blogversary


May 10th marked 5 years since I started my first blog.

Evidently the day came and went without much fanfare. Just like the doomsday prediction last Saturday.

What have I been up to?

Well, as many of you already know, I do a weekly show on Capital FM (The Jam) with Cess & Maqbul. Crazy fellows, those. I’m also their “social media guy”. That’s in addition to my other fulltime job and uni. So now you know why I don’t blog as often.

A bunch of bloggers also came together and started an online magazine (if we can call it that) targeted towards Kenyan men. It’s called Wanaume (www.wanau.me) << Pretty smart, eh? Thank one @Mwirigi for that bit of smart thinking. The idea came about during a conversation between our Editor and me, where we realized that Kenyan men tuko down tu sana. Let’s say the truth. We are. So the idea behind Wanau.me is to redefine Kenyan men. To make us strive to be better than what we are today. Group blogs are the way to go, since they consolidate numbers and are easier to manage than individual blogs. Just look at the good stuff that’s been going on over at DiaspoRadical.

The bloggers behind Wanau.me are myself, Bobby, Ray, Sue, The Bartender, Pastor Wa, PseudoLinguist and our Editor. More bloggers will join the team as time goes by.

The site has only been up for a coupla months and there are not as many posts up since we all have fulltime jobs, and don’t always have time to blog. But we’re trying.

We’re currently looking for a fashion blogger to do the men’s fashion column. If you’re interested, or if you know someone who is, kindly ask them to drop me an email on archer@wanau.me. The target audience is 25 to late 30s working class Kenyan men. So none of that skinny jeans/suits sijui shorts with loafers bila socks nonsense. We want to teach men how to dress well, not how to look like a circus clown.

We also welcome posts by contributors, so if you’ve got a post that you want to have published, hit us up on theguys@wanau.me

Follow us on Twitter: @Wanaume

So now that you know where to get me when I’m not here…..Dosvidanya! (That’s Russian for goodbye)

What’s on my Playlist?

Swedish House Mafia – One (Your Name)

Today marks 4 years since I started this blog. Well, there’s really not much to say this time round, coz as the years go by, I blog less and less. But there are still a few noteworthy things that have happened over the past year.

1. That Makmende post.

This was a case of being at the right place at the right time. This post stands out as having had the most number of hits on this blog ever! As of now, the stats stand at 16,380 hits for the post alone and over 183,400 hits overall. (such stats give me a hard on)

2. Imitation – The best form of flattery.

Remember how this post was plagiarized on Mashada, other blogs and email? Well, a few other cases have been noted in the recent past, done rather shamelessly by the mainstream media.

There was this post done by the Daily Nation, though I contacted the writer, who admitted that he got the article off Facebook and didn’t know that it was originally done here. He eventually put up the link on the online article. Honourable chap.

Doesn’t this article in The Standard bear more than just a passing similarity with this post? The writer should have at least been a little more tactful!

Doesn’t this article in the Business Daily contain material from this post? Where’s the accreditation?

Yet, just this week, some media personalities have been busy beefing on Twitter about plagiarism, yet their own media houses are notorious offenders! Talk of the kettle calling the pot black!

3. Some of my favourite posts from the past year

(i) I slapped some bitches

(ii) I got hit on by some gay men

(iii) I made friends with some watchies

(iv) I got into shit for doing what I thought was the right thing

(v) I got dumped for being from the wrong tribe.

I have to give a shoutout to some of my favourite Kenyan blogs that have come up during the past year. When you’re not wasting time here, perhaps you should do so there!

Magaribina

Diasporadical – brilliant group of writers doing their thing over there.

Our Kid

So what’s next for Archer?

I’ve received several emails from readers who would like to use this blog as a platform to market their events. I’ve also been toying with the idea of branching into writing about visual art, music and anything else that I think deserves a shoutout on this blog. If you have any ideas or requests, do kindly drop me a line on archer.quest@gmail.com and I’ll see what we can do about that.

I’d like to thank you all for reading, even when there’s rarely anything new to read! I’ll try to improve on that. Here’s to another year.

A.O.B

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!

Man U fans meza wembe! (Who cares how many times you’ve won the title? Shut it!)

What’s on my Playlist?

Simply the best – Tina Turner

This blog is 3 years old today! My gosh, where does time go?

I don’t have much to say about what’s been going on over the last year, I trust that you’ve been reading. For today’s post, I’ve gone through my archives and picked out some of my favourite posts. (Hopefully this should keep you busy for the next week!)

Enjoy!

Archer’s 1st blogversary – Excitement.

Archer’s 2nd blogversary – a bit of disillusionment.

CFA Rules of Engagement – It’s interesting how this post keeps slapping me in the face every so often due to its relevance

Think Pink? Hell naw! – now you all know why I hate pink

A college student’s diet – memories are made of these!

A taste of your own medicine – sometimes I amaze amuse myself.

Fire drills and Pagets – Cheruiyot cracked me up in high school!

Of bathtubs and jualas – It’s such a hustle buying rubber!

Mawuoiiiiiyes Balaa! – My first and last ever Sheng post.

How to get rid of an Unflushable – seems to be a readers’ favourite

A WTF situation – Be careful about how you dispose of your rubber

How to deal with a stupid cop – this was one hilarious experience!

Bar Conversations…Part 2 – This has got to be the most read post in this blog, it was heavily plagiarized on email and on Mashada as well.

Let’s style up tafadhali – I still have mad beef with people who switch to mother tongue mid-conversation in total disregard of everyone around them.

Just keep the seat - I don’t know why I tend to attract weird women

You know you Need a new local when…

What I love and hate about driving in Nairobi, including that ugly Toyota Duet

Mtupa mbao hasaidiki! I have a friend with seriously horrible taste in women. And he’s in town.

I still hate hosting bashes

Why are we so homophobic? – I still think Kenyan guys ought to loosen up a bit.

I really don’t get it! – My ex, so beautiful yet so stupid.

What ill wind blew you into town? – It’s a good thing Obadiah has kept his distance from me.

Let’s cook, with Archer – I pretend to cook sometimes

I would like to thank everyone who reads this blog. Keep reading!

What’s on my Playlist?

Stan – Gashungwa

This past weekend marked two years since I wrote my first blog entry! Quite an achievement, considering the fact that one month in blogosphere is equivalent to kedo 6 months.

Lately I’ve been giving a lot of thought into why I blog and who I blog for. When I first started out in mid 2006, I used to blog for myself. Blogging was therapeutic, an avenue for me to vent, to write about mundane stuff that occurred in my life, my thoughts about this and that, knowing there’s always be someone out there who could read my post and relate with what I was going through or thinking at the time. Blogging was far simpler when I’d get only 50 hits and 5 comments per post coz back then, there wasn’t much pressure to blog.

Two blogs, 124 posts, 69,102 hits in the last 13 months alone, 5000+ hits monthly, I should be content, right? Not really. Nowadays I don’t feel as if I own my blog. My readers, who have their own expectations of what kind of posts I should write about, own it. I’m merely employed to churn out a post every week. I can no longer write about deep or personal stuff like I could two years ago. It’s good to be popular, but at what cost, losing myself in the process? My life isn’t as exciting as it was a year or two ago, now that I’m back in school and trying hard to keep my head down and keep a low profile. Besides, I’ve matured kiasi since then. It’s not every week that I can write posts like this one and this one and that one.

Speaking of maturing, is it just me or has the Kenyan blogosphere become a lot less exciting than it was a couple of years back? I miss the days of Aco’s e-pub back in late 2006, the days when we’d all wait with baited breath for Guessaurus’ next post, Nick’s hilarious tales, KM’s crazy adventures? What happened to all our favourite old school bloggers, the ones whose latest posts we’d bookmark and read over and over again, usually just having a ball in the comments section? The guys we couldn’t wait to get home after a hectic day and unwind to their un-seriousness? What happened to Devious (ex wife), Milo, Kenyanchick, Couch ‘Tato, Kipepeo, Stunuh Jay, The Hanyee, Princess, Udi, Kabinti, Ms K, Jadekitten and Stackofstiffys? More recently, what happened to Angry Somali Man, Bantu, JM, Pilato, Tweety, Aegeus, Sis Big Bones, Unyc, Bryjoe and Kayliz? Even now, Ichiena, Betty, Chatterly and Mama Shady are slowly making a much overdue comeback.

I’ve even had to create a new link category on my sidebar for those missing in action. (If you spot any of them anywhere, kindly drag them to the nearest keyboard)

Only a few old schoolers are still holding fort. M, Mocha! Gishungwa, Movie buff aka Ciiku, Kelitu, Nakeel among others but it’s just not the same! Even Aco has gradually mellowed out from his controversial hard-hitting, feminist hating, bitch slapping days.

It seems that every day the Kenyan blogosphere loses some of its juice. When was the last time you clicked onto the KBW Aggregator and read almost every single post from #1 through to #50 and still refreshed the site every hour on the hour for updates? Try that right now and you’re almost guaranteed to fall asleep before you come across a single post worth reading. Go on, give it a try!! Click here.

I know many of the above bloggers personally and what I know is that they’ve become more engaged in their professional commitments whether it’s career or school, their priorities have changed since then, they’ve matured as well and in the process blogging has taken a back seat. But the void that they left behind is HUGE!! There’s just no more excitement, not much motivation to blog other than the fact that my readers expect, no, DEMAND a post every week!

I’m not saying the other bloggers are not worth reading, they are! In fact, great new blogs are born every so often e.g. Crystal Balls, The Intelligensia, Sultry Nutter, Zax and A Son of his Mother (I directed his class play when he was in Form 1, then he went on to make his first million bob by the time he was 21 and never even bought me a beer!) but these days I more often than not find myself reading through old school bloggers archives or checking out Ugandan blogs.

While I’m at it, Aco had complained a while back that we’ve all slowly turned into a bunch of “yes-men” and sycophants (what he referred to as “seal clapping”) We try so hard to be in everyone’s good books to the extent of avoiding disagreement at any cost with what a blogger has written about. In turn, whenever someone puts up a post, all we see in the comments page is a bunch of voices echoing exactly what the blogger has written about, however inaccurate or controversial as it may have been. What’s up with that?

There are times I’ve put up posts hoping they’d inspire some sort of debate, but I got very disappointed when all I got was a series of “I agree with you” or those who were not of the same viewpoint either stayed away from commenting or started out by “sio kwa ubaya, but…” come on guys! We cannot always agree on everything! And even when we fail to agree, you’ve got every right to express your divergent views. It’s not as if I (or any other blogger) would banish you from my blog. Unlike some loose-cannon war mongers who showed their true colours during the post election crisis some months ago, not everyone will unleash personal insults at you for not agreeing with what they’ve written. Take for example the one and only Joe who would regularly clash with M and Aco, get hammered, and still come back to malreason some more and get hammered yet again! Kaggz was another one. Come to think of it, I actually do miss Kaggz. We need more guys like Mo Ma who don’t kiss ass (Dude, just coz I shot you down the other day doesn’t mean you vanish for good. I read your blog quite often, where d’you think I got the ammo to shoot you down?)

I don’t know where I’m going with this. I’ve got a lot of weighty issues going on in my life that are obviously my priority right now, along with school, so blogging is slowly losing it’s importance to me and it may only be a matter of time before I hang up my keyboard for good.

Seriousness aside, over the last one year, I’ve come to meet a lot of bloggers and form close personal relationships with many of them. They’ve become good friends who I can count on any day, any time and they’d come through for me. And they have, severally! Asanteni sana and I hope that I can be half the friend to you that you’ve all been to me. Mnajijua.

To everyone who reads this blog, asanteni sana, and I hope you’ll keep reading even though I fully intend to take back the ownership of this blog, by force!

What’s on my Playlist?

Submerge: Till we become the sun – Maxwell

Well folks, it’s official. I have been blogging for one year! Actually the year lapsed on 10th May (last Thursday, but I didn’t have the time to type out this post) Yaani I have graduated from a newbie in the game, to a ka teenie. I’m not an old school blogger, yet.

And for today, I’d like to take a trip down memory lane to remember how it all started, and to reflect on the experience that has been so far.

I didn’t know what a blog was until I read an article in the Daily Nation online some time in March last year that sought to find out what makes Mad Kenyan Woman tick. The article provided a link to her blog, which is officially the first blog that I ever read. I remember staying up for most of the night reading her blog on my cellphone. I thought it was so cool that someone can have a personal website where she can write out her thoughts and opinions on things. In her comments page I came across a few other “old school” bloggers who can now be classified as veterans (a.k.a fossils!)

The second blog that I discovered was Guessaurus, whose blog I got so engrossed in and ended up reading in entirety including her old one at Blogspot! I admired Guess’s writing style, she has a way of describing delicate things so effortlessly, in a way that you can actually envision it in your mind. I bet that she can describe an aroma so well that you can actually smell it as it wafts into your nostrils.

Through her comments page, I found the other old school crowd yaani guys who have been blogging since the typewriter was invented. Kina M (whose blog I’ve read in entirety as well, mpaka blogspot, mpaka ye olde thinker’s room. Dude, now toss me your diary!), Acolyte who was the very first regular commentor on my blog, the ridiculously hilarious Milo, Ms Kipepeo (who I still maintain is KBW’s sweetest), KenyanMusings who really impressed me with her bluntness and her don’t-give-two-sh*ts-what-you-think-about-me attitude (chic, you got balls as big as church bells. Haki ya nani!!)

Others include Nick & Tato the two hemispheres of the same brain, Dangerously Shy (though I didn’t have the pleasure of reading more of her stuff since she just went off the radar bila warning), Movie Buff (alias Groupie Numero Uno) who made me realize just how little I know about the movies and the small screen, Nakeel (after seeing her kisogo in the papers in the same article with the interview with MKW) Kenyangal, Girl Next Door, the kind hearted and ever thoughtful Farmgal, Bankelele, the blunt tell-it-like-it-is Udi, Kabinti, Ms K (what happened to her?), Shiroh, Mocha, the hilarious Mutumia, Medusa, Prousette, Stunuh Jay, Chatterly, Supaflyshi, Gishungwa (kwani where were the dudes back then?)

I greatly admired the close, mature, sometimes childish, yet cosy relationships that most bloggers had at the time, considering the fact that most of them had never met before in real life. Every blog was like a different cosy uptown café where old friends would meet and have a nice chat over a hot mug of cappuccino and black forest cake.

After getting a lot of inspiration from reading all these fantastic blogs, I decided to see whether I could rekindle the spark of writing talent that I once had many years ago. I was scared coz I didn’t know whether I would somehow fit into the crowd or whether I would be booted out. I didn’t know whether I’d be able to churn out quality posts regularly.

So after two months of deliberating over it, I decided to start a blog, and it came to life on 10th May 2006, and I joined KBW the very same day. The name Midnight Frisco came from the fact that I used to type out my posts after midnight, in the privacy and serenity of my room, over a mug of Frisco coffee and a couple of cigarettes (like those old school newspaper editors slumped over a typewriter).

I thought long and hard about a pseudonym, and I juggled with quite a few, but I settled on Archer one night as I watched Face Off for like the ten millionth time on TV. (John Travolta’s character) Back then it was really hard to get noticed as a newbie, and one had to literally force his way into the older generation bloggers’ comments page so that somehow your blog could get noticed. So that’s how I found myself malayaing over at Aco’s and Guess’s blogs until finally I was able to get some much needed traffic onto my blog. I can’t remember whether the aggregator was up at the time.

Over the months, I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with several bloggers either on my blog or on theirs. I remember the late night sessions over at Aco’s e-pub huko sides of August/September 2006. Most times the comments had absolutely nothing to do with the topic that Aco had blogged about! The procedure was to first grab your position (I remember the battles for top spot with Kaggz, and the numerous heated debates we had. Anyone remember her?) And somehow a conversation would develop and most times it was nothing but pure nonsense! One night the comments got to over 125! I miss those days.

That’s about the time I began flirting with the foxy Devious one. We had a ka thing for a while and just when I thought things were honky dori, the neighbour’s shamba boy Aegeus who I had caught eyeing her from across the fence on numerous occasions, overthrew my government and took off with my ka-wife!! (Shameless! The shamba boy?! How could you?!) Consequently, the position of e-wife has officially been declared vacant, and interested parties are welcome to apply. (Criteria: You gotta be female!)

During the last year I’ve witnessed two major blog wars: Poigate and Acogate (if I can call it that) And that’s when I realized that there can be beef in blogland! You thought everything was easy breezy until battle lines were drawn, then you’d know who was pitted against who. There have been a couple of other minor incidents after that, the first was the plagiarism incident starring DM, and then there’s the current shenanigans going on. I don’t know what to call it, Hackergate? Upuzigate? Archergate? (Seeing that the previous ones were named after the victims)

A lot of exciting new bloggers have entered the scene since then and helped create a new, younger generation of bloggers, and I watched as everyone found their own niche and new online relationships were formed. The likes of our resident photographer “Every Girl’s Man” EGM (word has it that he’s opening up a branch of Ramogi Photo Studio, Boston edition complete with tubs of vaseline for that shiny effect for family portraits)  Half ‘n’ Half, “budaa” Kirima who only joined us the other day and fitted in so perfectly (I hope now you drive with your eyes on the road…and not salivating over the neighbour’s goats), Alexcia, the calm and sober minded Mama Shady, Jadekitten, The Hanyee, Princess, Man Bantuts who I can say had the highest single amount of influence upon us all with his sheng posts and unique nicknames for everyone, as well as being the originator the name of my WordPress blog, the brilliant Gathara, always full of logic, the insanely uproarious Kenyanchick, wherever hole kina Mwangi and 3N  crept out of juzijuzi despite being around for a while, Bomseh (the days he used to blog about orgasms pekee!) The laughter incorporated duo of the two lunatics Ichiena and Modoathii, how can I forget the man who sliced me, Aegeus alias Methu himself, Unyc, Klara, StackofStiffyz (na wewe ulienda wapi dadii? Rudi!)

(Eish, kila mtu anapata high five leo!)

What else happened between then and now? Oh, I outgrew Blogger and moved on up to WordPress. Actually, the idea was to prep up the WP site in preparation for a big move on 10th May 2007.

Now for a polite vote of thanks. I bet you have all realized by now that blogging is not a solo effort, and it’s a good thing that we have each other to turn to for usaidizi on this and that. I can’t say that I’ve made it this far by myself because without the assistance and encouragement from my fellow bloggers, I’d have retired a very long time ago and opened a kiosk to sell ball gum and Patco…

First, big ups to my man Aco, who not only taught me everything that I know about Blogger, including teaching me pretty easy things like how to upload an avatar, he gave me the motivation to keep on blogging even when I was getting very disillusioned with the slow growth and lack of traffic on my blog. Dude also taught me the art of blog ho’ing so as to attract that traffic, as well as hooking a brother up with a nice cosy sofa up in his e-pub.

Big ups to my man Methu and EGM who have taught me everything that I know about WordPress, and I’m still their loyal ka student, learning new things by the day. You guys are the best.

To all the bloggers that I have had the pleasure of meeting in person and making friends with, kina Aegeus, Ichiena, Farmgal, Gish, Kipepeo, Kenyanchick, Shiroh, Bantuts, the main man M, Guessaurus (for me that was quite an honour) Nakeel, Big ups to you all. Lakini Guess, si you make a comeback like this? Even Hulk Hogan is sujui 75 but the mzee keeps making comebacks!

 

I have learnt quite a lot from reading your blogs. You’ve shaped the way that I think about a lot of things, and I’ve become very open minded as a result. Y’all have enriched me intellectually (Ok, SOME of you, hehe! Nick don’t flatter yourself!) Others have provided a well deserved escape from reality with your humour. I may have not done the best job possible by visiting your blogs to drop a line or two.

There are those blogs which you just read and go like “Ahaaa!” then you shut up. If yours falls under that category (eg Bankelele, Potash and Gathara) then you’ll understand why my comments rarely land there. That’s because I’ve learnt to zip it, look intelligent and absorb the knowledge rather than open my mouth and prove otherwise. I once asked a silly question on a post somewhere (can’t remember who’s blog it was, but it was a genuine question) and I got abused so thoroughly yaani….anyway, that‘s that.

  

To everyone else out there, bloggers that I may have left out, other readers who may be Kenyan or non-Kenyan, bloggers or non bloggers, who have taken time to read this 5 bob blog of mine and to leave a comment, the likes of James (where did you disappear to my kind sir?) And Amber (where are you?) thengiu very many.

I hope that this is just the beginning of things to come.

What’s on my playlist

Manifest Destiny – Jamiroquai     

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