One Year After …

About a year ago, I started this blog as a means of penning down my ideas and to share interesting stories that I find around me or on the Internet. My primary focus was on articles bordering on innovations and evolution of technology and how it affects, especially, Nigerians. Quite a noble idea, if I may say so, but how well have we fared after one year?

With a monthly average of about 2,500 visits and a viewership of almost 4,000 (Source : Google Analytics), one can not say the blog has fared badly, not at all. But how well has it fared viz-a-viz other Nigerian Blogs? Not very well, I daresay.

You see, as noble as the intentions of this blog are, the dream of every blogger is to have his blog listed among Technorati’s Top 100 blogs in the world, putting one’s blog in the same league as “The Huffington Post”, “Mashable” and “Techcrunch”. And if the last ranking of Nigerian blogs is anything to go by, being ranked with “Ogbonge Blog”, “Bella” would definitely not be a bad idea.

I read up articles on how to improve the visibility of blogs and carried out the following recommendations;
– Search Engine Optimisation (Check)
– Quality Content (Check)
– Frequency of posts (Ehm, well, check. Hey, I need to earn a living!)
– Blog Networking (check)

After this, there was a slight improvement in the rankings but it was barely noticeable.

So, in the quest to make things better, I decided to take a stroll around the Internet, to see what makes these other blogs tick, and to find out exactly what it is they talk about that viewers find interesting. My findings were eye opening. People find blogs dealing in certain contents more attractive than others. Oh well, I should have known this, my wife never visits my blog, shouldn’t that have told me something? She always complain about me talking about nothing else but Linux, Computer, iPad! Well …

From my findings, blogs that have the following contents seem to excel more than others (not in any order);

– Social news and gossips
– Mobile News
– Free Browsing, mobile hacks, etc
– Online Business : How to make money online without lifting a finger!
– Free this, free that!
– Guys, what else?

This really did set me thinking, do I join the bandwagon? I am damn sure I would excel talking about hacks and the likes, it has always been a major attraction to me. However, one may have to consider the ethical aspect of this, the reason why the blog has only dealt sparingly on this topic. I recently penned a write-up on how to unlock your Etisalat dual SIM phone, you can only guess the number of viewership the topic had!

Thinking seriously, I felt the reason for this blog is to share ideas and not necessarily for commercial gains (Not that I would mind though) and obviously, the articles on the blog seem to fill the needs of a few people, and most importantly, I am happy doing what I do. So why change?

You see, I am a Geek, a Geek by birth and inclination (Borrowing from Wole Soyinka’s words) and anything short of the blog content would amount to not being true to oneself. I only hope and pray that “Insha Allah, By God’s Grace” (Borrowing, again, from the words of my high school teacher), this blog would get to the top of all rankings, someday.

PS: This article was meant to coincide with the birthday of my darling wife, I actually penned it about 2 weeks ago, but couldn’t find the time to type it out! So much for frequency of posts!!

Happy Birthday, Dear. Happy Birthday, “Diary of a Geek”

4 Comments

  1. I am wondering why didn't you take part in Nigerian Blog Awards. Honestly it is the only blog of Nigeria which is not stuff with ads everywhere. I found some meaningful thoughts rather than articles on the other blog which are just meant to make money. You are running a clean blog and I hope that on its next anniversary it will be on much more good position. I guess you just need to advertise your blog to get new visitors

  2. Zosita Aken'Ova says:

    Congrats on your one year anniversary. Like Stephen Jack said I too was surprised not to see your blog on the tech list of Nigerian Blog Awards but time will tell. The two main challenges I have with your blog are content and comment.
    For content, I don’t really feel the articles being written by you. It’s like you are using the ‘copy and paste’ method. When I read some of your articles it feels like an international blog and the I see the source at the bottom. Clearly this post was written by you because of the personal touch. Even if you are writing on an international event you can add your personal thoughts and how you think the event, gadget or new invention can have an effect to Nigerians and Africans.
    As for the comment, it’s a bit difficult to easily add a comment to your post, due to the form you have to feel each time. I feel with Disqus commenting with Facebook, twitter and other social networking profile accounts becomes easier.
    Once again congrats and I always look forward to your articles (artwales is actually the first blog and my Google reader account 😉 )

  3. Hello Zosita, thank you so much for your honest, critical comments and compliments. One major constraint one has about writing a tech blog in Nigeria is resources. By resource, i mean, how many of these gadgets can one purchase to have a real hands on review? And unfortunately, the possibilities of getting a loan unit is not usually there, especially for gadgets that are not available to us. So in such instances, one leans heavily on reports from reputable sources, giving due credits. Yes, i do agree with you that notwithstanding this, one needs to relate these info more to our local terrain, which i promise to improve upon.

    For comments, the hurdles in place was more out of desperation. Believe me when i tell you that this blog receives well over a hundred spam comments daily. This number is usually higher for more popular blogs. I will implement the use of Disquss asap as recommended by you, i hope it would make commenting easier.

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