Monday, February 27, 2006

Why this blog is not going mainstream!

Someone asked me why my blog is not on KBW?An interesting question I must admit.One of the main reasons is that this blog is for me first and others second.With blogging as your audience grows larger you begin to write more for them (so as to keep their attention) and less for yourself.You have seen the rise of the tag, Ask Mr/Ms X and other limelight grabbing shenanigans.I have blogged for a long time with a minimal audience and I don't mind doing it as long as the few who read my blog learn something and we can take part in meaningful discourse.
Secondly KBW is in many ways turning out to be the polar opposite of Kenyan forums like Mashada and Kenyaniyetu.Whereas people in Mashada et al are tearing each other into shredds for any reason whatsoever, bloggers in KBW bend over to please and approve of each other.Disagreement is rare on blogs in KBW even when contentious issues are brought up.Someone told me that this is because dissenting voices rarely speak and those who support do so to keep the blogger in question coming to their blog.I on the other hand do not hesitate to voice my opinion instead of clapping like a seal awaiting a fish from the ring master in the circus.Conflict and criticism can be constructive ; that is something that people need to learn in KBW and indulge in it more.
Finally some of the opionions here do not go with the progressive liberal flow and are bound to ruffle feathers.As evinced by the blogger whom I clashed with some people get all heated up and don't address the issue at hand and instead come at you with all guns blazing.Much as I can give as good as I get I don't have the time to deal with fanatics.
So please don't look for this blog on a KBW listing anytime soon but thanks for visiting!


At 2/27/2006 07:54:00 PM, Blogger Irena said...

Instigator, you have made an observation that seems to be the trend around here , I respect those who want to be in that cocoon but I find it rather odd that we all agree on the same things and when an odd individual who tend to see things differently from us shows up and behave outside the norm, we banish them from the midst.

First of, I believe blogging is a good experience, it is a personal space and one can say whatever they wish on their blog.If one does not like the subject at a certain blog, then do not make that blogger your favorite, do not visit, the space , leave it alone!!. We all do not like same things, topics etc. KKK have their blog and if you loath what they stand for, do not venture there, black panthers or anti-white individuals have their own cyber space, so does the atheist etc. because you may not like what you find.

The way I see it and whoever wants to condemn me can go ahead (I'm never one seeking popularity) but people are free to express themselves whichever way they want to, we may not always like what they say or whatever language they use but do not judge and go all crazy on someone just because they violate on what you stand for .

We all do not believe in the same things but it is rather important to give room for all. You never know why people behave they way they do or why they are who they are ...never judge from a distance . Understanding is very important.

At 2/28/2006 02:48:00 AM, Blogger KenyanMusings said...

As a KBW seal, I say, nice post!! I am so going to rat out on you na huko at KBW. Prepare for attack!!!

At 2/28/2006 02:50:00 AM, Blogger KenyanMusings said...

LOOOOL @ 'clapping like a seal awaiting a fish from the ring master in the circus.'

You know I really really looked for your blog on KBW before I figured you are not there. :-(

At 2/28/2006 06:14:00 AM, Blogger Milonare said...

Firstly, return Aco's avatar LOLOLOL

KBW to me is like a cosy rave joint. Guys kunywaring pints and beating storos with no need for bout or excess seriousness...

I do respect your view and sometimes feel i need a separate hard hitting blog outside the safety and conformity of KBW

At 2/28/2006 09:47:00 AM, Blogger Instigator said...

@ irena
I do tend to feel that too much agreement at the end of the day does more harm then good because I doubt all KBW members are the same when it comes to all opinions.
@ kenyanmusing
Like I said this blog is an underground blog and those who are meant to find it will do so!
@ Milo
It's good that KBW is a nice place where people can chill, and that would be all good if all the posts were humorus and laid back but you can't post something serious and expect everyone to agree with you.Well if you do start a hard hitting blog I will be among the first to read it!

At 2/28/2006 09:49:00 AM, Blogger Instigator said...

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At 3/13/2006 08:18:00 AM, Blogger Joseph Walking said...

Interesting analysis. very interesting.i do agree with some of your points on kbw.yes there is a click that wants to monopolize ideas and thoughts to some extent but am sure there is room on kbw for the likes of yourself . i only recently joined kbw but i can assure you that not all bloggers are in this so called race over to please and approve of each for Disagreement being rare on blogs in KBW even when contentious issues are brought up. please reference recent articles posted by irena and keguro related to kenyan politics and you will realise that some change is taking place . having said that i think kbw would be a much better place with your contributions. it is always easier to change things from the inside rather than from the outside and if not for kbw think of the other kenyans out there who will have access to your blog even though you do not blog for the readers i am sure they would enjoty and benefit from your blog .

At 3/13/2006 08:23:00 AM, Blogger Joseph Walking said...

ps instigator you are waiting to start a hard hitting blog while everyone else is waiting on you to start one .

At 3/14/2006 11:03:00 AM, Blogger Instigator said...

@ joe
Thanks for your comment.I must admit that I have been napping lately so I have to stop talking and start posting!

At 3/21/2006 03:16:00 AM, Blogger dangerously_shy said...

A good friend of mine recently commented on how “cliquey” KBW was, okay I lie, she didn’t actually say that, that’s the clean radio version, “up their arses” is actually how she described some of the bloggers, crude as her words may have been, the underlying message was not a revelation to me, and I don’t think I’m alone in this.

True blogging is an enjoyable medium or expressing and asserting ones self, but it is also tricky. It is difficult to get criticized and the level of vituperation coming back at one can be draining but nonetheless I for one cherish blogging for what it really is – a space created for brave people to argue out whatever causes (feminism, Christian persecution (tee hee), politics, identities etc they are committed to..

@ Joe…interesting comment, though I consider myself a cynic when it comes to the usefulness of blogging as a political platform, I remain unconvinced that bloggers make a difference at all in the larger scheme of things (politically speaking of course)

At 3/22/2006 08:47:00 PM, Blogger Instigator said...

@ D-shy
I do agree that blogging is good for people to have their own space to express themselves but I do agree with you that at times some bloggers come off as full of themselves!But I do agree with you that blogging makes little change in the larger picture of things esp socially and politically in Kenya as most of the people who read the blogs are from almost the same demographic.Those who need to read them rarely do!


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