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April 27, 2018

2018 A Time To Blog In Africa – Develop Your Brand Part 2

Africa

2018 A Time To Blog In Africa – Develop Your Brand Part 2
Bloggers must ask certain questions to help them align their content to obtain readers.
Listed are a few guidelines to help develop content and keep on track during creation of
content.
1. Why Do You Blog – any blogger must have a reason to do what they do.
There should be some passion, excitement and commitment when you put fingers to
keyboard. Why is a very important question and should have a definite answer. During the
blogging process it may change just as the content changes, but every Blogger should have
an answer as to Why Do You Blog.
2. What Is Your Audience – an important element to go along with Why is What is your
audience?  Is there an age group, gender, nationality, culture or specific group you want
to connect with? People enjoy having a connection with their Bloggers. Any successful
Blogger knows who their audience is and tries to give them what they need and to
keep coming back for more.
3. What Type of Content Do You Share – sharing is very important.
You want your audience to understand that you are sharing a part of yourself with them.
You’re not thrusting things down their throat, but providing something that they need or
as you grow in your writing giving your readers something they think they need. Create
the atmosphere of sharing which helps in receiving feedback from the reader. Don’t
make it a give/take relationship, but a sharing and beneficial one.
4. How Do You Support Your Brand and Content
Do you have a domain name, are you using a free site, is there a lot of advertising, is there
adult content, video, audio, and multimedia? Supporting your content requires some
research on your part to validate what you are stating. In the educational, political, and
business environments you have to backup what you have stated with links, quotes,
As I Blog I try as much as possible to obtain valid and trustworthy resources to backup
my comments/statements. I’m at times competing with traditional media
so I have to go that extra step to help my readers understand where I’m coming from,
how it can help them and where else they can go for additional help.
5. Do You Use Photos, Video, Graphics – The power of a picture, video or multimedia can
never be under estimated. If there is a video that can be used or you create your own do it.
This provides an extra element to attract and keep readers to your content. Search Engine
Optimization (SEO) does need help with text (words), but additional elements that provide
audio (podcasting), video (Youtube) and multimedia to create an engaged platform.
Never be scared to branch off into new areas to help engage and excite your readers.
6. Do You Offer A Service – What can you provide your audience?
Do you sell something, what type of services do you have? The popular Blogs
of relationship building, natural hair, nails (hands and feet) provide a service that can be
seen. There is a service that results can be seen. Think hard on what service
you can provide. Be sure that you can keep your customers happy.
7. Do You Evolve – One of the important things about Blogging is keeping your audience
No Blog stays the same, there is an evolution process that writers go through.
Just as age and maturity happens so should Bloggers content evolve
because their readers evolve. What you wrote 3 years ago may not be
of the same interest for your readers now. Their lives have evolved (changed)
so as a Blogger your content must evolve also.
8. Do You Have a Brand – Can you Brand yourself to the public?
What are you known for, what does your title of your Blog site bring thoughts and
feelings of? Branding is important because of the interest it generates in readership.
Creating a Brand allows for Marketability especially if you are trying to make money with
your Blogs. Branding makes you who you are so the public will make that connection.
9. Can You Be Marketable – to make money is only one important aspects of Blogging.
Eventually a Blogger considers how can they make money so must be wise in how they
Market their content. Who do they market too? Basically selling yourself to the world so
they can pay for your content. This may take a team to get the word out about you and
promote what you are doing. Using Social Media tools is another way, but this must be
strategic and planned.
These nine elements are worth considering and using as a guide to blogging.
Blogging content, goals, designs, planning and objectives will change the more you Blog
so be ready to make adjustments and evolve to keep pace and stay important enough
to be read.

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April 25, 2018

2018 A Time To Blog In Africa – Develop Your Brand Part 1

Africa

2018 A Time To Blog In Africa – Develop Your Brand Part 1
by Prof. William Jackson  @wmjackson

Digital content creation is prevalent on the web, an increase in
blogging, microblogging, podcasting and other forms of digital
media is expanding across the Internet. Africa is no longer a
developing continent, this great continent is made up of 54
nations is making a presence that is being felt globally.
The evolution of technology has opened opportunities for
Africans to tell their stories, spreading their entrepreneurial
wings and expand their networks from local to global.
Bill Gates, 1996 “Content Is King” The evolution of Blogging
can be seen in the increase of content that has a wide range
of subject matter and relevancy to life experiences
of the writer.
The importance of Blogging and use of Social Media can be
seen in the engagement,  connectivity and networking,
individuals are becoming forces that are rivaling traditional
news media. Because there is growing content that easily
crosses time zones and international borders the effects of
blogging is seen in education, business, finance,
commerce, and development in political arenas.
There are no barriers that would delay the posting of content
even by age or gender.
Students of all levels are creating content based on their
learning experiences and developing their Brands. This
explosion of digital content has created a challenge in
determining what is important to read and what to discard.
The “Elements of Blogging” and the “Significance of Content
Creation” is an area that must be addressed. Workshops,
seminars and conferences are available now
to help people and businesses create worthwhile content
to market their services and products. No matter the
purpose of Blogging the ultimate goal is to have people
“View or Hear” what is written or broadcast.
Certain criteria must be thought of and used as a gauge
to help Bloggers in their quest to develop content that
pleads to be read and interacted upon. In education
you have Objectives, in business you have Agendas, and
other areas have their own design.
Part 2 9 Strategies to consider in your blogging journey

April 23, 2018

African Cultural Awareness and Diversification Extravaganza 

Filed under: #Africa,Education — William Jackson @ 11:43
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African Cultural Awareness and Diversification Extravaganza
by William Jackson and Aida Correa  My Quest To Teach
#MyQuestToTeach #LoveBuiltLife
Je Vais Ventures – https://www.facebook.com/jevaisventures/

The continent of Africa is still misunderstood, misinterpreted
and mistreated.
It’s people have too many times been demeaned and portrayed
as savages,  uneducated, impoverished and unable to govern
themselves.
There are so many misconceptions even from the TED Talk “The
Danger of a Single Story” by  Novelist Chimamanda Adichie that
there is false information and equally false perceptions about
the people and history of Africa. https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story

The facts are that Africa had the first universities that people
traveled to and studied. Christianity has been a solid religion along
with Islam for centuries.
Trade and commerce were being conducted by land routes and
by sea routes centuries before Europeans thrust their influence
through violence and gunpowder.
Architecture, engineers, science and medical research where
ongoing centuries before European influences and colonialism.
Concepts of STEM and STEAM were already implemented in African
society and the integration of the Arts was begun before the current
understanding that STEM Science Technology
Engineering Math are valuable.
The major influences of the Arts can be found from the origination of
African developments. STEAM has an infrastructure that is based on
African influences.
The Cultural Awareness and Diversification Extravaganza showed
that the continent of Africa is rich in natural resources, rich in cultural
diversity, vibrant with educational growth, abundantly influential
globally not because of the natural resources, but because of its
people also.
Represented at the Extravaganza is knowledge, music, dance and
fashion that shows the side of Africa that many media elements do
not and refuse to show. The greatness of Africa should be highlighted
like any American, European or Asian people.
The history is vast across the centuries, so important this knowledge
and transformative that Europeans have tried to hide the facts,
minimize the talents and abilities of Africans in many areas. Because
of Africa we enjoy the treasure and riches from that continent,
people of color and cultures should not allow traditional media to
show only one picture, one vision and one bias of a continent that
make the United States minuscule in comparison.
Information is powerful, but applied information is transformative,
that is why the continent of Africa must be seen in its brilliance
and the people as agents of change in education,
commerce, industry, technology, science, medicine and other areas
that show the growth of this magnificent continent.
The Cultural Awareness and Diversification Extravaganza, created
by Jemimma Mumphrey is just the first of many that will feature:
an African Fashion Show, African Dance, African Drum Beating,
African Poetry and Spoken Word, Taste of Africa, African Vendor
Displays and much more.
To many times the media has not shown Africa as a productive,
progressive investment for the future of the world. The mentality
must change and so must the mental acceptance of people of color.
It is up to people of color to change the narrative of Africa and
the historical significance of this mother continent.

William Jackson, Jemimma Mumphrey, Aida Correa

William Jackson Jemimma Mumphrey  Aida Correa.jpg

April 2, 2018

The Alphabet of Being An African Blogger

WordCamp Nairobi Kenya 2017

The Alphabet of Being An African Blogger
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
My Quest To Teach – #MyQuestToTeach

“African’s must accept and embrace they are valuable
content creators and have a voice that should be
heard on a global  digital scale.”
William Jackson, M.Ed. 2018

Ideas shared as a Professor of technology, WordCamp
speaker, WordCamp organizer/volunteer and
business owner.

A. Write as if the world is going to read your content.
When people read your content they should experience
your passion through your words and pictures. Your
voice should resonate with pride and dignity.
B. Take the time to read, re-read and edit your content
before posting. Remember that you’re not just writing for
you, your writing and representing your culture and continent.
C. Remain humble to the power of your content. Not
everyone will agree with your content, they should see
you as truthful, honest and authentic.
D. Embrace the diversity of the continent and your country.
Your writings are global content that will travel across
the World Wide Web so be sure it travel well.
E. Be authentic with what you want to share, it is ok to
use quotes and comments from others that share similar
experiences, but there is only one you. You’re the expert
of you…
F. Don’t allow bias or racism to taint or spoil your views
of your cultural diversity. Telling a story means telling
both sides through your eyes and experiences.
G. Chinua Achebe – On the power of storytelling
“I write because I enjoy it.”
H. The natural human resources of Africa are abundant.
African people of color and culture should not be quick
to run to others for support and resources because the
very things needed might be right in their backyard.
I. Accept the diversity of your country and your culture,
unify and recognize the African Diaspora.
J.Who writes your life story? | Hill Krishnan | TEDxCalPoly
https://youtu.be/OscDpHfrtog
K. Travel and visit books stores that may contain literary
treasures and share them online. Map your travels to
intellectual development.
L. Use paper and pencil sometimes because they inspire a
new level of thinking and build thought leadership inside
you.
M. Look with different eyes your environment, use places,
people, smells, sites and experiences to influence your
writing.

N. Use YouTube as a resource to research and learn from
great writers like Achebe, Aboulela, Rugero and others.
“The storyteller has a different agenda than the emporer.”
Chinua Achebe 2008
O. 25 African Writers You Should Read
http://lithub.com/25-new-books-by-african-writers-you-should-read/
P. Don’t look at just one aspect of a culture or society, you
should research other diverse areas to get a clear picture
of things.
Q. The Danger of A Single Story – https://youtu.be/D9Ihs241zeg
R.Write to educate, empower, engage and excite others.
S. Set yourself up as a life-long learner. Maintain your
library card both digital and hard copy. Never compromise
the value of learning.
T. Taylor your thinking to a “growth mind set.”
U. Remember your voice has power, it can inspire, it can heal,
it can motivate, but it can destroy, bring chaos and even
death.
V. Think of the legacy you want to create and leave, your
words will last forever on a digital platform. What do you
want generations to know about you?
W. Teach each generation to love literature by being a role
model and inspiration. Teach others their words do matter
and their mind is valuable.
X. Girls and women should have equal opportunities to
expand their mental abilities. They have the ability to
become thought leaders and spark life-long learning in
other girls and women.
Y. Never forget the sacrifices that the elders made so that
you can continue to rise. Remember if you start to
forget you potentially fall back into past ignorance’s
of educational and economic neglect and mental slavery.
Z. Praise God for your gifts, talents, abilities and opportunities.
You are so unique that God created only one of you and your
voice is unique, authentic and can influence generations.

“Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows
flowers not thunder.” Rumi @TrRadioDoc

William Jackson is a past Professor at Edward Waters College,
where he designed a curriculum that embraced Educational
Technology, Social Media and STEAM.
He is a WordCamp organizer, blogger, volunteer, speaker
and digital community activist for TEDxFSCJ and the Social
Media Manager for Jacksonville Sister Cities Association.
He blogs about his life experiences as he travels speaking
to youth, teens and young adults and is a member of the
body of Christ with Northside Church of Christ.
William has 28 years as a public school educator in
Physical Education and Technology Instruction.

March 2, 2018

What I Learned From The Black Panther Movie

Filed under: #Africa,Education,Parenting — William Jackson @ 12:45


What I Learned From The Black Panther Movie
by William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach

The Black Panther movie sets a continuous tone for the awareness of
behaviors and learning the value of personal accountability, self-pride,
self-awareness, responsibility to cultural strength and even generational
survivability.

Each Black community is only as strong as the Black men that take
ownership and responsibility for it. Case in point, what Black man would
allow a child of any age to be killed and not assist in apprehending the
killer or killers that live in the community. This is happending across this
nation with Black children.
What Black man that is hyped about a movie like the Black Panther that
speaks of community and family love, but can stand by and see children
molested and mentally as well as physically raped?
What Black man watching the movie Black Panther can see even in a
movie the value of technological innovation, but only praise their children
for sports and entertainment?

Black fathers that are serious are involved in their children’s lives academically,
socially and culturally. There are already models for these behaviors, but
more should be done.

What I Learned From Black Panther as a Black Man and Father
is my interpretation to the responsibilities, purpose and
the blessings from being a Black man and Black father.
Whether intentional or not Black Panther has highlighted the
importance of Black fathers as parental foundations,
educatioanl leadership, spiritual conduits and cultural icons.

The uniqueness in thought leadership, innovation, creativity
and wealth is not unique to Africa which is the cradle of
human civilization. Long before Europeans where “civilized”
African ( which a continent) had universities, hospitals and
even conducted scientific research.

What I learn is listed below to encourage growth after a movie
that creates emotional hypeness and should inspire intellectual
accountability.

1. Black fathers have a responsibility to raise their
children and provide for their families, even sacrificing
their comfort for the children they helped create.
2. The sins of the father sometimes do fall on future
generations, but forgiveness is imporant. No one is perfect.
3. Black men and boys must be prayed for, mentored and
guided. How can Black boys grow to be Black men if men do
not take the time to teach?
4. Black fathers must consider their legacy they
will leave behind. What words will people say about a
father, what words will children hear when the father
dies.
5. Black men must always remember they live on the
shoulders of past Black men. The hard work, sacrifice
and deligence that was exchanged for growth and success.
6. Black fathers must build to create and maintain a
foundation for their families based on education
(scholarly or vocational), economics (good stewards in money
and investments) and culturally positive (know thy history).
7. Being a father does not stop when children reach a
certain age, fathers must provide praise, positive
affirmations and continued mentorship while alive.
8. Black fathers must prepare their children for
living without their fathers, when the father dies.
Black children must have installed in them the will power
and knowledge to continue on with life when parents die.
9. Black fathers must always respect the mothers,
grandmothers and women in and out of their families.
The foundation for respect starts and is sustained
with Black fathers. Being a role model is valuable.
10. When Black men do not do what they are supposed
to do the Black woman will at great sacrifice take
the lead.
11. Black fathers and Black men must unite or they
will remain divided, weak, self-destructive and
impotent.
12. Black men must support their building and
strengthening of their communities. Not waiting
for others to come in and “make things better.”
13. Black investment must be investments that
results in visible results. Planning for the now
and the future is valuable to generational success.
14. Black fathers cannot afford to only look
at sports as a way out of challenges in society.
They need to celebrate their scholars, dreamers,
innovators and smart creatives. Black children
must learn what white children are learning to
be employable and functionable in this world.
15. Black fathers need to put in just as much
work with their sons as they do with their
daughters.
16. Black fathers need to hold each other
accountable. Support with love and brotherhood.
17. Black fathers need to teach each other
how to be compassionate and prayerful.
18. “Evangelism should be reinforced by men to
other men.” C. McClendon; Northside Church
of Christ
19. Black men should be supportive and
good stewards of finances. Teach their
children how to save, spend and invest money.
20.Black men should study the greatness of
their past, share it with their present
and prepare for their future.
21.Black fathers should participate in
leadership roles within the community and
within their children’s schools.
22. Educational leadership is important in
the homes of Black families. Black men should
have libraries of books and even books on DVD.
23. The voices of Black fathers should have
the resonation of pride of lions for truth,
justice and unity.
24. Black men and fathers should not need
law enforcement to stop violence in their
communties.
25. Black men should be surrounded with
Black children whether they are theirs
or not. Teaching, mentoring, praying and
supporting them.
26. Black men should be speaking power and
purpose into their children’s lives. The
power of the tongue is generational.
27. Black fathers should be seen with their
and other Black children in libraries,
museums and cultural centers teaching and
showing the fun and value of learning.
28. Black men and Black fathers should
not lean on their own understanding, but
a unit of spiritual and intellectual
connnections.
29. Black fathers should allow knowledge
to help solve problems and issues not
emotional violence.
30.The love of each other as Black fathers
and Black men should unite and never divide.

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