What African Bloggers Should Learn from WordCamp
William Jackson, Educator, Blogger, Community Activist
WordCamps are magnificent ways to collaborate, network,
inspire and engage in diverse areas of technology.
Web development has changed the way people communicate,
associate, collaborate and create activism.
Africans are broadening their engagement and implementation
of technologies in their societies as the infrastructure is being laid.
Wireless technology has exploded and more people see the
potential to use wireless and web technologies beyond just
communicating with family.
Africans are entering the entrepreneurial realms of business
ownership. What can be learned from participating and speaking
at WordCamps can build the competitive edge that can care a
business and people to national and global visibility.
As a current and past sponsor of WordCamp conferences in Africa
I see the necessity as a teacher and business owner to help fellow
content creators that are students and teachers in Africa.
Helping future thought leaders, digital innovators and creative
content designers to build stronger economic opportunities and
encourage collaborations. Sponsoring allows me to give back to
diverse communities that have generational affects.
What is the value of investing in WordCamp conferences….
1. Diversity should be accepted in all fields of tech and Social Media.
Everyone has a story and is unique in their journey.
2. Take advantage of all the learning opportunities on and off line.
3. If you have a new idea to develop content don’t stall it, go after it.
4. Sometimes it is better to collaborate not just compete.
5. Books should be available to enhance research skills. Always have
your library card available.
6. Read classic African authors to build a foundation of cultural relevance.
7. Attend both EdCamps, WordCamps and Bar Camps when-ever possible.
8. Have a vision and mission statement.
9. Find new areas to blog.
10. Take the opportunity to co-blog.
11. Have a hashtag to share content.
12. Volunteer in the community and at schools.
13. Sponsor events in the community.
14. Participate in online chats to share knowledge.
15. Have a name badge created and updated business cards.
16. Google your name and business to see what
content is out there about your business.
17. Make sure your Social Media profiles meets with
your Brand objectives.
18. Don’t forget to renew your Domain name even if
you’re not using it yet.
19. Create a Media Kit to share your business story
20. Have several headshots available for various events.
21. Decide a head of time what your hashtags are that you use.
22. Understand how to properly apply quotes from someone
from the Internet, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Be about that hustle and being Lit.
24. Be concerned about your associations. Remember the term,
guilt by association.
25. Be about promoting others and their community service
and giving back to humanity.