Meet an African Blogger: Kullein Ankunda

Link to blog: http://soulsistarz.blogspot.ug/

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Kullein?

Kullein is a pretty basic person with a taste for the simpler but classy things in life. I think the best way I would describe myself is curious. I’m the kind of person that will do something just for the experience, for the story. I like to look at the bigger picture but also believe it’s in the little things. I love love love to laugh, it doesn’t matter who you are, if you like to laugh then you and I are friends. I can’t pretend to save my life so basically zero tolerance for hypocrites. I don’t know if I’m a go-getter but I have my moments. I’ve also recently acquired a taste for wineJ. I love Jesus.

 

  1. Tell us about your blog(s), when and why you decided to blog?

My blog is called ‘Memoirs of a Kangaroo in the sun’. It’s mostly about my reflections on life from the various experiences I’ve been through. I started blogging in 2011. I had been writing way before that but was not aware that we actually had tools like blogs. When I found out, I decided it was better than just writing on a piece of paper although I still occasionally do that. Plus with blogging, I can access any article I’ve ever written anywhere in the world even decades from now.

 

  1. Is blogging just a part time hobby or do you think it’s a possible career?

Blogging started out as a hobby. I wrote a lot so for me a blog was mostly a place to keep my articles safe. For a long time, for years, no one knew about the blog because it felt like a private thing for me. I didn’t want people to see the more vulnerable side of me I guess so it was a private hobby. Of late, there are so many opportunities for bloggers, especially with the digitalization of just about everything so I do think the possibility of it being a career is much higher now than it was a while back.

 

  1. How has blogging benefited you?

Hmmm how had blogging benefited me… Well writing for me is therapy. There has never been a time when I write and don’t feel better immediately after. It’s because of blogging that I’m able to go back and re-feel these things. I’ve also met some great people with similar interests through blogging/writing associations and my knowledge has grown tremendously in terms of grammar, technique, story line etc. I’ve had some short term stints because of my writing so I’m grateful for that as well

 

 

  1. Does your audience ever dictate your blog content or do you just blog for yourself?

No. Because my original audience was just me, I mostly blogged for me. Every once in a while I will write something that I want people to read but even then, my content will still be based on what I believe I should write about. If there is a trend or an event that everyone is writing about but I’m just not feeling, I’ll either wait till it grows on me and then write about it.

 

  1. Have ever regretted sharing anything on your blog?  

Hahaha. I wouldn’t say regret. There are some things that were a bit uncomfortable to share especially the ones I wrote earlier when it was just me that are now being read by just about anybody. I mean I wrote about my first kiss on there…so ya. Sometimes when I read back,  I will find typos or a poorly written story that I feel I could have written better and I will try to correct it without distorting it too much because I don’t want to blur where I was and what I was trying to say then. Even if there is a particular article that makes me cringe, it’s still a really good way to track your growth as a writer so I really wouldn’t say regret.

 

  1. How have you dealt with writer’s block in the past?

I usually just wait it out…lol. At a writer’s retreat recently, I learnt that there really is no such thing as writer’s block. Usually it’s a lack of inspiration so you just have to go out there and find it. Sometimes time will help with that too.

 

  1. Share with us your favourite four blogs, and tell us why you like them.

Shattered Chronicles which progressed to mentalh2o.blogspot.com; I don’t think there is a blog that is able to so accurately put feelings into words for me.

  • Unsung dots which progressed to that quirkything.wordpress.com; this blog is by a person I find really cool and whose brain I like to pick every once in a while
  • co.ke; because it’s funny and has a wide variety of topics as well as things that I can relate to as a writer and an African

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head.

  1. Tell us one book you wouldn’t mind reading again and why?

The most recent one I can think of right now is Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. It was the first African literature I read on my own and it thrilled and scared me in equal measure. I could not decide whether to stop or go on reading. Also, it gave me such insight to the culture in my country.

 

  1. Where do you see your blog in the next 5 years?

In the next five years I’d want to have a domain o my own and maybe narrow down my scope such that I’m writing about specific issues and to a specific audience.

 

  1. Your words of advice to aspiring bloggers

Word of advice to bloggers would be to add a personal touch to your blog. Right now there are millions of blogs world wide and yours should have that one thing that distinguishes it from the others.

 

 

                   Quick Four J

  1. Laptop or Notepad and pen?

Notepad and pen

 

  1. A real Book or A Kindle tablet?

Real book; I would like to feel it in my hands, flip the pages…

 

  1. Cupcakes or fried chicken?

Cupcakes; chocolate muffins in particular

 

  1. A real physical library or a 16GB memory stick full of book?

Real library; I love the smell of book J

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6 thoughts on “Meet an African Blogger: Kullein Ankunda

  1. I really enjoyed reading this. Bookmarking your blog as we speak. I used to blog for myself as well when I started out. So secret blogging is a very familiar concept. She sounds like a really cool person. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  2. I went to school with Kullein, she is totally amazing.
    I dint know she blogs though.
    Am now her official follower.

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