Blogging! What an incredible medium of communication. I say how we are perceived and treated, whom I think we are and can be by, simply telling my own story or those of other women and girls in my community. Blogging, I interact with community members and the world at large from my cyber café, Blogging, I challenge the daily passivity of women inclusion by women as initiators.
Yes, I need to say these things “they” hate to hear and fear to say. I must say, shout and screen but in the most gentle and tender tone. How do I tell these stories rightly, timely but ethically without changing their content and authority? How do I speak up while protecting my identity in a female unfriendly community? How do I produce a documentary to upload in my blog? How do I keep these long and unending stories clear, short and concise? How do I create links and format texts in a particular style in my blog? How do I respond to comments in the very softest tone? These are a few of my challenges with blogging. How do I access the web when and how I want remains a barrier to me in blogging but since I must speak up the “non manifest” content of communication (Berelson, 1952) which national media either, don’t care about or, keep silent and latent because " when your wife starts making noice, her cure is either found in solid and disgraceful slaps or, just throwing her out and look for another one". In this respect, I have indulged into a few initiatives that so far seem effective to me.
Firstly, to communicate through my experience or idea, I often write it well ahead of time and revisit it after some days. I now revisit it as a reader, looking for what interests I find in the text, what can be criticized in the text, the style of the text and, an auto critic of “ Am I getting what I intended to communicate in this story? Am I so rude? Also, I have most of my experiences or those of other women written down in my jotter immediately after surviving the incidence. This makes it possible for me to always have what to say when I need to update a blog. How ever, I am not an expert blogger so, my attempts and confidence swings between 7o and 80%.To overcome the cost of internet, I type my blog posts home and only do uploading, and responses to comments online.
In the future, I intend to do every thing possible to get internet connection home so as to speak up at all times.
Berelson,B.(1952), Content Analysis in Communication Research. Glencoe, Ill: Free Press.