Please, note that I use my social media rather 'widely' in the sense that I communicate personally, passionately, politically, professionally, photographically and poetically.
I communicate with many different people, who live in different cultures, and may perceive things differently. I communicate in the faith that all I say can be passed on. However, it doesn't mean that everything I say should be taken literally.
I strive to be honest, it is easiest, but I also insist on the freedom to balance between being personal, passionate, political, professional and poetic. Especially as I work in places, where social media is a great way to keep in contact, make new friends and be the espace to express myself.
I’ve blogged since June 2005 when I left Copenhagen for a job in northern Uganda, where I worked for 26 months along and across the border to Southern Sudan. I continued subsequently from the Swahili Coast in Tanzania and after I left Africa in March 2010. I have blogged at dunia duara since July 2011 - dunia duara is Kiswahili and means 'the world is round', a title fit for a Scandinavian revolving.
During these years I've learnt that people have a million different opinions on Africa, and that the image of Africa in European media often doesn't correspond with the one of the Africans.
Most often it doesn't correspond with mine.
In 2006 my blog was chosen as Ugandan Blog of the Year, and in March 2008 I was criticized for not displaying the ‘right picture’ of Tanzania.
I stick to my original intention; I started blogging because I found the information about development work in Africa too politically correct. Lacking passion, presence and precision. I wanted to use the opportunity of living and working in Africa to add nuance and perspective to this, to add a personal dimension and to illustrate what it actually feels like. Feels like to me.
Obviously, my initial work experience with Africa evolved into other experiences and perspectives outside the development NGO box, and today I'm much more driven by an on-going curiosity and joy of being surprised by people, culture, art, politics, media etc. When I started blogging in 2005 Facebook and Twitter didn't play a role, but obviously this have seriously influenced my blogging. Both enhanced visits to my blog, but also opened up for communication on more platforms outside the blog.
I communicate on Facebook, Twitter and my blog to keep track of my experience, for learning, staying in touch and for exchanging ideas. (I.e., I've used blog posts to document the 26 months in Uganda in order to make my final report a little less hard to read.)
Obviously, I’m not perfect as a person or in my second language. I blog entirely from my personal perspective, knowing very well that my tribe is Scandinavian and my accent Northern. My writing and photography reflects me, my impressions and view points only. Not the NGOs I've worked for, nor do my statements represent any other person, unless stated.
My relationship with new media is old-school - meeting new people in cyberspace takes decent engagement as in real life: Catch up with me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or my blog, but please present yourself (or invite me for coffee or a drink!)
If you don’t agree with what you read, feel free to ask, comment or exchange viewpoints, but note that I moderate comments.