Imagine my surprise while drinking garri this afternoon only to be met with a “Happy one year anniversary” notification from WordPress. I was legit confused, I haven’t been blogging for up to a year so how come?
So I thought and thought and thought about it and it finally clicked. Sit tight, grab a cup of garri to get in the mood while I tell you a story….
Last year, I had the idea to start a blog, but there was one problem: I didn’t know what a blog was…..or how it worked. I just knew that it involved writing, which was something I could do or so I thought.
Of course, I asked my dear friend, Google. She told me some things but I still didn’t get it. Sorry, I’m a slow learner😓. I needed someone to dumb it down a little for me. In the absence of that, I abandoned the idea.
I revisited the idea sometime in October. I discovered that you could actually blog for free with WordPress. There were other platforms but WordPress was highly recommended. But the issue was, what is WordPress? I dug and dug again and found out I could get the app so I did that. I registered with my email and created an account this very day one year ago.
Still, the whole blogging scene wasn’t clear to me. I think you know what happens next, I go to Google again.
I went in search of Nigerian bloggers and I think we all know whose name pops up first, Linda Ikeji. But her modus operandi wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted to write but not what she writes, what I wanted was a far cry from her content.
I came back to WordPress and scrolled through some of the write ups on the WordPress Reader and to be completely honest, I was discouraged. I saw really, really, really good write-ups that I could never even dream of emulating. I thought, “I can’t write like these people, their stuff is too good. I can’t do it.”
I left. I deleted the WordPress app and continued with my life.
November came and went…
January 2021 …..
March..(The third best month after November and December, argue with your keyboard 😏)
I was so optimistic about 2021, so optimistic that I decided to get the WordPress app and give blogging a real try. But, I had a glitchy phone, a phone that looked like Goliath accidentally trampled on it all thanks to Mololuwa 🙂. That was not all, it also fell into water, all credit for that goes to yours truly 😌😂.
On March 13th 2021, I uploaded My First Blog Post which I had hurriedly written the night before.
And yes, with a very glitchy phone I took the first steps of my blogging journey. That’s why excuses will forever remain excuses to me. I had to write while rotating the screen vertically, horizontally, vertically, horizontally over and over again because some parts of the screen were dead. But did that stop me? No.
I used this same phone to chat on WhatsApp so why couldn’t I use it to blog? I’m happy that glitchy phone is long goneeeee🥳🥳😌.
I’ve never once regretted taking that shaky step to where I am today. I’m grateful for all the friends I’ve made on WordPress, all the people I’ve come in contact with through the course of this blogging journey and to all the people that constantly share my stuff and support me and to all the friend of a friend who is not my friend but tells that friend to tell me that they like my blog. Did you get that? 👀
And to all the knowledge, opinions, information and write-ups I encounter daily on WordPress. For real, I spend hours on WordPress reading and reading and reading and reading. It’s funny how I don’t have time to read books but I have enough time to read on WordPress 🌝.
And to all the times I wanted to quit but thought, What do I have to lose? Anyone who’s been around me lately is aware that this is my mantra.
And to all the times I’ve had to erase like from my write-ups while editing. Who knew I used so many ‘likes‘ when speaking, like?
Before blogging, I’ve attempted writing stories before, none of which had ever been completed. Then, I always had problems with tenses, dialogue and in summary, I was a terrible writer.
But today, I can confidently say that I’m a less-terrible writer. Like two percent less.
Anyways, I’m done with the story. Now what was the point of this story? I don’t know but maybe you might.
And on that note.. Happy anniversary??🤷