I know… I know! Everyone wants to say something about Linda Ikeji, right?! Before you make that assumption, please be patient and read further, you could learn a thing or two. In case you are not from this planet, Linda Ikeji is Nigeria’s most famous blogger. I remember in 2011 when I heard about her, she featured a naked selfie of Kim Kardashian(Now Kardashian- West). It broke the internet then, so I visited her blog. I loved what she was doing. Her comment section was hilarious, packing all sorts of human beings that could abuse and use profane words for Africa. LOL. Sometimes, they even abuse her. It was entertaining but I knew if I wanted to start a blog, that was not my niche. Fast forward years later, she bought a house in Banana Island, Lagos and it broke twitter. Suddenly, bloggers started sprouting everywhere. It seemed for every time you sneezed, there was a blog. No one wanted to do research anymore, everyone wanted to use her Blogger template (maybe the luck will shine through the template. lol). That even made me decide I wasn’t going to start a blog ‘cos I didn’t want anyone putting me in that category of “people blogging because she bought a house in Banana Island”. Oh well*sigh*, I had to shut out those thoughts and blog anyway.Was she my Idol? Not really ‘cos I had a plate full of people I admire in the blogging industry but Did she inspire me? Yes! Not the money part (Ok, the money part totori me small). C’mon! I’m human, those six figures she keeps mentioning that she earns will spur a dead person back to life but that wasn’t my main inspiration. I was more inspired by her work ethic and I’d like to share so you can apply those as I’m trying to do, myself.
- Time is golden: One thing I heard her complain about is She not having time for social activities because the blog sucks her in. She is always indoors most of the time. I thought to myself, this lady is always crying about how she’s always home due to her blogging and on the contrary for me, I live a sedentary life. Apparently I have gold(time) in my hands, so I had better put it to good use and stop complaining. So do you have free time on your hands, instead of indulging in activities that don’t make sense like being a selfie champion, gossiping etc (na who selfie epp?), put that time to good use. Mike Okri crooned it, “Time na money…time na money /make you use your time well / no waka waka, no gossip gossip, no spoil anoda man/ use your time well, do beta tin/ money no go fall from heaven/ do beta tin, money go come/ na true word I de tell you so….Orinando!” *having a groovy moment with the song*
- Be Consistent: Success doesn’t come overnight. You have to” work, work, work, work…”*rihanna’s voice*. According to some people, they say it’s “gwe gwe gwe gwe gwe”. Saw a meme on this and I laughed my heart out. As I was saying, you just have to be consistent. She started blogging since 2006, so if she’s reaping now, it’s totally worth it. Your early days will be full of doubts, second- guessing yourself but never give up. If you love what you are doing, be consistent. One day, it will be rewarding.
- Grow a thick skin: Don’t just have a thick skin, have an exoskeleton worn on your elephant-thick skin because the hates, negativity and ogbanjes will come after you and your goal. This note is specially to self ‘cos I’m a softy but I’m learning how to be thick skinned. Linda Ikeji had her battles, some were personal and some were on social media. Sometimes the abuses and criticisms you read online towards her, you’d wonder if these trolls are born of the human race. They’ve gat no chill, mehhnn! Some people really don’t love the fact you are succeeding, so they will see everything wrong with what you are doing. That’s life. The roses come with thorns. The apples come with worms. You just have to learn how to deal and rise above it. Just remember, a bad review or a personal opinion towards you doesn’t define you. Take negativity, learn from it and you’d realize it was actually a blessing in disguise.
- Give back: Most people make it in life and don’t give back. She’s one of the few young people that actually give back to her fans or people generally. When you give, you ain’t draining your pocket. You are giving room for more blessings to pour in.
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