I started this blog on January 14, 2008 at goodnaijagirl.wordpress.com, and moved it to goodnaijagirl.com on Canada Day, July 1, 2008. I can’t believe it’s been four years already! Although I’ve been blogging for what will be 10 years this November (blogging is the most consistent thing I’ve ever done!), I wanted a space where I could talk about my experience as a Nigerian Canadian with people who might understand that “caught-between-two-cultures” feeling I wanted to express. Although I eat Nigerian food regularly (thanks to my mom!) and take part in events hosted by the local Nigerian associations, I have pretty much kept my Nigerian activities separate from my Canadian friends (because I can’t cook and I’m not as hospitable as most Nigerians are).
I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for this blog, the Nigerian Blog Awards site, and All my single ladies, and comparing those goals to my progress in the past four, two-and a half, and almost-two years respectively to make those blogs what I wanted them to be. I’ve had moments of great inspiration for blog posts but overall, I feel like I’ve been coasting a bit, blogging what I want to blog at the moment without checking the idea for the blog post against the overall goal and flow of this blog in particular. The bigger problem is my goals for the blogs were vague and not written down anywhere. I don’t have anything to compare my progress to except a feeling that things aren’t always where I expected or wanted them to be in 2012.
It may seem like I’m making big a deal of nothing because this is “just a blog” and on top of that this blog belongs to me so I can do whatever I want with it. However, what has come through to me from all my reading is the importance of focusing my blogs. Just because I have 101 things that I’d like to talk about doesn’t mean I have do it all on one blog, or all at once. I want this blog to have better flow between entries, more consistency in when entries are posted. I want to make sure that visitors get what they expect from the blog, from me. There’s a lot to be said for having a plan for your blog and following it. With a plan I’ll be able to better measure whether my site is reaching its target audience and from there, I can figure out how to evaluate whether it’s bringing value to the awesome readers.
If you’re struggling with this idea of focusing your blog, the solution is simple: set goals, review them regularly, and work weekly (though daily would be better!) to achieve them. And, if you’re a procrastinator like me, you’ll have to hire a life coach to force you to do what you need to do (anyone know a life coach who works for free?).
Thanks to aloted, I came across a video by Tyler Perry called How to be Successful. In it, Mr. Perry says:
“Narrow your focus to one idea. One. And make it work. That will give birth to all of the others. All you can do is plant the seed and water it. God himself has to give the increase. Only God can make the sun shine. Only God can bring the rain. But if you planted the seed you’ve done your part.”
The part about focus really spoke to me because I’m notoriously all over the place and unfocused. In the end I don’t end up moving forward; I just sort of stay in the same place.
Speaking of focus, one thing that I really enjoy talking about is blogging. The last few entries I’ve drafted (but not posted) have been about blogging but I know for some readers it’s not their cup of tea.
Do you like reading about blogging?