I’d like to apologise for not posting yesterday; I was in such a lazy mood I didn’t leave my room (or bed) the whole day. It was spent just watching a bunch of series and movies my roommate recently gave me, so obviously I was too “busy” to do much else. Anyway, I’ve spent most of the day thinking about what I wanted to post and only just now it hit me; my blogger milestones so far. You guys already know why I started blogging (if you don’t know click on the link). I think I’ve achieved most of what I set out to achieve with this blog. However, there have been some particularly high moments, and that I want to share with you.

When I began to blog, I first wrote something about the iPad. At that time, I felt it could be improved; clearly I didn’t know shit about what I was saying!! After that, I never wrote about technology again. It’s not that I was wrong – a bunch of people far more talented and experienced than me were wrong about it – it’s just that I never got particularly excited about any other tech to warrant mentioning (someone buy me a tablet, please?). I moved on to more personal posts, and I’ve not looked back. Perhaps I should do a post on Photonessa and Bumblebee – my phone and laptop.

Another milestone would be my very first comment; that gave me a heady feeling. It’s like someone not merely dropped by, but thought enough of your post to write something about it. That’s how I felt until I actually saw the comment
      “Young Kenyan boy this was below your potential please never put this kind of post on a blog if you want followers” I was down but I responded well
     “Why? The blog is called “Random Thoughts…” these are my random thoughts!!” They were anonymous so they probably never saw it.

Next was placing fifth in a blogging competition for Kenyans. I must admit though I heavily rigged for myself, to a point, but it was still a good feeling to place so highly among other more experienced bloggers. I think also in this category comes things like getting one of my posts in the newspaper (through another blogger), because it was one of the reasons I started blogging. Unfortunately the post was completely plagiarized without any attribution, I wrote about it here but at the time I wasn’t too bummed about that. Also, being nominated for story of the month on the StoryMoja blog was a good moment.

I’d also like to appreciate getting regular(ish) commenters. Here I’d like to point out two people in particular: @joliea and @sgyreju. @joliea deserves mention because she was the most frequent commenter in the early days of this blog. Every post I put up I could be sure that she’d be there to say something even if it was just “Good post!!!” or “I liked this”. For that I’m so eternally grateful. @joliea has since disappeared from the online scene but I’m sure she still comes by regularly. If you’re reading this @joliea I miss you awfully. These days, @sgyreju is the most consistent commenter. She may not comment on every post, but when she does you can be sure it’ll be profound and insightful. That makes me happy.

Lastly, a special mention to all those I’ve meet and become friends with because of this blog. It’s one of the most amazing things about the blog it’s expanded my horizons to places and people I’ll never have met without it. Of the top of my head I can think of @surerogers, @chiira, @i_am_feisty, @randomshing, @joliea, @buggz79 and of course @savvykenya. Savvy is the real reason I started blogging. You could call her my mentor; she’s has given me a lot of advice on blogging and being online. I wrote about meeting her here.
Someone once said I have a crash on her because of how I talk about here, and they may be right ;). Her blog is want I want mine to be like when it grows up. Yeah she’s awesome.

Those are the most defining moments I can think of. Of course this should only be the beginning; you know bigger things for the future and stuff. I think the next thing would be to make money of this blog, right? Thank you all for coming back every post. Peace!!!

Written by Sidney Ochieng

Child at heart and mind. Feminist. Story teller. Fledgling data scientist. Your future boss

2 Comments

Sgyreju

Sorry for not commenting sooner! Thank you for your kind words about me. I do like your blog very much, it's always interesting to read someone else's thoughts and perspectives on life. Also you live in Kenya and I live in France so your experiences and perspectives are bound to be very different from mine, which makes them even more interesting for me to read.

I look forward to more from you! Please never stop blogging 🙂

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