I had been approached by a Presec mate during the week to do some lessons on how to use social media to some people taking a professional course on this day. I told him I couldn't do it because I would be at Blog Camp and that everyone I knew who could do this would be there too. If you could do this, but weren't gonna be at BlogCamp if you were available ...... insert ... you get the point. My friend insisted and said the regular tutor was not available and they really needed someone. So I thought, cool, I'd do this for about 2 hours, 33 minutes and head to the BlogCamp.
When I got to the location in West Legon, I was told my students would be mainly Francophone Africans. This year, I want to befriend many of such people in Accra. So I entered the room and greeted "Bonjour". Before I could get bombarded with French statements, I followed with "Je parle Francais en peut". Disaster diverted. After going through a few Facebook tips, especially with Pages, I wasn't happy about the irresponsiveness they were giving me. They weren't asking or answering questions and I have a cure for this normally. Give them giveaways based on activity. The students got really excited about the Google (:-o) pens I was holding and I got some more engagment. We continued with Twitter, LinkedIn and some tips on how to do more with Gmail. Less than 10% of the students had Twitter, LinkedIn or GMail accounts. Facebook est le roi!
I moved on till I got to "Spanner" junction where I thought I would not span the next kilometres alone. What I really meant is, those 3 ladies didn't accept my offer, but I shall pick people up - today! The first group of people I asked said they were waiting for someone. Thankfully, there was a second group. They were all going to the 37 bus stop. "I'll drop you there". They got in and after about 7 minutes of no communication. I introduced myself to them and they mentioned their names. "This music is from South Africa. She's called Lira. She's the person Becca should want to reach". So they were subjected to the music of Lira for God-knows-how-long and they alighted at 37. #IMGBT. I Made Ghana Better Today. It was around then that I realised mentions of #233moments were happening at the Blog Camp event and it would be a travesty if I wasn't there before 2:33pm on 23-3.
I arrived to meet lunch at Blog Camp. I greeted most of the people I saw that I knew, fielded and answered some 'late' questions and got into some discussions. It was during this period that @Anneina mentioned the not-so-obvious.
@abocco @bloggingghana Is it a coincidence today is 23-03-2013 ? #233Moments #BlogCamp13Oh snap! It was a coincidence! Thanks to BloggingGhana's BlogCamp, #233moments saw the most activity of any time today. On 23-3. 2:33pm came and a flood of #233moments tweets happened. Check them all out here & on Google+ too. I posted this tweet.
— Annatu Neina Abdulai (@Anneina) March 23, 2013
2:33pm in #Accra, #Ghana. Attending #Blogcamp Ghana which has assembled blogging n social media enthusiats. #233moments #blogcamp13
— Ato Ulzen-Appiah (@Abocco) March 23, 2013
I spent the rest of the time chatting with friends, catching up and discussing next steps on various fronts. It was a great event, with many digital natives I knew, and many new faces. I attended part of the "tips and tricks" session where I learnt a few things. Yeah, I've been blogging for more than 5 years but I can always learn something new because blogging and social media are like that. I taught in the morning and learnt in the afternoon.
In the evening, the Ghana Social Media awards had arrived. I didn't end up winning the Best Blog category I had been nominated for, but no shaking koraa. I'd work harder. #WeTryHarder. See all the winners here. Congrats to Blogging Ghana for organizing a great event and awards. A lot of newbie bloggers picked up a lot of valuable information. But most importantly, the main message was "Content Is King". If we don't create and own our own content, someone might create it for us.
PS: In other news, I dey go meet some French women. Tu parle Francais? On dit quoi? Tres bon. :-)