Stop Reading and Thinking! Do Something Instead (Audio)

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Just a thought: Ladies and gentlemen, though I am slowly beginning to feel comfortable behind the mic, I can see I am still far from being the presenter I want to be so let me promise you – so I can be accountable – that over time, I must improve my presentation skills on this podcast.

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  • By rags, May 25, 2008 @ 4:03 am

    Man, you are making it hard for me! Does this mean that i should stop visiting your blog? =) I have found that people would rather read and talk about stuff because doing something requires commitment and time. Those two things are things people are not willing to do.

  • By Mwangi, May 25, 2008 @ 4:13 am

    @rags: Btw, as much as I love having all you guys stop by and visit my site, given a choice I would rather you not read my blog and go out and do something…..then I can interview you later.
    My hope is that my post helps people make the time and commit to doing something

  • By Mzeiya, May 25, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

    But thats exactly what most of us have been doing. We do stuff out there and in the evening, morning or whatever time we retire for the day/night we come and support this blog by reading new stuff. That way I believe we enrich our experiences in the diaspora by engaging our minds on issues closer to our own identity.

    Also here in the diaspora ,its not easy meeting up people to discuss some agendas. For instance I have my Sunday cut out for Church, Friday bible study, Tuesday- a uni group study, every other day- the gym and a few other things in between. But there is no way I can meet dudes to discuss the African experiences like really indepth from time to time. Reason being such discussions may tend to be a bit too casual and when there is alcohol involved they may also tend to be twisted. However the written word is usually easier to relate to and critique.

    So do your thing Mwangi and dont plead with us to be away from your blog. Coz thats how it sounds.

  • By Mwangi, May 26, 2008 @ 12:53 am

    @Mzeiya: First up, let me send you a huge thanks: This week I had planned to work on my email newsletter but I promptly put that to the side after reading your first comment..I have now decided that I will dedicate this week to profiling Melbourne and talking to immigrant folk at different age and socioeconomic levels to give folk a clear picture of what Melbourne is like….I am surprised now that I think about it that I never did that, so thanks for reminding me just why I started this blog.
    I just really want to be a catalyst for action as opposed to a source of ideas that never get implemented…that message is getting pounded into me over and over again, it’s like most of the new articles that I “stumble” on discuss action being taken vs endlessly consuming ideas, Church the last two weeks has been on the exact same thing, my bible study group, exact same thing and so I feel very strongly that given the choice between folk reading my blog and going out and doing great things in the world (after which I can interview them) give me the folk doing stuff by a mile regardless of the consequences to the blog readership…..though I of course love you folk reading. An example of one such article is:

  • By Kelly, May 26, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

    Do you have a downloadable version of your podcast / post? I browse from the office so I can’t listen to it. Pleaaaase! I promise not to distribute it or do any of those things in the FBI warning in movies!

  • By Kelly, May 26, 2008 @ 7:53 pm

    Sorry, my bad, I just saw the download link!

  • By Mwangi, May 26, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

    @Kelly: There is a download button right below the podcast. Right click that and you can save it to the computer where you can upload it to your mp3 player of choice. Very shortly I will upload my podcast onto Itunes and make it downloadable the regular Itunes way. If you have any problems with it, please let me know.

  • By Mwangi, May 26, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

    @Kelly: Kul, let me know how long it takes to download in Kenya…I would like to make the podcast as quickly accessible to as many folk as possible and so I want to know how much I should sub divide podcasts.

  • By Kelly, May 26, 2008 @ 11:41 pm

    Hey! It took like a minute. You sound nothing like you write! Ok that doesn’t make sense does it?

  • By Mwangi, May 26, 2008 @ 11:45 pm

    @Kelly: That makes perfect sense. I also feel quite different when I am recording podcasts as compared to when I write so naturally the result will be very different.

    I am glad the podcasts are easy to download….at least there won’t be many barriers once I start interviewing folks if I split them into 10-20 minute chunks.

  • By Mwangi, May 27, 2008 @ 12:19 am

    @Kelly: Silly me, I should take this opportunity to find out:

    “How do I sound different?”

  • By Carol, May 27, 2008 @ 1:53 am

    I promise I will read and act too,if you interview me years from now,I will say what I have really done for my country.Am a patriot._.!
    2mins25 to 2mins27, you see hata ulicheka(you even laughed).Your mum is right,thats for sure!! But am optimistic and will do something to help! this will be soon but for now,………I remain ambitious,and I will “Just do it”

  • By Mwangi, May 27, 2008 @ 2:03 am

    @Carol: I look forward to that interview and hearing all the great stuff you have done….thank you, hearing someone else say they’ll just do it makes me very happy.

  • By Kelly, May 27, 2008 @ 5:58 pm

    You sound (sorry), like a campus student. Ok no a mature campus student. Lots of ‘you know’ and all. Sorry I can’t seem to get the words to describe it. But the voice I hear in my head when I read your posts, and the actual are just different. I wish everyone would do an audio post, so we get to hear what they sound like!

  • By Mwangi, May 27, 2008 @ 6:03 pm

    @Kelly: LOL! The irony of a dropout who sounds like a campus student. I have no idea what a campus student sounds like so I don’t even know what category to file that in so I’ll just say thanks. Alright to probe a little deeper, just what do I sound like in your head (clearly this moment is all about me, so humour me :) )

  • By Kelly, May 27, 2008 @ 6:14 pm

    Glad to humour you. In my head, your voice is kidogo deeper, with a deeper ‘Australian’ accent and all. I’m actually suprised that you have just a slight accent after so many years out there.

  • By Mwangi, May 27, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

    @Kelly: It’s the helium I keep sipping ;) ..I once had a baritone voice and then being around so many women(2 sisters, a mother, an aunty and a female cousin, not to mention all the other women one meets outside of the family) sucked the bass right out of me.
    My accent is terrible, I have never opened my mouth and had someone say, ” You, you’re a Kenyan!” It’s always the States or UK or Ethiopia or Somali……sigh.
    Anyway tis good to know what I sound like…thanks for humouring me.

  • By Kelly, May 27, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

    Ethiopia …lol… It’s true, you don’t sound Kenyan, or even Australian.

  • By Carol, May 28, 2008 @ 12:50 am

    Now now now,its about you voice!
    I will not hesitate to comment, imagine you sound Kenyan! With something small,no idea what! (I don’t know if its a compliment or the opposite!ha)For sure like a campus student as Kelly said. Somali?hmmmm, not really,lol.
    I understand Kenyans are good in picking accents.(hata tuki stop over in other countries while making flight connections, where we only stay within the airport!)Its a silly joke but,what are you waiting for?Or will it be natural?
    Am listening again but……..not so Kenyan,but the You know is!!!!!

  • By Mwangi, May 28, 2008 @ 1:05 am

    @Carol: Well, now I know. What do you mean, what am I waiting for? The people who absolutely jazz me are folks who come over and decide they will never speak their language again and from now on will only speak English while trying to badly adopt the accent of the land…..God made humor like that just to make my day a bit better I think.
    The Somali and Ethiopian thing is because of how I look, especially when I’m with my mother… me if you meet me the furthest thing from your mind would be Kenyan or even native African.
    Well at least I still sound kind of home grown 8)

  • By Robert A. Henru, May 28, 2008 @ 1:21 am

    Hi Mwangi, you are very very right! Let’s start do the action!
    It’s always the feeling that we do not know enough, and then we are not moving forward and doing it.
    Congratz for your first podcast. Really a great message!

  • By Mwangi, May 28, 2008 @ 1:24 am

    @Robert: Thank you for the kind words. I think the “we don’t have enough information to act” excuse is used way too much when one can simply micro-test or take baby steps instead of endlessly marinating and investigating and reflecting on an idea in their mind.

  • By DeTamble, June 15, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

    You’re a Uni drop out?

  • By Mwangi, June 15, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

    @DeTamble: Yup, click on the About link at the top of the site and you can read my long wonderful roller coaster ride since I’ve showed up.

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