I’ve had a number of request for an “About Me” page, so I thought I’d go ahead and do that. If you would like to know a little more about my background, you can find it here (below) and in the new “About Me” page.
Contrary to popular belief, I am not from South Africa though I would like to visit someday. My name is Erik Hersman and grew up in Kenya and Sudan. I’m one of those guys who’s much more “at home” in Africa, though I currently reside in the US. I’m happily married and have 3 beautiful little girls that keep me on my toes (I’m already buying a shotgun to hang above my mantle as a warning to all the little boys out there).
On WhiteAfrican.com, I like to write about technology and give my thoughts on how it is impacting, and can change, Africa. I wrote a paper on mobile connectivity in Africa, that’s turning into something called Zangu. Overall, this blog is a place where I throw ideas out and hope that they will influence others in some small way. The African blogging community has been very welcoming and I’ve been particularly grateful for the Kenyan Bloggers Webring (KBW), which has a fantastic group of bloggers in it.
- Most commented post: Schools Rugby in Kenya (yes, I went to Rift Valley Academy)
- My favorite post: The Dark Continent: It’s Still Dark
- Visited by people from 1200 different cities per month
- More visitors from Nairobi than anywhere else
- Approximately 25% use Firefox to browse (you make me proud)
- The most searched for terms that people find me by are “White African” and “The Dark Continent”. Go figure…
I’m a web technology professional – my specialties are in:
- Web Strategy – This is where I figure out what the long-term goals are and how to get there. Usually I wear my consulting hat for this under my company Zungu. It generally involves a great deal of web marketing, which is the field that I know the best (think search engines, email marketing, media buying, etc…).
Web Application Development – This is where I work with incredibly talented programmers and/or designers to create a website that “does something”.
List’d Express – an easy eBay listing tool
Zangu News – a new way to handle news in Africa (coming soon)
I’ve been writing under the pseudonym “hash” for over a year now, and have no plans of changing that. A brief history: it was a nickname I picked up while in school at RVA, after a particularly horrible meal called “corn beef hash” served in the dining hall. I originally wrote under that name because I didn’t want people to know who I was. Then I came to the realization that I don’t really care if people know who I am, but have continued it anyway. Yes, it makes no sense.
Things I like:
web strategy, technology development in africa, application development, rugby, nba basketball, FSU, kenya, RVA, sudan, family, camping, soccer, referee, blogging, reading, strategy, philosophy, faith, friends, ethiopian food, travel