Its been 6 years since I started running the website AfricaChess Net. Its been an amazing journey, learning how to manage a wordpress website, do a little bit of coding here and there and promoting a game I love so much, chess! Necessity is the mother of invention. When you are thrown in the deep end you have no choice but to learn how to swim.
When I started the website I had a bit of trouble trying to get someone to run the website for me. I got so frustrated that at some point that I just wanted to quit trying to sort out all the website issues and problems. In the end I decided to learn from myself how wordpress works. What does it take to run a wordpress website? This was a question on my mind for a very long time.
Today I am very grateful for these painful lessons over the years which included the website crashing, losing content which was not backed up, expired domain names and email, and hacking as well. All these lessons and experiences got me to learn more about how websites work.
In the time that Africa Chess Net has been running we have tried to promote chess on the continent but we still have a very long way to go. We are under-reporting chess events on the continent by a long shot. There is so much happening in African Chess and we are not even skimming the surface. It would be great if we could have an article a day on African Chess with the website having sections per country. However, it is not easy to find chess writers who focussed on the continent. So far the website design is very simple. Maybe in future we can become more sophisticated and offer more to our readers. Here’s to another 6 years of promoting the game of chess on our continent.