What is the value of a personal blog?

Food blogs challenge our culinary skills by inspiring us to try new recipes. News blogs keep us up to date with what’s going on in the world. And then you have the personal blog. What does a reader gain from reading someone’s weekly to do list or a recap of their weekend? What is the value of a personal blog? I’ve had some form of personal blog for over 12 years. The oldest post I could find online is from November 18, 2002: This blog was an online diary using Diaryland; I wrote a lot about wanting to lose weight and about my (many) unrequited crushes. I didn’t care if anyone was reading initially—which is good since you needed a paid account to accept comments and I was too thrifty for that. After a while, as I moved from blog platform to blog platform, eventually ending up on WordPress, I … Continue reading

Weekly to dos: eleven

Am I the only person having trouble keeping up with 2015? Something is UP with my time management so I took Monday off from work to focus on the Nigerian Blog Awards. It was a good move (I had a productive day), and it reminded me how nice it would be to work from home! Getting out of bed has been more of a challenge than usual each morning this week and I’m certain that I’m coming down with a cold! Though it’s days late, here’s a review of last week to dos.

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Thankful: February 2015

Are you a grateful person? Do you immediately look for the negative side of any good thing that happens, or are you able to enjoy something for what it is? Some people seem to have a more positive outlook than others, but unless there’s a medical or psychological reason for this it makes me sad that someone would choose to not be happy most of the time. We’re alive, we’re not incarcerated so we have of freedom of choice and can decide each day what we want to do, even if we wish we had more options, even if we wish we had better options.

A negative outlook is poisonous: negativity breeds more of the same, and worst of all it spreads, especially to sensitive people who let others affect their mood more than they should (not that I have any familiarity with people like that; ahem).

I could look up grateful and thankful in the dictionary to be sure, but I see gratefulness as an attitude that leads to the action of giving thanks. I give thanks to God every day because I’m grateful that I’m still here, especially when people are dying every day from all sorts of things: terrorist acts, crazy weather, allergy-related deaths, car accidents…the list goes on. This month I’m sharing the things that stood out. To me they aren’t coincidences or stuff that “just happened”—they’re acts of divine intervention.

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Weekly to dos: ten

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This past weekend I discovered a couple who’ve been rocking the internet for while—Alex and Mimi Ikonn. If you’re an inspiration junkie like me you’ll fall in love with them. I’ve been watching their YouTube videos and I’m particularly resonating with the fact that they are Canadian immigrants, like me (and many others, of course). They lived in Toronto for most of their time in Canada; now they travel around the world and are currently living in London, England. I plan to share more about them this week, possibly on my newsletter rather than the blog, so you better sign up for it! Continue reading

Gossip!

gossipI define gossip as telling a third party something about someone (such as what they said or did), and drawing negative but possibly true conclusions about the person based on that. Judging and blaming are usually involved. I’d love to say that I never gossip but that would be a lie—I may try to justify it in different ways (such as: But I’m not malicious!) but of course it’s still gossip.
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Weekly to dos: nine

Just when you think you can’t stand the cold any longer, a long weekend in the form of Family Day comes on the third Monday of February. It’s extra cold outside so I’m going to spend the day at home, doing homey things like cleaning, purging junk, and maybe some gardening too.

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Blogging and Websites
My focus has to remain on NBA business. Once these Awards are over, I’m going to be recruiting a dream team of volunteers for a live 6th Nigerian Blog Awards in early 2016. More immediately, we need people to volunteer their time every four months to check one or two categories, to find blog links are no longer active. Berry Dakara has offered to go through some of them but we could definitely use more volunteers so if you have a good internet connection and an hour or so to click links, please let me know!

Done, though the job is not yet done.

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