The Previous author decided to go unplugged. So any dreams of a killer follow-up were lost in her piece. But I soon realized, every article that has been written so far, has been from a different set of eyeballs. Read on to find out what these eyeballs have seen.
Mukuka has a unique personality and very calm demeanor. But don’t let that fool you. She’s all fire and passion. Anyone who’s had the chance to revel in her presence can lay testament to this truth.Her character even stands out in her words(Check out her blog).
Interviewing a person is no small feat. If it was, there would be David Letterman’s all over the place. So when I got my chance to Interview Mukuka, it was at a moments notice(I found her at BongoHive chatting with Simunza).
There’s no time like the present(or so I told myself), I made my move and she agreed obligingly.
I commend the Lusaka WordPress community for this great initiative. The 52Bloggers project has put on display a variety of Zambian Story’s.
The common thread in all her endeavors is connection. Bringing together like minded individuals, who are true to themselves. Which wonderfully intertwines with Mukuka’s Life motto
“To Thine Own Self Be True”.
OK, that was a mouthful! But it gives you an Idea of the versatility, enthusiasm and attention Mukuka brings to her work.
Having spent a great amount of time living in the Diaspora, Mukuka decided to come back to the motherland and start over.
That begs the question! Why would someone leave a great life, wonderful job and come back to rebuild from scratch. Why its for the same reason life never stays the same. Change is the only constant. And her life is a great example of this timeless lesson.
If you really want to get to know Mukuka better her contact is waiting at the bottom of the page.
Now we can go back to the reason for this interview. I focused my Interview mostly on the craft of Blogging. Mainly to pick her brain on writing, its relevance and how a blogger can grow.
If I seem like am holding you off the interview you can scroll down to it. But if like me you enjoy a good surprise, by all means read on.
Its a safe bet that having read this far you’re worthy to go on and learn the nuggets of blogging truth.
I’d like to also suggest you come over to one of our Lusaka WordPress community meetups. You’ll probably meet most, if not all the bloggers who are highlighted in this project.
Mwape: Hi Mukuka, thank you for taking the time to indulge me.
Mukuka : It’s fine.
Mwape: I wanted to find out, What drove you to writing?
Mukuka :I started writing because I was bored. And it seemed like a good way to do something useful. You see most times, people are looking for a creative outlet. And I happened to find mine in the pen. It brought a wonderful perspective to my life and it helped me channel some of the things I was going through at the time.
You see everyone is endowed with gifts and talents. The best thing you can do for yourself is to build on your talent. And use it to the benefit of yourself and others.
Mwape : Would you say your writing style is very objective?
Mukuka: (Smiles)…I’m not objective, but it usually depends on what type of platform I’m on. Before I write for any platform. I ensure I take a look at what type of audience the platform appeals to. Its a good habit to have. And it also allows me to then craft my writing towards the readers of that particular platform.
But whatever platform you use always make sure you’re giving the right message to the right people. But that’s not the end of it. Whatever you write must have an emotional element to it. It can even be personal. You want people to engage with what you’re writing. And the best way to do that is not by stating facts endlessly. Some times it may be that I am contributing to a magazine or blog, but I’ll always add some emotion to my writing. This always ensures people come through and read my material. More especially if you want people to comment on it. And the only way they’ll do that is if they are able to relate to what I am writing about.
Mwape :What advice would you have for someone who is new to blogging or someone trying to start a blog?
Mukuka: First, know why you want to blog. Before you sign up to any type of platform, you have to understand why you want to start blogging. Is it to share information? Is it to inspire? Is it to educate?….. Know the reasons behind your motivations. Once you understand why you’re doing something, the how and the where fall into place.
Second, Know your platform! Whether it be wordpress, blogger, facebook or twitter—understand what a blog is,firmiliarize yourself with how it works. The internet is so vast, and there so many platforms at your dissposal, most are free. The easiest way to go about it is to know what type of content you want to create.
Lastly, understand the variety of ways you can reach your audience. Do you want to write stories? Do you want to share pictures? there are all these different platforms that can allow you to do so.
Also know the type of people are you trying to reach. There are close to 3 Billion users on the internet. So it is very critical to know who it is you’re trying to reach. When you blog, have a picture of the person you’re writing for in your minds eye, it helps.
Mwape : Do you think there is any original content on the internet now?
There is a loot of original content out there, trust me! When you’re reading an article that feels as though its talking to you, its original.
The big thing has to be for people to write about things they know. Write about things you like and always know why you’re blogging. Because if you don’t, you’ll end up following fads.
Mwape : Any advise for Bloggers that have internet trollers(online Bullies)?
Mukuka : There are a lot of people, out there, Nice people, crazy people and the mean ones. Be sure to create a safe environment for yourself online. There are a lot of communities online, that bring together people with similar interests. Join them. Block unnecessary people who send you despicable messages. Remember just delete and remove.
Mwape : How can an existing blogger grow their readership
Mukuka : I’d have to say through guest blogging. Guest blogging is fine as long as it fits into your method of blogging. If you’re a fashion blogger and you want to share your thoughts on a tech platform you’re best finding an angle you can use to appeal to that particular audience. You cant just go there and blog about Louie Vee shoes and handbags!! that would push that audience further away, but if you share-say information about a new fashion app, you will be selling not only you self as a fashion expert but appealing to the technology crowd with an app.
Mwape : What blog have you read, that made you go “I wish I wrote that”
Mukuka: Umm…I would have to say the 5 stages of celebrity twitter grief by luvvie. I feel the post in-itself is so relevant. It talks about the stages of Twitter grief people go through when a celebrity dies. Its timeless in-that, this is always what happens when a celebrity dies. I love the post because now all she has to do is update it every now and then.
Catch up with Mukuka :
I wanted to drop the mic, but Ngosa pulled that rug from under me. I’ll give you a very special send off. In my mother tongue I say to you “Mwende Umutende“(Meaning “Go in peace“).