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Kawiria Writes – Let’s Dream

This season we’re talking dreams, it’s all about chasing your dreams. This got me wondering what my dream is. This is some serious *excuse my French but…* shit. I don’t know what my Big *Everest* Dream is. Or rather I can’t say it out loud to anyone, which simply means, I don’t know. I have small goals, you know the 3 year, 5 year, 10 year plans – that cater for my lifestyle – career, family and status things. I know where I want to be and at what point but what’s that thing that everything I do, think and say, guide me to?

On giving it a little thought, I think it has something to do with writing or better yet blogging. I love it and enjoy it while at it. My mind wanders, and then settles. Writing takes me to some place, my little piece of nirvana, as I’d like to call it. It’s what I’d like to be identified with. Kawiria writes. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to write a book. I am pathetic at sticking to a story line that’s longer than blog post, unless of course I have a blogook – A book that will be a collection of all my “to go” posts. But honestly, my unpackaged dream is to inspire through my life lessons, or life lessons learnt through others and put them into perspective. I may not be the most exposed or experienced person on earth, but I believe that there’s a reason for my existence don’t we all.

Blogging, Dream, #ChaseYourDream

Now what I need to do is package that dream into something that’s appealing and that I can say and make some sense out of. Something SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Bound. Right now it’s very vague. So Kawiria writes, writes what? Let’s work on it, that will be my personal assignment in April. To figure out my Big “Everest” Dream. Maybe I’ll be on a TED Talk telling you about my journey to realizing my dream. A girl can dream, so let’s dream #ChaseYourDream. Have you figured yours out yet?

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Blogging Highs and Lows

This is my 402nd post on #WordPress. And all I can say is that blogging is special, extra special. No one can tell you how to do it or when to do it. It’s something you do because you feel like doing it, not because someone expects you to do it. The moment you someone else plays puppeteer and you puppet to it, you tend to lose plot. You feel the pressure and you just lose the mojo. It becomes a task that makes you get frustrated on how and when you’ll deliver. You get concerned about things that at one point never disturbed you, like structure, imagery, wording, grammar. Basically, blogging is just about going with the flow.

When I blog, I let my mind connect with my fingers and have them do the walking. As long as I have the idea of what I want the output to be.

To celebrate getting to more than 400 posts, I will share what I think are my blogging highs and lows. There’s much but I’ll just do 6, to make 12 because 12 months (lol, it’s becoming a habit now).

↑ High: No rules.

This one gives you the freedom to just be you on the blog without restrictions. No one tells you what to write about or how to go about it or even display it. No one gives you ultimatums on when to post. You do you, your way. After all, it’s a blog. It’s like your personal journal (where you write the things that occupy your mind as they come), just that in this case, you choose to share its content with the public.         

                 ↓ Low: Blogger’s block

It’s like when writers say they have a writer’s block. You want to write so bad, but you just don’t know what to write about. Or even if you do, you  don’t knew where to start or even go about it. It’s such a sucky feeling, one of helpless. You stare into a blank screen and just stare. Then you read other people’s content and you have silent conversations with yourself, something like,  “I need to get stuff to say too.”

↑ High: Speak your mind, with no one interjecting.

You know how when you are having an argument everyone wants to be heard? At the end of the discussion you feel like your opinion didn’t get the attention it deserved. In a blog, you can post your argument/opinion and be heard before someone says otherwise. They’ll read, to the end and if it’s controversial, they’ll get fired up, then probably tell you what they think on the comments, but at least your opinion is out there.          

                    ↓ Low: Questioning your skills.

You wonder what you’re doing and whether you’re doing it right. Whether you can blog or better yet write and entertain others. I said no rules, yes, you do you, but in a public domain. So of course you want to use your skill for something, either to influence, impact or inspire somebody in one way or another.

↑ High: When someone tells you they read your blog

O_O that’s my first expression. Like I want to jump up and down with excitement but I’ve got to hold myself back lest you think I’m psycho. But it’s a rewarding experience. You feel like what you write is not in vain. Somebody somewhere is reading, even if it’s just one person. Quite encouraging too, to keep on keeping on.         

                 ↓ Low: Going through emotions

I hate being whiner, if there’s one thing I can’t deal with is whining. I try to avoid it as much, especially on the blog. If it’s a situation I need to express, I’d rather do it in the most mature of ways. If I can’t build, I’d rather not take part in breaking. When I’m going through the roller coaster of emotions, I’d rather not write, because then I would just feel like whining. I’d rather chill out and calm down first (preferably learn from it) then write things that makes sense to you and me. So that even when I read that post several years down the line, I won’t feel like trashing it or face palming.

↑ High: You have something exciting to post

It’s like having a massive light bulb moment. You just want to sit your ass down and let the ideas flow, preferably without interruption, it could be on a word document, on the editor or worse yet on a notepad. I won’t lie, I get lost in it. When I’m writing, most of the time, I have my earphones (even to the extent of no music playing) and my mind travels far away.          

                ↓ Low: No writing opportunity

When you have something exciting to post, but no time to sit and write-up the post. It’s a somewhat devastating feeling. You feel like you have a task you need to perform but you haven’t. Can you relate? It could be because you’ve been out for meetings or you have assignments that don’t give you some time to do your own stuff.

High: A comment on your blog, whether verbal, written or gestured.

Someone read it and got you in one way or another. They may not even agree with what you’ve said but at least some effort was made. You feel like giving them a “hi5″ for “you get me” or just a mere “thanks for passing by”.          

                  ↓ Low: Not sure what your readers think about what you post(s)

It one thing to write what you feel like writing, but if you’re writing for others to read, well, you have to think what they’ll think of what you’ve posted. Such a twist, but it happens, we’re human, we worry about what you think about us and the one thing we enjoy doing.

High: Hitting the publish button

It’s such a climax. When you write then you click publish and it’s out there, for you, you and you. That feeling is rather satisfying. The same way you have a completed an assignment or met a deadline and you just click on the send button. It’s fantastic, even though there’s no one who gives you accolades for it, deep inside it’s a fulfilment.        

                 ↓ Low: Finding errors in your post

Just when you think you’re done and you’ve published your post, you find typos, grammatical errs or punctuation errs. You have to read and re-read your post to get rid of those mistakes that can be post-threatening.

↑ ↑ Biggest High: When you get recommendations or references.

Someone read your blog and while at it, they thought or felt that you do it right. Then they went ahead to recommend you for things related because they sense your potential, that’s a BIG high! It cancels off all the lows.

To other bloggers, what do you feel are your highs and lows? Or does my experience resonate with yours?

blogging, blog

‘Happy Hump Day’ lovelies! Keep that smile on, the world needs it more than you know.

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Friday Snippets

Running Time

Thank God It’s Friday

I think my mind is having a couch potato moment. You know where you have things to write about in your mind but your body is not cooperating with what your mind is feeling. In short, the writing doesn’t quite happen. Then funny thing is how time flies. By the time I’ve gotten to the office I realize it’s already 1:00pm then all of a sudden it’s 4:30pm. When I get home, it’s already 10:00pm. I lay my head to sleep, and the alarm is already buzzing it’s 6:30am. Where’s this time running to or am I the one running away from it?

WATCHING

Remember Sunday (of love and loss of memory. The dude has to fall in love with the lady everyday and the lady has to bear with it…oh love), Side effects (you want to know how someone can pretend, wow, watch this one. It’s unbelievable). House of Lies, this is one interesting management series, tells you all about consultancy and the lies it holds. But hey, who doesn’t want to be a consultant,  it’s in my future plans for sure. Oh plus being a lecturer or a professor you can mark my words here already.

LOVING

The boyfriend. We have been dating for almost 1 year now *ululations*. It closes in this month. I remember my friend counting months for me, like “I’m giving you 6 months, then I’ll know that you’re serious”, of course I was.  It’s a roller coaster but you know how a roller coaster goes. It’s a never ending cycle, always gives you the thrill despite its ups and downs and I never want to step out of this one. It’s quite the fun ride, actually my favorite. My muse!

Love is a decision. It’s not a feeling because feelings get messed up. Sometimes that person you consciously know you love can drive your feelings up the roof and they don’t get back for hours or even a couple of days. But because you love then, you decide that despite them messing up with your feeling, it’s much more than that and you want them there with you, always.

LISTENING TO

Pod casts given by Pastor Bob Coy. Do you love preachings? Go look for them. Do you hate preachings? go look for them. He knows how to cut across the message to everyone and relate it to the bible without sounding so spiritual or religious, if you know what I mean. He relates the bible to life and how we live. He hits the nail on the head, like tells you what you don’t want to hear. It’s amazing.

READING

Still Paulo Coelho – Aleph. Since when did I become such a bad reader. There were days I would read a book in 3 days or less. Now, it’s a whole week or 2 and well, I’m not even mid-way. Bad manners right?

EATING

Some cold fruity milkshake (Yummers! The thought). I don’t really care the flavour right now (but of course not anything chocolate or coffee flavoured).

LOOKING FORWARD TO

Something very random. I don’t know what exactly, but I know I’m game for, oh well, anything that will make me have a good time by all means.

SAVING FOR

Curtains, yes curtains. I think it’s about time I got curtains to match my “colour scheme”. Don’t be surprised, it’s not purple or pink. It’s actually orange and brown. I can be somewhat unpredictable sometimes.

PLANNING FOR

Well not planning per se, but I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years. How I have been able to do that, I don’t know. I think it’s the fact that I feel compelled to share. I am glad that I haven’t reached a point where I want to hang my boots and I hope I will never reach that point. I love this sport.

I like that I am confident in what I do even when I don’t know what will really come off it despite wanting to inspire, impact or influence someone through this. Maybe that’s where the plan should come in right? Yeah, that’s what I’m planning for now…lol

THANKING

How I am a really poor multi-tasker. Is it a skill that’s acquired in future? I think I’m the only woman who’s bad at it. Like if I always find myself concentrating on one thing, putting my mind into it and being oblivious of other things going on. Although I can also be a scatter brain, but poor multi-tasker rules the day. I’m yet to find out whether it’s a bad or good thing.

To more laughing, living and loving. Let your weekend be nothing short of interesting, blessings!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

“Looking Back…

over my shoulder, I can see the look in your eyes…” totally feeling Mike and the Mechanics right now. For the record, I’m neither good at memorizing lyrics nor singing along. This is one of the few including some old school rock songs that I can comfortably sing along and pull some karaoke moves … in the shower though.

I was doing my round of blogs then came around this one that asked:

Go back to one of your first blog posts. What did you write? Share an excerpt if you feel comfortable. How have you and your blog grown since then? Source

Wow! This feels like going back to my nursery and primary school books and reading my compositions if you know what I mean. But this one can’t be as bad, my composition back then were rib crackers. I swear if someone like my folks unleashed one of them I would die of shame…haha!

My first blog post : The Elusive. I was so green in this writing/blogging world it’s just nostalgic. I hadn’t read many blogs so to say, I was more of a books and magazines kind of girl. The writers there were my role models as I tried to make sense of my thoughts and communicate them to you, you and you. Here’s an excerpt;

“Everyone has their weakness and strengths. What I usually say is that if you can handle the weakness of the other person then you’re set. This does not only apply to relationships but to friends and family too. It is how you handle the other persons weakness that keeps you close together because you can eventually even turn that weakness into a strength … SWOT analysis comes in handy haha!”

That was a random post by the way! Thanks to @Suetiful, @Nkirdizzle and @Putty_Catt for coercing me into starting up a blog. This is just after we had finished campus and were new to the working world. How time flies. They were partly the reason for my second blog post: Ho’s n Bro’s. Interesting post right there. There was a jumble up but I think my point came through. Here’s an excerpt;

“So all those boy mistakes I have made previously have modeled me into who I am today. Cheers to you. It’s so funny how to relate with boys/girls it’s like you need a manual, or rather that’s how many people view/put it, its like there are rules and regulation. I mean, boys, they are just human beings like the girls too. They have everything the girl has of course except the physical appearances and bodily functions , male testosterone vs female estrogen, otherwise every other thing is the same they’ve got feelings, they get hurt, they get happy and sad. If you pour something hot on them they get burnt too…okay, am now being sarcastic. But honestly, there’s no rule in any book that stipulates how you should treat a man/woman, or even if you get any, it wont work, because you have to learn the person and know what it is that they want/like because every person is different. My thought, you have to learn and grow into people to know what tickles their fancy, what puts them off.”

Funny thing is that I’ve always written about life, what I think of it, the lessons I learn from the many happenings and where I see myself in it. I beat around the bush, before making the point clear. More of trying to make you understand my point of view before bringing in the conclusion.

300+ posts and 3 years down the line, some things have definitely changed or improved to the better. Just like wine, I get better with age. From the thought process, presentation, wording, prose, spellings e.t.c. I still have a long way to go, hope a few years down the line I will be able to make something out of the blog like help a life or two in one way or another, have it work for me, change it to a website, change its look. There’s so much room for improvement it’s overwhelming.

In other very unrelated news, formerly this day was Moi Day (10/10/year). However, our leaders felt that we either had too many holidays or Moi was full of himself for declaring a holiday in his name. So in the new constitution you can guess what transpired, the holiday was axed! Now I’m proudly working and building the nation on what was to be Moi Day and boy isn’t the day dragging!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

Special’ove’ize

Of late, for some not so strange reason I’ve been trying to figure out what I my specialty is or what is it I love … on my blog that is. I basically write anything and everything that comes on mind. So when someone asks me what my blog is about, I say just that “anything and everything”. I mean it’s not solely about fashion, travels, poetry, food, photography, name it, because I’m pretty sure in the many posts I have, there’s something on each *facepalm*

Then it all takes me back to when I had just finished high-school and it was time to go to campus. How many (feel like saying *by a show of hands* I wish this was a talk of sorts) knew what they wanted to do right after their O-Levels? Personally I didn’t. I was made to go to Strathmore University to do a Diploma in Business Information Technology (DBIT) because my dad didn’t want me hanging around the hood (this was revealed to me later on in life). Then after finishing that one, I still didn’t know what I wanted to do and there was an opportunity of continuation. Such that my DBIT was to act as my 1st year in Bachelor in Business Information Technology (BBIT).

I thought that was pretty cool, that’s minus one year, so I’ll have 3 years of Grad school. As you can see, without much struggle and thought I just got into the Business and IT world. Then I worked hard at it and bore my fruits at the end of it. I then started working and while at it, I was still trying to discover what I want to specialize in. What is it I enjoy doing? This because I came to realize that business and IT is so broad. Slowly while working in my first job, I discovered what I don’t like and what I don’t want to be. Then I was lucky enough to move from my first job and into a second one, where I discovered what I love and what I want to be. Hence, my third and my future ones. Now, I can specialize, I can distinguish between what I don’t like and what I love. That’s what I am up to.

Better, how you generalize all your boys who are friends, they are all the same at the same level. Then comes a time you lay your eyes on this one guy that sweeps you off your feet *swoon* and you special’ove’ize on him, because you want to be in with him for the long haul. So with my blog, I’m still at the general stage, where I am trying almost everything out. So far, I see myself getting inclined to “Life Lessons”, I love writing out my stories in parables and in a way anyone can relate and learn from them. I just need to figure an interesting way to bring it out, so that I can make you enjoy them as well. You know how we say “customer is king”, y’all super readers are my customers.

“For the love of what you do, what you want to be, where you want to be or who you want to be with, your world somehow comes together at some point to help you specialize in it, that’s what I call special’ove’izing.” ~ Kawi

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*

201,082 Thanks

Since I want my ego pampered sometimes, okay. who am I kidding, like all the time. I know am not the best bloggist,  for lack of a better word, just avoiding writer … and shamelessly promoting myself from blogger to bloggist. You’ve got to do this things for yourself you know, I mean, who will? And the question I love to ask *rhetorical though* is what brings you back to read what I publish? Those 201,082 site visits, it could be one person always coming back, I just wonder what brings you back? And for that reason, that one person or 1,000 people who come to check what I’ve shared…a HUGE thanks, from the bottom of my heart :-)

If I didn’t have anything to say thank you for today, at least I have 201,082 thanks to say. However, am very fortunate to have the 201, 082 as an addition to the many other blessings in my life. So basically, all my thanks goes to God for making everything possible, for without him, none of these would make sense. At least he makes them <the people in my life, the achievements, the failures, the events, the outcomes and all the good and bad that comes with all these > all make so much sense.

To more publishing, to sharing of thoughts and opinions… to more sunshine in your lives through me *wink*. I think am one of the few girls who has problems with remembering very important dates, yes! So I put on reminders if it’s a slaughter me situation or keep getting mild heart attacks of whether the day has passed. But for mum, dad and sister, their birthdays and their wedding anniversary (strange enough) are super glued to my mind. Thank God by sheer coincidence Mr.Man’s birthday is on the same day as mine.

So I take advantage of such moments to celebrate since I probably missed my blogversary or not. Too lazy to go and confirm.

 

It’s Thursday, that day if you have forgotten to be thankful and truthful throughout the week, it gives you a chance. Enjoy the evening lovelies!

Signing off ~~~ *Kawi*

 

Blogging101: 10 Lessons Learnt

Blogging for me started as a joke. Let’s say peer pressure from friends who thought that I should probably share my thoughts with others in form of writing. It was very random, we came up with the name over lunch…lol. Anyway, my confidence to write was at Zero or worse yet negative. I will completely blame my English teachers all through my 8.4.4 they made me think I can’t write. Nowadays that’s like one of my favorite hobbies, because at least no one forces me to use similes or proverbs or a start or ending to a story for me to continue…bleurgh! That sucked big time, it made me hate compositions and languages…too many rules!

So @mrsmwiti tagged me. First let me do a happy dance, because she tagged me … yeah you know those guys who are your *digital* undercover role models, but I’m not saying it out loud (that was a whisper).

Geez! 10 is many, but here goes on what my blogging101 since I started approximately a year ago *whoop whoop*, I feel a bit achieved.

1. Be Yourself !

A blog is like a friend, the way you would explain to a friend something or tell a tale, is the same way your blog should. It’s a conversation with imaginary people who will either respond by commenting or not … they’ll just laugh and brush it off. Like what you’ve just done.

2. Keep it short and precise, if long make it *mango* juicy!

Don’t say too much because then someone gets bored trying to figure out what the blog is about. However if it’s long add some yumminess into it … like they say “add salt and spice”. Somehow it makes someone be glued to the post, such that, if they leave it in the middle, they will want to come finish it up or they’ll even bookmark it.

3. Images make all the difference!

I’m those kids who used to read a book or even the newspaper because of the images. They say a picture is worth a thousand words … in my world it sure is.

4. WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get”!

Format, Design, Theme and Colors : The human eye is designed in such a way if this three are off, then your brain zones off as well. You will just not enjoy.

Format – Should be neat, readable font and well paragraphed - good format implies organized person.

Design –  Should be clean, clear and not cluttered. If cluttered it will make reading boring.

Theme and color – They go together *like rice and chicken stew*…hehe, get a theme that says “this is me”. if you know what I mean.

5. Would I read what I write?

Yeah, sometimes I go back and try to entertain myself with my previous blogs or just see what I wrote in a particular situation…if I can’t read it over again, then there’s a problem.

6. Make it ERUPT *Easy to Read, Understand, Perceive and Trigger

Just as it is … I think when someone blogs they should make it Easy:

To read – this could be through the language used, the font size and color, format as mentioned earlier.

To Understand – Avoid jargon, unless you’re an actual expert *pun intended* writing for actual experts *pun intended again*. Otherwise keep it simple.

To perceive – with a blog, people should be able to understand what you’re talking or better yet writing about, by creating a mental picture.

To trigger – More like to evoke the feelings from your post. Whatever it was about, there should be some reaction you want to trigger. Right?

7. Break Open

This is important, you need to break open your cocoon and let your blog be displayed so that others know you, how you write, your style … it kind of gives you a sense of belonging and when you write, even without looking at who the author is, the readers can know it’s you.

8. Read what others write

Read, read, read … I mean you don’t expect people to be reading what you write while you don’t read theirs. Don’t be stingy with your eyes, even with the least time … one blog a day or week can suffice. They give you pointers sometimes … they get you to have an open mind topped up with some extra knowledge since different bloggers write about different things. Basically, you become diverse.

9. It’s never that serious

It’s a blog for pits sake, it’s not an exam or a test or a personal diary … it’s just a blog. A place where you can give your own opinions without interruptions unlike when you’re speaking (entirely my thought!).

Keep your personal life and your blog in two separate places otherwise, blogging will become a task, then at some point a burden, which will eventually make your life miserable .

10. Express yourself, It’s all yours!

You choose what you want to write … go ahead and do it without fear nor favor as long as you’re not stepping on anyones toes. For me, blogging is kind of therapeutic, it makes me feel really good especially once I click “Publish” … I know that’s pretty weird, but don’t mind me.

Wow, I’ve managed to reach 10 things I’ve learnt about blogging *PAT ON THE BACK*. Now to tag, I think these guys should do one of these @Nkirdizzle @thegreencalabash and @Wanjamajid.

Decues my good people!

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*