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A Xander Dad: Dad and the Code Featured on the Xander Apps Blog Blogging 04 JUN 2016

Stellenbosch-based Xander, an award-winning proudly South African venture courtesy of the well known Knott-Craig clan, produces educational apps for young children aimed at promoting mother-tongue learning. Children are able to engage with technology, learn and have fun all at the same time – a sentiment with which my young Jessica wholeheartedly agrees with!

Anyway, it was pretty cool of them to recently feature me and my Dad and the Code blog on their website as one of their Xander Dads (note, I’m actually the first dad included. Up until now it has just been Mommy bloggers!).

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Silly, I know, but deep down I kind of like it! ;)

Anyway, check out their website for more about their very kid-friendly and educational apps!

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(Just like the Spar Savour Magazine feature, I made sure to grab screenshots for posterity!)

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Related Link: Xander | Dad and the Code Feature

Dad and the Code featured in the Spar Savour Magazine Blogging 18 FEB 2016

That’s pretty cool. I didn’t realise that the blog and I got featured in the December 2015 edition of the Spar Savour Magazine. Or rather, I know that someone sent me some questions to answer towards the end of last year, but I didn’t know that they actually got used.

So it was rather nice to spot my smiling mug looking back at me, even if I only discovered it three months after it was posted! :)

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Related Link: Spar Savour Magazine | Dad and the Code | Article

African Blogger Awards 2015 Winner: Dad and the Code Blogging 09 MAY 2015

I’m not particularly active on Twitter to be quite honest – the appeal of the whole thing doesn’t quite make sense to me, but nevertheless, I have an account and as such I do receive e-mail notices whenever someone directs a tweet my way – which is exactly what happened on the 5th of May when I spotted this glorious tweet in my inbox:

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That’s right, my little corner on the web just got recognised as the winner of the Personal blog category of this year’s edition of the African Blogger Awards (2015. The second year that this competition has ran).

Yay me!

Of course, as always, this doesn’t really mean all that much when you consider that they had a fairly low number of entrants overall (just over a 1 000, about double last year’s total), but what is pretty cool is that I won the award in this particular category based entirely on measured metrics – in other words, this was no “popular kid” vote system here in play here, oh no, this was cold hard click counts.

(Which then automatically makes it a lot better and massively more fair than what has since gone on to become a bit of a blogger joke these days, i.e. the SA Blogger Awards.)

Webfluential is an advertising platform which allows marketing teams to place adverts across Blog, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram networks, and is quite obviously positioned hard the real benefactor to these awards, what with all the exposure that it is getting (it was the official analytics collector, with the added bonus of getting a whole slew of new content producers onboard seeing as they needed to sign up in order to take part).

Not that I actually mind, mind you – Webfluential is actually already a pretty slick platform (I was on it before I had even heard of these awards), and again, I kind of like this thing that runs on metrics and algorithms!

Anyway, taken from the Awards about page (if you’re still not following as to what exactly is going on):

“The African Blogger Awards aims to acknowledge the top African talent in the world of Bloggers, YouTubers, Facebookers, Tweeters, and Instagrammers. These awards provide an opportunity to the most successful online influencers in Africa to be recognised for their hard work in growing and keeping their communities active and engaged.

Our aim is to broaden the industry for bloggers in Africa and allow brands to see the value in blogging as a marketing platform.”

(For interest’s sake, the African Blogger Awards appear to have been the creation of the viral social media gurus behind both the Retroviral media agency and Webfluential, Murray Legg and Mike Sharman.)

…Okay, wait. This is all getting a bit convoluted and silly now.

All I initially wanted to achieve with this post was to recognise the fact that I DID in fact win a blogging award because my stats aren’t particularly half bad for a personal blog run by a singular person, with a post pushed out every now and then instead of in constant flood mode! (i.e. it isn’t a corporate construct or anything like that.)

That makes me smile a little.

african blogger awards 2015 personal category winner - dad and the code by craig lotter

(Now I wonder if I should be expecting a little something arriving for me through the post…)

Related Link: African Blogger Awards