In any case, I thought this might be a good time to respond to a tag that I received from Salman Siddiqui of CompuWorld. He asked me to share five reasons that I blog.
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) - My sister has been blogging since Sept 2006. In January she mentioned that you could set up a blog for free. I never explored the blogosphere before ... however, the idea of setting it up for free appealed to me! I already had a poorly maintained website ... so perhaps the blog would help to jumpstart my online efforts. That's what I was thinking in mid-January when I created the Electronic Village blog to go with the website and online community.
- Kuumba (Creativity) - Deep down inside the Villager is a shy and naive brother! Operating this blog allows me to explore aspects of creativity that I don't feel as comfortable sharing IRL. Many that know me feel that I must be lyin' when I describe myself as shy and naive. They point to my my public speaking skills and resume. However, the truth of the matter is that I do what I need to do for my business and career ... however, my inner self is shy and naive. I imagine that it won't be long before I'm off exploring Second Life.
- Umoja (Unity) and Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility) - Much of my life has been involved with the growth and development of African American professionals. I strive to uplift our people in action and words. One of my greatest joys over the past weeks as a blogger is the growth and evolution of the Afrosphere. The potential power of the Internet to connect Afrikan-centered people from all around the diaspora is unlimited. I would like the Electronic Village to be part of the process. The brothers and sisters that are creating the AfroSpear network are very diverse in politics, experience and personality. However, we are held together by a common mission.
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) - I blog because I firmly believe in the idea of multiple streams of income. I sense that I will eventually get serious about turning the Electronic Village into a source of revenue. Right now, I am trying to learn what I can from Paula Mooney and others that unashamedly seek revenue sources from their blog. I have to admit that I check out my Technorati rating more than necessary. Heck, I told y'all when my blog ranked in the top 100,000. I shamelessly Blog-for-Fame. And, I enjoy weekly memes such as Manic Monday and Wordless Wednesday. If you have ideas to share on making money with a blog ... please feel free to do so!
- Nia (Purpose) - Finally, I blog because the blogosphere (and Afrosphere) teach me new things virtually every day. You 'villagers' are great teachers for me. Sitting under the baobob tree that we've created here in the Electronic Village is stimulating and provides for a great learning experience. You are great teachers!