A number of Rwandan bloggers on Monday evening met to join other countries in celebrating WordPress’ 10th Anniversary.
WordPress, a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system celebrated the event by hosting the Rwandan bloggers’ meeting at KLab in Kacyiru, Kigali.
The meet up that was attended mainly by bloggers, web developers, web designers, and journalists among others saw many who had never blogged before encouraged to start their own blogs.
Others who had been blogging before came up to share their experience and talking about the challenges they have faced during their years of blogging just before a training on how to open a blog was held.
Eric Mwebesa, a programmer who has been blogging for a month now says this event changed his view about what it actually means to blog.
“For the time I’ve been blogging, I haven’t been enjoying my own blog experience, but it is because I actually didn’t understand what exactly blogging was all about. I felt like it was only for serious matter but I got to realize that one’s blog should be their passion and the art that they love,” he said.
Mwebesa further added that he really loved technology and that is what he will be blogging about from now on.
An open discussion was then held with many people asking questions about how to open a blog, how to maintain it and most importantly how to popularise it.
Marcel Mutsindashaka, Gara Akaliza Keza, Patrick Buchana and Pamela Abonyo, all popular bloggers were on the panel that led the interactive discussion.
Currently, WordPress is the most popular blogging system globally, and powers over 60 million websites around the world. It was first released on 27th May 2003 and this year several meet-ups of the sort have taken place in over 639 cities and 30 different countries.