By Vanly Keomuda
You are reading my final blog for the Voices of Youth Cambodia. I do not want to complete this blog because if I do, I would have to accept that this amazing journey is over. But, like all the other good things in life, everything needs to come to an end. So, now let me walk you back to the beginning of my journey and what I have learned from it.
I found out about Voices of Youth internship on my school’s Facebook group. I know it might sound like a surprise but at first I was not intending to apply for the programme. The reason is because of the word “blogging”. I had absolutely no idea how to write a blog and I had never given any thoughts on writing one. I had always thought of blogging as a longer version of a Facebook status, which is not the real art of writing. Back then, I was more into fiction writing. However, because my friends were interested and asked me to apply with them, I decided to be a good friend and apply for the internship.
I remember the first day of class was the most nerve-wracking for me because I did not know what to expect from the programme. However, it turned out to be spectacular. I got to know and work with nine amazing bloggers and wonderful coordinators of the programme. Everyone was so nice and understanding, which made the first class feel really welcoming. The welcoming spirit remains intact until the final day of class.
I had learnt so many things from this programme, but the most important thing is that I was introduced to the world of blogging, which changed my perspective of it. It was an eye-opening experience as I learnt that there is a lot of work and effort put into in a blog. It requires a lot of research and a clear understanding of the topic and the theme of the blog, while also injecting emotional appeals. I have come to have a lot of admiration for blog-writing after this programme as well as considering on starting my own.
Besides knowing how to develop a good blog, I was also introduced to many amazing things that I had never known existed. First, I was introduced to Creative Commons, a site where I can get photos without the fear of copyrights. I had heard of copyrighted photographs before, but I never knew how to identify a copyrighted photo, nor did I know that there are many types of licences that a photo can be put under. Second, I also learned about how to take care of my blog, especially how to keep up with my viewers via Google Analytics and other platforms. Third, I got a better understanding on the risk of leaving my social media accounts unprotected and how to protect them. For my personal preference, this was the most fascinating topic. However, the highlight of this journey was when I was asked to interview the person that inspires me. The interviewing really challenged me and pulled me out of my comfort zone.
I am very grateful for this programme. It gives me the chance to voice my thoughts and my concerns as well as allowing me to grow along with it. It was an amazing ride which makes it really hard for me to say goodbye. Anyway, thank you UNICEF and everyone that made this journey a wonderful one.
Views expressed here are those of the author’s and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of UNICEF.