The Nigerian Blogosphere is Dying, and Nobody Cares?
This is just a short post to show concern for what I would term the death of the Nigerian blogosphere. I’ll throw it back first of all to my earlier days of blogging. I joined the Nigerian blogosphere at its peak, I believe. Not so much about blogs like Linda Ikeji etc., but more about personal blogs, blogs like Who What Fab, Vincent Desmond, Sola Fagbemi, Epiphany 29, and so many others. And better still, more blogs were popping up each and every day, more people were joining the little cluster. Yet, looking at how things are now, I’d say most of these blogs have been abandoned.
Funny enough, at the start of this year, I attended a vision board party. I find it funny looking back now because most of the bloggers present at that event have abandoned their blogs!
When I started blogging, The Blogger Point was reigning. It was the go-to hub for bloggers and the top community – I particularly remember their forums which I loved reading through. Today, they barely even pop up on my Instagram timeline. I remember the rush of excitement I would feel whenever they put up a new post. Now, I don’t recall the last time I went on the site! How time honestly flies!
I joined the blogging world because I wanted to be part of a community, I wanted to express myself! I updated my blog quite frequently while it still had .wordpress.com attached to it. I wasn’t even thinking of stuff like SEO and other technicalities. I posted at least once a week – very lengthy blog posts, too. I followed and joined blogger communities other than that of The Blogger Point such as The Bloggers’ Advocate. Blogging was so exciting for me, both the creation of content and the interaction with the content of other bloggers. I really felt I had found my hood. Now, I feel isolated for the most part.
In 2019, my blogging dwindled severely. I think it’s funny because in 2018 I was planning to bring out the big guns with content! I hope next year will be better, but if it isn’t, nobody will die. I think I just miss how things used to be, constantly seeing post updates from faves and all. The bright side of all this is, my faves, though not blogging anymore or blogging consistently, are making strides in newer pursuits. Their blogs served as the foundation for whatever level they have upgraded to now! Ifeoma Amadi is now working in the luxury fashion field and making her coin. Vincent Desmond, one of my fave skincare and personal grooming bloggers, is making strides as a writer and even recently bagged an award. Everyone is earning way more and doing things. Even me! I branched into product photography, which secured me an amazing job right after university. It’s the income from this job I use to sustain myself and acquire more gear for my photography. I’d say blogging is the best thing that ever happened to me.
While I’ll miss all the blogger events that used to happen (they still do, but it’s just not the same) I can at least appreciate that perhaps for many of us, blogging was just another phase to usher us into our next level. I guess it’s not such a sad affair after all. But please, we need more blogs and more content to consume! I do, anyway! Shoutout to all the bloggers that are still keeping the content coming – Cassie Daves, especially!