Today marks three years since PanoramicDon was launched. The blog started out as a predominantly sports blog and achieved a modicum of success with nomination for ‘Best Sports Blog’ award at the inaugural Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) Awards. My obsession with sports in general and Man United in particular meant that the blog’s audience was quite limited and informed the decision to branch out to my other areas of interest. PanoramicDon thus morphed into a blog that caters to most of my interests ranging from photography, history & astronomy to travel & civics.
The blog has provided a useful outlet to share my wide-angled perspective of the world across different eras and areas through non-fiction writing. It has been an interesting journey so far where I have been able to re-connect with old friends and meet new ones. There have been highlights such as getting published in the Daily Nation and getting a few writing gigs here and there. I’ve also learned a lot through research that goes into a published piece. Most importantly, I’ve got a great canvas to share what I consider interesting factual information that doesn’t get much coverage elsewhere with many people and open all this mathogothanio to critique. All this serves to prepare me for what I hope will be a future career in content creation through different platforms from print to audio-visual.
There have also been challenges like getting over procrastination and maintaining consistency but by and large, it has been a great experience. Gratitude goes out to those who have consistently supported the blog since inception including Karis, Solo, Oshin, 89_59, Muchiri, Sean, Khalif, MoP751, Ian_Vuvu, Castro, Kongin, QulshTM, Nnaemeka, Malcolm, Njeri, Raz and the rest of the crew (sorry if I forgot anyone). You’ve all been very supportive and gave me encouragement to continue writing.
I’d also like to thank Chao of @TheeAgora for pushing me to take the blog to the next level. The new design & structure of the blog plus the move from a wordpress to a self-hosted site was initiated and executed by the great mind that is Chao. Check out her awesome website where she blogs on history, culture and the arts at www.theeagora.com.
Moving forward, some new categories will be added to the blog with ‘Geography’ looking the most likely candidate to join the list. If you enjoy reading the blog, please share feedback and let your friends know about PanoramicDon. Here’s to hopefully many more years of little secret excitements for willing minds.