The Honest Scrap Award

So much for the Ugandan Best of Blogs Awards. The blogren have jumped ship to the Honest Scrap Award, an informal, apparently international bloggers’ honor-slash-meme that’s been making the rounds in East Africa.

As far as I can tell, the award entered the Ugandan blogosphere through Ugandan Girl, who got it from Afronuts in Nigeria. Ugandan Girl passed it to Eizzy, Nevender, Mjay, SilverBow, among others.

Since then it’s hit up Emi, Normzo, Jny, Samali, Carsozy, Yz and Wilde Yearnings, plus a bunch more, including Biche at Chick About Town.

Earlier this month, she passed it along to me.

I’m flattered, but I’ll resist the immense urge to make a gratuitous, Sally Field-esque acceptance speech. Instead I’ll just show you hers:

You like me! Right now…you like me!

The award stipulates that I:

  1. Brag about the award.
  2. Include the name of the blogger who bestowed the award on me and link back to the blogger.
  3. Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that I find brilliant in content or design.
  4. Show their names and links and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog.
  5. List at least ten (10) honest things about myself.

To be honest, several of my top choices have been awarded already. I don’t know if it’s legal or not to re-award them, but I’m going to do it anyway. In no particular order, the seven East African bloggers whose blogs’ content or design I find brilliant:

  1. Rev/Comrade at The Dying Communist, for constantly provoking me. Samali already named him, but I’m hoping the additional mention will put even more pressure on him to start blogging again.
  2. Angela Kintu, for constant thoughtful analysis.
  3. Rosebell, for bringing important things to my attention.
    Rosebell’s acceptance post
  4. SebaSpace at AfroGay, for persistence in the face of disheartening adversity.
  5. Tamaku at Diary of a gay Kenyan (he’s already accepted the award once), for courage and wit.
  6. Tumwi at Ugandan Insomniac, for unique insight and wry humor.
  7. Naughty Feeling at Queeattitude, for a recent post that broke my heart.

And for my ten honest things:

  1. I despise eggplant.
  2. I can’t whistle.
  3. I like cupcakes in theory, but not in practice.
  4. A two-week trip to Uganda in January 2006 saved me from a year in Vladivostok and five to seven years’ worth of studying 19th century Russian literature.
  5. Most of the things I “overhear” on Twitter are pulled from conversations I’ve had.
  6. I desperately need to move my blog to WordPress.
  7. But I’m resisting because I don’t want to give up the ability to obsessively tweak my design through Blogger.
  8. I’m three degrees from Joseph Kony, two degrees from Wernher von Braun and one degree from Mikhail Gorbachev.
  9. I have a thing for giant storks.
  10. I claim to hate memes, but this is the third time I’ve participated in one on Jackfruity (here are the first and second).

uganda blogger happy hour, redux

This month’s (impromptu) Uganda Blogger Happy Hour was nothing short of perfect. It was the two-year anniversary of the first UBHH. Rev, who’s been a lovable yet aggravating presence since the very beginning, was on his very best behavior (this unfortunately means I have very little to write about). And, proof that the blogren are continually growing, there were new faces. Like I said, perfect.

Nevender and Antipop have considerably more detailed round-ups, and Dee has photos. Before you head over there, though, I want to point you to Solomon, who has a list of Very Important Questions concerning this year’s Uganda Best of Blog Awards. This year we’re introducing prizes including free hosting, your very own domain name, and possibly pizza — go check it out and let us know what you think.

Last thing: earlier this month I wrote about why I blog about Africa. In my wave of Uganda-inspired love, I neglected to obey the rules of the meme and tag other bloggers. Here goes:


Gay Uganda

Mr. King

Rev — I know you just closed your blog, but surely there’s room for one more post?


2007 Uganda Best of Blog Award Winners

A belated congratulations to the winners of the 2007 Uganda Best of Blogs awards:

Best Photography
Ugandan Insomniac for Arbitrary Beauty II

Best Design
Citizen Uganda

Best Writing
I Am Ernest Bazanye

Best Overseas Blog
Return of the Phoenix

Best Blog in Uganda
Ugandan Insomniac

Best Post
Ugandan Insomniac for Dilemma of a Gorgeous 30 Something

Uganda Blog of the Year — Tie
I Am Ernest Bazanye
Ugandan Insomniac

Last year I wrote:

The goal of the 2006 Uganda Best of Blog Awards was to recognize the incredible writing and art in this community, and all of our nominees are certainly emblematic of the talent that exists in the Ugandan blogosphere. Congratulations to the winners! I look forward to seeing everyone continue to express themselves through word, art, design and photography over the next year.

I wasn’t sure then if a second round of the BOBs would happen or if I would be around to see it. A huge round of applause goes to Dee for putting this year’s awards together.

Congratulations again to all who were nominated. I am honored to be a part of the blogren, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

P.S. The curious can check out the voting results at The Kampalan.

2007 Uganda Best of Blogs

Over at The Kampalan, Dee has just announced the 2007 Uganda Best of Blogs awards. Check out her post for the nomination specifics, but here are the categories:

Ugandan blog of the year — open to any blog written by a Ugandan or focusing on Uganda

Best post — The single best piece in the Ugandan blogosphere

Best blog in Uganda — Written by anyone living in Uganda in 2007

Best overseas Ugandan blog — Any Uganda-focused or Ugandan-authored blog written in a foreign country

Best writing — Intelligent, witty, feisty, eloquent or just plain funny

Best design — Best overall design and layout

Best photography — Best photo taken by a Ugandan blogger and posted on his or her blog

GVO: Self reflection and the search for meaning in the Ugandan Blogosphere

My first piece is up at Global Voices Online:

The Ugandan bloggers are having an existential crisis of sorts. The self-examination among the Blogren, as they’ve started calling each other, began in January when several bloggers objected to the establishment of Uganda Bloggers Happy Hour and the Uganda Best of Blog awards.

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