We hit 200,000 readers!
We can’t begin to explain just how awed and humbled we are that 400,000 little eyes have perused our meager blog. Thank you.
Further, it’s our 1 year anniversary this month.
Oh yeah. 12 whole months of constant blogs from your favorite crew of penmen.
Now, we have 2 reasons to throw an e-party. To kick this off, we’re going to do our first ‘Crew Post’ where each of the crew members will donate their 2 cents on how and why they got here.
But before they do, we would all like to take a synchronized bow and unified hat doff to all the readers. You guys are this blog’s heartbeat.
Now, let’s hear from the crew.
“I got onto DR by accident. I saw a link on my Twitter timeline that seemed interesting. It was shortened, so I had no idea where it was going, but I knew NV was legit, so I clicked on it. I don’t remember what the link was, but I spent the whole day browsing the site. I recognized some posts from T&S, and I couldn’t help smiling. When I got to the part about Writers Wanted, I mailed admin and waited to see what would happen. I was approved a few days later, which was pretty cool. I’m the Resident Ranting Swede, and I like to hang out on the soapbox. My opinion seems different from The Others. I blame it on the purple hair. That dye will surely kill me someday. Oh well, onwards onwards.”
“I was going back and forth the internet when I ended up on Diasporadical’s home page, somehow; I was new to the blogosphere and had this obsessive-compulsive need to bond with other bloggers. I dropped iCon a line and now here I am. I love writing for Diasporadical—there’s really no other way to put it. The feedback from the readers is fantastic, and the crew is awesome. When I’m not daydreaming about Lewis Hamilton, I’m almost always thinking about my next post. I like to think that my posts make people re-think and re-consider. If they don’t, though, feel free to burst my bubble. I’ll appreciate the candour.”
“DR is a blog you cannot quite describe. Its content is as varied as its writers while its writers are some of the most intelligent minds in the region.
I found myself on DR when, after 14 long years, I reunited with my childhood friends – iCon and misterNV – the duo behind Diasporadical. They told me about the blog and asked me to be part of the crew. Though I wrote for mainstream media, I didn’t know much about blogging then, but I reluctantly obliged. 200,000 hits later, I’m glad I made the wise decision to be part of the DR crew.
I like to think of myself as the ‘radical’ on DiaspoRadical, writing controversial posts with the objective of inspiring thought about the things people take for granted. While I tend to take a lot of heat for my style of writing, I’m always glad to have got somebody out there to critically think for themselves and not let other people think for them
Together with the other existing writers – iCon, misterNV, 3CB, Davina, Le’special – and those that will join the crew in the near future, my desire is to see DR become the objective and credible voice that readers worldwide turn to on local, regional and international matters as perceived by young Africans.
Happy 1 year DR!!!”
“200,000? In one year? I would be lying if I said that I wont let this milestone go to my head.
But let’s face it, this is clearly one of those “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” things as the Zulu of South Africa would say. “DR is what is it is because of who you all are.”
Thank you to all the fans, subscribers, readers, commenters, lurkers, bloggers, tweeters, plagiarisers and nay-sayers that have made this blog what it is today.
And to my fellow DR crew members, it’s been great working together this long. Let’s keep on keeping on.”
“I already gave my little story here. Basically, I flew into the country and wanted to start a blog with NV. But for the sake of being interesting, I’ll add an angle to it by giving an answer the most frequently asked question I get offline.
‘Why the name “diasporadical”?’
Simply, it’s a mash between Diaspora and Radical. We were united by our desire to revolutionize, shake the tree up from the roots and revise status quo. I told both NV and Nittz – our elder statesmen – that if we’re going to go along with the grain, we might as well just not blog and keep our voices hushed. There are too many classifications and divisions that restrict us from just being Kenyans. Or Africans. Or people. We’re so caught up in our definitions and bubbles that most of us will never act outside of the ‘class’ + ‘tribe’ + ‘religion’ + ‘region’ parameters we fall into for fear of being called out. We need a place where we can unite.
So here we are. Bloggers and commentators alike. We are hear to be heard and to listen. We are here to be called out. We are here to ask ‘Why not?’ We are here to keep calling you an idiot until you can prove us otherwise because that’s the only way we can spark the discussions that will fuel the changes we need to see.
And my goodness have we had some interesting discussions here. We’ve also made some concrete changes offline. So really, numbers and dates aside, I think we’re doing good. So thank you. Thank you. Thank you all – crew and readers.
I am curious to hear from the readers on how and why you got here so please chime in in the comments. All feedback, good and bad welcome.
NB: Drinks on me if you can find me tonight.”