What the Winter Blogging Challenge has taught me
This is not the first time I’ve participated in a blogging challenge. I actually look forward to them as it keeps me on my toes to publish each day for the stipulated period. It keeps my writing edge sharpened as I get to practice on a new topic every day.
However, I must admit, this challenge in particular felt familiar yet novel at the same time. The first couple of prompts were the usual, expected ones but as the days progressed, the topics got deeper. With some of them, I was totally blank about what to write. I had to reflect on it and research a little before coming up with something to type.
One thing I’ve come to learn about myself is that I can write on any subject if I want to. I used to unconsciously mark certain topics as ‘untouchable’ because I felt I wasn’t well informed to have an opinion. Since I’m the type not to back out after committing to something, I decided to take a step into uncharted waters. And guess what, I’m still here!
Of course, that doesn’t mean I get to make blind ignorant comments about issues that matter but I’ve realized I can voice out on things that concern me no matter how far-fetched they are from my usual worldview.
Thanks to this challenge, I took time to ponder over issues I haven’t bothered to think much about. And in putting my thoughts into writing, I felt the urge to be committed to do something about them. I may not have access to address AU leaders (perhaps in the near future, who knows?) but I know better than to underestimate the power of an online platform. This could help rekindle a stale conversation and provoke the change needed to make our world a better and safer place.
I also discovered that there’s a lot to learn about Africa and that’s why it’s important to follow and connect with fellow bloggers on the continent. This provides a less formal and more fun way of learning about other cultures and the challenges they face. Upon reading some of the entries, I’ve noticed some similarities in the issues that matter in my own country and also some efforts by others to be better. There’s hope for Africa.
© Josephine Amoako 2019