I have not touched my emails from the economists for June or opened a novel, it has been blogs and I think those out of this challenge we’re only 12 that I opened.
It’s amazing how people were joining in on the challenge by day 20 and am sure we are going to read from ABC2020 throughout the year. I am also of the view that we should be throwing back every Thursday to one post from this challenge starting this week till the year ends. I am not in the mood for math to count how many Thursdays are left but they are enough, it’s a suggestion just.
I can’t believe we are here on day 22 of the WinterABC, which is actually day 30 because we have been at this all month or even longer. It feels like May 22nd was a few hours back, the day the topics come out. Before I go on I dedicate my all WinterABC to Lumiere @Cozy_Queen, she was my Hero of this all experience. Special mention to also a lady from Kenya who does a blog about being a single mother.
Winter African Blogging Challenge of 2020 on my watch was incredibly the best thing of 2020. My second time to take part, but this year is a special one. The all event has taken place when all world is under lockdown because of a pandemic. Time was enough for starters because we were home, I took advantage of all the data plans that come in place because of the virus, so I could write and read.
What made the challenge particularly special for me as a Ugandan is the number of Ugandans that took part. Last year we were scarce, this time the old ones passed by when they could, at least some threw in a few days apart from my ex who was on show after doing 15 days last year. Then new ones who come straight from the Uganda Blog Month to Winter ABC, most I got to know this year and they are no longer just random bloggers on the internet but friends. With Blogging challenges each topic makes us give out a part of us to others and whoever reads gets to know you.
I have never felt more African like reading each one of you. From Nigeria to the Gambia, to Kenya to Rwanda, Zimbabwe, there was even someone from Cameron a French-speourng country. In fact, I personally noticed two bloggers from Francophone states one was writing on Facebook. Then special thanks to those in the Diaspora because life is hard away from home, but they would do their best even in the middle of the recent race waves.
I feel more African because of Maize flour, I nearly wrote about the independence of Zimbabwe, I felt like mind-reading was taking place that day when others took on the topic. As we did the Proverbs we all noticed how similar our cultures are. When we did the Becoming bit I realized my struggles were not mine alone but a whole generation, our sites goals. Then Issues close to our hearts was really special and promising. On Loss, grief, and healing it was each one of use being openly emotional as African since we are still more human. I feel like I can be an expert on food, culture and current affairs across the continent. I can speak with confidence about various countries with evidence of articles through this challenge.
On day 1 or 2 Emmanuella from Uganda said thoughts can’t be niched, I personally don’t believe in taking up a blogging lane because then I would lock out many people from my spheres. This challenge has taken is through all niches meaning we can get out of our comfort zones relate to other things. Apart from a few, most of us had to go out of our way to write a creative piece and look at how beautifully we did that day. Life changing experiences we’re inspiring and I can’t wait for parenthood.
There where days that we passed on advice to each other on social media, on content creation. These were building because again the African boldness was coming out in full swing. During that time seasonal bloggers did talk about the need to take a break and they did take rests from writing meaning they were true to their words and these I hold in high esteem because they know when to remove the foot from the paddle.
Before I stop my rambling as bloggers or let me call you preservers of information. How are we going to be Guardian of what is happening for those to come. People are tired of the pandemic but for our grandchildren to believe what is happening today is for us to write and to write every detail. Don’t live out things because we are bearing witness to the world. Write about every aspect. As related to your main subject.
I beg when we are done, many of you are going to rest from blogging, but don’t forget to always tag me on Twitter. And if you have the Anchor Podcast app let me know and we record something on the podcast arena, just DM me.
For the love we share for the thirst of creating and consuming content.
Africa is not rising either will it rise, Africa has been up for along time and the June Winter African Blogging Challenge by Afrobloggers is a sign that we are on top and that we just need to notice it critically.