Way down there on the right hand side of my blog is a badge that says Afrigator. This social media aggregator was built for “African digital citizens who publish and consume content on the web.” What does that mean? Well, basically, that Afrigator sends traffic (readers) my way, and in return, I use it to find other African-based bloggers who write about topics that interest me.
Yesterday afternoon I received an email from the good folks over at Afrigator telling me the most astounding news: I am one of the Top 45 Female African Bloggers. More specifically, and I don’t think they’d mind if I editorialize here, I am (just barely) one of the top 45 female bloggers in Africa who has registered with them.
The list of incredibly talented and gifted women naturally brings up several questions. How many women bloggers are there in Africa? How many of them are registered with Afrigator? What are the rankings by country? The latter comes up since most of the “winners” are from South Africa and the only other African countries to have made the list are Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda.
Now that the list is out there, people have already started to dispute the rankings. Some people think that only blogs that discuss African issues (i.e. not “life” blogs like this one) belong the list. Other people have started listing blogs that are “way better” than the ones on the inaugural list. As the folks at Afrigator themselves pointed out, the list is subject to change based on who is registered with them and statistical data like page views, links, and unique visitors.
Regardless of how this list was compiled or how long I’ll manage to stay on it, to say that I was chuffed after reading this news would not do justice to the huge, goofy grin of pride I wore all day yesterday. I know that I’m not actually one of the best bloggers on the continent, or even one of the most popular, but having a complete stranger tell me that I’m not a complete loser is validating in an incredibly lame and to pathetic way.
Thanks for making my week, Afrigator!! *blush*