What sort of routine to you follow each day to get ready for blogging?
Editor: I wake up , say my prayers and after getting ready for the day,one of the first things I do is check my daily reads; mobile news aggregates .Once I get to work Kenyan & international papers, basically headlines from all kinds of different sources, political insider tip sheets, and other blogs. I do this until something catches my eye. For me it’s important not just to be part of the “echo chamber” After assessing I do a post or accept someone’s that is in line with my world view or opinion purpose of the blog.
Speaking of world view what has shaped your views?
Editor: Well everything- faith,culture family,schools,professors,teachers,exposure
So would you say most of the posts on here are just personal views?
Editor:To some extent Yes and No..I know that seems like an oxymoron ,but I say…We are all products of our past and present environmental context. All articles are personal to some extent .Some of the posts are scholarly posts done on views I do not believe in .Others are PDF documents that ordinary people never get to see-we only read what a reporter says about them-like commission reports.Its good to have an open mind & respect of other peoples opinions .[most of the posts are other peoples personal or professional views].
So whats your role on the site?
Editor : The editor. Most of the post are actually done by other people.The blog is an open source blog .Open to anyone and everyone who has something to say.It just has to get my approval first (sic) .We have a select group of people who contribute once in a while especially on ‘hot’ issues.
What you would like the readers to know ?
Editor:Well for starters nobody has all the answers and therefore it is important for us to respect each others opinions.It is the only way we can learn from each other . Most of the time when we post something we want our readers to read and think about what it is we are saying or implying.If the post causes you to think about a given news story even though you don’t agree with our view ,then we have done our job. Our aim is not to spoon feed our readers. We want to encourage political consciousness and acceptance of different opinions. Kenya would be further along if we analyzed what is said even opinions we do not like.Kenya is a country of repeating mantras.We want to break that cycle.
Do you think blogs will have an impact on the 2012 presidential election?
Editor: Blogs are becoming a larger part of the political scene at an exponential rate. Blogging of/on presidential or parliamentary debates and campaigns becomes an interesting and useful tool for voters who want more insight into what’s going on at the debates.Also, nowadays, when you see a blogger on the web, you have to think this isn’t just one person, but a person with their own readership as well as a network of other bloggers with whom they work regularly, so blogs also become a very useful tool for message dissembling. Also, blogs are becoming a much more significant check on the mainstream media, especially when you think that whenever any headline hits the wires there are hundreds of bloggers picking it up immediately, fact checking it, verifying the veracity of it, and weighing the overall value of it.(I feel sorry for mainstream media particularly those in bed with politicians-their days of manipulating information are numbered)If bloggers have made a difference in the west, I’ve no doubt in my mind we’ll make a bigger impact in next year’s contest.
So why do you blog?
Editor:Because it’s important. For one, this is, I think, the future of the nation’s debate. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection can blog (doesn’t even have to be high-speed). For far too long political discourse has been one way; what we hear on the radio, what we read in the newspaper, what we see on television.Blogs and Facebook discussions are different and interactive. They are an effective tool for dissembling massive quantities of information, and a great resource for both new and unique opinions and ideas as well as news items that you may not necessarily catch on your evening news or through a quick skimming of the local paper.As the internet becomes more and more accessible to Kenyans, more people have the option to read and write blogs, and share this information and interact and self correct each other. Even more important, and this is one of the things I’m trying to do now, is that not only do blogs give us the opportunity to participate in the national debate, but they have a vast potential to change it. We have the opportunity to look at the dynamics of old debates like ethnicity,accountability,good governance and instead of following along in the old patterns that political groups have us do, we can turn the whole paradigm on its head and say, “we refuse, we want to look at it from a different angle” …… We are the small Blog that thinks we can change the Kenyan political conscience.
Muigwithania 2.0 is the subliminal voice of liberty.We will change this country one post at a time.We refuse to think like the herd (mainstream media),we promote political awareness and thought.Read the news story and think for yourself.Don’t be spoon fed by a lazy press- thats our motto.We don’t claim to be nationalists but we love our country.We may not say what you want to hear but that will not stop us from expressing ourselves