Thank you to ALL of you who have responded to the post concerning changes here; those of you who asked how you can help and those of you who sent along good wishes. We need them.
We need an active “group” of monitors, posters, people who are committed to tracking comments that we receive and approving them; collecting email from our account, responding to it; posting links (new) to our site. Visioning the future of this blog as a vital conduit for people of African descent.
Obviously, we must be careful in who we choose as the enemies of progress are ALWAYS looking to infiltrate and fuck up the program. But we must be brave and choose, anyway.
We need committed people, female/male, somewhere in the Diaspora who can communicate and direct the activities of this site. I believe it is essential to have folks who can work together – preferably folks who have contributed here previously – or demonstrated their commitment at their sites.
Now, I don’t know it all, so others may have ideas/suggestions that blow these embryonic thoughts out of the water. Please suggest away!!
Anna Renee said:
I’m ready to track and publish comments, as I have access and I am a hound, checking very regularly, my own blog’s and Afrospear’s comments constantly. I often see comments hours before they are published since I work a graveyard shift in an office!
I once was a link hound as well, but I won’t be able to scan the black blogosphere the way I used to, but I still find some good stuff regularly that I can link or post!
lol I am also posting that tracking and publishing comments seems like an easy enough job, so I volunteer for that too.
visioning the future seems more like a group effort, i’d like to input there but I think I don’t know enough about the group yet honestly.
(maybe doing things to attract more readers? such as leaving comments with a link back to some general afrospear location?)
Also I used to belong to another group of bloggers and they had a “vanity of vanities” day in which they would do a round up of “news” around the blogs within their circle.
Maybe that’s a nice idea? I can do that for various blogs on the Afrospear list (not all the blogs, just a few of stuff that stand out). However, I’ll tell you right now, I don’t have a big readership lol.
CRY ME AN ONION said:
I really like the concept, as I see it now, of AfroSpears. However, I wish to have a bit more background and its goals. Anyway, if you think that my profile fits for something that will not stiffen my life then I may consider it. Also, patience since I am not a computer geek.
I was born in 1951 (nothing to hide), used to worked for well known … doing bush logistic then quit and seen and been lots of places. I have been to Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, in Southern Sudan (Juba, Duar, Mapel and Rumbek), Senegal, Tanzania, Zanzibar. To make it short I have been for whatever reasons, even vacation, in more than 30 countries and 15 years in Africa.
I live in Africa (maybe not for much longer) and internet connection is not the best in the world and worse when there is no electricity. That’s my reality.
II do not tolerate blacks living up to their negative stereotype or martyr syndrome. Also, blacks must accept criticism without going up on their high horses. In all human races there is bad and good and it must be exposed.
AFRICA: I have zero tolerance for African nepotism, corruption, bad governance, ritual genital mutilations (male/female) or body modification as a rite of passage and foremost their non-respect of women and human rights.
I still need to know the aim of AfroSpears.
Thank you for your responses. Anna Renee, thank you for stepping up and being a strong presence here. We need your contribution, so please carry on!!
Miriam, thank you for offering to help out. Please email me at email@example.com and I can get you in the loop.
CMAO: Check out our Mission Statement (tab) and know that we are a living organism. We are not set in stone. We need constant infusion of energy in order to make this thing work. So, YOUR opinion about where we goes as African people is important as we refine our mission.
So, keep giving us your words/ideas/ideals!!