First I want to say that this is my experience, missmangue experience in Africa and in a particular city of this continent in this case the island of Malabo. This is not to say it, is the only or the most authentic , this is just my personal opinion, and if anyone has another opinion I would appreciate the share with missmangue.
The reason I write this article, following another published in the blog: artbecomesyou.com , listed her favorite Cameroonian bloggers . But this is not what caught my attention , as did the fact that they all lived in the West , New York , Berlin, London , Paris , Milan, Swiss etc . It was amazing that no one of them live in Africa. That got me thinking , and of course I knew very well the reason at least for my experience, why it was easier blogging in a Western country than in Africa .
Start from the beginning , when I finally decided to come to this continent , after many reservations , doubts, what encouraged me was not so much the idea of going even new site, because that’s what I had done in the last few years traveling and see new places . What attracted me and was in my mind was the wonderful opportunities that would amount : to meet , photograph , interview , and especially wonderful places to visit . But most exciting was the idea that my blog curlymangue on natural hair will have many followers, with whom to share common experiences , after all I was going to a continent where most women had my hair type.
But being a blogger on the island is no pushover , rather it is like swallowing a ball of mashed banana without water. Despite having more free time , and climate is favorable. I must admit that , being a blogger in the city where I live. It’s not easy , it is rather like climbing Everest without snow boots, painful but not impossible. ” Perhaps exaggerating this ” these are the negatives that I have found .
1 – Deception : first disappointment here on the island people are not very receptive with new arrivals.
2 – My Camera : take a picture without they wonder why you shoot or still they ask do you justify that photo of a sunset , or no to look at you in wrong way is like winning the Oscar without ever having made a movie .
3 – Interviews : regarding the interviews, I’ve only achieved one, because meet someone for an interview especially if is a female ( their mind starts to think that you planing sell them to someone ) . I have to point out that I have been told it is better to make the photos from mobile, is less flashy and threatening to them so I will provide a good mobile . ( Because I prefer solutions )
4 – Picture : get a photo at a flea market , without being insulted , for not to buy something, it seems impossible . (Although I have decided to try again for my readers)
5 – Distrustful : what is more disconcerting is suspicious people , as the photos. Some still think that if you take a picture is to make voodoo.
June – Fashion : Fashion as speaking in a place where there is fashion , mind you I do not say that people do not dress well ( but my idea of fashion is born out in the street) Down the street that many people are stylish , but you let them do a photo and you interview , it’s hard. Although I ‘m willing to try to pay someone . Another problem is closer to the trendy shops , it is difficult to propose something to get around someone who looks at you with hungry dog face as if you had killed someone.
7 – The internet connection : something important if not essential for a blogger . This is slow, tedious , frustrating. Add a text can be endless and to tell you to upload photos, whose feat is so slow and unbearably frightening as waiting times in receiving a dentist.
8- Light out: the lights of the capital, go out very often, leaving you without electricity. So you lost your writing if you have not saved before the blackout.
9- Unstable voltage:the elecctricidad has an unstable voltage, which would make your odenador scream in pain if it were a person. So you must be careful that this does not is plugged during the blackout and turning on the lights. What compels me to stay, alert as a hawk on the hunt for a mouse.
As you will understand this can be tiring and stressful.
10- All about money:The other downside is how expensive it is to hire intent on the island, about 350 € which is prohibitive for the average person like me. And I will say go to a booth, and of course that’s what I do sometimes, but most of the time your network is slower than a lame horse in a race.
Then we get the bars and preunto me how many drinks I consusmir before the waiter looks at me with a face. But, I don’t want to demoralize you, So I tell you that despite of everything I still blogged.
Positive in any circumstance and any challenge : yes I am one of those people who in the midst of the blackest storm and terrifying is the only ray of light that peeks out from behind a mountain. So do not lose hope that things will improve , or that I find a way to get along with the island and its people.
Future: things despite these negative points , I have to say that being a blogger on the island could become rewarding if people start to see it as normal.