The Ideal Length of Everything Online, Backed by Research

Ever wondered the ideal length of your blog post? Yea! me too. I tried looking for information. There is no ideal length. rather here is some useful information to get you going.

In August 16th, 2002, Mark Bernstein published the ten tips on writing the living web. The article was a master piece remains relevant today. The author shared some insights that have always been an anchor in my content creation over time. Here are the tips and how I have been able to follow through.

Write for a reason

I write because I believe content creators have not done enough to satisfy me. So, since I’m not satisfied, there are a bunch of others like me. Blogs are the second most visited web properties in social media.

Write often

To write often you need to be up-to-date with the latest development in your field. Be it politics, technology, business or international affairs whichever is your sphere stay updates. The author reiterates the importance of writing often not necessarily constantly or writing long content, but writing often.

Maybe you don’t like your job; maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.
Write tight

It’s more than fifteen years since Bernstein wrote his piece. There was no grammar/proofreading software then, I suppose. There are there now. Plenty of them. You are lucky to be living in a generation that is full of software can assist in writing tight, according to Bernstein.

Make good friends

I didn’t much about blogging until I got in touch with a friend of mine who introduced me to WordPress. He had a technology background, and he enjoyed it. He set me up within a day, and I was good to go. You do not need to know everything that is in this world. We are often asked to read. Widely.

The truth is you can never be the monopoly of knowledge hence you need that support structure to keep you going.

Progress is a nice word.
Find good enemies

Criticism is the basis of daily improvement. The world without constructive criticism does not develop. For an idea to be accepted by anyone, it has to be reviewed, and there is no better reviewer than your competition or enemy for that matter.

Let the story unfold

Nobody cares much about typos. I receive short text messages with typos every other time. I do send messages with types. Not emails. Focus on the main story that you want to deliver to your audience. The initial title for this post was the length of everything online until I started writing and noticed I had deviated to something else.

Stand up and speak out

I am going to plagiarise here. If you know your facts and have done your homework thoroughly, you are entitled to your opinion. Always have a basis to defend whatever premise you present to your audience. Learn to care less about people’s opinion.

Learn to form your own opinion and defend it. If you can’t support your views, don’t present it out there to the public. Embarrassing.

Be Sexy

Don’t hide anything or fear to say because it is embarrassing. One of my favourite blogger says you should choose sex over the job. The topic sounded crazy, but it had tonnes of insights about workplaces. Never shy from expressing the real you. If you support particular candidature state it.

In 2017 during Kenya presidential election, I had not decided who to vote for until the Presidential debate. The incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta refused to turn up for the debate. I dropped him down the pecking order, In front of all relatives from my wife’s side. They were all pro government which had their son as deputy president. I told them I would not vote for the government because he didn’t turn up for the interview.

You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.

Then Relax

Kenya Elections 2017: How the situation is a day to the Polls

The Campaigns are officially over. The law stipulates that no campaign activities should be allowed 48 hours to the Election Day making August 5th the official day for campaign halt.

Kenyan firms are preparing employees for the worst. Some companies have communicated to their employees on emergency procedures with supervisor checking on their juniors during this election period.

The stock market on the other hands seems to defy the supposed tension and continued to trade on Monday morning.

There has been a massive relocation of people from urban cities with Nairobi experience smooth traffic towards the city centre contrary to the norm. One Facebook user posted how fast he moved from Kiambu to Waiyaki way.

The city which is usually a buzz with activity saw reduced activities with a few business opening.

Kenya’s busiest high way s saw reduced traffic with most people regrouped and joined their families upcountry.

Kenya heads to an election that is hotly contested between to long time and family rivals Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

Uhuru Kenyatta is the son of Kenya’s founding president Jomo Kenyatta, and Raila is the son of Kenya’s first vice president Jaramogi Odinga.

The vice presidency has since been scrapped and replaced with a deputy president who is now elected by the people, contrary appointment by the president in the previous regimes.

The IEBC, the commission in-charge of elections, says it is ready for the election of Tuesday, August 8th and Monday is the day when election materials are expected to reach polling stations across the country.

There has been concern over the list of polling stations said not to have internet coverage, with twitter users calling on the IEBC to be careful since some of the areas on the list are said to have 3G to 4G internet speeds.




Major Events leading up to Kenya Elections 2017

The world is aware that Kenyans will be heading for the ballot on August 8th, 2017. Kenya Elections 2017 has been searched a thousand times given the heated rivalry between the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and the opposition stalwart Raila Odinga who is running on his Orange Democratic Party ticket backed by National Super Alliance.

Raila Odinga had taken to court to stop the printing of presidential ballots claiming that there was a plot to rig the election. The court ruled in their favour, a decision that was reversed after IEBC appealed the case.

President Uhuru Kenyatta boycotted presidential debate 2017. This decision by the president left the former prime minister Raila Odinga on his own to sell himself to Kenyans.

The deputy president appeared on the media to claim that they were being blackmailed into debates. Despite the indication that Uhuru would not attend the debate, the presidential debate organising committee went ahead to advertised the debate.

Deputy president also missed the running mates debates. The running coalition passed the opportunity of live coverage with more than 9milion Kenyans watching the debate.

The major events in the 2017 elections also include the military involvement in the 2017 Kenya election which the opposition party opposed. The revelations came in the wake of the claim that Jubilee had plans to rig the elections. The cabinet secretary has played down NASA claims and branded the document presented as fake and fabricated to instil fear in the minds of Kenyans

Kenyans took to social media to condemn printing of extra 1milion presidential ballot papers. Dr Akuro Aukot, running on a less popular third-way alliance called on the IEBC to destroy additional ballots saying it was a recipe for disaster. All social media requests fell on deaf ears.

The murder of ICT director Chris Musando less than ten days to the election raised concerns about the credibility of the elections. The authorities are yet to unravel the mystery on who killed him and why? Many questions are being asked including who stands to benefit from the death of the man in charge of the security of the IEBC voting system.

Kenya Elections 2017. What you Need to Know This Week

Curtains will be coming down on Saturday 5th August for all political aspirants required to halt campaigns as Kenyans head for the ballot on the 8th of August.

Christopher Musando, A senior IEBC official, went missing after television interview last week. He is yet to be found. This happened when the IEBC prepared to test its voting kit. His disappearance raises questions to the credibility of the election given that he is the ICT director at the commission.

The motive behind an intrusion into Deputy President William Ruto’s Sugoi home is yet to be known. The lone attacker held the police to a 19-hour standoff before he was eventually neutralised. It remains unknown whether the attack is related to the forth coming elections.

Fake news continues to reign havoc at a critical time in Kenya. Propagandists have taken advantage of the free social media to instil fear through false news into the mind of voters. Nation Media has published tips to detecting fake news in its local dailies.

Bus Stations have seen a swelling demand for transportation as Nairobi dwellers leave the city with fear of violence before, during and after the elections. However, Nairobi’s ODM gubernatorial candidate who is also the sitting governor pleaded with the town dwellers not to travel insisting that their votes are paramount in bring change to the country. He asked his supporter to adopt bus stations and stop people from moving at this critical time.

It is a week ahead of the start of the 2017/18 premier league season which will be flagged off with a community shield match between FA cup winners Arsenal and the premier league champions Chelsea at the Wembley Stadium. The premier league remains a very popular league in Kenya with top teams enjoying a huge following.

Involvement of The Military in Kenya’s 2017 Election May be Hazardious

Analysts are already eulogising trumps presidency. At this rate, no one is scared of the United States, and polls suggest the lowest approval ratings for President Donald Trump.

Kenya is going through an election in 2017, and there are thousands of lessons for the Kenyan voters. Electing leaders shouldn’t be guided by hatred of a candidate rather love for another candidate. People should vote for Uhuru Kenyatta because they hate Raila Odinga but rather vote because they believe in the vision and promises of the Uhuru Kenyatta.

Raila Amollo Odinga called a press conference to express his displeasure with purported military interference with the forth coming election. He said, “we have received credible evidence that the army is training a task force to interfere with the August 8th Elections.” Member of the media also attended the press conference and streamed live on facebook through Raila’s Facebook account.

The NASA flag bearer and ODM party leader further reiterated that it is not the role of the military in handle internal security. It is the work of the national police he lamented. He also said that they would boycott the election of the military continues with its plan to interfere with the elections. He says there are planning of jamming connectivity to ensure that the election is rigged. These are utterances may have severe consequences and her neighbours.

What if the allegation is right? Is boycotting the election a solution? The ballot papers are already printed and ready and in what way does NASA plan to boycott the election? The unsubstantiated claim from the opposition which was relayed raw without presentation of evidence raises the serious questions on the preparedness of Kenya towards this election.

If I read the mood correctly, it is possible that boycotting means something else. It means calling for people not to turn out for voting or maybe something worse. Worse in the sense that parts of the country voters might be afraid of voting.

The military must desist from any activity relating to elections and concentrate on its pivotal role in keeping our borders non-porous. They should deal with the enemy that has repeatedly breached the border to distort social order which results in serious injuries and death to the extreme. The military must be professional in their discharge of duties, and there should never be a single element to doubt their neutrality from this election. The military should be trusted beyond reasonable as we head towards this volatile times.

NASA must concentrate on its campaign and try to win voters instead of scaring the country with the claim that might bring back the wounds of disputed 2007 elections. There is no turning back. The ballot papers are already printed and on the 8th Kenyans will be lining up to choose their leaders. If NASA plans to boycott the election, they shouldn’t stand on television to call for their supporters not to vote.

The media needs to be more vigilant than ever. The type of content delivered to Kenyans must be screened to weed out propaganda and rumours. Corresponding evidence should accompany every allegation.

Jubilee, on the other hand, should be as clean as it says it is. They shouldn’t be thought to behind any plot to rig or interfere with the elections.

IEBC being an independent body, in collaboration with the courts should take these allegations with utmost urgency. The peace and stability of Kenya of paramount importance, not just to Kenya, but to the entire world who see Kenya strategically located for business and travel. We cannot afford to lose our country to chaos once again. I choose PEACE.


What Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates Have in Common

Some of the richest people in the world have had interesting paths in their life. Jack Ma of Alibaba, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Bill Gates of Microsoft are all successful in their respects. There is a common underlying factor in the three men.

The own technology firms

Jeff Bezos was briefly the richest man in the world on Thursday 28th July 2017. The surge in Amazon stocks is said to have raised Bezos net worth at about $90 Billion although he did not finish the day as the richest man in the world. Bezos owns 79.9 million Amazon shares which translate to close to 17% of the company.

Bezos owns 79.9 million Amazon shares which turn to close to 17% of the company according to CNBC.

Bezos started selling book more than two decades ago in his garage and build one of the most respectable online platforms of this century

Jack Ma, who recently visited East Africa along side 38 other Chinese billionaires is the richest man in Asia with a net worth of about $36 billion based on Forbes magazine. He is the chairman of online e-commerce website Alibaba.

He is openly known as  Asian business magnate although he had an undesirable past compared to what he is now. Jack Ma’s idea of Alibaba is closely related to Jeff Bezos e-commerce giant Amazon.

He is openly known as  Asian business magnate although he had an undesirable past compared to what he is now. Jack Ma’s idea of Alibaba is closely related to Jeff Bezos e-commerce giant Amazon.
Bill Gates, who dropped out of college to start the most famous technology company Microsoft which owns a variety of assets including computer operating system Windows, search engine Bing and social platform for professionals LinkedIn.

They are all innovators and entrepreneurs.

The richest people have started their unique solutions to the world that has lifted them to their current wealth level. The focus most on solving human suffering, simplifying the way things are done and making work easier.

Most of the ideas they generated have been transformed to publicly traded organizations in which investors can own and feel part of them.

Do you have an idea for a business? Take the next step, Launch that side hustle and stop giving excuses


Political Analysts Confuse Kenyans Instead of shaping Opinion

After the much overly advertised Kenya Presidential Debate in July 2017 between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, I looked forward the next day for insights on the performance of the NASA flag bearer Raila Amollo Odinga. I had not decided who to vote for before the debate. Not that I have decided but the discussion helped in deciding

Debates are important for people like me who do not have time to attend political rallies.

There is no better place to get that other than the prime time TV talks with political analysts who are mostly politicians themselves. They confuse people by disagreeing on even fundamental questions that they shouldn’t.

I agree with Herman Manyora, a lecturer at the University of Nairobi and frequent analyst on prime time talks, that there is a growing number of Kenyan voters, not many but very few, who resonate with the idea that Kenya presidential candidates have to debate for Kenyan voters to decide who to choose.

These calibre of the electorate are gradually growing by the day perhaps significant enough to dictate things by the next general election.

Although Kenya is still not a thriving democracy with most voters being swayed based on their tribal groupings, there is a group of the electorate who have intermarried and prefer having candidates who do not lean towards their tribes.

They seek leaders who have a vision that is far beyond their tribal backgrounds.

What if we ban political rallies altogether and replace them with a series of debates with properly structured ways of addressing voters? Or better still the government employs every eligible Kenyan such that it will be uneconomical to traverse the entire country lying to jobless Kenyans with gimmicks and outright propaganda?

Political Analysts on TV Influence Opinion

What will be prevalent is issue based politics where the history becomes an integral part of the evaluation of a candidate. Political analysts in Kenya side with different factions. The idea of having these analysts on TV analysing say, the Kenya presidential debate 2017, only confuses voters who look up to them as opinion leaders.

Political analysts insights on trending matters in the country are important in shaping the leadership. Unfortunately, political analysts in Kenya take sides and differ even on obvious topics like whether the debate is necessary or not.

The type of political analysts Kenya would like to see is Barrack Muluka type of critics who tend to see through the idea of each political party succinctly. Kenya would like to listen to respectable journalists who are not aligned to any political affiliations. I would like to see political analysts who call a spade a spade.

I  congratulate the Kenyan media owners for trying their level best to have the Kenya presidential debate 2017 despite a disappointing end. At least it was a good start, and the pitfalls exhibited in 2017 elections would not be repeated in the next election.

I  recommend senior journalists in Kenya to step up their level of discussions and engagement to stop political sycophants from playing with our wits on prime time discussion on matters of national importance.



The Kenya Presidential Debate 2017 Helped me Decide

The Kenya Presidential Debate 2017 went on as scheduled despite the president Uhuru Kenyatta decision not to attend. Earlier in June, I didn’t know who to vote for.  I have always looked forward to this moment when I am sure that I need to vote. The Kenya presidential debate 2017 was a success. However, organisers should have done more.

For a very long time, I had been an undecided voter. I didn’t approve of the gimmicks and dancing of our political leaders in across the country in rallies that were full of unnecessary cheering and noise making. I never attended those rallies.

When I heard of the debates I looked forward to the debate to help me decide who to vote for. I am now decided. Why did president Uhuru Kenyatta turn down the golden opportunity to convince me and others like me?

I became eligible to vote in 2007 just after my high school. I didn’t vote. I was always held up in odd jobs, always too busy to register as a voter, for about a half of 2007. Then I landed a better job with Steadman, the research firm as a field interviewer. 

Then worked I for Infotrac research on the Election Day as a field researcher stationed somewhere remote in Kwale County. It was a better paying job that required me to waive my legal right to vote. I needed the job so I obliged to do the exit poll. You know there is life after elections.

Then in 2013, I was too busy building a career for myself. I literally didn’t have time to register as a voter. So I didn’t vote. This was a year after I graduated from college. 

All was fine and I never bothered about politics or any social events that surrounded me. In 2017 I’m in Nairobi. I registered as a voter in Mombasa, Mvita. I plan to travel to Mombasa, thanks to its now a four-hour journey to vote for the opposition since the president decided he didn’t want my vote.

Like me, many young Kenyans tend to so concerned about what the government has done. It is time to start judging the political class of what they have done for the citizenry. Far much tantalising these days is the power of social media. So much unnecessary noise being made about the failure of this country.

The bitter truth is many of the so called keyboard worriers do not care and if they do, they care less about voting. They have the right to vote but they do not exercise it. Some talk too much politics yet they are not even registered voters. 

Some voters may not vote August 8th Elections

Those who are registered may not vote since they are miles away from their polling stations. For some, it is not economical to book a bus to go and vote then come back. It is a waste of valuable resource in this capitalistic and competitive country.

Kenya struggles with unemployment and voters shift between cities within very short spans. In 3 to 6 months people relocate. There is a need for a faster evolution of the voting process to allow eligible voters to vote from any location.