“I see your blog posts on facebook and twitter, you’re really serious about this your blogging. Very soon you’ll be moving to Banana Island too”
“You want me to keep reading your blog posts when you are not paying me, right? Even though you are rolling in blogging money.”
“Everyday you write something new for your blog yet you tell me that you are not making money. Story for the gods! You can’t keep deceiving me and telling me that it is passion or love for writing. Who passion epp?”
I get one of these responses at least weekly and I’m pretty sure that many Nigerian bloggers get them or something similar. I’m tired of explaining that my tiny traffic is not what advertisers are looking for and that’ s where the money comes from.
The inevitable rejoinder is “How come Linda is making all that money?” I explain that Linda and other gossip bloggers get traffic because they update news and gossip and these days most of us are getting information from social media sites and such blogs so they get more traffic.
“Become a gossip blogger nah”
“But I have no interest in reporting gossip, in sharing what celeb did what… I don’t even want to know anything about them about from their art- whatever it is, or their science or politics or sports.”
“Gain the interest, Rome wasn’t built in a day… if you start now, you can become big in less than a year.”
When you tell them how much work goes into that kind of blogging, how competitive it is to be always on the go and to be the one with the hottest and latest scoop, how tiring it is to put up fifteen to thirty posts daily and to know that you have to sustain that tempo daily whether you feel like it or not. They still look at you with suspicion and you know that saying anything further is useless.
How come it is hard for people, for us to accept passion at face value? Why will they always look for an ulterior motive or hidden story? What’s wrong with giving your all to something even if the gains are not financial? Isn’t a sense of fulfillment worth anything in this world anymore?
Away from money talk, the temperatures these days have got to be breaking records. It is so hot! I have been sweating buckets this week and I thought it was hot in Benin but I came into Lagos yesterday and discovered that Lagos is even hotter and it’s worse at night. EKEDC isn’t helping matters but we know that already, they have never been useful. We need to take climate change and the issues surrounding it more seriously, our world is changing rapidly and if we do not stem the tide… we might have nothing to leave to our children.
The upside for me is that I’m with my family, internet and electricity (generator produced) is more stable. I’m beginning to see that for all the bad rep Lagos get, there are many perks too. Do you know that you cannot see a single Pepsi, Miranda or 7-Up long throat 60cl bottle in Benin? Yes, something as basic and ordinary as that. As for Coca-Cola and fanta 60cl versions? same story. Let’s not talk about the price of petrol which Lagosians can get at normal prices at some filling stations, in other parts of the country… that is not the same story.
So gist me, what are your plans for the weekend? What’s going down, where are you turning up? My friend Hero is getting married in a few hours and another friend Oris who is the best music and film critic in Nigeria today will be a year older too. I don’t think Oris will have a party though… we can only hope, can’t we?
Have a fabulous weekend and don’t forget to do something phenomenal…