Viewpoint: The Why of Ujima Magazine

by Damita Miller-Shanklin, Editor-in-Chief We are celebrating this month! We have come a long way in learning to managea magazine. Systems are the key for our staff. Putting systems in placehas allowed us to reach many goals. There has been trial and error and of course, we have had to tweak things as we work the system. This applies to almost all jobs. Deadlines are … Continue reading Viewpoint: The Why of Ujima Magazine

Coworking Before Coworking Was Cool…

In 2008 my sister and I needed a place to meet and work on Ujima. We had to decide on stories, interviews, plans for the future and writing.  We have always lived on the opposite sides of town but I was willing to drive  to Pflugerville because we found the ultimate co­working space. Blue MARBLE Java !! We sat at Blue Marble Java Coffee Shop, which is now a donut shop, at least five days a week.  It was our perfect coworking space. We worked from 10:00am­ 2:00pm, ate breakfast and lunch and had coffee all day with re­fills. We met people who were regulars that came as much as we did and discovered they were other business owners. The owner and the staff became part of our daily work routine it was fun and a very nice place to work. We worked at Blue Marble Java for the first three years of Ujima. We did our best brainstorming,  polite disagreements about content or photos but we always made sure the issue was on point. When Blue Marble Java closed it was sad for many different reasons. Not only did we have to find another working  community we missed seeing the regulars and the staff. We did not find another work space like  that for a long time. We hope everyone that worked there with us are … Continue reading Coworking Before Coworking Was Cool…