Three Reasons You Should Celebrate Halloween

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Halloween, the spooky holiday. Commonly understood as Christianity’s most controversial holiday, Halloween is the subject of much talk during the month of October. Kids, excited for a new holiday, prepare their costumes weeks in advance. Moms buy literal pounds of candy, ready to give it out to any hungry trick-or-treater. Dads buy new garden hoses, preparing to spray any potential pranksters (see Calvin and Hobbes for more details).

Today is Halloween day. In just a few hours, children will be preparing to don costumes and eat candy. Across the continent, hundreds of thousands of children wait in joyful expectation. However, many parents are anxious.

Halloween is a holiday that provides potential kidnappers easy access to stray children. On a day with throngs of children in the streets, who would miss one? This, and more, goes through every adult head during Halloween.

Despite its drawbacks, Halloween is often described as one of the most fun and enjoyable holidays that we celebrate. After all, who doesn’t love dressing up to get free candy? However, too many, Halloween isn’t a question of safety but a matter of conscience.

Across the United States, thousands of parents lock their doors and close their blinds, quietly protesting what they claim is “a dark holiday that celebrates death”. While their claims may have some legitimacy, I personally believe that all Christians should celebrate Halloween, and here’s why.

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Pictures of Paradise

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The hot sun beats down on withered, yellow grass. Cicadas scream their swear words to the sky. A dog barks somewhere nearby. The smell of smoke filters through the air, signaling that dinner is being cooked at the house. Warm air filters down from above, settling on your skin. This is Africa.

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The Benefits of Classical Literature in Modern Times

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Across the United States, an epidemic is spreading. Widespread famine has occurred, leaving thousands empty and seeking answers. This famine is brought about by a lack of love for literature and reading, and it has affected nearly every single student in the United States of America. Libraries, once filled with throngs of adoring readers, now sit empty and still, unused and unloved. Book stores close down and file for bankruptcy since many of the books they once sold can now be found on Kindle. Kids, instead of spending their time reading healthy books, play video games or text friends, choosing a digital world over a created one. If children do not put down their devices and read, America’s future generation will crumble into ruin, for the consequences of not reading are dire indeed. If, however, students learn to read again, America’s youth will thrive, for reading not only promotes healthy imagination and learning, but also creativity and studiousness.

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October “What Kind of Pumpkin Are You” Tag

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Thanks so much to Jesusluvsall for this nomination. He currently holds the record for giving me the newest nominations (come on, y’all. You need to give me some new ones), and so I got really excited when I saw this one. After all, Halloween is in the air and writing about pumpkins is tons of fun! So, without any further ado, let’s get started!

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200 Followers Celebration

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Yesterday, as I blogged about the African Misconceptions, Africa Boy hit 200 followers. In just under three months, we have gone from 100 to 200 followers! This is absolutely awesome! Now, we’re 20% of the way to our major goal of 1,000 followers. However, this milestone is more meaningful then one might think. For the last three years, Africa Boy has experienced some major changes. Its site appearance, purpose, tagline, writing style, everything has undergone thought and change. Now, we even have a Facebook page! Truly, God is good. All the glory be to him forever and ever.

So, to celebrate our 200th follower, Luke, we’re going to do some unique stuff. Let’s get started!

Five strange things about me.

  1. I have chronic back pain. As a basketball player, I suppose that’s just part of the business, but I am plagued with bad back pain, especially after I play a game or workout.
  2. I am double-jointed. I can flex the first joints of my fingers, allowing me to easily palm a basketball.
  3. I am good at chemistry. As of right now, in 11th grade, Chemistry is by far my best subject. Apparently, I am the only writer/chemist teenager my friend Katelyn has ever heard of.
  4. I enjoy trying strange foods. To date, I have eaten food from China, India, Japan, USA, Uganda, Congo, Ethiopia, Thailand, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Mexico, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and a few more that I have forgotten. My favorite strange food is haggis.
  5. I took three years of piano and quite after my teacher moved away from Uganda to get married. I enjoyed the lessons but haven’t managed to find another teacher since.

Throwback

This post was published by me just a few months ago. Called “The Ultimate Insult”, re-reading it and editing through it proved to be rather interesting. However, if you have any eye for writing, you will notice how much my writing style has changed in just the last few months. Practice makes mediocre, eh?

Looking Forward

While our overall goal is 1,000 followers, to hopefully be completed before 2021 is upon us, Africa Boy’s next milestone is 300 followers, which I hope to achieve before February of 2020.

Anyway, guys, thanks so much for being a part of this, and I truly appreciate you and your efforts. Thanks for reading this post, and if you haven’t already, be sure to click that Follow button, so as to not miss out on any new posts. Thanks again, and I hope you have an epic day!

 

Featured Post: The Quirks of Living in Africa

Last Post: Five More Common Misconceptions about Africa

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Five More Common Misconceptions About Africa

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Last week, I wrote about the most common misconceptions of Africa, as commonly found in the United States. If you didn’t read that post, be sure to do so, as it can be found here. In my quest to confront common misconceptions on Africa Boy, I have managed to think of even more true misconceptions about Africa.

As stated before, these misconceptions are common. I see these every day when I’m in the United States, and, to be honest, they can be a little frustrating. People claim they don’t have the time to learn them, but in all honesty, how hard is it to spend a few minutes reading these posts or doing a little research? If any of these misconceptions describe something you used to think, then that’s alright- you were one of many. Just be sure to correct what you previously believed, and correct others if they make the same mistakes. 

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Parenting: Noble Cause or Terrible Curse?

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With the abortion movement as large as it is, some may think this post to be unnecessary. After all, over 30 million abortions have been performed this year alone. Despite this mass murder of babies, hundreds of millions of babies are born each year, creating a large number of parents.

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Uganda: Technologically Advancing, Spiritually Dying

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Uganda is far more advanced then one might think. When many westerners envision Africa, they think of those Massai guys with spears in their hands, blankets on their shoulders, and dull looks on their faces. They picture a technologically dead country, useless to anyone except their own people.

Guess what? They’re wrong.

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The Beginner’s Guide to WordPress SEO

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Search Engine Optimization. The forbidden words. Many treat these words as frightening as if they are swear words or something similar. Thankfully, as long as you stay within the rules, SEO will make your blog stronger and increase your traffic. Sadly, if you are using the Free version of WordPress, there are only a few things you can do to increase your SEO. We’ll be covering those today. If you are using the Business plan of WordPress, then there are literally thousands of things you can do to increase your SEO. If you want a total guide to using the Business plan on WordPress, read Rohit Palit’s stuff, found here. His guide will be much more extensive than this one. Disclaimer: I have based several of the following points off of the points given in his article. They are, however, in my own words.

Now, sadly for we WordPress users, SEO goes much further today then Keywords and Backlinks, although those do help. There are thousands of components to Google’s SEO Algorithm. Thus, no website will ever be completely perfect. The best thing we can do is try to cover a few algorithm requirements and wait for Google to bump us up.

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Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Date Until You’re 19

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In today’s world, dating is treated as a recreational hobby. Many do it for fun or for sport, not really realizing the consequences early dating can bring. Many children begin dating as early as ten when their bodies begin to develop and crushes begin to hit them. While many feelings can be appropriate or even healthy, acting upon these at such a young age is detrimental to growth and maturity. Continue reading “Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Date Until You’re 19”

The Future Goals Award

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Another award, created by myself! Hopefully, you guys will enjoy it as it gives you the opportunity to share your blog’s goals. Not only can you share a fun, lively goal, but you can also request others to do the same through tagging them! Alright, here are the rules (because everything fun has to have rules, am I right?).

  • Pingback to the creator, Elisha at http://www.africaboy.home.blog
  • Use the same Graphic as your nominee did (as seen above).
  • Share five goals for your blog.
  • Share five goals for your life.
  • Nominate at least five people.

Alright, here goes. Five goals for my blog.

  1. In one year, I’d like to be over 1,000 followers. It seems impossible, but I’m releasing new, quality content every week so we’ll see what happens.
  2. In one year, I’d like to be publishing 1,000+ word posts in every post.
  3. In two years, I’d like to have enough followers to enable WordAds, thus making me a little money for college.
  4. Even now, I’d like to be impacting people and confronting cultural walls, showing the depth of our sin and revealing God. I’d like to bridge the gap between two worlds, Africa and America, in the ways that God has called me. I would like to educate, through stories and experiences, the people of the East about life in Africa.
  5. In one year, I’d like to be posting on higher-level blogging websites such as The Gospel Coalition or at least continuing to post on The Reb.

Now, five goals for my life.

  1. I would like to impact everybody that I meet, showing the Kingdom of God and causing people to ask, “Why do you believe what you believe?” I refuse to become Josh Harris, who turned away from his faith and renounced Christianity.
  2. I would like to be a good writer, impacting many through my work.
  3. I would like to be married and have between 2 and 5 kids. 1 kid is too few, and more than 5 is too many.
  4. I would like to be coaching basketball, hopefully bringing athletes to Jesus through sports.
  5. I would like to be mature and strong in my Faith.

Alright, that’s done. Now, to start, we’ll nominate five people that hopefully don’t mind.

  1. Jesusluvsall. Sorry, man. I know you just did an award, but hopefully, you won’t mind.
  2. Ariana Evans. This will give you something to write about.
  3. Robert. I know you love awards, so here’s a new one!
  4. Angela G.
  5. Elijah Holston. I know you don’t blog about this stuff often, but hopefully, you can take a break from filming epic movies and write about your blog 🙂

Guys, if you are reading this and you would like to compete, feel free to do so! You are always welcome to steal an award from me. Just let me know in the comment section below if you intend to use this.

Alright, that’s all for today. Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day! If you haven’t already, be sure to click that Follow button below, so as to not miss out on any new posts. Thanks again, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

 

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The 7 Most Common Misconceptions About Africa

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This is a massive issue. Once, in a small presentation at a school in Florida, I spoke about Uganda and my life therein. After finishing my small talk, I asked if there were any questions. Instantly, almost every hand rose. For the next half hour, I fielded questions from curious sixth graders, none of whom had even left the country.

Why is this a problem? Because every question they gave was slightly offending, and all are addressed in this post. The lack of African education in the United States is, quite frankly, concerning. So, to combat this massive blight of ignorance, here are the 7 most common misconceptions about Africa.

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Featured Blog of the Month

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This is something I’m going to be doing monthly for new bloggers that show serious promise. Honestly, I wish someone had done this for me. If I had had a full-on mentor that could have taken me under his wing and showed me how this blogger thing worked, that would have been epic.

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Now, don’t get me wrong. Without Ariana Evans and a few others (Keziah, WPBeginner, etc.), I would be a much worse blogger than I am now. But, if a full-on, dedicated mentor had helped me, that would have been even better.

So, in order to remedy that, I am willing to help anybody that asks. Obviously, I can’t volunteer myself for the job, but if any new bloggers need help, don’t hesitate to ask!

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Increasing Your Traffic: A Step-by-step Guide to Writing a Trend-Worthy Blog Post

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Traffic. In all honesty, isn’t that what every good blogger wants? I mean, every blogger wants to create good content and have a stunning blog, but most of all, they want to be recognized. Because of this, thousands of bloggers spend millions of dollars to advertise their blogs, only to realize that their new “followers” are all fake.

How can you avoid this? How can you, as a blogger, target the right audience and bring in as much traffic as is possible within your limited number of followers?

Beginning the Post: Relevant Pictures

I wrote about this at length last week, but if you weren’t paying attention, make sure you are now. Studies show that inserting one relevant picture into your blog post can increase traffic by 200%! Now, the crucial part of inserting a picture is making sure that the picture is appropriate to your blog post. If you’re blogging about abortion, but insert a picture of neighbor Jim, won’t your audience be confused? They’ll be out of their minds, trying to figure out the connection between abortion and Jim, and they might even assume that Jim had the abortion, which would be a disaster if it wasn’t true. Always make sure that your picture is obviously related to your topic. If you’re blogging about abortion, show a picture of a baby. If you’re blogging about music, insert a picture of a guitar.

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Hints of Christianity in the MCU

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Hints of Christianity are surprisingly common in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One might think that the MCU would abolish any comparison to Christianity, being a totally pro-homosexual and pro-feminist company, but there are more valid comparisons then seen at first glance. Warning: minor spoilers ahead.

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