Hive Colab hosted The 10th Anniversary of Wordpress bloggers in Uganda. Since its first release in 2003, WordPress has grown to become one of the most popular Content Management Systems (CMS). A CMS is basically a web-based system that easily allows you to add all sorts of content and media to your website. In fact, you don’t need to know much about websites to manage your own WordPress site/blog. You can publish, edit, even modify your blog/site very easily with a CMS, and WordPress is arguably the best of them. This is in part because the developers regularly update it to minimize hacks, and also the ability to heavily customize one’s site/blog. In fact, WordPress is a very good host for websites, which also increases the number of themes available for one to use and be sure that their blog is unique.
The blogging community has been growing since 2003 and has moved from being basically a blogger’s diary to being a powerful tool for journalism and business promotion, among other commercial and recreational uses.
There were a few bloggers who spoke, and they generally shared about their blogging experience and how to improve the quality of their blog posts. It was agreed that one of the main issues a blogger has is consistency. But it takes effort and dedication, not to mention openness, as opposed to sticking to one particular topic. There was a general call to push Uganda’s brand internationally. To blog about what’s happening in Uganda for international media. Just to tell our own story, instead of reading the uninformed opinions other countries have of us.
Ruth Aine, a professional blogger, gave tips on how to use blogs to promote local content. She suggested partnering with popular blogs like pctech, huffingtonpost, guardian for such an enterprise. She encouraged bloggers to share and publicize their blogs, and also comment on other people’s blogs. Spreading word about blogs will get them to the right readers, eventually. Twitter and Facebook are among the great avenues for such publicity and she advised us to exploit them. Bloggers were also reminded to act professional in their blogging, seeing as their identity needs to be consistent. One can never know the far reaches of the things they say on the internet. A rule of thumb is to post whatever one is comfortable being associated with.
Solomon King, former CEO of Nodesix (a Web Hosting, Domain Names, Web & Application Development company), talked about branding oneself as a blogger. He suggested registering a personal domain name, preferably local and getting a ‘.ug’ domain. He used his own ‘king.ug’ and our ‘proggie.ug’ sites as examples of local domain sites that run on WordPress. He also talked about installing analytics which is a good way to keep track of traffic visiting your site. The information can help the blogger know who exactly their readers are, where they are, and what times they visit the site. This is to improve the timing and quality of new posts. He continued to praise the benefits of WordPress in details that would give me a headache to explain. Just know, WordPress is awesome!
For the most part, it felt like a mini conference, but it was a moderately attended affair. At least there were more bloggers there than I’d ever seen at any bloggers’ meet. And I’ve been to a good number of blogger meets. There were some snacks on the house and some music, which helped in loosening the bloggers a bit. For the most part, they had been far from lively, except for the occasional chuckles here and there. Now that they were armed to the fingertips with blogger ammo, they were ready to remind the world once again that ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’.