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Recently, I decided to stop this blog in June or July of this year. That would have been about one year of blogging. There were three main reasons for this. Firstly, it takes time. Believe me, summarising IMF reports or discussing the gini co-efficient in your second language is not easy. Secondly, I was beginning to bore myself. Blogging anonymously means you have to leave a lot of yourself outside of the blog. So what is presented is not as complex or as interesting or as real as it could be. Another week goes by and there’s kifimbocheza, tapping away at the keyboard and giving out about something. Yawn. Part of me is kifimbocheza, but only a small part. Also, I expect to be busy with something else in the second half of the year.

As it is, I have decided to stop it now. The furore over the entirely innocent post made by Pernille, and the ensuing hate campaign, has contributed to this. I got involved in it to a certain extent and I have no regrets about that.

Given that the hate campaign against Pernille emerged from nothing, I no longer felt comfortable. I felt uneasy for a number of reasons. It was clear to me that part of the reason that she took so much heat was that she is white and, to an extent, because she is a woman. Having read the posts on Michuzi, some of the comments (most of them appeared to support her, we should not forget) and the bile on the facebook group, I’m pretty sure of this. More unnerving was the silence from other Tanzanian bloggers. I feel like I’m in a particularly unpleasant bar, where it could all go off at any minute. So I’ve decided to get my coat. I feel a lot more comfortable in the real Tanzania than the virtual one.

Before anybody gets upset about that last paragraph, it is not a commentary on Tanzanians in general. It is a commentary on the type of dynamic that can emerge from some elements of a young blogging/online community that is drawn from a wafer-thin stratum of Tanzanians, both here and overseas. It was started by some guy called Suby, using Issa Michuzi as his channel. Then a kid in Chicago puts together a hateful facebook group that is publicised by, that man again, Issa Michuzi.

It is also a commentary on the general lack of thought given to ethics in this realm, the Swahili language blogosphere. Another example is the way that the jambo blog network would just steal people’s content for their own (advertising driven) site. I appear to be the only one to have complained on a blog. But I know I’m not the only one who was unhappy about it. All you had to do was ask, lads. Is that so difficult? To paraphrase the late Professor Chachage, we appear to have a soko holela rather than a soko huru in our small Swahili speaking bit of the blogosphere.

I share one characteristic with Pernille. I’m a white foreigner. But what does that mean? We come from two very different countries, with very different cultures. I should know – I was once mbeba box in Copenhagen, working nights and sleeping six to a room. I know that some, though not all, readers of this blog thought I was Tanzanian, but I’m not.

I’ve enjoyed blogging. Maybe after some time I will emerge with something different. And I have a few ideas.

Meanwhile, if you want to think a little more about identity and the internet, click here.

And I had some good posts in my head – fired up and ready to go! But this dog is going for a walk. So, if you want to know how to track the movements of the presidential jet, you’ll just have to find out for yourself.


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Kaka Michu, nisiseme kuwa mimi ni mshabiki wa blogu yako. Lakini ukweli, nimeitembelea mara nyingi. Labda unajua kuwa nimeandika makala kuhusu blogu yako mara moja au mbili. Kama umesahau, bonyeza hapa.

Mimi hutembelea kwako kwa sababu naona unavutia watu wengi sana duniani. Na kweli, nakupongeza kwa kazi yako nzuri ya kuunganisha waswahili duniani. Hamna mwingine ubloguni kwetu kama wewe. Hongera.

Lakini kila mtu ana mapungufu yake. Hata mimi, na wewe pia, anko. Jana, nilisoma makala moja kwako ambayo imenisikitisha sana. Ilihusiana na mwanablogu moja hapa Tanzania anayeitwa Pernille. Wengine wabonyeze hapa wakitaka kuisoma (hata wewe kama umesahau). Kwenye makala hiyo, mtu fulani, kwa jina la ‘Suby’ amelalamika kuhusa makala ya Pernille. Pernille alikuwa akielezea mambo ya foleni za magari hapa Dar es Salaam. Alimtaja trafik wa kike kuwa na “legs like small tree trunks”.

Sawa. Lakini, jana pia, umetangaza makala nyingine. Kama umesahau (najua upo bize sana), bonyeza hapa. Ulitangaza barua au tangazo kutoka kwa mtu asiyejulikana ambaye alitaka kutangaza kundi ya facebook ya kugomea blogu ya Pernille. Kwenye picha iliandikwa “Apologise or Leave!!”. Ametukaribisha sote tuungane naye.

Lakini, Michuzi, hujatuambia kwanini tuungane naye. Hujatuambia kwanini a-“apologise or leave!!”. Wewe umekaa kimya. Hakuna ya kuangalia ila tabasamu lako kwenye picha yako nzuri kwenye tovuti. Kwa ukimya wako, umeunga mkono asili mia kwa mia na muundaji wa kundi. Wewe uliweka bango lao kwenye blogu yako. Wewe umemwambia Pernille “Apologise or Leave!!”

Nadhani wewe uombe msamaha kwa Pernille. Pia napendekeza uondoe makala ya pili, ulivyoondoa makala kuhusu Global Scouting Bureau mwaka uliopita.

Gazeti la MwanaHalisi halina tovuti, lakini blogu za Saed Kubenea na Ndimara Tegambwage zinaonekana hapa na hapa.

Mwezi uliopita, niliungana na nakala moja ya Ndimara Tegambwage kwa gazeti ya Daima. Nimesikitika pia nimekasirika kusoma kuwa jana Tegambage na mhariri wa MwanaHalisi, Saed Kubenea, wamepigwa ndani ya ofisi ya MwanaHalisi. Tegambwage ni mwanablogu pia. Soma ripoti ya This Day kwa kubonyeza hapa.

Mimi siwafahamu Tegambwage na Kubenea. Sijui kama wameandika ukweli au uongo. Tumefikia wapi?

Sasa nakala yangu inaonekana kwenye tovuti ya JBN. Soma hapa. Matangazo mawili yapo, kwa International School Moshi na Kili Treks Safari. Nasubiri kipato changu……..

Je, mwanablogu akiweka nakala kwenye blogu yake, nakala ni mali ya nani?

Namna moja ya kuboresha mtandao wa wanablogu ni huduma ya ‘aggregators’. Mimi mwenyewe nimeungana na Afrigator. Nikiweka nakala, kichwa chake kitawekwa kwenye tovuti ya Afrigator. Kichwa chake kikivutia, ukibonyeza tu, utapelekwa hapa hapa kwa kifimbocheza. Karibu sana.

Jumuwata wanaandaa aggregator kwa wanablogu wa Tanzania, lakini bado tunasubiri matokeo ya kazi zao.

Kwa sasa, Jambo Blog Network imeanza. Ukiwatembelea akina-JBN, utaona vichwa vya nakala nyingi ambazo zimeandaliwa na wanablogu mbalimbali hapa Tanzania. Kwa mfano, leo kwenya JBN nimeona ‘Demokrasia Ya Kijambazi Kenya‘. Ukibonyeza utapelekwa kwenye ukarasa mwingine wa JBN. Utaona matangazo manane (ya magari kutoka Japan, viwanja, hata Mungu).

Ukibonyeza Demokrasia Ya Kijambazi Kenya hapa, utapelekwa kwenye nakala halisi ya Ndesanjo Macha. Hamna matangazo – utasoma mawazo ya Ndesanjo tu.  Kama wanablogu wengi, ameyatangaza bure kwenye blogu yake. Lakini kwenye JBN, nakala yake ni chanzo cha kupata kipato.

Nisiwe mkali sana kwa akina JBN. Lakini naomba wafikirie zaidi namna wanavyounganisha blogu za Tanzania.

Nikisoma nakala hii kwenye JBN, nitaona matangazo mangapi? Pia, je, mimi nitapata asilimia kumi ya kipato cha matangazo?