Showing posts with label BLOGGING. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BLOGGING. Show all posts

29 Jan 2012

Hello to everyone, first and foremost thank you to the blogging community for supporting my family though the past couple of years. 
Growing Up African Season II is coming up bigger & better than ever before. As you know sponsorship takes a while so we are working through it. 

Sema Ukweri is a New Blog created by myself Johnson Lujwangana. It's presents my LIFE and my viewpoint living in both Tanzania & America.
The Blog will take you from a street corner in the Bronx to a busy restaurant in Sinza. From a party in las Vegas to a mellow dinner at Sea Cliff. 
Depending on my location and it changes everyday, you'll always get to read a mind scratching article. 
Is Man City the best team? Is college even worth it anymore? Who's the sexiest celeb in Bongo? What's the best trends in the industry?
What hairstyles workout for men? When should a man think about proposing? Is it okay to have a child out of wedlock? Am I my father's MIRROR! 

The BLOG is different and presents a real perceptive on today's issues. We all have issues, so I hope by being truthful it can help some of my readers in theirs.
CLICK ON the LINK BELOW, you thank me for it. 


PS: I decided to spell Ukweri instead of UKWELI just out of respect. 

18 Sept 2011

Umoja Wa Bloggers Wa Kitanzania
September 17, 2011

Dear Tanzanian Bloggers,

Do you guys have a union? Why don't you create a Tanzania bloggers union? Haya ni maswali nimekua nikiulizwa na watu mara kwa mara…Kila muda kidogo huwa napokea email inayohusu hili jambo. Nimejitahidi sana kukaa mbali na hii topic lakini kila ninavyofunga macho ndio emails zinazidi kuuliza lini umoja utaanzwisha? Je upo umoja wa watanzania.

Mimi kukaa mbali na hili suala na kuwajibu watu ni kuwa mimi naamini umoja wa kitu chochote unaanzishwa na watu kwa mapenzi yao. Na umoja huo ni lazima uwe na malengo na faida za kuwa mwanachama katika umoja huo. Bila hilo kutakua hakuna maana ya kuwa na umoja au hata ukiwepo hautadumu. Halafu lingine lililokua linanifanya mimi niwe mbali na hii issue ni kuwa mimi sina blog. Ni hivi karibuni tu ndio nimefufua blog yangu ambayo nilikua nayo zamani lakini sikuiendelezaga baada ya kupokea email ya kijana wa miaka 14 akiniambia huwa anafuatilia sana Tanzanian blog awards site na ameona kuwa ninahamasisha sana watu wawe na moyo wa kupenda kuwa na blogs lakini hajaona blog yangu. Hiyo ndio ilikua aha moment yangu. Nikakumbuka ule msemo unaosema “Talk the talk and walk the walk.”.

Anyway baada ya kufikiri sana nimeona kwa vile sasa hivi technology inaweza kuwakutanisha watu kwa urahisi kutoka pande zote za ulimwengu hivyo inaweza kuwa rahisi kwa wale watakaopenda kujiunga kuweza kuwasiliana na kujadili mambo yao kwa urahisi. Na kwa vile kama tunavyofahamu muda sio mrefu Google+ itakua inapatikana kwa kila mtu na itakua inaweza kuwaunganisha watu 10 kwa wakati mmoja hivyo nikafikiria labda kwa kutumia technology hii kuna kitu cha maana kinaweza kufanyika.

Kwa muda huu mfupi nimepata experience kubwa sana kuhusu blogs za watanzania walioko ndani na nje ya Tanzania. Kuna baadhi ya bloggers nimeweza kufahamiana nao katika personal level. Ila baada ya kuongea na wengi ni kuwa sasa hivi nikiwa nasoma blog yeyote ambapo mwandishi wake yupo Tanzania nasoma na kuiangalia tofauti na kama nilivyokua naangalia hapo nyuma. Well, blog yeyote ni lazima kuipa heshima kwa blogger anayeiandika bila kujali yupo wapi lakini baada ya kuongea na bloggers wengi nimegundua mazingira na vitendea kazi wanavyotumia kuili kuweza kufanya blog zao ziwe nzrui ni taabu sana. Blogs nyingi ni nzuri na zina idea nzuir lakini hao bloggers wakiulelezea jinsi wanavyofanya kuweza kupost chochote unakaa chini na kujiuliza WHY and always don't take things for granted.

Hivi mnafahamu kuna bloggers wengine mpaka leo wanatumia internet cafés kumaintain blogs zao. Just imagine mtu anaacha kuingia kwenye internet café ajisomee kwenye net mambo anayotaka anakalia kuweka blog ili mimi na wewe tusome yale anayoyapost. Kuna watu wengine bado wanatumia computers za kazini kublog na watu hao wameniambia kuwa huwa wanawahi kazini mapema ili watumie computer za kazi kabla muda wa kazi haujaanza. Wengine wanaskip lunch breaks zao ili watumie huo muda kublog. Na kuna baadhi wameniambia wao wanaruhusiwa kwenda na nyumbani na laptop za kazini lakini huyo mmoja alinichekesha…It is not a a laughable issue lakini alisema laptop battery charge yake ni ndogo sana sometimes akiwa kwenye daladala anatumia kidogo by the time akifika nyumbani battery imeisha na nyumbani hakuna umeme. Hivyo anakua yupo na laptop lakini hawezi kufanya chochote nayo.

Yaani kuna mambo mengi sana ambayo nimekaa nikajiuliza how can we help? Ndio nikasema once tukishajua watu wangapi wanapenda au watajiunga then agenda inayofuata ni kuweka fundraising. Siku hizi kuna online fundraising sites nyingi tu ambazo huwa tunaweza kuanzisha na zinaonyesha how much watu wamecontribute na baada ya hapo…Kuna off lease laptop very reasonable price zinaweza kupatikana na kusaidia bloggers wa kitanzania who are really in need. Kuna mambo mengi sana kama sio hawa bloggers wa kawaida kuweka wengine wetu wala tusingeweza kuona wala kufahamu. Sasa what is our appreciation? Kama tusipotafuta njia ya kusaidiana nani atakuja kutusaidia? Hata tukiweza kukusanya na kununua moja ni better than nothing. Ni bora kulikokukaa tu na kusema kila mtu atajisaidia mwenyewe.

That is why I am presenting this to you guys …Email me for any suggestions and how we can do and then we will start from there….

Mimi nilichokua nafikiria kwa kuanza kila bara atokee mtu mmoja takayependa kuwa mwenyekiti wa bloggers walioko huko..Hao watu watawasiliana ana kuchagua mwenzyekiti wa wate..Na kama watu watakua wengi basi kuwe na msaidizi na katibu katika kila bara..Kama ni wachache basi itajulikana baadaye jinsi ya kufanya. I don't think kutahitajika cashier mpaka huko mbele kukishaundwa kitu cha maana. Na nadahani itakua fair hao viongozi wawe at least wamekua na blog kwa zaidi ya miaka miwili.

Mimi nipo willing to organise and help to put together this baada ya hapo nitawaachia wanaochagulia na kubakia as a just mwanachama. Hivyo nimeweka hiyo form hapo ili nione ni watu wanagapi wanataka kujiunga. Kwa sababau hatakwenye hii newsletter kuna mambo naona hayanihusu mimi kuyatuma na hayo mambo yangekua vizuri yakitumwa kwa bloggers kma wangekua na umoja.

Na labda niweke clear kama watu wakipatikana huo umoja sio lazima Kwa kila blogger kujiunga. Na pia kujiunga au kutojiunga haitasababisha mtu kuingia katika mashindano yetu au la. This will be two separate things as I said before nikishaweza kusaidia kuput together kama kuna vitu vya kuforward kwa viongozi I will do that and step aside.

Kuna vitu vingi vitaweza kufanyika kwa bloggers vikiwa under umoja wa bloggers.

Okay nasubiri kusikia kutoka kwenu.. Na form ya kutaka kufahamu ni watu wangapi watapenda kujiunga nimeiweka kwenye hiyo site...

Pauline
Founder, Tanzanian Blogs Awards



20 Jun 2011



Inapendeza kuona wadau wakiungana nasi kwenye fani ya kublogu.Na mdau mwenzetu mpya katika fani hii ni mwanadada Rachel,Mtanzania mwenye makazi yake jijini London hapa Uingereza.Blogu yake iliyoanzisha mwezi huu wa Juni inafahamika kama MY PERSPECTIVE (yaani "mtazamo wake" kwa lugha ya taifa) na dhima yake kuu ni mahusiano (relationships),uwiano wa kijinsia (gender balance), maisha (life) na uongozi (leadership).

Blogu hiyo inapatikana katika anwani hii http://miandmyworld.blogspot.com/


5 Mar 2011


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Kwa pamoja tunaweza.
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Karibuni sana wadau.

10 Feb 2011







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25 Aug 2010


Hongera nyingi kwako Mzee wa Changamoto Yetu kwa blogu yako kutimiza umri wa miaka miwili.Ama kwa hakika blogu yako ni miongoni mwa sehemu zinazofanya kuweko mtandaoni kuwa ni jambo la muhimu katika maisha yetu ya kila siku.Hekima na filosofia zako zinaamsha tafakuru kubwa,huku ukihakikisha tunamwayamwaya na burudani ya miziki mbalimbali.Kwa hakika,Changamoto Yetu ni miongoni mwa sababu zinazonifanya niendelee kupenda fani ya kublogu.

Kila andiko lililowekwa kwenye blogu yako katka kipindi hiki cha miaka miwili kimekuwa na manufaa makubwa kwa jamii.Ni dhahiri kuwa kila unapoandaa andiko la kuweka bloguni hapo unakuwa na picha ya sie wasomaji wako akilini na hivyo kufahamu maswali,kiu,mshawasha,na matamanio au mahitaji yetu mengine.

Kukupa sifa unazostahili inahitaji chapisho kubwa zaidi ya thesis ya PhD.Naomba pongezi hizi fupi ziwakilishe stahili zako zote kutokana na kazi mwanana unayoifanya kwa jamii.

Again,Hongera Sana na Happy Birthday.

16 Aug 2010

Miongoni mwa mapungufu yanayowakabili baadhi ya Watanzania wenzetu ni kushindwa kusifia pale inapostahili.Na miongoni mwa "udhaifu" wangu ni kushindwa kujizuia kumwaga sifa pale inapostahili (au kukosoa pale inapobidi).Waingereza wana msemo "beauty should never be imprisoned", yaani-kwa Kiswahili- "urembo haupaswi kuwekwa jela".Mantiki ya msemo huo ni kuhamasisha jamii kusifia vinavyostahili sifa.Na kwa kufanya hivyo tunawafanya wanaostahili sifa hizo kutambua thamani yao na pengine kuboresha zaidi wafanyayo.

Nisijizungushe sana.Leo naomba kukujulisha msomaji wangu mpendwa moja ya blogu ambazo kila napozitembelea (na ninatembelea blogu nyingi kila siku ya Mungu) hupatwa na msisimko wa aina yake.Blogu hiyo si nyingine bali ni La Princessa World.Of course,ili ufahamu ni nachoongea hapa inabidi "yai liwe linapanda" (I mean,uwe unaimudu vema lugha ya Kiingereza) kwani mdada mwenye blogu hiyo "anakichezea Kiingereza namna anavyotaka".Na hiyo ni moja ya mambo yanayovutia katika "uandishi binafsi" (kwa mfano makala magazetini au bloguni): namna mwandishi anavyoweza kucheza na lugha apendavyo kama ambavyo mwanasoka mahiri anavyoweza kuuchezea mpira atakavyo.Tuseme uandishi unaoshabihiana na vipaji vya viumbe kama Ronaldinho,Messi,Zidane,nk.

Blogu ya La Princessa World imejikita zaidi kwenye masuala ya fasheni,wenye majina (celebrities),muziki,filamu na mambo mengine ya kusisimua.Yayumkinika kusema kuwa masuala ya fasheni ni ya akinadada zaidi lakini,binafsi,kanuni yangu ya kumudu kuwa "well-rounded" ni kujifunza mambo mengi kadri inavyowezekana.Na ni katika kufanya hivyo ndipo unaweza "kukopa" ujuzi na uelewa wa wengine waliobobea katika fani zao."Ugonjwa" wangu ni siasa lakini napendelea kuitanua siasa hadi kwenye maeneo mengine ya maisha,kwa mfano siasa za urembo,muziki,filamu,nk.Hata hivyo,by "kutanua" simaanishi kuchanganya siasa na urembo,kwa mfano,bali kama ilivyo katika "siasa proper" ,ninachofanya ni kuelewa kwa undani ishu kama trends,shakers and movers,siri na mbinu,na vitu kama hivyo.

Nimalizie kwa kukusihi uwe unamtembelea La Princessa kufaidika kama navyofaidiaka mie kila napotembelea hapo.Usitafsiri kama "nampigia mtu debe" bali,kama nilivyoandika awali,napenda kuenzi vipaji vya wenzetu na   pia kila mara napenda kuwajuza (kuwajulisha) wasomaji wangu wapendwa yale yote ambayo kwa mtizamo wangu nadhani yanafanya kila ziara yako mtandaoni ikupatie kitu kipa au "kile roho yako inapenda".

Kwa La Princessa,nachoweza kuandika kwa kifupi ni kuwa umesimika kiwango (setting the bar) katika kublogu sio kwa akina dada pekee bali hata kwa bloga wa kiume.Kinachonigusa zaidi ni namna unavyocheza na lugha,kitu mabcho sio tu kinaonyesha namna unavyoimudu bali pia unavyoweza kuitumia katika namna mwafaka kumburudisha msomaji wako.

Word up!

1 Oct 2009


Most bloggers crave for a high number of visitors. But how “high” is enough? Tens of visitors a day? Hundreds a week? Thousands a month? Or a million at all time? A couple of months ago, I was one of those who were so obsessed with such numbers. First thing I would do when opening my page is looking at my blog’s stat counter, and rarely did I find any encouragement from the figures I saw. I would frequently Google for “how to drive huge traffic to your blog”, and most likely install one app or another that claims to do wonders to any aspiring blogger who is craving for more visitors to their blogs. However, the changes were hardly noticeable.

I believe I was not the only one doing that as evidenced in several blogging forums where many people seemed to be as troubled with traffic as I was. However, I gradually started to realise that before thinking of a million visitors I had first to be satisfied with the fact that someone out there bothers to visit my blog, regardless of their numbers. I also started to absorb a bitter truth that a blog like mine focusing on events and news analysis and commentary could hardly compete with photo-blogs, especially as majority of Tanzanians, arguably, seem to be fond of pictures than words. After all, they say a picture could speak a thousand words!

So I am done with the “traffic mania” but here comes a new headache. Originally, my blog was created to serve as an archive for my articles which appeared in a number of Tanzanian newspapers. As some of these were not available online, the only way for those who couldn’t buy hard copies of such papers (for example those living overseas) was for me to put my articles in the blog. Unfortunately, some people were not happy with my articles and ordered me to stop writing. I therefore had to look for ways to keep my blog alive as its function as an archive for my articles became extinct.

The blog then became a place for news and event analysis with some commentary where needed. I should confess that I initially didn’t like doing that as I felt I was trying to become an expert on other people’s written work (in the case on news commentary).I also felt like underutilising my skills because most of I was now doing was copying and pasting other writers’ articles and analyse their contents. For someone who is fond of writing comprehensive article, this new approach was like jumping into someone else’s ride when I was capable of riding my own.

Back to my new “headache.”I have been introducing my blog to most new people I meet, most being non-Swahili speakers. As I have not been capable of finding an app which translates a Swahili blog into other languages, these new visitors usually end up complimenting about how my blog looks but not its contents.

As I am planning to transform my blog from one which primarily focused on local (Tanzanian) affairs to more international issues, I feel I am obliged to take my non-Swahili speaking readers into consideration by coming up with more English posts than before. I understand that by so doing I am likely to lose readership from some Swahili speaking readers but it’s a balancing act I deem necessary for my blog to establish a strong online presence and wider/diverse readership.

A couple of months ago, a fellow blogger, Mzee wa Changamoto, commented on one of my posts in which I discussed a “blogger’s dilemma”: should a blogger write about issues that his visitors expects him to, or should he just stick to what he feels relevant to write about? Neglecting a balancing act, is blogging about things you want your readers to read or what your readers expect to find in your blog? In his view, which I still find relevant, Mzee wa Changamoto who blogs from the US, and a regular commenter on my blog posts, a blog is a personal publication, and should therefore take personal outlook in its contents and perspectives, while keeping in mind readers’ expectations. Briefly, he thought it’s all about what a blogger wants to write about.


29 Dec 2008


I wouldn't consider myself as an expert in blogging,but hey,I've been around since 2006 and still kicking.I've seen blogs born and die,with some dying as fast as they were born.When going through some discussions in Jamii Forums I found a thread about January Makamba's blog.Putting aside the usual unpleasantries in a public forum,one notable point in the said discussion was how should bloggers communicate with their audiances.For instance,I'm Tanzanian,my national language is Kiswahili,and most of my blog posts are in that language too.But in so doing,am I not limiting my audiance?Talking of audiance,is it the people you share an expertise with,fellow countrymen and women,or anybody who has access to the internet?And,in blogging,should the top priority be on what I want my audiance expect from me or is it what I want them to hear from me?

Perhaps in finding answers to such questions,it's worth looking at how other bloggers from different countries blog.For instance,are most Chinese bloggers blog in Arabic?The answer is definitely no,though I do not have supporting statistics on that.May be the Chinese example doesn't do enough justice because of the number of Chinese speakers in the world.

Why do some bloggers prefer a foreign,or rather an international language,instead of their own?Is it because they are targetting a wider,global audiance?Is it because they master some languages other than their own?Or is it just a personal choice?

In one of the threads in Jamii forum,I found another discussion about a UK-based Tanzanian scholar,who was being criticised for using "poor" English in one of his articles in the web.While not passing my judgement on the said article or his critics,I was just wondering if anyone would be bothered if the article had been written in "poor Kiswahili".My assumption here is,a foreign langauge could easily become vulnerable to criticism.And this might be ONE of the reasons as to why many Tanzanian bloggers prefer using Kiswahili to English.However,there could also be a cultural factor.That is,Kiswahili is my national language,and it's part of my culture.So why should I not be proud of using it to communicate with my people?Cultural relativists might question,though,about those non-Kiswahili speakers?

Anyway,personally,I will continue using Kiswahili in most of my posts,especially those I deem of interests to my fellow Kiswahili speakers.However,English will also be used particularly when I give my analysis or opinion on news articles written in English.I am one of those who believe that although a personal blog should largely remain personal,in the sense of choices of words,language,pictures and even accepting or rejecting comments,it also attains a public status soon as it published because it could be read by anybody anywhere,and that necessitates being considerate TO and OF others.

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