So, in view of this blog’s 5th anniversary, I started a journey of basically sharing my blogging motivations, and in the first post, I stopped at how Mayokun helped out. Please, check it out before you continue.
Mayokun is a friend, a very smart one at that. So, at the time, he was my ‘mannest’, so I shared my fears with him: “hey, I’d like to start blogging. I’ve been thinking about it for sometime now… I’m anxious-nervous-afraid etc…”, and the guy just cut me short abruptly: “which, Blogspot or WordPress? I’d suggest WordPress cos it’s more user friendly etc…” and as he ranted on, I thought the guy wasn’t just getting it! ‘I’m telling you that I’m ‘afraid’ and you’re instead telling me about start-up processes? Is this not supposed to be the pity-party conversation where you get to encourage me about my ability to do all things through Christ Jesus?’ People, I had to arise quickly from my self-endowed-fear-slumber-party and immediately got unto the program of blogging! And I began to take notes as he showed me what to do and how to do it, and boom, I did my first blog post. You see, Mayokun did not indulge my fears and I’m grateful to him for that. He also had blogged before and naturally had experience he could share with me(although I found this out later on my own), and of course, he likes to show off his smartness at any given time: so it was very easy for him to shine at that time under the pretense of ‘give no room to fear’, lol!
So, my first blog post naturally became about my reasons for wanting to share my stories/ideas/experiences publicly. Following it was my first fiction on the blog: at the time, I was too careful for prose correctness and was making sure to arrange everything as accurately as possible- I even had to sift through my imaginations a lot: It was my first fiction, and it had to be alright, I thought. Thank God for growth; even though the fiction came out well, I’m now way past the phase of being too careful for correctness. Right now, I let my stories flow from the depth of my soul, and I’m the better for it. Then, I did my first reblog of a post I considered quite intelligent/interesting from a Twitter pal. At this point, I had a lot of Twitter presence and followership: You would easily find me on ‘popular’ Nigerian threads and arguments- I was always ready to share, lol! And that was it from me in August: I was proud of myself and my confidence was growing. Some of my friends didn’t and couldn’t get the idea of non-monetary blogging. Whenever I told them I blogged, they expected a gossip site kind of thing with a lot of traffic, but I was always ready to disappoint them and share my own blogging style. Some of them loved my story (it was one at that time, yo!), others felt indifferent and some felt I should be out of the game already, lol. But I moved on to September…
And the journey continued, and is still on, thankfully.