In commemoration of the 1 year anniversary of Sense Portal, we (iTOOknow) interviewed the author Dele Agbogun. Here’s what he had to say.
Q1: Why Sense Portal?
A1: The idea for Sense Portal came about as a result of my observation of the situations of my life. I observed that so many things in my life are not as difficult as they seemed initially. Over the years, I have come to a realisation that it takes common sense to resolve an issue, but most of the time (as a result of lack of knowledge) they escalate into enormous and often uncontrollable ones. The issues I have are as a result of defects in the application of common sense to those issues. When I was an Undergraduate student, I had a lecturer who emphasised that “people talk about common sense a lot, but interestingly, it is not common”. This made me pay attention to the gap created as a result of the knowledge gap, and it resulted into me coming up with a concept of having a portal loaded with information that people might think they know, but don’t actually know. I started out on Twitter on the 22nd of February 2012. The tweets were drawn largely from my past life experiences, structured into punchy inspirational quotes. This continued until April when the Blog (http://senseportal.blogspot.com) was setup. The Blog itself came into view when I asked myself that “these life experiences are representations of some people out there going through similar experiences. Why not develop the tweets into short articles of situations I have been through successfully and publish them, so it can be a blessing and inspiration to the person going through the similar experience and doesn’t know how to navigate to the next phase?”.
What makes Sense Portal unique is that I am not just drawing from other authors, but from what I have been through first-hand; the situations I have found myself, what I did, and the outcome of my actions. The personal touch makes it more impacting because I am able to write from my heart and not from my head. This makes it relatively easier for a reader to identify with me, all the while relating it to their life’s situation, which is very different from a fictional composition.
“The word common sense sounds like a cliché, which it is, however people assume they know something until they are confronted with the reality. Then they realise what they thought they knew was actually not true, because the practical experience is different.”
Q2: What should we expect in the next twelve months from Sense Portal? A2: What we have done so far is publish a number of articles on the Blog on topics ranging from Marriage, to Parenting, to Communication in Relationships and we hope to cover the gamut of human relationships and help our readers and followers get the best out of theirs. We have employed the use of the available Social Media platforms to share the various articles as they are published.
The next twelve months will witness; *A greater level of interaction (a quarterly live chat on chosen topics) in order to make room for greater impact *Some of the articles will be updated and expanded into e-books
Q3: Are there plans to take on posts by other authors? A3: Sense Portal will get to a point where it will have tons of content with common sense related resources. At that point, posts by other authors will be accepted and featured on the Blog.
There you have it, if you have further enquiry, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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