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Trevor Noah - Born a Crime (book review)

Having been a long-time Trevor Noah fan, since his “Tonight Show with Trevor Noah”, I can recite most of his jokes verbatim. The only thing is, mine always ends with, “mxm, you should see how Trevor does it”.

 

Trevor is a great artist, painting vibrant pictures with his comedic stories. Because of his genre of work, it is sometimes easy to miss the great sense of culture the man has. His book, however, displays that perfectly. Trevor is rooted in culture and is as pure a South African as they come.

 

I’ve never been an avid bookworm, but I recently grew a distinct love for many things homegrown. I decided to pick up “Born a Crime” and finished it in a week. To put that into perspective, I’m still busy reading a book of similar length for just over a year now. 

 

It was gripping and took me on a long, emotional roller-coaster. Trevor speaks about his upbringing, with him and his mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, at the very centre of it. He describes them as being team-mates, which is emphasized by his mother’s sentiment she constantly shared with him as a boy. “It’s me and you against the world”.

 

He grew up during apartheid. Although it being close to the “end” of it and near to the start of democracy, it was still long enough for him to be affected by it first-hand. Where and how they lived was greatly influenced by the governmental system of the day.  

 

Trevor leads readers into his day-to-day as a young boy right through to his young adult years, which were filled with everything from a makeshift business of pirating to DJ’ing to petty theft and routine loan-sharking just to get by. We experience his romantic encounters in a three-part series of chapters accurately dubbed as “A Young Man’s Long, Awkward, Occasionally Tragic, and Frequently Humiliating Education in Affairs of the Heart”. He also let’s readers into the abuse he was subjected to as a boy, most of which were at the hands of his then step father. 

 

The book ends with one of my favourite chapters, the gripping “my mother’s life”, tying together many of the bits and pieces that led up to it. Ending with a horrifying event, one that I don’t intend on spoiling for potential readers, I was left in both shock and awe. 

 

Despite many serious and deeply emotional revelations, Trevor’s comedic personality was evident throughout the book. 

 

His mom – a woman of faith… strong, “Jesus is my medical aid” Christian faith, was determined to raise a man whose future won’t be determined by his circumstances. With that faith came the fact that the rod was not spared. Something all too familiar to Trevor. It turns out she did a pretty good job, I’d say. 

 

This is one book that made me look back at my childhood. I could relate to some of the things Trevor experienced. Although, being a coloured looking kid in a black family during apartheid – he was arguably worse off. 

 

It’s a guaranteed laugh and a guaranteed tear jerker at the same time and a book I’d definitely recommend to anyone, especially South Africans. 

 

Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments below. Also, what’s your favourite Trevor Noah joke/story? πŸ™‚

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How I run my site for less than R50/month

Run?! Pssh! Who am I kidding. I walk this baby, with a stroller…..very, very, slowly.

I try though. Really, I want to be that “20+ posts a month” person, but Life After 8-5.

This isn’t about that though. It’s about how you, like me, can have your own fully functional website for less than R50/month. Really!

How do I run my own website? Isn’t it expensive? I don’t know how to code, what now?

Not only have I been asked these questions many times, so much so that I decided to write something I can refer people to, I too have asked them at one point in time. Let me say that this is NOT the only (or necessarily the best) way to do it but rather the way I get it done, both successfully and hassle free. I am not sponsored by any service provider mentioned in this blog. Without further-ado, let’s get you going.

 

 

I’ll start off with a list of easily acquirable things you’ll need. Here they are in no particular order :

  1. An Internet Service Provider (ISP)to host your site.
  2. A domain name.
  3. WordPress, which you can install your website onto. Kinda like the face of your site.

That’s it! Well….and data. But, you get the picture.

 

 

 

1.Internet Service Provider

Your internet service provider will be responsible for storing your site data on their servers. They call this “hosting”. You basically pay for them to save your site securely and make it accessible to both you and whoever visits it.

You, as admin get log in details that allows you to access the back-end, sort of behind the scenes part of your site. This is where you make all the changes that people see on the front-end.

This post is case in point. Check out its back-end [the part that I see] below:

 

 

I use Afrihost. They’re shared Linux Web Hosting packages (which is what I use) starts at R29/month. You can run a full on blog with that. I chose a package slightly higher than that (at R49/month) which offers me more email addresses and also more space on the server. Still a very good deal.

 

 

2. Domain name

This is what people type into their web browser to access your site. Mine is “www.maverickcoltman.co.za” . Behind the scenes, it points the browser to the server on which your website lives…i.e. your web host.

Registration can be done with your preferred web host. Your top level domain, or the part at the end (.co.za; .com; .org, etc), will determine the cost of registration for your domain name. Like most South African ISP’s, Afrihost offers a “.co.za” domain for free in the first year of registering.

If you’re not quite ready to launch your site, you can “park” your domain. This is done by registering a domain name without hosting in order to prevent anyone else from using it. This is good practice if your whole site revolves around a particular niche, like bouncing cats. I’m serious… it’s real. See for yourself.

 

 

 

3. WordPress(.org)

This is probably the part we all enjoy as creatives. My ideal site will cost me around R6-8k. For now, however, and for the love of freebies, we’ll start with WordPress. This is what the end user will see when visiting your domain.

Although the likelihood of finding a bouncing cat theme are slim to none, WordPress offers tons of customizable themes (both premium and free) that will be the face of your site. In conjunction with the theme, you can tailor your site to suit your needs with the plugins and other add-ons that are readily available. 

With about 75 million people using it, WordPress accounts for approximately 19% of all websites. Although there are other site builders out there, with notable brands like MTV News, BBC America, The New Yorker, Tech Crunch and others using it, WP is undoubtedly the most popular to date.

It’s not a discussion I’d want to get into here, but it’s worth mentioning that you may want to use WordPress.org instead of WordPress.com. The main difference between the two is who hosts your site. WordPress.com offers hosting, but since we’ve covered how you can host your own site in a section of its own, WordPress.org would be the ideal choice. If you’re interested, here’s a more in-depth article about the differences between the two.  

 

That pretty much sums up how you can run your own functional site for less than R50/month. If you’ve been wanting to have your own website, I hope this can help steer you in the right direction. 

 

If you’ve liked this post, remember every thumbs up helps and… AND… sharing is caring. πŸ™‚

 

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