blog enables one to post content, edit and also allow readers to post comments. Blog post must have a title and the body which is posted by publishing.

Some of the good blogging tips are: Getting ideas from your audience which can be achieved through engaging people on social media, writing for yourself, learn to give stuff for free and learning how to engage your critics.

Blogs can be used in various ways: blogs can be used for commentary purposes, marketing, business purposes, educational platform , even as a platform to publish your research content and also, blogs can be used to get people understand what you have previously been working on.

Meeting Giovanna’s students from the School of Development and Strategic Studies to talk about my experience with blogging was one of the exciting things in my life. I had a clear understanding that Development Studies, International Relations and Political Science scholars think a lot and they can only make their thoughts important by publishing them online. We shared a lot and students got to learn various ways of creating their blogs. From the interaction with the students, I learnt that being kind with your knowledge is only way to make the society learn and also it is a way forward for the best blogging.

Wide knowledge which is readily available is the only way to spur development in Africa and I think blogging can be used to achieve this.

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