Ugandan Blogger Amanya adamantly proclaims that his secret for blog success is writing about the one thing that everybody relates to … love! He regards himself as an endlessly flowing natural who has a unique way of writing. He shares his blogging journey and the discipline that has helped him become a better writer even though he is self taught

What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his readers?

Presentation:

Writing just like any other art form should be presented with utmost attention to detail. From the graphics, to the content; the punctuation, to the flow.

Consistency:

You have no right to go AWOL on your readers! As any dedicated reader will tell you, it’s disheartening when a blogger just disappears. Consistency keeps a reader hooked and connected to the blogger.

Engagement:

The Comments section should be the gist for all blog engagement. A blogger should engage the readers, air out everything that seems to not have been comprehended the way it was intended, and make a connection with the readers.

Do you have a strategy for creating visibility for your blog?

My strategy is to offer Consistency, Quality and Engagement.

I’ve managed to perfect engagement, trying intently to understand each and every reader, knowing more about them by keeping in touch.

I also pay the most critical attention to every blog post before I publish, I make it a point not to compromise on quality. I believe this has helped me connect and maintain new readers, world over.

What has been the most challenging moment in your blog content development process and why?

Apart from the frequent lulls in writing, I can’t think of many.

Perhaps this, 2016 has been that kind of year when the national mood has been low in Uganda. And most Ugandan writers just aren’t writing anymore. This keeps my morale down.

How do you hope to improve yourself in the next year?

Consistency. A piece a day would really satisfy me.

And a chronicle of Amanya is in the pipeline. There’s a lot to share. I tend to think I’m a bit wise sometimes and give great advice.

I would also like to improve on my presence on Medium, Wattpad and Tumblr.

What has been your biggest blogging frustration and what have you learnt from it?

I over censor myself. I’ve chosen not to write about politics, feminism and erotica even though I have a whole lot to share. And I feel I’m not being true to myself, to my readers and the blog.

What has been your biggest blog achievement?

Thus far it’s the number of followers really, the +250 people who think my blog is worth their time. Above that, the friends I’ve made off blogging. As far as Nigeria, India and Canada. I’ve also gotten a best friend, it’s that deep.


Feature Written By: Sinawo Bukani

She is a Digital Marketing Recruit at Umuzi Photo Club. She recently resigned from her corporate job as an Asset Management Associate to invest in her SuperPowers in Literary Journalism, Lifestyle Blogging and Content Marketing.

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Stefanus Mutileni is the author behind ‘Blue Short Pants’ (Tales from the Memory Lane), a blog that never fails to have us choking from wild bouts of laughter, literally chuckling out loud while reading his published posts. An exceptional talent that seems to come involuntarily and too easy for the Namibian Blogger. He isn’t only set apart because of his humor but even by the unique drawings on his blog, which effectively assist in driving his comical writing, while keeping us equally amused.

Do you believe your blog has made any difference to its readers?

I’ve had quite a number of responses, comments and conversations about my blog, where readers expressed interest in the posts. I try to talk about almost any kind of experience, good or bad, in a humorous manner. I believe readers are happier and more positive after reading the blog.

What is the one thing you take with you everywhere?

My phone! I think the whole situation is actually at crisis mode right now, a super bad addiction. Would be nice to grow a little extra arm and hand just to hold the phone and still have the other two for other chores. Or someone just needs to pray for a brother!

What was the last book gift you gave/received?

I received “The decision of a lifetime” by Marilyn Meberg. It is a book about finding love with Jesus Christ.

Your blog is very reflective, what memories or life experiences would say contribute the most to your posts?

My own.

On a serious note, it’s the memories which involves my family and I, meaning there’s a part everyone plays in them. We often just sit around, talking about how life use to be, the younger siblings also ask a lot of questions and it’s in those moments when memories flood back and trickle down into my fingertips, pouring out onto my blog.

What was the last comment you received from your blog?

It was actually a laughing emoji.

Have you had to hold yourself back from fully describing something negative that happened just so to not offend possible readers?

I just don’t write about it. If I figure that it’s something that’s likely to offend people then I’d rather not blog about it at all. Readers will always interpret things their own way but I am deliberate in maintaining a certain blog image, it should always be humorous. There are posts like “Shopping with the Girls” that could be misinterpreted if the humour behind it is not understood. That’s why I don’t really blog about stuff like politics, current national affairs or criticism towards celebrities or a particular individual.

As a blogger what would you like to learn more about?

How to co-write a piece. My thoughts hardly really lapse with someone else’s because I blog about my experiences, but I would like to learn how to put together a piece with someone else. I guess the same way two people will write a movie script? Yeah that.

Do you have any new TV shows that you refuse to watch?

Any TV show that replays the Chelsea team losing a match! On a serious note though, nah. I haven’t come across any shows lately, where my views are different or I feel disgusted. Maybe just worth a mention, the Myth Busters really did piss me off with an approach they used on disapproving a certain theory on mass, they didn’t make sense at all but that was on national TV.

Is there any other African country you would like to visit? Why?

Yes, Egypt. It is the African pinnacle of history and ancient artefacts, I live for such places.

What was the most recent thing you learned?

I learned that friendships and love don’t happen once off, they happen every single day. You’ve got to constantly feel right about it.

Feature Written By: Sinawo Bukani

She is a Digital Marketing Recruit at Umuzi Photo Club. She recently resigned from her corporate job as an Asset Management Associate to invest in her SuperPowers in Literary Journalism, Lifestyle Blogging and Content Marketing.