Realise that your inconsistency is a major setback to your success in blogging. I’m telling you that now in case you don’t know.
Let me put it in another way: You cannot create a memorable blog if you are inconsistent with it. You can be sure about that!Continue reading
Thanks to the covid 19 lockdown, I was finally able to have the needed free time to rummage through my bookshelf for some books I had always wanted to read but never had the sufficient time to do so.
One of such books was The Church Girl. I was delighted to still have the autographed copies, which I had erroneously assumed had been ‘borrowed’ off the shelf.
The texts in the following paragraphs are my humble attempt at reviewing the book.Continue reading
Are you restrategising for the life after the covid 19 pandemic? How will your life change when the covid 19 lockdown is over? Or is it possible that it’s not going to change at all?
As you know, this lockdown is not going to continue forever. At some point in future (no matter how long that will take), the stay-at-home order will be lifted.Continue reading
In our previous post, we established the fact that there is a writer in you. We also added that you should be intentional about doing things that will empower that writer in you.
There are things you can begin to do right now to begin empowering the writer in you. If you are interested in finding out what they are, today is your lucky day because that’s why I’m writing this post.
If your dream of becoming a writer means anything worthwhile to you, then you have to be a reader first. It is true that writers write, but it is also true that writers read a lot.
If you cannot bring yourself to the discipline of reading, you cannot subject yourself to the discipline of writing. Apart from the vast information you gain from reading, it also helps you learn the style of writing from other writers.
Read voraciously. Read wide. Don’t be intimidated by the block of texts you come across on the pages of books or on posts online.
Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write” –Annie Proulx
regularly every day. Don’t go to bed any day without having read something. Yes, it is that serious!
When I was studying accounting at the undergraduate level, my mantra was, “any day without studying accounting is no day.” (Thanks to a friend who gave me that idea). With that, I was able to motivate myself to study the course until I got the proper handle on it.
You may as well adopt that philosophy, so that no day will pass without you reading something. After all, you want to empower the writer in you.
One of the side benefits of reading is that you get to see firsthand how other writers present their works and to learn from them.
To begin empowering the writer in you, apart from committing yourself to continuous reading, another thing you should do is to get trained on the art of writing.
I am not suggesting that you should go back to school for a degree in communication arts. Well if you are still very young, that might not be a bad option. But I want to believe you are eager to birth your writing career so you don’t want to waste more time!
If that is so, you can go through the quicker route. Take condensed trainings on writing. Register and attend writing workshops – both terrestrial and online.
If learning via video is your thing, do so by any means. Thanks to Youtube, you can find numerous materials on writing to watch and learn from.
After all said and done, what is the next practical thing to start doing? You guessed right! Start writing!
If you read all the books there are to read and you attend all writing workshops possible, and you don’t get down to actually start writing, you haven’t helped yourself enough and you will still be very far from achieving your goal of becoming a writer.
Start putting pen to paper and begin to write or get your hands on your computer keyboard and start punching away. You know the computer is an obedient tool. It will record whatever you type in, and it’s not going to tell you to stop writing. So why the waste of time?
If you want to become a writer, you must start writing something. Write stories (real or imagined). One quick way to achieve that is to start blogging. So start a personal blog where you can practice writing for others to read.
Write poems, write anything that comes to your mind. Write about your experiences. Be creative, be imaginative. Just write.
At this point don’t worry about whether someone will like your write-up or not. Just write! The only book that may not be read is the one you fail to write.
Don’t wait until you have become a writer to start writing. It doesn’t work that way! You can’t put the cart before the horse and expect to go anywhere.
Your dream of becoming a writer is achievable! While you wait for that to come through, start doing what you can do now: start empowering the writer in you. Read more, learn more and write more. You will get there!
What else are doing to empower the writer in you?
There is a writer in you. And the things you do will empower or disempower him or her.
Needless to say, if you truly want to become a writer, you should be doing things that empower the writer in you. And you should be intentional in doing so.
Many people want to become writers (which is good), but only a few will actualise that dream in their lifetime.
Presumably because good writing is not an easy task to accomplish. And because it’s not that easy, many people get discouraged along the way; they give up on their dream of becoming a writer. And that’s sad!
That should not be your own story. I mean, you should not give up on your writing dream.
Giving up a dream may lead to regrets.
For the sake of emphasis, let me say it again: the fact that writing is not a cup of tea should not discourage you from pursuing your writing goals. There is no worthwhile goal in life that is not difficult to achieve.
You of all people should know that to accomplish anything great in life, you have to work hard and work smart at it. Writing is not different from that.
I know you don’t mind doing something great that is worth writing about. But don’t you also want to write something that is worth reading? I bet you do because I know you can!
I am convinced there is a writer in you. And I want to encourage you to do all you can to reveal him or her to the world.
In other words, you can actualise your dream of becoming a writer. Start preparing your mindset now.
First you have to believe that it is achievable. Then focus on it. Pursue it.
Apply yourself to writing. Be committed to it. You will achieve it sooner than you think.
Whether you like it or not, let me say it again: there is a writer inside everyone of us. Don’t let him or her die.
Start doing things that empower that writer in you. Soonest, your dream of becoming a writer will become an awesome reality.
In the next post, I will show you three simple things you can begin to do right now to start empowering the writer in you.
Do you believe there is a writer in you?
I hope you will appreciate what I mean when I say the blog was started without much serious consideration. It was just a simple step I took to share my thoughts and views to the world…
On the journey to the 300th post, I’ve grown and I’m still growing. I have had my highs and lows, a fair share of negative criticisms and thankfully some positive feedback. So now there is no looking back anymore.
What I started five years ago like a child’s play has now metamorphosed into something bigger and far significant than I had anticipated. And I’m loving the experience all together.
As at the time I published my first post, I had no idea that as many people as are reading my blog presently would be interested in whatever I had to share to the world. The only thing I was sure of was that I had something to share…
Secondly, I thought that I had found an outlet to not only share my thoughts with the world but also to hone by writing skills. And to a good extent, I am achieving those objectives already.
My sincere appreciation goes to everyone of my followers and the over forty thousand readers who have spent their valuable time reading my blog and also to all those who thought it wise to give a feedback in forms of likes for my posts and comments on the blog.
I thank you all immensely for always reading and commenting.
Having come this far, I don’t intend to give up now or anytime soon; I’m promising you that I’m not going to stop writing, neither will I quit on the blogging mission. And I would count on you to continue reading and sending in as much feedback as possible.
As we begin a new journey towards the next 300 posts, let’s do it together. And also, feel free to invite your friends and family along.
Give or take, there will be something for everyone who stops by on the blog. More than ever before, my blogging mission has been strengthened and enlarged for the benefits of you my readers.
It doesn’t matter if you agree with all my views or not, your perspective is very important to me. Just let me what you think in the comment section. As always, I promise to reply all your comments.
Thank you for being there!
I have previously written about my favourite post in 2019. The choice of that post was based entirely on what I liked about it and the effect it had on me.
I’m going further by presenting to you the top 5 posts on this blog for the year 2019. But this time, the choice is based solely on the posts with the highest number of likes by my wordpress readers.
Thanks to the blog’s analytics, the ranking has already been done for me automatically and it is my pleasure to run through it with you:
I hope you will find some new gems as you review the five most liked posts in 2019 with me:
This post ranked at no. 2 in 2018, but it climbed to the first position in 2019.
In that post, I shared my personal experience regarding how blogging has contributed to my personal development in several ways. I’m convinced that anyone who has blogged for at least a year could identify with some of the points highlighted in the post.
And if you are someone that has been dragging your feet on starting a blog, reading that post might motivate you to launch your blog without further delay.
This post was at the top of the ladder a year ago in 2018 before being displaced to the second place in the year under review. It compared the issue of racism in America with that of tribalism in Nigeria.
America has the biggest economy in the world and Nigeria holds the ace in Africa. Beyond that comparison, there is another parallel that can be drawn between the two giants.
While racism exists [in America and everywhere else] as a result of differences in colour of the skin, tribalism [in Nigeria and in other places] hinges on differences in birth-roots. The post recognised that both racism and tribalism are common societal evils that must be dealt a decisive blow in order for us to have a better world.
This post became a new entrant into the top 5 hall of fame during the just outgone year. You will find the tips in the post to be very helpful in your blogging experience, most especially if you are a new kid on the block of personal blogging.
You can learn from those ahead of you in the blogging world without having to repeat the inevitable mistakes they had to make while they were just starting off. For instance, I found that having a blog is like having a baby; you have to nurture it, feed it regularly and ensure that it remains healthy.
This 2018 third-position-ranked post remained popular in 2019 (although a little less than it was in the year before). I want to believe that no blogger hates having followers. And you don’t want to be the author of a blog that no-one wants to follow.
So if people are not following your blog, there must be some reasons they are not doing so and they are worth finding out. The post is my personal take on why I don’t follow some blogs.
From no. 4 position in 2018, this post moved a step down to no. 5 in 2019. But that does not undermine the importance of the central message of the post: we should find reasons to forgive offences because they will surely come.
Those who have not known how to forgive offences have not known how to be happy. You erode your capacity to be happy if you refuse to forgive those and anyone who offend you.
I hope you enjoyed going through the review of some of my most liked posts in 2019, like I did?
However, you would appreciate the fact that the purpose of the review is not to give myself a pat on the back or to blow my trumpet. Rather, I just want to highlight some of the most liked posts in order to expose them to more readership.
I must add that doing the review has done me a personal good. I could see that most of the these top posts under review were published in the year 2018 and none of my posts in 2019 made it to that hall of fame.
More so, from my little beginning in 2015, this blog has done progressively better each year till 2018. But the onward trend was not sustained in 2019.
And that’s a humbling realisation for me because it shows that I will have to up the game in the nascent year by publishing more posts that enrich the reading experience of my wordpress audience.
Let’s stop here and look forward to what lies ahead for us in the blogging journey of 2020. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to leave a comment.
Looking back now, which one of your posts written in 2019 would you consider your most favourite?
In this post is my simple answer to that same question, and it is in response to a SlimJim’s A question for bloggers: What is your favourite post that you wrote for 2019?
As he rightly pointed out in his short post, your favourite post for the year doesn’t necessarily mean the most popular post on your blog. But rather, the one you really like yourself or you enjoyed writing most or that challenged you or inspired you the most – whether or not it gathered many views, likes and comments.
For me, I think my favourite post for 2019 will be one of my midyear posts entitled The problem of atheists finally figured out. It was the second post I published after I carefully studied one of the hottest interactions between Jesus and some of the pretentious religious leaders of the day – the Pharisees.
In a way, I came to realise that there is a similarity between the attitude of the then Pharisees and the modern day atheists, especially the ones online.
As someone who frequently engages in online conversations with atheists visiting this blog, I have often wondered why most of them say the (foolish) things they say about God and the notion of His existence.
“Why can’t they just get it?” I have often asked under my breath.
However my bewilderment got relieved when I heard Jesus vehemently point out the mistakes of the Pharisees as recorded in the Gospels: “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God” – Matthew 22:29 (emphasis mine).
Those words were an eye-opener for me because I could surmise that atheists have the same problems too; they neither understand the scriptures nor know the power of God.
Let me also use this medium to talk about my second most favourite post for the outgoing year. The post was inspired by my study of the book of Malachi in the course of 2019.
In the Two Antidotes To Divorce Hidden Away in Malachi, I talked about the fact God intends for our marriages to be a lifelong union. And that to prevent divorce, we must guard our hearts against it and be faithful to our spouses. That’s so simple yet many people miss it. How sad!
You can check out the two posts and let me know what you think.
One of the things I learnt from starting a blog was that not all your family and friends will be enthusiastic about your blog as you would want them to be. And there could be many reasons for that…
You know what they say, “A prophet has no honour in his own country.” So it could mean that some of your friends and family who do not read your blog do not believe in you enough to do so. After all, don’t they read other blogs on the internet?
If the answer is ‘no’, then I will exempt those of your friends and family who are not internet savvy or are not disposed to blog reading.
On the other hand, you might want to say they are very busy people and so could not make out sufficient time for your blog. That’s possible too, but don’t we all create time for what is important to us? I dare to say that if they considered your blog important, they would make out time for it.
Have you also thought of the fact that some of them could be jealous of you over your blog? Please forgive my frankness, but that’s the reality of our world.
Suddenly, you are doing something different (or even better) than all of them are doing. And you want them to heartily urge you on by checking out your blog and supporting it? I bet you that some of them might not want to do that wholeheartedly.
You have the freedom to expect that your friends and family members would be the most ardent followers/readers of your blog. But you might get to find out that they are not even interested. That awful reality should never discourage you.
Consider yourself fortunate if your family and friends are part of the ardent readers of your blog. I congratulate you on that too. But never you take them for-granted because they are giving you all the needed support.
There is nothing in this post that suggests that you should badger your friends and family into reading your blog. If it is okay by you, you may just let them know about your blog. But it is not okay to try to ‘force’ them to read it.
I don’t know what your experience is, but in my own case, it has not really worked out very well for me in trying to ‘get’ family and friends to regularly check out my blog. I have left that decision to them.
Let me even ask you: do you mind if your friend and family read your blog? For me, I don’t mind! But I know everybody is not like me. (Obviously!). There are some authors who don’t even want the closest people to them to read their blogs.
One of such people claimed that what she writes on her blog are things her family do not know are part of her life. So because of some kept personal secrets, she doesn’t want her family (especially her mum) to read her blog. I wonder what you think of that!
My take is that if you are not keeping personal secrets on your blog, there is no reason you shouldn’t want your friends and family to read your posts.
That brings me to the question in the heart of the post: Do your friends and family read your blog? We would like to hear from you in the comment section.
©Copyright 2019 | Victor Uyanwanne
Towards the end of 2018, I read a Keith Haney’s Five ways to expand your ministry capacity. As you can see from the headline of this post, it was that referenced article that inspired this one. Thank you Keith!
Although Keith’s post was predominantly about leadership, I reckon that the things he wrote about – confidence, connections, competence, character and commitment – could also be applied in the world of blogging. Hence, I will expatiate on them here – with the hope of deepening your blogging experience.
Anyone who has been blogging for sometime now will admit that blogging is not a bed of roses, neither is it a piece of cake.
Apart from the joy blogging brings, there are also moments of self-doubt, of discouragement and of negative criticisms. Building your self-confidence will help you manage better some of those less exciting moments.
In what areas do you have to build confidence in? As far as your blogging journey is concerned, any area you feel a sense of fear is the area you should start building confidence in.
Have confidence that you can write and start writing. Do not be paralysed by fear.
Have the confidence that your blog will be read and that someone out there will find your posts beneficiary.
Without the minimum level of confidence, your blogging journey will not be too enjoyable.
In blogging, you cannot afford to be an island to yourself. You have to connect with other bloggers, both on their blogs and on their other social media handles.
Read other blogs apart from yours. Click the ‘like button’ on any post you have read and liked.
Most importantly, engage the author in further interactions by leaving a suitable comment on the posts you have read. Any reasonable blogger will not fail to respond to your comments.
Reach out to bloggers you admire. Deepen your connections with them.
You have to admit that you will have a lot of things to learn from them, especially if you find that they have done what you want to do or have been where you would desire to be.
Another thing you can also do is to join a blogging community, particularly those in your niche area or that similar values with you. When it comes to blogging, you cannot afford to be a recluse.
Most people did not start out on their blogging journeys as pros. They were once amateurs like you and I; but they improved on their game over time.
So if you want to expand your blogging capacity, you have to improve your competence – “the ability to do something successfully or efficiently.”
You may be a noob today but don’t remain that way forever. Learn. Grow.
Improve on your grammar, improve on your writing/editing skills, improve on your posts’ delivery style.
Whatever, you do on your blogging journey today, do it better that you did it yesterday. That’s how we know that your competence level is improving.
Competence goes beyond words. It’s the leader’s ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how – and know that they want to follow you – John C. Maxwell
To deepen your blogging capacity, it is also important you strengthen your character as a person as well. Your character is who you are, your distinctive moral qualities. And just like your shadow, your character follows you wherever you go
Approach your blogging with a sense of honesty. Don’t deceive your readers. Don’t scam them. Deliver on your blogging promises to them and apologise to them where necessary.
If you are a phoney person, it will eventually manifest – no matter how much you try to hide it. And once your readers discover that you can’t be trusted, you will lose their loyalty.
I am not requesting that you should be a flawless and perfect person. While being true to yourself, be a better version of yourself. The bottom line is this: do not sacrifice your character on the altar of success, fame or fortune.
Nothing worthwhile will ever be achieved without commitment. And that’s applicable in blogging too.
“Without commitment you cannot have depth in anything – Neil Strauss.
You cannot expand your blogging capacity if you are not committed to it. Just like a serious athlete commits to his or her daily exercise routine, you have to commit to your blog.
Whether you are blogging professionally or it is a pastime for you, you have to show some level of commitment to it. This is not negotiable.
By increasing your commitment, you will be able to write posts as and when due, respond to your readers’ comments and emails. You don’t want people visiting your blog only to find out that the last time you updated it was three months. Do you?
In what other ways can you expand your blogging capacity? Leave a comment.
©Copyright 2019 | Victor Uyanwanne
Many people will take the wonderful decision to start a blog this year. If you are one of such people or you have recently started a blog, I will like you to know some things which will help you in the blogging journey.
Some people would start a blog and then begin to wonder if they are doing the right thing. If you are thinking like that, then the following words are for you.
I wouldn’t know the reason you started your blog, but one assurance I can give you is that starting a blog is a good step you have taken. So don’t give in to self-doubt!
However, if you are not sure why you started a blog in the first place, take some time off to get that settled. You don’t want your blog to be directionless and purposeless. Do you?
Once you have defined the purpose of your blog, believe in it strongly. Having a firm belief in your blog’s mission will empower you, encourage you, enlarge you and deepen your expectations.
When I started this blog, I saw it as an avenue to share my thoughts with the world and also to explore my writing skill which has remained latent over the years of my life. But I soon discovered that blogging is also a journey of personal development.
Apart from the many other benefits you will get to enjoy from starting a blog, you will get to discover that blogging will help your personal development in many ways. I don’t want to over-flog this point because as you know, the taste of the pudding is in the eating. So ride right ahead on your blogging journey.
As you have embarked on the blogging journey, know that you have headed in the writing direction. In other words, a blogging journey is largely a writing journey.
One notable thing that writers do is that they read a lot. So if you want to go far with your blogging experience, you have to read and write extensively. By so doing, you will gain more knowledge, have fresh ideas and improve on your writing skills.
If you have the dream to be a published author one day, know that your writing blog is a veritable platform to hone your skills. You get the point?
Let me shock you with this little statement: despite all the efforts you have put in it, many people who should be reading your blog do not even know that it exists in the first place. That’s harsh, I know but it is the reality you are face with!
Your blog is new on the block hence I concede that it will take some time for it to gain due popularity. But if you think the world should read your blog because you have something valuable to share, I think it is worth it for you to take some steps to make the blog more visible than it is right now so that more and more people can discover it to read.
For instance, you should make sure your blog is indexed as ‘public’ rather than as ‘private’ to make it discoverable by search engines. Also when you publish a post on your blog, don’t go to sleep. Promote it on social media and encourage your readers to share it as well.
Those are just a few tips on how to make your blog more visible. You can find out others for yourself.
I already said you should read very extensively. Part of what you should be reading regularly are posts on other blogs – whether they are in your area of niche or not. I know from my own experience that there are many benefits of reading other people’s blogs.
Don’t be an island to yourself. Reach out and interact with other bloggers. Follow their blogs. Read their posts. Hit the like button on the posts you have read and liked.
Most importantly, leave meaningful comments on other blogs’ posts you have read. Both the writers of the blogs you comment on as well as some of their other readers may follow your trail to your blog to read your posts as well. And please, for goodness sake, don’t tell me you don’t care if no one reads your blog, because that would be a lie!
Let no one deceive you, blogging is not a piece of cake. There would be times the feedback you get would seem like a bitter pill to swallow. But it is up to you how you would react to it.
Apart from the hard-work and personal discipline that your blog requires from you, know also that some people will harshly criticise you for it. There are those who will question your decision to start a blog. Some will dismiss your posts as irrelevant and some others will even attack your person.
Whatever kind of criticisms you may face, do not be discouraged and do not give up on your blogging mission. Just stay focused on your blogging objectives and use the criticisms to improve on your game. I tell you what, there are some good things about the negative criticisms you will get on your blog. Find them and use them.
I don’t mean that to be taken so literally. But I do want to emphasise on the need to stay ‘close’ to your blog. I have a personal rule that no day passes without me checking up on my blog. That way I am able to make draft posts, review pending posts, or catch up with responses on my readers’ comments.
I am not saying you should be like me; follow the pattern that works for you. The important thing is that you don’t leave your blog ‘unattended’ to for weeks or months. Your faithful readers will be left hanging if you do that!
In a way, having a blog is like having a baby. You have to nurture it, feed it regularly and ensure that it remains healthy. That’s what you should do to your blog too.
Respond to readers comments your posts. Write new posts regularly. If you choose to post daily, weekly or monthly as the case may be, please be consistent about it. To keep your readers coming back, you have to give them something good to regularly come back to.
I already assured you that your decision to start a blog is a step in the right direction. So I take it that we are settled on that.
What about starting a second or even a third blog? That’s not a bad idea either. But you have to wait until there is a compelling need for it. Otherwise, your energy might be spread out too thinly across multiple blogs and you might stifle your main one to death.
When I started Victors’ Corner, I didn’t see the need for another blog until three years after. Being a personal blog, I had about six categories of posts I crammed into it. But I have recently seen the need to create a separate blog from the Poems’ Category. That has given rise to Living Poems blog.
As as you make progress with your current blog, you might sense the need to set up another blog, that’s okay. You are not doing that with the aim of shutting down your current blog but with the purpose of furthering another blogging objective.
Thank you for reading my suggestions to new bloggers. Let the conversation continue in the comment section. What will be your advice to a new blogger?
©Copyright 2019 | Victor Uyanwanne
In a previous post, I suggested that you could turn some of the most outstanding comments on your blog into full-fledged posts. The idea is that turning outstanding comments on your blog to full-fledged posts will open up the comments for more visibility, further discussion and more impact and penetration.
To show that I have already walked the talk, please allow me to briefly share 5 of my readers’ comments that were turned into full-blown posts on this blog. (Clicking on the highlighted titles will lead you to the full version of the post).
This particular post captured the true-life story of one of my blog readers who experienced racial discrimination in Southern Africa. It was her personal response to an earlier post of mine, namely Racism in the US Vs tribalism in Nigeria.
In the reader’s words,
As the discussion on racial discrimination continued on the blog, another reader introduced a different perspective saying,
“…Being prejudiced comes in many forms and it isn’t just restricted to those who have a different skin-colour – although that is one of the more obvious forms. …All of us are prejudiced in some ways; it could be education, upbringing, intelligence, success or failure and a host of other “particulars”.
But does that mean racism is justified? The answer is No!
As the reader further expatiated, “Racial prejudice is wrong in all of it’s various forms but I fear it is a condition of the human heart regardless of our skin-colour, regardless of our education or upbringing or success or failure…
“We all are creations of our Creator, made in His image and we [are in] error if we think otherwise. And most importantly, we all need the saving Grace that God in His wisdom holds over to us, namely the acceptance and saving shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, to make us new.”
This post captured some of the most interesting conversations I have had with some atheists on this blog. One of them claimed nature has helped his understanding of life more than the ‘man in the sky.” But he would not acknowledge that the man in the sky, so-called, is the Architect of the Universe, the One whom it was that put the natural world in place.
“God is out of touch with the world” claimed another so-called atheist. To that I responded, “It is even more appropriate to say that it is the people of the world that are losing touch of God. All men, including you, need to get know God better.” How can someone who doesn’t exist lose touch?
Yet another self-professed atheist got carried away during one of our conversations and he kept saying, God is wicked, God doesn’t love humans, God enjoys to see people suffer, etc. Really? I couldn’t hold back asking him, “How can the God you say doesn’t exist be wicked and loveless?
All these led me to surmise that many atheists are living in self-denial when they say that God doesn’t exist, because deep in their hearts they know that they are wrong.
In this post, I shared the comment of a reader, who in a very frank manner, identified with the pervasive personal struggle against lust and pornography, as well as the ways to overcome them.
According to this reader, we must all understand that pornography has harmful effects on our lives, careers and family. Therefore, it should not be accepted as a normal thing in our daily living.
To deal with addiction to pornography decisively, the reader recommends that we must identify the things that trigger the desire in us and set up adequate defences against them.
Worthy of mention, is the readers suggestions that “we need to spend quality time with GOD every day, not as a to-do-list or a good christian checklist. But because God wants a relationship with us, and how do we have a relationship with anyone we never spend time with?”
As a leader, you should love your team members, even when things do not go according to plan.
As one author observed, ”If you are leading anything of significance then you will regularly run into many uncertainties, obstacles, and failures. And it is the way you deal with these situations, how you handle things going wrong, that truly defines your leadership.”
And when things do go wrong, you as the leader should build a shared understanding of the root-cause of the problem through what the reader called “exploration conversations” without demoralising any member of your team.
“This approach doesn’t preclude a leader from holding people accountable for their actions. In fact, it is the opposite. If you don’t hold people accountable then you aren’t really being a loving leader.”
You have read some of the blog comments on this site that I turned into full-fledged posts. You can click on the embedded links to read the complete posts.
Have you ever turned a reader’s comment into a full-fledged post on your blog? Feel free to leave a feedback or reaction in the comment section below.
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
Treasures are useless if they are buried away in the earth. But once they are brought to the surface, they can be appropriately harnessed and put into meaningful uses.
That’s how it is with your readers’ invaluable comments; they will not be so useful to your other readers if they are not given the optimum attention they deserve.
Let me state categorically that it is very important you don’t fail to peruse your blog’s comment section. That way, (apart from responding to all the comments as appropriate), you can sift out the gems in your readers’ thoughts or the feedback left for you in print, and then give them maximum exposure.
Talking about maximum exposure, that’s what you should give to your readers’ most outstanding comments. You can do that if you would use some of your readers’ most impressive contributions to write full-blown posts on your blog.
My point is that as you explore your readers’ comments, you might come across veritable comments that could be converted to full-fledged posts.
As you already know, not everyone who reads your blog posts has the patience and time to go through all the other readers’ comments one by one. But you, as the blog author, should not fail to do that.
I strongly believe that there are many other benefits of looking at the comment section of your blog. For instance, if you thoroughly explore your readers’ comments, you will definitely be able to pick up some fresh ideas for new posts.
You may even find some comments on your blog that can be directly lifted and turned into full-fledged posts. And that’s the reason I am using this post to drum that point home.
Needless to say, I have been able to convert some of my readers’ comments into full-fledged posts a number of times on this blog. And the experiences have been great. So I will not hesitate to suggest you do the same thing on your blog.
Turning outstanding post comments to full-fledged posts opens up the comments for more visibility, further discussion and more impact.
One advantage of turning a good blog comment into a full-blown post is that the valuable information or insights shared by your readers will not be not buried or lost deep down there in the comment section.
It would be great if you can have everyone who reads your main post to also read all the blog comments generated by the post. But as I already pointed out, not all your readers will be able to quarry through the depths of the many comments on your blog to extract out the hidden gems.
You can help out occasionally by turning some of those invaluable comments into full-fledged posts. Doing so will make it more accessible to more of your readers.
In a subsequent post, I will highlight some of my readers’ comments that I successfully lifted and turned into full-blown posts on this blog.
What do you think of the idea of turning some outstanding comments on your blog into full-fledged posts?
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
The whole experience of blogging is not about you churning out posts after posts for people to read, to like, to comment on and to share. It is also about you reading other people’s blogs and interacting with them as much as you can.
There are many benefits you will derive by reading other people’s logs. In this post, I will highlight seven of such benefits.
People share ideas, experiences and insights on their blogs. They do so not for self-amusement but for you to read them. You will learn as you read those sites.
As one of my readers once stated, “What I love about blogging is taking the time to read other people’s thoughts about faith stuff as its important to get perspectives different from my own.”
Every opportunity you have to read is an opportunity to learn something new or remind you of something’s you have forgotten.
Be honest with yourself for once: you don’t know everything. That’s why you should read what other people have written on their blogs so that you can know what they know.
People follow your blog and you should follow other people’s blogs too. Reading other blogs will help you determine whether or not to follow such blogs.
There are many reasons I may not have followed some blogs. But reading other people’s blogs helps me to discover suitable ones to follow.
Although there were some blogs I followed at first sight (especially the ones recommended to me), my guiding principle is that I would need to read two or three posts on any blog before I make the affirmative decision to hit the follow-button.
Writers do not only write, they read a lot as well. By extension, as a blogger, in addition to updating your own blog, you should also read blogs other than yours and learn from the writing styles employed by the authors of such blogs.
Personally, I learn a lot from reading other people’s posts. Just like many WordPress users, I did not attend any training on blogging before I got started. Everything I know, I have learnt from reading what other people have written and putting them into practice.
“One good turn deserves another” they say. If you want people to read your posts, you too should read other people’s posts.
There is a great chance that if you add value to a blog as you read it – by leaving a comment for instance – you are likely to attract more followers to your own blog.
For you to comment on a post, you have to read it first. I would expect that you don’t want to comment on a post you haven’t read.
Essentially, a post is someone’s idea or opinion about something, somebody or some place. Your comment on the post will be your own response to it.
You could also respond to other people’s comments on the post, thereby expanding the sphere of interactions.
As you interact with other bloggers, you form a kind of bond and friendship that might prove valuable to you. Some of your online or blogging friends may eventually turn into your friends in real life.
And when someone becomes your real life friend, the opportunities become limitless. I shared my little experience in this regard when I published From a blog friend to a real life friend.
Apart from the new things you learn by reading other blogs, you might also receive inspiration for new posts on your blog. I have experienced this several times.
As I read other people’s blogs, there seems to be a spark of inspiration that comes from it. And I have developed many of such thoughts into full-fledged posts on this blog.
What other benefits do you get from reading blogs other than yours? Leave a comment.
© Copyright 2018| Victor Uyanwanne
I started this blog because I believed (and still believe) that I have something good to share that would be a blessing to someone out there. I also wanted to use the blogging platform to hone my writing skills.
To a very large extent, both objectives are already being achieved. But I will be the first to acknowledge that there is always room for improvement. And as I communicated in an earlier post, blogging has helped my personal development in many ways.
Over all, blogging is helping me become a better version of myself.
Another side benefit of blogging is the opportunity it has afforded me to interact online with people from across all continents of the world. In the process, I have forged many beneficial online relationships with people I am yet to meet physically.
And I know I am not the only one who has had that beautiful experience. There are bloggers who have been able to turn their blogging friends to real life friends. And it looks like I am joining that league now. Hang on, I will tell you about that in a moment…
Ufuomae (in the picture with me above), author and founder of Grace and Truth and Ufuomae’s Series Blog and Fair Life Africa was one of the earliest followers of this blog when I came on the blogosphere three years ago. Since then our interactions have continued and remained online. But all that got to change (for the better) during the week.
I have been aware that Ufuomae had published a couple of books in e-books and paperback formats. So finally I decided to place an order online for three of her books on paperbacks: The Church Girl 1&2, The House Girl and Perfect Love.
I was expecting the books to be delivered to me through a courier service. But I was pleasantly surprised when she contacted me to say she would deliver the books to me in person.
“Are you home today?” she asked. “I was thinking of bringing the books in person.”
Ostensibly, she only recently realised that we have been living in the same city all along.
“Oh really, you will bring the books in person?” I enthused. “Wow, it will be such an honour to finally meet you in person.”
Being someone I admire a lot, it had crossed my mind on several occasions that I would one day meet this passionate Christian blogger in person. But I had thought I would be the one to go look for her.
You can now see why I was feeling so excited to have her come look for me. The experience was wonderful for me. It would not be wrong to say I count it as one of the most important moments in my blogging journey.
And at the end of the day, this was how Ufuomae herself on her Instagram handle captured her experience of meeting me physically for the first time:
It was really lovely to meet you in the flesh @Victor_Uyanwanne! Wow 😎 This world is small… I think I first discovered your blog, VictorsCorner in 2015, and I was super pleased to find another African representing Christ on the blogosphere and doing it so unashamedly 😉 It was a while before I realised that you were Nigerian too 😁
The biggest surprise came when you ordered three of my books, and I learnt you actually live and work in Lagos!!! But the biggest biggest surprise was realising that you’re actually a BIG FAN of mine 😲 Wow, you made me feel like a real celebrity today 😎 thank you! It was nice getting to know you in the flesh, and I hope to learn more from you too.
Shout out to your office colleagues! Let them head over to books.ufuomaee.org and start ordering their own books.
(Yes, she met with some of my colleagues at work too. And they were pleased to meet with her as well).
Let me end this post with my response to Ufuomae’s Instagram post shown above, with the assurance that she and I have moved from being just blog friends to real life friends.
You made my day. It was my pleasure meeting you… in real life. Wow… Thank you so so much for everything. You are as fantastic in real life as you are online, even more.
Yea, it’s true I ordered your books.. The good part, noooo, the great part is that you graciously autographed them for me. You are doing great [in your blogging journey]. And I know you will do more. Just keep the flag flying. I will be there to cheer you on.
Have you ever had anyone you met through your blog become your real life friend? I look forward to reading your experience in the comment section.
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
You will get criticised whatever you do. Blogging is not an exception to that fact of life.
You cannot stop people from criticising you in your blogging journey. But while constructive criticisms are good and welcome, negative criticisms are bitter pills to swallow.
And no matter how bitter the pill of criticisms can be, there are times you have to accept and swallow them as they are, even if it means frowning your face doing it.
The truth is, there is always room for improvement. That’s why you should assess every criticism to extract whatever might be good in it, with a view to improving your life.
As much as you love what you do, not everyone will love you for it. While some people may be indifferent about your blogging activities, there are some other people that will come against you with harsh criticisms as feedback. But that you face some negative feedback doesn’t mean you should quit on your blog’s mission.
It certainly means you should find the best ways to handle the negative criticisms that confront you in such a way that they become beneficial to you.
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Charles R. Swindoll
The question is, can there be anything beneficial in negative criticisms? I will say yes!
In this post, I will show you six good things about the negative criticisms you get on your blog:
There are millions of blogs out there. So if someone takes the time to pass a critical comment on your blog, it shows that you are gaining some visibility. Or would you rather be ignored?
No matter how cantankerous your readers get while commenting on your blog, try not to be offended. Put a positive construction on whatever criticisms you get, because you will learn something good from it if you handle it properly.
Criticisms may cause your emotions to flare up. Learn to avoid that trap and you will be better positioned to learn something from the criticism that will make your blogging experience better.
You have heard the saying that if people throw stones at you, you should gather them to build a monument. You can apply that principle in blogging too.
When people throw the stones of negative criticisms at you, use them to build up yourself. In order words, don’t allow criticisms to tear you down. And specifically, do not quit on your blogging mission simply because you are being criticised.
Some people have never been kind in their lives. So don’t expect them to start with your blog. When they attack you with harsh words on your blog, don’t respond to them fire for fire. Show them you are made of better stuff by responding to them as lovingly and as nicely as you can be.
Some bloggers will go the easy way of deleting negative comments on their blog, but if you do so, you would lose the opportunity of responding to someone in a way that might influence his or her life positively.
Complacency may set in if you never get criticised in what you do or if all you get are only praise words.
The points of criticism you receive, if properly evaluated can be helpful to you in attaining higher grounds.
Ultimately, you will get to realise that not everyone who criticises you are against you. Some are friends who wanted to help but didn’t know to frame their words better.
In dealing properly with negative criticisms, you will get to learn that some people who oppose you might turn out to become your allies.
So don’t scare people off when they leave comments you don’t like on your blog. Try your best to follow them to their own blogs. Read their posts and make valuable comments. Sooner or later, you will earn their respect.
Do you think the criticisms you receive on your blog are beneficial?
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
I’m certainly not the only one who has come across a few blogs whose authors claim they write for only themselves, that they don’t care if no one reads their blogs.
Really? How is that so? And I hope you are not like that?
If you don’t expect to be read, why do you have a blog? Or better still, why did you index your blog as ‘public’ instead of as “private”?
Doesn’t it sound unbelievable to say that you write a blog and you don’t care if people read it or not?
Just think about it for a minute. You don’t want something to be found, yet you display it in the open sunshine, publicly?
I know you are not like that, so let’s get it straight.
You should expect your blog to be read. That’s the minimum you deserve once you have taken the pain to increase the number of blogs on the blogosphere by setting up one and publishing on it.
It does not make common sense to say that you started your blog without caring if anyone reads it or not. Enough of that self-deception!
The mere fact that you published something online is proof enough that you would want it read.
Cristian Mihai of The Art of Blogging avers that it is a false statement for anyone to say that, “I write for myself. I don’t care if anyone reads my blog.”
His argument is that “If you weren’t interested in [having] readers, then you would write all your stuff on your computer, in a notepad, [and] keep it all under your bed or in a closet.”
That sounds funny but it is true. The moment you publish something online, you can be sure that some people will find it to read it.
So stop saying you don’t care if people read your posts or not because we know you care. If you don’t really care, then you should shut down your blog.
What do you think?
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
One of the many side-benefits of blogging is that it will lead to your personal development. I say that because I have experienced personal growth in many areas of my life since I took up blogging as a hobby and an avenue to interact with the rest of the world in written form.
Apart from being a veritable platform to share my thoughts and experiences with the world, I have also now realised that blogging is for personal development.
In this post, I will show you several ways blogging has helped me in personal development. If you have been blogging for a while, I am sure you will identify with some of the benefits on the list.
Otherwise, feel free to extend the conversation by sharing your own experience in the comment section.
As a blogger, you don’t only write posts, you read other peoples posts as well. You also find yourself researching on areas of your interest. As you do all that you will pick up plenty of wisdom and knowledge.
Apart from sharing your own thoughts, a huge part of blogging involves learning from other people through what they have written.
A reader of this blog agrees with that when he stated that “… blogging is strongest in the realm of knowledge and understanding. You can gain a great deal of insight into how people think from the vast number of personalities spread across the many forums.”
Writing is not blogging. But blogging is writing and more. And the more I blog, the more I write and the better I become at it.
I have not arrived yet, but I know I have improved on my written communication skill since I took up blogging. For someone whose first language is not English, blogging has definitely paid-off in helping to hone my writing talent.
So if you consider yourself an aspiring writer, blogging is one step you should take in that direction.
As one commenter on this blog once stated, “I believe that blogging can definitely be helpful in achieving personal development goals. Not only with getting to develop yourself by writing out your thoughts and beliefs and helping yourself grow from laying it all there. But, you also get thousands and thousands of examples and lessons to learn from other bloggers in the community.”
Believe it or not you will have fun blogging. But at the same time, you will face some negative backlashes. The fact that you are getting criticised shows that you getting noticed. Or would you rather be ignored?
I don’t know about you, but as for me, I have never faced as much criticisms and negative attacks in life as much as I have faced in my short blogging journey. I am okay with the fact that not everyone will agree with my points of view. But it degenerates to a negative experience when some people become abusive or unnecessarily annoying with their comments on my blog.
That doesn’t mean I should shut down the blog. But it certainly means I should find the best ways to handle the negative criticisms.
And I do that by learning from the criticisms, responding in love rather than with hate, trying not to be offended and by staying focused on the bigger picture – refusing to give up.
I already talked about that when I advised that despite the challenges you might face along your blogging journey, you should not quit on your blog’s mission.
I am sure you have encountered some internet trolls whose stock-in-trade is to post “inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages” on your blog. To be honest, they are not fun to deal with, and I have encountered a couple of them! But I would say I am doing better now in handling such people than when I started blogging.
I have learnt the hard way! I am not saying I have arrived. But both online and offline, I have improved on the way I relate with people on the blogosphere.
Blogging has taught me to be more patient, more gracious, and more understanding with people.
Some people may behave nasty to you, that’s their cup of tea. You have to be nice. It may not be easy, but don’t give up before trying.
Just like many people, I have many times been guilty of wasting my free (valuable) time doing not-so-productive things (eg watching TV) and procrastinating on doing worthwhile things. But blogging has helped me use my spare time more productively.
As blogger, you write a lot. And you need to read wide as well. You need to discipline yourself more with the time at your disposal to achieve these two goals.
In a way, blogging has assisted in my spiritual growth. As some one whose opinions are largely based on Biblical worldview, I read several Christian blogs whose authors have continued to impress me with their deep insights and teaching of God’s word.
In that process, I have been fed with the truths of God’s word in ways that have left me spiritually uplifted. So if you are keen on your spiritual growth, be aware that blogging can help you in that area.
If you had any web-designing skill before starting your blog, could you raise your hand please?
Well, congratulations if that’s you! As for me, I had zippo idea about web designing prior to when my blog was set up.
Setting up my blog was my first experience. Thanks to WordPress’s menu-driven processes, I can set up a functional blog for you if you want.
Before I started blogging, I had thought web development was not my thing; that it was meant for only programmers or those who have a working knowledge of markup languages such as HTML and CSS.
But now having successfully designed my own blogs and a few for other people, I am convinced I would not have known web designing if not for blogging? So you see what I mean?
I have found that there is an improvement in my mental creativity as a result of blogging. That’s hardly surprising because, you find that in writing blog posts, you have to be imaginative, you brain-storm on topics to blog about, you engage in meaningful conversations and so on.
That’s because creativity involves “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something.” And both imagination and originality are familiar concepts in blogging.
You have read my experience. And hopefully, you were able to observe that beyond being a form of self-expression, blogging has become an avenue for personal development for me in many ways.
My knowledge in many fields, places and people has increased through blogging. I hone my writing skills as I write posts after posts. I am being more productive with my spare time, and I am now more self-confident than ever with blogging.
Over all, blogging is helping me become a better version of myself. I am not saying all this to draw attention to myself. Rather I am just trying to show you how blogging can help you in your personal development journey using my own experience as a case study.
I will like to hear your own story in the comment section.
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
A few people have had cause to ask me, “Victor, are you making money from your blog?” The simple answer I always gave is “No.”
When I started this blog, money making was never part of the objective. And it isn’t till this point in time.
But that does not in any way suggest that I am totally against monetising the blog. I am simply saying it is not part of the plan, at least not yet.
You may be a professional blogger, but I am not. So how you see blogging may not be exactly how I see it.
Writing this blog is a hobby I engage in outside my full time job. And like I already stated, I am not making any income from it.
My bills and those of my family are taken care of from income from paid employment. So what is in it for me in this blogging journey?
I would say a lot: more than I had initially anticipated and definitely much more than time and space would allow me delve into in this short post.
From the outset of my blogging journey, I wanted to share my thoughts on the issues of life with anyone who would care to read. I was convinced that what I had to share could make life better for someone out there – one way or another.
To a large extent, that objective is being achieved. The feedback I get from my readers and critics alike convince me of that.
And for that I’m very grateful and also very encouraged to keep the blogging flag flying higher. As you can see, I am not about to quit on my blog mission.
However, beyond sharing my thoughts and being a blessing to my readers, blogging has become a journey of personal developmentfor me.
By that I mean my life has been improved in many ways since I took up blogging as a hobby.
I have learnt new things, improved on my writing skills, acquired new skills, met and interacted with different kinds of people from different places around the world – including avowed atheists.
I have inspired some people and I have also been inspired by many other people.
I have defended my faith, read several insightful posts, gained vast knowledge in many areas of life and so on and so forth.
And I am still developing!
Now you have an idea of what I have been talking about!
Right? Yes, thank you.
In a subsequent post, I will expasiate on some of the many ways blogging has helped my personal development. Thank you for reading.
In what ways has blogging been helpful to you in achieving personal development goals?
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
In case you have not yet noticed, I have started another blog called, Living Poems. It is a blog I am dedicating to exploring the poetic side of me.
In other words, the blog will center squarely on poetry or inspired lines as I would like to call them. It promises to be very inspiring…
The blog will document my poems in one place. Before now, my contributions to poetry on the blogosphere were posted in the poems sub category here on Victors’ Corner.
However, the poems train has now moved to my Living Poems blog. Some of my latest poems have been published there already and more are still loading…
So if you have been following me here on Victors’ Corner, kindly join me on Living Poems as well. New followers are welcomed too! Let us explore our poetic gifts together.
However, the Poetry corner of Victors’ Corner will continue to exist; the poems there will not be deleted. But the news ones will first be posted on Living Poems before they would be mirrored here (if need be).
Right now, the living poems blog is beginning to gaining some tractions already. Thanks to all the first visitors to the blog.
As I am writing this post, a notification for the first five likes has dropped in. Let’s just say I am heralding that little beginning here.
The poems posted on the new blog will be a blessing to you. Some of them will make you laugh, others will make you want to cry and angry at the same time.
But they will leave you inspired in the end. They are nary ordinary poems because they are inspired lines from Above.
As you read them, feel free to share them with your friends, like them or drop your comments. Apart from sharing the value with someone else, you would also make my day by doing so.
And if you have any good poetry blog to recommend to me, feel free to do so. It will be my pleasure to check them out.
Thank you for your time. You may now follow me to Living Poems blogs .
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
Many of us bloggers sometimes make the mistake of thinking that we are writing only to people other than ourselves; that our posts help our readers more than they help us the writers.
But that may not always be the case. The posts we publish can be a blessing to us as much as it is to our readers. They can address our needs as much as they address the needs of other people.
Your blog posts should interest you. They should minister to you if you want them to minister to other people too.
That’s why I’m asking you: have you ever had your blog speaking to you personally?
In other words, have you ever learnt any lesson reading your own blog post?
That seems a fair question to ask, because if you are not learning anything from your own blog post, how are your readers supposed to learn from it?
I know from my own experience that most of the things I write on this blog often speak to me directly before they speak to my readers.
Apart from what I learn from other people’s posts, I learn from my own posts too!
The interesting part is that even months down the line, I could still find some of those posts addressing a particular need in my own life.
That was the experience I had recently. I am ashamed to say it now but I had a heated conversation with my wife.
“Over what” you may ask? Finances, aka money!
So that was it? Yea, yea…
Is money ever enough? Well, may be when we become billionaires. Smiles 😀
But seriously, we had some issues at hand: Our combined income for the month would barely be enough to accommodate ‘everything’ we wanted. No extras…
Futhermore, we couldn’t quite agree with the direction of our expenses for the following month. Our budget has to be a bit tightened due to some midyear obligations that needed to be settled.
But in a bid to have them resolved, our individual tempers flared up… Between each of us, we knew we raised our voices louder than normal.
You can hold me responsible for that. But I’m grateful to God we are both calmer now.
Just like many new couples would have experienced, this was not the first time finance and budgeting issues have come between us. And even though we always navigated our ways out of it, how come this kind of reality sometimes heat us hard in the face?
I mean, I love my wife and she loves me too. We both know it… We are eternally committed to each other. But how come we still disagree?
We are humans, imperfect humans. We are different in many ways.
We are still learning…Don’t you know that already?
Okay. That’s right!
Married couples do face challenges. Is there anyone here who doesn’t know that by now?
Well, there are bound to be issues in any relationship – be it marriage or not. But it is how we handle those issues that matters.
This was where echoes from a previous post of mine – Towards a better marriage: your spouse is not the problem – reverberated loudly in my ears:
A problem is a problem and your spouse is your spouse. Please don’t mistake one for another.
I had advised my readers in that post:
“Next time you have any marital issue, be sure to remind yourself that your spouse is not the problem. Identify what the issue is and focus on tackling it. That way you will achieve a healthier method of resolution than blaming your spouse.”
In this case, I knew exactly what the problem was. And it was not my wife!
During marital problems, identify what the issue is and focus on tackling it. Don’t trade blames [with your spouse. It will backfire].
It finally felt like I was talking to my point of need as well. And I was…
As I said before, ministry to self before ministry to others! I get it: my blog post has spoken to me personally once again!
Here is an excerpt from the post that came back hunting me:
Just like every married couple might have come to realise, I am sure you already know that marriage is not a bed full of roses only. It is full of plenty challenges as well.
Isn’t that pretty obvious?
More often than not, it is how you handle these challenges that will go to a large extent to determine the success and happiness or otherwise of your marital experience.
The common saying that as you make your bed, so you will lie on it holds true in marriage relationships too.
Except you are married to the devil personified, I am free to say that your spouse is not the problem. So resist the temptation to see him or her as one.
Put in proper perspective, you will realise that the challenges you have in marriage are things or issues, not a person – and definitely not your spouse!
For instance, the problem could be the manner your spouse is handling an issue at hand, or it may also be the manner you are reacting to it. Either way, you must [realise] that the problem is not a person.
A vital key to amicably resolving the challenges is to learn to focus on tackling the issue at hand rather than putting the blame on a person – your partner. You may have been hurt by what your spouse said or did at some point, but the problem is still not your spouse.
“I love you but I hate how you treat me sometimes,” a thoughtful wife once said to her husband.
You’ve got the point? Identify what the issue is and deal with it [accordingly].
A problem is a problem and your spouse is your spouse. Please don’t mistake one for another.
Which of your blog post has ever spoken to you personally? You can paste the link in the comment section. I promise to check it out and leave you a feedback.
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
When I started this blog, it was clear in my mind that I had something in me I could share that would be a blessing to someone out there.
I did not claim to be an expert in anything but I knew without doubts that many people would benefit from reading my printed thoughts.
With that mindset, I began writing and publishing articles on the blog…
But I made the mistake of underestimating the negative backlashes that would come from starting the blog.
Initially, I felt really hurt by the unkind things some people said to me.
“There are too many blogs out there,” I was told. “Nobody will notice yours. You are just wasting your time.”
Someone opined that he was sure I would run out of ideas within three months of starting the blog.
Another person even said he wished the blog was dead already…
Such were some of the unkind things that were said to me when I started blogging.
The painful part was that these people that said those hurtful things were not people I wasn’t acquainted with.
Despite their negative criticisms, I refused to be discouraged. So instead of the blog dieing in three months as they predicted, it is still waxing stronger three years after.
The fact that you are reading this right now is an evidence that the blog has survived the negative onslaughts.
I have not arrived yet, but I have left! Looking back now, I have every course to smile…
In the midst of the harsh criticisms I received, there have also been many positive feedbacks.
These encouraging feedbacks I received coupled with the firm belief in my blogging mission has encouraged me to keep writing the blog.
And I don’t have any plan of giving up…
By not quitting, I have gained alot in terms of knowledge and wisdom. I have grown and I’m still growing.
I have sharpened my writing skills and learning new things. I have expanded my online network and networth.
I have touched a few lives with my posts. And I have been touched as well by posts from other people.
Now I look back on the blogging journey with a broad smile. And it promises to be better…
I have overcome the hurts that would have weighed me down. I have more positive energy now.
Just like me, you might be facing negative criticisms and other challenges with your blog. But you will rise above them…
One little advice I will give to you for free is this:
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
Why are you blogging? Is it simply to wile away time, or to make some impacts in the world?
Are you on a mission with your blog? How much do you believe in this mission? Do you even believe in it at all?
Hardly would you succeed at anything you do – including blogging – if you don’t believe in it.
In the world of blogging, you may have a few things going for you. There are also many odds that may be against you.
And except you have a firm belief in what you are doing, you would give up before you know it.
According to John Maxwell, “Only with a belief in yourself will you be able to reach your potential.” And having a belief in your mission will empower, encourage and enlarge you (paraphrased).
I believe that you can enjoy the same benefits – and more – if you would have confidence in what you are doing as a blogger.
With a belief in your blog’s mission you can achieve many benefits…
In this post, I will offer you four simple benefits you will enjoy if you have a firm belief in your blogging mission:
Having a firm belief in your blogging mission, will strengthen your ability to achieve the goals you have set for your blog.
Your first task is to specify your blog’s mission. Your second is to believe in it and then you have to run with it.
If you don’t believe in your blog’s mission, you will not be empowered to achieve it.
Lack of belief is one of the reasons people fail in life.
Similarly, many blogs have failed because their writers did not believe firmly in what they were doing. As a result they became incapacitated, felt hollow and gave up.
Empower yourself, show a firm belief in the reason you are blogging.
In your blogging journey, you will face discouragement at some points. When that happens, quitting becomes a beckoning alternative.
But you don’t have to take that option, if you have a firm belief in your blog’s mission. You can overcome the challenges and achieve your goals…
You may not gain wide readership at the beginning. You will be negatively criticised to a breaking point.
Internet trolls will come after you in the comment section of your posts. You may even experience the so-called writer’s block…
And friends and family may not give you the kind of support you would expect.
If any of these things happen to you, the only thing that will encourage you not to take down the blog will be your firm belief in your blog’s mission.
Without that, you may have lost the battle before it got started. So my friend, be encouraged by believing strongly in your blog’s mission.
Having a firm belief in your blog’s mission has a way of enlarging you.
By that I don’t mean that your body mass will increase. But that it will enable you to accomplish more.
There are many possibilities that may never be unlocked to you if you are not in your mind fully committed to your blog’s mission.
Belief in your blog and explore the opportunities it brings. That’s one way you grow and enlarge.
Sooner or later, you would find yourself accomplishing things you once thought impossible.
If your blog has a purpose you so much believe in, it will rub off on your expectations for the blog.
Don’t run a blog without a propose. It doesn’t make sense to do so.
For example, some people say they started their blog because they just wanted to write, not caring whether someone reads it or not. I am not like that and I hope you are not too.
I am not saying starting a blog as a writing outlet is not okay. I am saying you should expect to be be read as well.
If you belief you have something to offer on your blog, then it is normal to expect people to discover your blog, read it and give you feedback.
A good blog without readers is like a beautiful girl in the dark: no one knows she is there.
I cannot begin to explain here what you should expect in your blog. Let your heart and your blog mission guide you.
What I can assure you is that the more confidence you have in what you are doing, the more you are psychologically empowered and encouraged to continue doing it…
The more you grow and enlarge in the process, the more your expectations are deepened. And hopefully the more positive results you will achieve.
Having a belief in your blog’s mission will help you accomplish more. It will empower you, encourage you, enlarge you and even deepen your expectations.
In what other ways has your belief in your blog’s mission been of help to you?
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
Why do you have a blog? Do you want to be read far and wide?
How visible is your blog?
I’m sorry to tell you that many people who should be reading your blog are not even aware that it exists in the the first place!
Well, let me clarify that this post is not for those who claim that they don’t care whether someone reads their blogs or not.
If that includes you, I think you should move on to another post right now, because there is no use you continue reading this piece.
But if you think the world should read your blog, because you have something valuable to share, I think it is worth it for you to find out how more and more people can discover yourself blog to read it.
A few times I have stumbled on some blogs with great contents (by my own reckoning that is) but with very few readers or followers.
Why is that so? I believe many people are not yet aware that such a fantastic blog exists.
Granted, some of those blogs are new on the block hence I concede that it will take some time for them to gain due popularity.
What about those blogs that have been existing for a while, have great content but not much viewership? I would say there must be something missing…
It is one thing to have a blog that publishes great contents and another thing to have people visiting the blog consistently. The good part is that the two are not mutually exclusive.
Good content should attract great readership. I wish it’s that simple!
If your blog’s content is great, then readers should be swarming in. But is that your reality?
Let’s face it, your blog is just a tiny part of the hundreds of millions of blogs existing on the blogosphere and many more millions of posts churned out week in week out.
In fact, within the next 24 hours after you have read this post, another fifty thousand new blogs would have been created around the world and over two million new posts published.
So my friend, you see, it will take some efforts on your part for your blog to be discovered, read and followed. Like me, I believe you would want your blog to have visibility.
Or don’t you want your blog to be noticed?
The first advice I would give you here is for you to index your blog as “public.” By so doing, it will be discoverable when people do word searches on search engines such as Google.
Only those people who don’t want their blogs to be read by just anyone should be indexed “private.” That way, their blogs will not show up in Google searches, but will be available to only those they choose to invite in.
I have heard it said over and over again that when it comes to gaining traction for your blog, content is king. The argument is that if your posts are relevant and helpful to your readers, they will keep coming back for more.
I am not saying it is foolproof but it helps to have great contents on your blog.
Generally, people are searching for solutions to something. Your post might as well be the ‘miracle meal’ that satisfies their hunger.
Don’t forget that people desire to live happier. They want to live healthier. And they want to live wealthier…
Chances are that if your content consistently provides answers in any of the three areas, more and more people will be interested in your blog.
After you have published that fantastic post on your blog, don’t call it a day yet; spread the word around about your new post.
We are in the age of social media. Take a good advantage of it to promote (I don’t want to say ‘advertise’) your posts.
Just “Share your work with the world through Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks” is the best advice in this regard.
That way you will make your article available to a wider audience. Sooner or later those who so reads your article on social networks will follow you home to your blog.
You don’t have to employ all of the social media platforms out there to be able to achieve this. One or two is enough.
In my own case, Facebook and Twitter have been useful in helping people discover this blog.
With the help of Publicize, I have linked my WordPress blog to my Facebook and Twitter Accounts.
Any post I publish on the blog is automatically publicised through the two social media handles for my followers to see, read and possibly share with their own followers. You can do the same if you have not already done so.
This is about getting out of your comfort zone and connecting with other bloggers; engaging with the blogging community.
If you want your blog to be noticed, you cannot afford to stay in your cozy corner of WordPress and expect it to happen just like that. You have to deliberately interact with other blogs.
There are many ways you can achieve that: visit and read other blogs, like the posts, share a comment, link to other posts, follow other blogs you like, join a blogging community. Guest post.
When you do any or all of the above, you leave a link-trail through which people may be ‘lured’ to your blog.
If you do not make any deliberate effort to promote the posts on your blog, chances are that not everyone who should be reading your blog would be able to find it.
How do you get your blog noticed? Leave a comment.
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
What drives traffic to your blog? Any idea how many readers landed on your site from search engines word searches?
Have you figured out which country most of your blog traffic come from?
Where do most people access your blog from? Do you have more or less viewers from within your geographical location or from abroad?
You may be surprised to find out that people are viewing your blog from many countries far away from where you are.
If you are interested in knowing more about this, you will have to take a good look at your blog stats page. And that is not a bad thing to do provided you approach it without being so emotionally attached to it.
WordPress support explains that “Your stats page includes a bunch of nifty graphs, charts, and lists that show you how many visits your site gets, what posts and pages are the most popular ones, and much more.”
Why don’t you take some few minutes to explore your site’s stats page? You will find some interesting results.
Just like many other parts of your wordpress site, the navigation of the stats page is menu-driven so it is not difficult to explore at all.
I’m aware that many business blogs take their blogs’ analytics very seriously. But even if yours is a personal blog, it doesn’t stop you from taking a little peep into your blog’s stats.
In this post, we are focusing on just the number of blog views by highlighting two broad ways you can review the sources of readers to your blog.
However, bear in mind that I am not an expert in blog analytics. This post is based entirely on the observations made on this blog.
You may use the comment section to share your own experience if it is different from what I am sharing here.
Your blog’s traffic can be analysed in terms of the total number of “views by country” or in terms of the total number of “views by referrer.”
We will now take a deeper look at each of the two:
Do you have any idea in which country most readers access your blog from? You can know it by simply analysing your blog views by country.
It is important you know your blogs views by country because it will help you in some ways. If you are not sure how, this post will show you something about that.
One surprising thing I found from analying this blog’s view by country was that although I write this blog from Nigeria, majority of the people who view it are based in the United States.
I was conscious of that when I wrote the post, When Will Americans Stop Disrespecting Their President?
Though, I was initially reluctant to publish that post, the realisation that most of my readers live in America made me overcome the initial inertia.
Second on the list is Nigeria, my country of birth and residence. Interestingly, Australia which used to occupy the second position has now been displaced to the third.
Since the year 2018 began, over 5,000 people have viewed this blog from around a hundred different countries of the world. (I know it because I counted).
But interestingly, more than 65% of the views came from within the US alone.
Don’t you think it makes great sense for you to know where majority of your readers are?
As an example, you can take a look at the following record showing the top eight countries from which this blog has been viewed from January 2018 to date:
How do people get to discover your blog? What are the sources of traffic to your blog?
Apart from the ones that came through mouth to mouth recommendations, have you bothered to check your blog stats to see your highest source of referrer?
There are many sources of referrals to your blog – search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing), WordPress Readers, other blogs or sites, social media (Facebook, Twitter) etc. One of these will top the list as your main referrer.
For instance, from the first quarter of this year till now, here is the summary of how readers were referred to this blog:
As can be seen in the above summary, most of the people who viewed this blog from the beginning of the year till now were referred here by search engines. And this is consistent with observations in the previous years too.
In a way, I see it as a good thing because it points to the fact that my posts show up when people do specific word searches on the internet.
Some people have suggested that SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) helps a lot in this regard. They may be right but I have not fully grasped how that works…
I simply write my posts as the words flow from my mind to the blog page, hoping that they provide answers to someone’s questions out there.
It is my belief that knowing a bit about your blog’s stats with respect to traffic referrers to your blog or where most people view your blog from will improve your total blogging experience.
Is it Google or social media that drives most traffic to your blog?
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
It is a good thing to appreciate your favourite blogger. Do it when the need arises and do it often.
Many people simply walk away after reading their favourite blogs. Such people leave without giving any form of feedback to the author of the blog.
By so doing, they miss the inherent opportunities to appreciate or encourage the blogger to keep on writing.
If you have not been doing so, you should learn appropriate ways of giving appropriate feedback or appreciation to the blogger you like.
I not saying you should feed their ego. Just consider it your own little way to show the blogger some love.
In this post, I will suggest:
When you read a post and you like it, hit the 'like' button below the post, share it with your friends on your social media handles. Leave a comment for the author or send him or her an email to let them know how good you felt about the post. Reblog it and link to it in your own posts.
Remember: Treat other bloggers the way you want to be treated. The saying that “What goes around comes around,” applies in blogging too.
If you don’t like a post or you disagree with the author’s position, don’t walk away just yet; leave him or her a comment or send an email expressing your reservations or why you disagree with the post.
Caution: Be nice about it or else walk away quietly. Unconstructive criticisms are not easy pills for anyone to swallow.
If you have better insight on the issue on hand than the author displayed in a post, feel free to offer such insights or perspectives via the comment section of the post or through an email.
Advice: Be humble about it, because even you don’t know everything! We learn from one another to play the game better.
If you notice some fundamental errors in omeone else’s post or you have some suggestions for improvement, do the writer (and the blogging world) a favour by informing him or her via an email or private chat. (Some bloggers, including yours truly, would not mind you using the comment section of the post to register your suggestions).
Caution: Please give your corrections and/or suggestions in love, no better way around it.
If you have an experience that validates the author’s position in a post you have read, be magnanimous enough to share it in the comment section so that other readers can learn from it too.
Advice: If protecting your privacy is of concern to you, you can share the experience anonymously.
If you have a blog that you read and you really love it so much, promote the blog on your own blog or on your other social media handles.
Reason: There is love in sharing and good news is for sharing. Assist other people to discover your favourite blog and follow it so that they too can be as well.
If you feel a sense of gratitude to a blogger for being a blessing to you, send him a “thank you” card or write a post or poem about it. That was what inspired my post on the best way to appreciate a blogger who blesses you.
Remember: It feels good to be appreciated. Don’t you know that by experience?
A blogger may also be appreciated or feel loved if you nominate them for blogging awards – online or terrestrial. Now you know better!
Caution: Not all bloggers will accept award nominations. So do your findings first before you nominate someone.
Invite the bloggers you love to speaking engagements in your community or around you. What some of this bloggers write online they can also present or speak about physically.
Advice: Be convinced about what the blogger has to offer before you give him or her a speaking invitation or else you may feel disappointed.
I didn’t want to add this one. But I feel like this post will not be complete without it.
You can give financial support to a blog you really like. Make donations. Buy their products eg books, etc. Continue reading
Every day of the week, millions of posts hit the blogosphere. Out of this teeming number, you are able to stumble on and read some posts you really like.
What do you do after reading? Walk away, just like many other people do?
Haba, I know you can do better…
“So what do I expect you to do?” you may ask. Simple: show the Blogger some love. Appreciate him or her.
You can do so by giving him or her an appropriate feedback on the posts you have read.
The feedback after reading the post can come in form of “likes” for the posts, comments, follows, reblogs, sharing of the posts, emails, experience sharing, suggestions, testimonies, etc.
I tell you, by so doing, the blogger will feel mightily appreciated and greatly encouraged to continue writing.
Part of the joy of personal blogging is receiving appropriate feedback from your readers.
To be clearer about the point of this post, I’m saying there is need for you to appreciate your favourite bloggers who have been a blessing to you in one way or another.
I learnt that lesson early enough in my blogging journey. And I have had several causes to express my gratitude to some bloggers whose writings have consistently been a blessing to me.
On one of such instances, I had to write a simple poem to a particular blogger whose writings (coincidentally poems too) have been so enriching to me and my reading experience on wordpress.
And how do you think she received my feedback?
Here was what she had to say to me afterwards:
WOW, you have blessed me so much with “your poem.” I was not expecting anything like that and have never received anything like it before.
Each day I pray for the Lord to inspire me and that He should send me something from time to time to quicken to my spirit that I am indeed doing this all for His glory and His purpose. Every now and then I get a word of encouragement from someone that confirms I am using my gift for Him. This not only confirms it but it solidifies this is w[h]ere God wants me. Thank you again for giving me such a huge blessing. ~ Have a wonderful day with Jesus.
And after I had turned my ‘poem of gratitude’ into a full post, she also remarked:
There you go again Victor blessing me again with your post! I love that you turned it into something that we can all do to let others know that we appreciate what they do. Encouraging others is so important for us to do and this is a great way to do so. ~ May God continue to use you to bless others ~
I am not trying to be sycophantic or eager to blow my own trumpet here by sharing theses comments. Rather I am only trying to reecho the sentiment that in this world of blogging, “Encouraging others is so important for us to do…”
So is there anyone whose blog posts have greatly impacted your life? Why don’t you reach out and appreciate such one?
There are a few things you may want to do to show some love to the blogger you read his or her post. In my next post, we will explore some 10 simple things you can do to make your favourite blogger feel appreciated.
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
“Congratulations on getting 500 total follows on Victors’ Corner.” That’s the notification I recently received from WordPress.
What that means is that this blog has reached yet another milestone, just like the 200th post milestone achieved a few weeks back.
I am not writing this post in order to blow my trumpet. Rather, I just want to use the rare avenue to convey my heartfelt appreciation to everyone of you who have been so kind to be one of my WordPress followers. Therefore kindly accept some 500 rounds of applause from me to you.
Secondly, I will also use the opportunity to invite more WordPress users to join the over 500 amazing followers of this blog. I assure you that there is so much more to gain and nothing to lose by joining this blog’s community.
You may extend the favour by recommending this blog to your friends and family so that they too can benefit from the things we share here. I hope that is not too much to ask?
Once again, thank you for your immense support this far.
Finally, what has been your experience following this blog? Kindly drop a comment.
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
Thanks to WordPress, I was able to set up this blog three years ago without any professional help.
Since that time, I have had the privilege of having several online interactions with many other WordPress users and I would say, it has been mutually benefiting. But the interaction has remained online as I have never attended any terrestrial event for all wordpress users.
All that got to change over the last weekend as I attended the WordPress Conference – codenamed Wordcamp Lagos or #WCLagos2018 – on 10 March 2018, where the beautiful packages embedded in the event’s theme of “Bringing the WordPress community closer” began to be unfolded before my very eyes.
For the first time in my life, I was under the same roof for a whole day with many people that have anything to do with WordPress.
Bloggers, Coders, web designers, digital marketers, lawyers, entrepreneurs etc, were there. And you know what, there was something for every one…
According to the information provided by the organisers of wordcamp Lagos on the event site, here is an insight into what a Wordcamp is all about:
WordCamp is an all-encompassing term referring to a conference, a community organized and officially sanctioned event to deal with all things WordPress…
They range from a one-day event to a three-day event depending on the local community organizing it. They comprise of but not limited to conference-like sessions, panels, interviews…, kids-camp, short or multi-hour workshops, and (en)lightning talks.
People attend to share ideas, learn about WordPress, talk about opportunities, and meet other WordPress users in person…
For over a decade now, Wordcamp sessions have been reported to have taken place in many cities across some dozens of countries of the world. Lagos has now joined the league of world cities to have hosted a WordCamp conference.
WordCamp in my City of Lagos
Earlier in the year, I became aware that such a program was coming up here in Lagos – my city of residence; and I had made up my mind to attend.
Gratefully, I realised that my schedule could accommodate it. So three days to the event I was able to complete the online registration and on the D-Day I showed up for the workshops.
This was my first experience with a WordPress wordcamp and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
In fact, I later got to understand that this was the first city WordPress conference in Nigeria and in West Africa for that matter.
It was such a huge success by my own estimation, I had to go to one of the organisers to ask, “When is the next one holding please?”
Apart from the fantastic venue chosen for the event – The Civic Center, Lagos – there were many other reasons that made it worthwhile for me. And it is my pleasure and privilege to share my experiences with you.
Generally speaking, the conference improved my understanding of the workings of WordPress as an “online open-source website creation tool” which presently powers 30% of the internet.
And specifically, I also gained improved knowledge in some areas of blogging, search engine optimization, digital marketing, web development in a developing country, to mention but a few.
I guarantee you that should you attend a WordPress conference as I did, there would be something new for you to learn from the various ideas exchanged at the forum.
It was not all about learning new things. The conference also afforded me the rare opportunity of having face to face interactions and networking with all kinds of WordPress users, from within my country and abroad as well.
From bloggers to web designers, coders, CEOs, digital marketers, online payment companies, photographers, etc, I was able to engage with some of them in very meaningful conversations.
Now I can say that I have expanded my physical sphere of the WordPress community by reason of that conference.
Indeed, the WordPress community was brought closer to me on that day! You can have the same experience too.
There are many ways to receive inspiration; one of which is through the the people who have gone where you wish to go or have done what you want to do.
Many things about the conference left me largely inspired. But the one that stood out for me was the personal story of Labi Francis, “a blogger, front-end developer, SEO expert, social media strategist and tech enthusiast.”
I sat in his class as he shared the story of how he grew from being a new comer with WordPress to the enviable position where he is right now. His humility was so apparent as he told his story of how WordPress has transformed his life.
And who says WordPress is incapable of changing your own life as well?
For a pre-registration fee of N3,500.00 (about 10 US dollars) per person, I found the conference to be very affordable and easily within the range of anyone who has any interest in WordPress.
To think that for that amount, you got to listen to multiple speakers, used one of the choicest high profile event centres in town, got one WordPress branded T- shirt for free, had a sumptuous lunch at a magnificent lagoon-front restaurant is nothing short of amazing.
It was an experience you would not like to miss. And I’m glad I didn’t miss it. That’s why I’m sharing my experience with you, hoping that you would be encouraged to attend the next WordCamp event in your community.
Apart from the free WordPress branded T-shirts already mentioned, there were other free items given out to all participants as well. These included, small shopping bags and WordPress branded stickers of various sizes.
Also, for anyone who needed a taxi ride home after the program, a taxi company which was on ground at the event offered free (or discounted) taxi ride to the tune of two thousand Naira, an equivalent of about six US dollars.
I would definitely have benefited from the offer if I hadn’t driven to the event myself. So you see? There are alot of side benefits waiting for you when you attend a WordPress conference.
The kids were not left out of the conference. The organisers made arrangements that also included kids (under their parents supervision) who have interest in coding, web designing and WordPress generally. The good part was that they were separately and specially catered for, for a fee less than 30% of what the adult participants paid.
Although there might be limited spaces for kids, parents and guardians are encouraged to attend WordCamps with their kids. So next time you want to attend a WordCamp, please do not say no to your teen or preteen geek who wants to tag along with you. Both of you will learn and have some fun in the event.
I learnt earlier that “All Wordcamp organisers and speakers are unpaid volunteers; they offer their services as a labour of love.”
In the Lagos event, I could see that the volunteers were extremely friendly and very helpful, giving guidance and directions to the attendees during the program. And the help desk lived up to their name: very helpful.
So if you are a WordPress user – front end, back end or anything in between – and you want to offer your services free of charge, for the benefit of the WordPress users around you, a Wordcamp will be a good place to volunteer your time and talent.
During one of the side conversations I had with some people at the conference, I learnt that there are other WordPress meetups which also offer the platform for sharing ideas, volunteering and mentoring.
You may want to seek out the one in your community for active participation and collaboration with other WordPress users.
An “after-party for you to meet new friends, business partners, employees, employers, and life partner,” scheduled to take place at the conclusion of the day’s events was also included in the package promised by the organisers.
Unfortunately, I am unable tell you how this one went down because I didn’t wait to witness it. Sorry!
In the final analysis, I was convinced beyond all reasonable doubts that the the Wordcamp event delivered great “content and value” to all the participants.
So if you want to have a swell experience like I did at the just ended #WCLagos2018, please make plans to be part of the next WordPress Conference holding in your community.
What are your own experiences with WordPress Conferences? Share your story in the comment section.
©Copyright 2018 | Victor Uyanwanne
I just received the notification from WordPress that I have reached the 200 posts milestone on this blog. So I decided to share the good news with you.
Good news because it brought 200 shades of smiles to my face. And the fact that I have you reading the posts is very heart-warming.
I would have let it pass unheralded but I don’t want to miss this opportunity to say:
How would you describe your personal blogging experience? Has it been somewhat frustrating or you are enjoying the ride all the way?
How about doing some little things that will improve the blogging experience for both you and your readers? In this post, I will like to explore 5 questions you should resolve if you want a better personal blogging experience.
I’m writing this post with my smartphone. And chances are that you might be reading it on a portable device as well.
That confirms the report that a rising percentage of internet users access blogs via their mobile devices as against the traditional desktop computers. The implication of that is that the readers of your blog will have a frustrating experience navigating your blog if it is not well optimised for mobile devices, such as phones and tablets.
One way to optimise your WordPress blog for mobile devices is to use a theme that is mobile device friendly. Another is to use a suitable plugin that serves that purpose. Any of the two options is capable of improving the site loading time and navigation.
Blogging is not a solo business, neither is it a one-way express. Just like you, many other people are involved in it. You shouldn’t stay in one corner of WordPress unnoticed when there are millions of bloggers out there you could reach out to and interact with on a regular basis.
Except your blog is a private one, you will have to reach out to other bloggers if you want other bloggers to reach out to you.
You can reach out to other people’s blog by following the ones you like, reading and commenting on their posts, hitting the like buttons, sharing and reblogging their posts and even sending them direct emails. There is a great chance that when you reach out to these people, they too will also reach out to you, and the cycle will continue.
People follow your blog through their WordPress accounts or through email subscriptions. That way, anytime you hit the publish button, they get notified in their email boxes or through their WordPress Readers, giving them easier access to exploring your new posts.
How does your post notification look like in an email message? You can find out about it by simply subscribing to your own blog with your email address.
This way, you will receive notifications for all your posts, just like any of your followers. It is a simple step but one capable of improving your personal blogging experience.
Do you want many people to read your posts? If your answer is yes, then you will have to do some forms of promotions so that as many people as possible can find your posts to read them.
I am not talking about very aggressive marketing campaign here. You can go for that if that appeals to you. But as a personal blogger, I am actually talking about using your personal social media such as your Facebook or Twitter handles to promote the posts you publish on your blog. This costs you nothing more than a little of your time and effort.
If your blog is indexed as ‘public’ and is search-engine optimised well enough, people can find the blog through Google searches without much inducement from you. But beyond that mechanism, there has to be some deliberate efforts on your part towards getting people to read your blog.
For instance, my blog analytics show that I receive the largest traffic to my site through Google referrals, which is good for me. But I do also receive traffic via my social media handles, especially through Facebook.
As you are on WordPress, you may as well be active on social media. (Facebook and Twitter are my favourites. You can stay with the one that works best for you). This will give you more channels to promote your blog – at no direct financial cost.
You can link your posts through the sharing apparatus on your blog settings such that each time you publish a post on WordPress, it will automatically appear on your social media handles. This will make it easy for all your readers to see, click on and be directed to your blog to read the full article.
Your post should not be a block of texts that only a serious researcher can commit to read through. Make the reading experience feel better for your followers by adding appropriate pictures in appropriate places in the posts.
I have learnt to use at least one picture (the feature image) in every of my posts. And as the text counts increase, I increase the picture counts as well – one picture per every 400-500 words on a page.
Besides improving the general appearance of the post, embedding pictures in a post also helps search engines to discover your blog. But you will have to ensure that the pictures are properly labelled as you saved them in your gallery before inserting them in your posts.
What did you do to improve your personal blogging experience? Feel free to leave a comment.
©Copyright 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne
What is in a blog name?, you may ask. Your blog name often points to the direction or focus of your blog.
As was stated in the Story behind your blog name post,
Your blog name is one of the first things that readers notice about your site. Your name tells visitors what your blog is about, but also reveals a bit about you and your personality …Cheri Lucas Rolands
There are some blog names that I consider easy to understand in that you don’t need to crack your brain so much to have an idea what the blog is about, even before you pay a visit to their about pages.
For instance, some of my followers such as Josephina of Joseyphina’s World, David Ettinger of EttingersWriting, Malaika of Potential Doctor, to name but a few, have blog names that one might consider very straightforward to understand.
But then, there are also some other blogs that I follow or some of the ones that follow mine, that may be adjudged to have blog names that are not so straightforward to comprehend.
By that I mean that their blog names appear to have meanings that may not be so easy to decipher on the surface.
For the purpose of this post, I shall be restricted to highlighting some of my followers whose blogs I consider to have ‘curious’ names. Curious in the sense that further explanations may be needed to truly understand the exact meaning of the blog names.
I hope that the authors whose blogs I will highlight and link to in this post will find this as a veritable avenue for them to explain the correct meaning of their blog names to my audience. Therefore, this post will try to draw out the blog owners to throw more light on the inspiration behind their blog names.
First of all, it is not my intention to be critical with this post. (Forgive me if it comes across that way). Consider it my privilege here to voluntarily recommend these blogs that will be featured below.
My wish is that this post will precipitate some answers that will satisfy readers’ curiosity and clear our doubts as well. But if this post makes the blog writers feel uncomfortable in any way (which I hope not), they should feel free to let me know for necessary action.
Having said that, We can now take a look at the:
10 Curious Blog Names I’d Like Explained
1. Tikeetha’s A Thomas Point of View
We know that Jesus’ Disciple known as the doubting Thomas, even though I have long realised that Thomas is more than a doubter.
I also know the blog writer Tikeetha is not the sister of the doubting Thomas😀 But is she his disciple?
I think not because I follow the blog and I don’t see Thomas’ spirit at work every time. So Tikeetha, would you kindly tell us why you chose a ‘Thomas point of view’ as your blog name?
2. Anne’s Freedomborn … Aussie Christian Focus
I have enjoyed following this blog from far away Australia. Over the period of our mutual interactions, I have come to know a few things about the author, including being a former atheist, who is now very passionate in following God.
But I have not come to fully grasp the true meaning of the blog name, “Freedom… Asssie Christian Focus.”
Over there on her blog’s first page, Anne tells the story of an eagle which started life in a chicken’s world and lived like a chicken until one day when it discovered it’s true identity as an eagle and flew away to the sky.
The story is interesting, but are we missing something out on the true meaning of “Freedomborn … Aussie Christian Focus?”
In her response to a previous post on this blog, Anne stated, “…I prayed for a Name and I thought of Freedomborn… My Blog focus including Comments has often been about Freedom in Christ Jesus and what it really means to be Born Again and Perfected in Love…”
Over to you Anne, did I miss anything on the true meaning of the name of your blog?
3. Mikayla’s MiksBullshitsBlog
Mikayla, I am sorry if you think your write-ups are bullshits because they are not.
I have read through your posts and I saw no bullshits dumped anywhere. I saw them as very interesting perspectives on your life’s experiences, and they are full of lessons.
You have to keep writing, because you are definitely not dispensing bullshits. At the same time, I can’t but ask: Of all the blog names you could have chosen, why bullshits?
Mikayla, would you let us in on the reason you chose that name for your blog?
4. Vincent’s TalmidimBlogging
At the time I discovered the blog, the word talmidim was completely new to me.
Now I know it is a plural Hebrew word meaning, “Disciples,” referring to “those who leave family to study and follow the ways of their teacher [rabbi]. They study not only to learn what their teacher knows but to become the type of man their teacher is.”
That is a wonderful meaning. After all, I see my self as a disciple of Jesus Christ, aspiring to be like Him. But we need to hear from you Vincent: what is the inspiration behind your blog name, Talmidim?
5. Kristen’s The ungodly woman
Wait a minute, ungodly woman? Why would I want to follow an ungodly woman?
That was the question that came up in my mind the first time I ever saw that blog. But then I explored the blog and didn’t see ungodliness spattered all over the places.
What then inspired that kind of blog name? The blog’s author explains, “The way I see it, if sainthood and godliness is supposed to look like what so many practising Christians in America believe it to be, I’d much rather be lumped in with the rest of the sinners and ungodly ones.
Besides, as the ungodly woman, I have unfailing confidence that Christ is for me. Even, and especially, when His people are not.
Beyond what is obvious in the quote above, Dear Kristen, if you don’t mind, this is an opportunity to explain the philosophy behind the name of your blog, to me and to other readers.
6. Braddahr’s Cultural Atheists
I have written a few posts bothering on atheism before. To be honest, some avowed atheists that responded to those posts proved very difficult to relate with.
Even though a few of them were polite in my conversations with them, many of them were not that nice at all. So when ‘Cultural Atheist’ began to follow my blog, I was tempted to think, “there goes another atheist.’
But I came to realise soon enough that the author had already converted from atheism to Christianity. And I was pleasantly surprised about that!
Was that why the name ‘cultural atheists’ was chosen as the name of the blog?” Braddahr, if you are reading this, kindly explain to us the real meaning of Cultural Atheist as your blog name.
7. JD Mays’ Shattered in Him
I am curious to know what inspired this blog post.
As the author states on her blog, “By sharing her journey, her hope is to shine a light for someone who may be lost in the dark.”
That’s quite clear. But is there more to the blog name than meets the eye?
Dear Mays, do us a favour by shedding more light on Shattered in Him to enable us understand the blog better.
8. Lisa’s The Whisper Within
What is the Whisper within? Would I be wrong if I say it means the voice of the spirit on the inside of me?
Is it just a gut feeling or conscience or your sense of right or wrong?
Lisa says it is more than that; that it is something different and extraordinary. Wouldn’t you want to hear the extraordinary meaning of the whisper within?
Dear Lisa, what then is the true meaning of the whisper within as your blog name?
9. Jacqueline’s A cooking pot and twisted tales
What do you see when you read that blog name? May be a lot of delicious meals hot off the pot, on one hand… Right!
On the other hand, I can assure you that the posts on that blog are not ‘twisted,’ What I don’t know is why the author named her blog a “Cooking pot and twisted tales.”
May be there is a story behind it. And I would like to hear it. So Jacqueline, would you tell us what inspired the name of your blog?
10. A Beauty Beyond Bones
This prolific writer, I understand, prefers to remain anonymous. But her blog tells her story in a way that speak volumes about her. Her story is one of struggles, faith, courage, victory, hope and encouragement.
I have often wondered the true meaning of beauty beyond bones until I read her post explaining it.
“My beauty is from Christ” she says, “My beauty is not my own. It is because I am made by God.
“Yes, my physical body – my flesh, muscles, bones – they’re beautiful, because they’re the handiwork of the Lord. But it goes beyond that. My true beauty comes from the fact that Jesus is living inside of my heart. He dwells within me.”
That is quite inspiring, I would say. But is there anything you would want to add to enhance our understanding of your blog name, Beauty Beyond Bones?
To everyone whose blog is mentioned here, I expect you would leave a comment in response to the question on your blog name. Even if your blog is not mentioned, you can put in a comment as well.
©Copyright 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne
Your blog name is your established identity on the blogosphere. And I want to believe that it was thoughtfully chosen.
As Cheri Lucas Rowlands observed,
“Your blog name is one of the first things that readers notice about your site. Your name tells visitors what your blog is about, but also reveals a bit about you and your personality.”
The purpose of this post is to ask you to share the story behind the name of your blog so that we can understand you more and relate with you better. But before I delve into asking you that question, I will like to first and foremost explain how I arrived at my own blog name.
I know it is not a so-fantastic story but it is my pleasure to share it with you all the same. As you can see, the name of this blog is Victors’ Corner.
Back in my undergraduate days many years ago, I used to ‘run’ a little motivational speaking session in my class. I would often stand in front of my classmates (usually before or in between lectures) to speak to my fellow students. I would encourage them to work hard, to not be discouraged, to not to give up hope and to always trust God for the best.
I used to call that little sharing platform The Victors’ Corner. The Victor in the appellation is not the Victor that is my real first name. But it referred to victor as an English word meaning a winner. My simple operating purpose was to inspire my fellow students then to become victors, succeeding (especially in academics) in flying colours.
Around the year 2001 when I opened my first email address, Victorscorner became the natural username to employ. But instead of the two separate words, Victor’s Corner, it became merged into one as Victorscorner. The apostrophe was done away with because, as you know, it is not allowed as part of an email username.
Then came 2015 when I had the privilege of starting this blog. WordPress requires an email address to set up an account. And as such, my already already firstname.lastname@example.org became handy.
Victorscorner also became authomatically used as part of the blog’s domain name. And I later adopted it as the name of the blog as well.
However I will like to explain the little twist to it – the double entendre in it. At the initial stage, the blog name was in the singular form, Victor’s Corner, referring to one winner at a time on one hand, and my (real name, Victor’s) corner of WordPress on the other.
But I later began to see everyone on this platform as winner a in one way or another. So the name was tweaked to a plural form, Victors’ Corner. That is the form in which the blog name exists till date.
As I explained on the About Page, we are all winners in this corner.
I am a winner
You are a winner
Together we are winners.
That’s the story behind my blog name. You may read My About Page for more.
Now let me ask you: What is the story behind your own blog name?
©Copyright 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne
Blogging brings about a two-way interaction. You share your opinions through your posts, and your readers respond to them through their comments. This makes the whole blogging interaction mutually beneficial.
As a personal blogger like me, the least you can do after going through your readers’ comments – to retain their loyalty – is to acknowledge their effort by genuinely responding to their comments. I see it as a sign of disrespect not to do so.
I like to read and respond to all the comments on my blog posts. There are immense benefits in doing so.
In this post, I am sharing some of the simple reasons I love reading my blog comments:
Out of the millions of blogs out there, it is a big favour for you to have people reading yours, and even a bigger one to have them leave comments on your posts. So if someone is kind enough to comment on your post, be respectful enough to acknowledge the person with a response.
If you do not respond, the person may stop commenting on your future posts because he or she will feel unappreciated. Hardly would you have a neglected reader who keeps coming back and commenting on all your posts.
As you well know, respect begets respect. I want to be acknowledged whenever I comment on other blogs. So I extend the same courtesy to anyone who takes out his or her valuable time to leave a comment on mine.
When a post strikes a chord – positive or negative – in the heart of a reader, he or she is most likely to react to it by ‘liking’ it, sharing it or leaving a comment after reading it. That goes to show that if I explore the comments on my blog, I would often see how much the post resonated with the readers.
I would not know much about how you as my reader feel about my posts, except you leave me an appropriate comment. And once I see your comment – positive or negative, I feel bound to respond to it.
Apart from clearly identified spam comments, I don’t yet have a record of ever deleting any reader’s comment on my posts.
Experience has shown me that it is easier for readers to simply walk away after reading a post than to click the “like button” below a post or write a comment after reading the post.
Even when a reader shows that he or she ‘likes’ a post, (I am glad to see those “likes” on my posts) I feel that comments show a deeper level of connection or engagement between my readers and I than “likes” do.
The “Like” button is a one-way traffic; as the name depicts, you hit it to show that you like a post. But through comments, I can get to see whether you like the post, disagree with it or you are simply indifferent.
Usually, I can feel my readers pulse through the comment window. While exploring the comments, I would often see all sorts of emotions and attitudes on display: joy, agreement, disagreement, anger, hate, love, appreciation, prejudice, faith, hopelessness, desperation, to mention but a few.
As I said already, I endeavour to respond to all of the comments as most appropriate. So far, none of my posts have generated more number of comments than I have been able to respond to.
You don’t have to follow my example here; you have the power to decide which of your readers’ comments to delete or keep. That’s why there is a setting on WordPress that allows you to moderate the comments on your blog.
The comment section reveals a lot about the acceptability or impact of any post I make. It lets me see whether or not the post has ‘hit the target.’
There are many ways to measure the success of a post. Apart from the number of views, shares and likes, the number of comments generated by the post also counts for me.
Please don’t misunderstand me; I do not write any post with the sole intention of generating mere comments. Rather, before I hit the publish button, my number one wish is always that my post will positively touch at least one person’s life.
That is to say that the ultimate test of the success of my posts is the number of lives they impact positively, not the number of comments they generate. But how would I know that someone somewhere was touched or influenced by my post except he or she leaves me a feedback comment?
Perhaps a few examples will bring home my point.
I can recall a positive feedback I once received from a pastor in the US who commented that a post I made bothering on time, talent and treasure gave him an insight to a message he had been proposing to preach to His congregation but did not know how to go about it.
How about a reader who after reading my post on forgiveness commented that the post touched her and she had decided to forgive someone whom she had refused to forgive for years?
Quite recently too, “you have made my day,” was a comment a reader left below the post why not to judge people.
How else could I measure the success of my posts without all these positive feedback which I glean from reading the comment section?
In my relatively short period in blogging, I have discovered that the comment section of my posts is a goldmine for new blog ideas and readers’ suggestions. I have been able to spurn several posts from looking at my readers’ comments and also improved on my blog generally by implementing some of their suggestions.
So if you thoroughly explore your readers’ comments, you will definitely pick up ideas for new posts on your blog. For instance, there were some comments on my blog that I lifted and turned into full fledged posts. All the Conversation series so far posted on this blog fall into this category.
Not too long ago as well, I got to know through a reader’s comment that the Twitter sharing button on my blog was not properly set up.
Before I received the feedback, I didn’t realise that once anyone tried to share my posts via that button, it usually led them to a Twitter account that is not mine, though bearing some semblance with my blog name. But I was able to rectify the improperly set-up blog-twitter link because the error was pointed out through the comment section by one of my faithful readers.
So check your blog comments, you will see fresh blog topics directly suggested by your readers. Although most of them will not be so direct, you will still be able to pick up some fresh ideas that can help improve your entire blogging experience.
There are many ways to discover new blogs to follow or interesting new posts to read. One simple way I have found is to follow through the channel of the comment section of my posts.
I do check my WordPress Reader from time to time for new posts and I also do receive daily email notifications from blogs I follow in numbers more than I can handle on a given day. But I make sure that no day passes without responding to my blog comments, which in turn lures me to the commentator’s blog.
Once someone leaves a comment on any of my posts, I am most likely to head to the person’s blog – after responding to the comment – to see what the person has to offer on his or her blog. This way, I have discovered interesting new blogs to follow and great articles to read.
I have also observed that some readers do recommend posts for me to check out on their site by dropping the link via the comment section. (To guard against being spammed, I have set up the blog to allow for maximum of two links at a time from anyone comment section).
By and large, the comment section of my blog has become the easiest way for me to reciprocate comments and actively follow up with the conversations on my commenters’ blogs.
If you have followed this blog closely by commenting on my posts, you will have observed that I seem to pay a visit to your blog once you have left me a comment. I don’t intend to stop doing that because it is a strategy that has been working for me.
Your post is essentially your perspective on an issue. And no one person has it all. By reading your readers’ comments, you can gain some more perspectives on the issue in discourse.
On any given posts, there are readers that will give you a very interesting perspective to your post, different from the one you wrote about. So you will miss out on them if you do not reckon with your blog comments.
When I wrote 8 reasons I do not follow your blog, I was simply sharing my own perspectives based on my limited experiences on why I am unable to follow some blogs. But as I took a good look at the various comments generated by that post, I could see other reasons adduced by my readers on the principles that guide them in determining which blogs to follow or not to follow.
Of course some of their guiding principles tallied with mine. But there were some that didn’t, which kind of gave me some more insights on why some people may not follow a blog.
So if you do not mind receiving a different view to your post, allow your readers to engage you through their comments on your posts. The feedback might pleasantly surprise you.
On more than one occasions, some readers have misunderstood my posts, as seen through their comments. By responding to their comments, I was able to throw more light on the post and also (hopefully) corrected the wrong impression that might have been formed from reading them.
I have also had to do some rejoinder posts after following the direction of the comments that followed the earlier posts. That was what happened when I wrote 5 reasons I could not have been single and satisfied.
You could take the post as an open response to some readers’ comments precipitated by an earlier post on singleness. And I must tell you it helped to assuage some feelings precipitated by the referenced earlier post.
My dear friend, it is important you read and respond to your readers comments. It is a huge disservice to both you and your readers if you do not read and respond to your blog comments.
For instance, how can you provide an answer to a reader’s question in the comment section if you didn’t check it out in the first place? You can be sure that you will lose a reader’s loyalty if he or she feels repeatedly ignored by you.
I will not end this post without adding this point: I get some motivations (no matter how little) from looking at my blog comments.
When I started this blog, I did not so much imagine that so many people around the world would appreciate the thoughts I share. Now that I am aware that people are reading and giving positive feedback through their comments, I get encouraged to keep writing.
That does not mean that I would stop writing if the comments stop coming. But sincerely I am glad that people do read and comment on my posts. So that’s a source of motivation for me to keep the colourful blogging flag flying.
What benefits have you enjoyed reading comments on your blog?
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©Copyright 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne
I have found out through my own experience that part of the joy of blogging is having people who are following your blog, regularly reading your written thoughts, and sending you some feedback through their comments, likes, emails, reblogs, etc.
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I take it that you too do not mind sharing in the joy of blogging as it were. But as you already know, it is not always easy getting people to follow your blog. And there could be many reasons for that.
As far as I am concerned, here are 8 Simple Reasons I am not following your blog:
Your blog does not show up on the first pages when I do specific keyword searches on Google, neither do you leave a trail on other people’s posts by liking them or putting in some appropriate comments.
Without having any of the above leads to your site, how am I supposed to know that your lovely blog is tucked away in one hidden corner of WordPress?
I do not mean to say that if you do not follow my blog I will not follow yours. In fact, my blog stats show that as at now, I follow twice as many blogs that follow mine.
Just that like an average blogger (I’m not sure I am up to that yet), once I notice that anyone has followed my blog, the next natural thing I do is to head to the person’s blog to see what is on offer.
I cannot guarantee that I will follow you back once I see that you have followed my blog. But I guarantee to always check out any blog that follows mine to enable me to make up my mind on whether or not to follow back.
If you don’t follow me or leave a comment or a like on my blog posts, it becomes a bit harder for me to discover and follow your blog.
Sorry if that is you, I will not follow your blog. For instance, I stumbled on a blog one time. I saw that all the posts I managed to read thereon seem to have centered on promoting ‘unwholesome’ sexual behaviours.
I am not judging that blog, but I could not follow it because I did not want to be receiving posts bothering on promoting sexual perversion.
My point is that it is much easier for me to follow blogs whose values I share than to follow those whose values are completely different from mine. Please raise your hand if you are with me on that!
Some blogs make sense but the contents are in conflict with my values. Some others I have come across did not make much sense for me to opt in.
Usually, when I encounter a new blog, I would try to read three posts on the site (usually the last three). I may not follow the blog if I did not derive any value reading them.
To follow you, I will have to like at least one of the first three posts I read on your blog. Is that too much to ask?
This point may seem inconsequential to you. But believe it or not, it matters to me and to some other WP users too.
I find it easier to follow blogs that have profile pictures of their authors than the ones that do not have or have inanimate objects instead of a real person’s face. You know that faceless individuals on the internet are usually troublesome. Engage them if you want, but sometimes one would rather avoid them.
I have found out that by belonging to a specific community of bloggers (on Facebook for instance), I have discovered and followed new blogs. If you do not belong to any of such a community of bloggers and actively participate thereon, the odds against discovering your blog have just increased.
Needless to say, English is my blog default language. If your blog is set to another foreign language, I am sorry I cannot follow you. This is because I do not understand your language, so it is of no use to follow you.
I know one can reset the default language on your WP blog, but that means I will have to spend extra time and energy doing that.
Usually, it is easier for me to move on to other blogs written in English than to be involved in the task of changing your blog language so I can read it.
I have followed some great blogs simply because they were recommended to me by some other bloggers. Just like in advertising, word of mouth (or written) recommendations on WP promotes blogs too. That means, at least in part, that I am yet to follow your blog because no one has recommended it to me yet.
Why are you not following some blogs yet? We will like to hear from you.
©CopyRight 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne
It’s been exactly two years since this blog was started. I was a little nervous then when I hit the ‘publish’ button to push out the first post on the blog.
I had mild anxiety because I wasn’t very sure of what to expect on the blogosphere. The only thing I felt sure of was that finally I now have a properly coordinated avenue to share my thoughts with anyone who would be interested in reading them from anywhere around the world.
Before that time, I had my written thoughts spread on my diaries, notepad on my phone, various files on my laptop and some others I shared on my facebook page.
The blog is now providing wholesome inspiration for the family, life, and living – from a Christian worldview. More than I had previously envisaged, the positive impact has been great on me as well as on my readers. But I will quickly add that there is always room for more improvements.
To a very large extent, I have had fun writing this blog for two years running. For instance, you can imagine the pure joy I felt when a reader told me my post blessed her richly; or when a pastor-reader told me that my post gave him a handle to his Sunday sermon, or even when I reached the 100th WP follower milestone – although that threshold has since been surpassed in the last year.
I don’t know about you, but for me, the blogging journey has been more fulfilling than frustrating. Apart from the fact that I have learnt a lot along the line, that my posts have resonated with many people is also quite encouraging. Many thanks to all my readers who have given some positive feedbacks.
Of all the 116 posts published so far on this blog in the last two years, the 6 simple reasons to forgive offences has been most popular, going by the observation that it has garnered the highest number of individual post ‘likes’ on the blog till date. There have been other outstanding posts as well, the summary of which I had already written about.
The site statistics further show that I have readers from across all the continents of the world, although the majority of the readers are located in the United States of America.
When it comes to the most engaging follower of the blog in the past two years super granny Anne of Freedomborn – Aussie Christian Focus in far away Australia stands out as the topmost commentator.
Anne has a great heart for God. She equally loves the scriptures, always quoting relevant verses to back up her comments either in direct response to my own posts or in further response to some other readers’ comments. I strongly recommend her blog to you if you are not already following her.
These two years on the blogosphere have not been all rosy and smooth all the way. There have been discomforting moments I experienced too.
I can recall having more than a fair share of backlashes generated by a few of my posts. For instance, I was negatively attacked by some (mostly faceless) people on WordPress and on Twitter when I published some posts bothering on atheism.
Understandably, the posts drew the ire of some avowed atheists. Despite the fact that I shared the truths of the gospel in love in those posts, they were very angry at me for doing so.
But if atheists claim there is no God, why does it bother them so much when we say God exists? That’s a question I will appreciate a well-informed answer to.
The flip side of the negative criticisms was that one of the posts on atheism, 16 sobering things every atheist should know, turned out to be one of the most liked posts of the blog. I can only be glad to have shared that post.
Contrary to what some readers claimed, the post was my most audacious attempt to reach out to atheists with the living gospel of Jesus Christ.
On the whole, this journey of two years in the world of blogging has been a time of touching lives and being touched too, inspiring people and being inspired too. I have no doubt that in the next two years in the blogosphere, I will still be here fulfilling my vision of “providing wholesome inspiration for the family, life, and living – from a Christian worldview.”
Thank you for reading! Your feedback will mean a lot to me.
©CopyRight 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne
Have you ever checked out my About page? I thought I should ask you that question and then offer you a veritable opportunity to do it if you haven’t already done so. But even if you have read it before, you still have something to gain by reading it again.
For most blogs, the about page is usually one of the most frequently checked-out pages. This blog is not an exception to that behavioural pattern.
Over the past several months that I have been writing on this blog, there have been concrete evidence that my about page has been frequently visited, read, liked or commented on. This is your chance to read it (again).
My name is Victor Uyanwanne. I live in Lagos, Nigeria with my wife and two kids.
You are warmly welcome to my blog, Victors’ Corner – a blog dedicated to providing wholesome inspiration for the family, life, and living – from a Christian worldview.
The name, Victors’ Corner, has a little history behind it. But here it suffices to say that it serves as a reminder that YOU ARE A VICTOR.
Yes, you are a victor, not a victim! So am I, and every one of us here. Why did I say that? Because God has never made a failure! You are definitely not a failure! Take that from me.
Here on this blog, you will find items on Inspiration, Christian living, lively Poems, Family, blogging matters and any other thing that tickles my fancy packaged to enrich your life, with a view to inspiring you to living like a victor that you are.
Let us enjoy the victorious journey together. Feel free to explore the blog as you like. I am sure you will find something beneficial to you, your friends and family.
We are VICTORS together in this CORNER. Let’s continue to inspire each other unto greater things. Your feedback is important to me, so leave me a comment or two as you read my thoughts.
You don’t have to agree with me if my views on this blog differ from yours. But if you ever disagree with me, let me know too. We have a lot to learn from each other.
On the other hand, if you like any of my posts, let me know by hitting the like button below every post. I am sure your friends will like it too, so don’t forget to share it with them.
Do have a rewarding experience here on Victors’ Corner!
Your comments and suggestion are welcome.
This post was inspired by Tikeetha’s Welcome to my world
As we round off the year 2016, I wish to use this opportunity to appreciate every one of you for being there for me throughout the year. Without you, this blog would not have been a success so far in any way.
That you spend your valuable time to read my posts and the feedbacks you have given me till now have greatly encouraged me to keep on writing. So from the deepest enclave of my heart, I want to express my profound appreciations to:
Your time here means a lot to me. Now I know that I am not writing for myself alone. Thank you for visiting and reading. I am glad that the experience has been rewarding to you as some of you were kind enough to let me know.
You put smiles on my face each time you clicked the ‘like’ button at the end of my posts. I would not know you liked my written thoughts without this recorded kind gesture.
You can only imagine how grateful I am to have you show that you liked any of my posts through that sublime button. Please keep the flag flying.
Not only did you read my thoughts, you also let me know yours through your comments in my posts. It doesn’t matter whether you agreed with my opinions or not, your comments are always welcome. I made sure I read all of them.
To me, your comments are like a goldmine; there are always some treasures to pick from there. In the coming year, I will be sharing some of the things I gained from reading your comments on my posts.
Considering the huge volume of posts churned out by bloggers on daily basis, it is privilege enough for me that you read my posts. That you went the extra mile to sharing them with your own followers or audiences, friends and families, was really fantastic. Thank you so much for the kind gesture.
I greatly appreciate your interest in my posts and the awesome privilege you have given me to continuously share my thoughts with you. Thank you for the immense trust and loyalty reposed on me. The relationship has been mutually beneficial, I must say.
I thank you all for sticking out your necks for me. I am not tired of taking your suggestions. So keep them coming. Smiles.
Thank you for being a source of encouragement, information, education, inspiration, and even entertainment. One way or another, your blog was a blessing in the outgoing year. I look forward to reading from you again in the coming year.
I appreciate you all very much for all your immense support. The outgoing year 2016 has been great and the coming one, 2017, promises to be even greater.
I will be here for you. Please be there for me, as we continue joyously on this journey of inspiring one another to higher heights.
Thank you and thank you again.
Remain blessed as always.
©CopyRight 2016 | Victor Uyanwanne
This blog has just recorded its’ 100th WordPress follower. It took me so long to get there, but I still got there. And future possibilities are beckoning….
For you experienced bloggers that have thousands of WP followers in your kitty, a hundred might not mean so much to you. But to a rookie like me, just like any other new kid on the block, it is certainly not an insignificant milestone.
How time flies! I remember how happy I felt when I recorded the first five WP followers on this blog (and these were not family and friends!). In my heart, I was like, “wow, this is great!”
That was several months ago. Here I am now talking about 100 awesome WordPress bloggers who are following this blog. Thank you all for the huge favour!
To think that it took a whopping 67 posts, seen by a total of 1,625 visitors to the site in 3,097 views in over 14 long months to reach the hundredth mark followership is not an easy piece of cake. That is not to say that I have not been having fun all the way; it’s been a great experience writing this blog, to say the least.
It may not appear to be such a great breakthrough. But I don’t want to let it pass unheralded.
That’s why I have decided to use this post to share the ‘goodnews’ (is that not what it is?) with you.
We are victors together in this corner. Let’s continue to inspire one another unto greater things.
Any memorable milestone in your blogging experience? Please share with us.
©CopyRight | Victor Uyanwanne
When I started a personal blog a year ago, it was part of my desires to share living ideas or appropriate thoughts in a way that would inspire or be a blessing to my readers. I equally saw it as an avenue to explore my writing potentials which I presumed I had but haven’t really explored on a very large scale before.
Looking back now, I realised that apart from helping in honing my writing skills more, I have also learnt a handful of positive personal lessons which are worth sharing.
Here are some of the beautiful things I learnt from starting a blog:
Blogging has provided me the most organized platform for sharing my thoughts beyond my nose. If you have ideas worth sharing, it is okay to consider blogging.
I am grateful to all those who have given me the feedbacks that indicated they found my posts very useful. I found too that my writings are also a blessing to me, personally. I guess there are writers who would identify with that feeling.
I wasn’t one either! But you would never get started if you think you are not an expert in your field yet. The little you know and share can be a blessing to someone out there.
I know there are specialized blogs out there. But one thing is sure: Everyone is searching; no one has all his/her questions already answered. Otherwise, no one would be reading.
You can easily know that you are not the best blogger out there. But on the flip-side too, don’t see yourself as the worst either. Whether as an established blogger or a nascent one, I found we are all learning to do this blogging thing better.
You may feel that others are doing it better than you are doing (which may be true). But that’s not enough reason to be discouraged. And there is room for you to come on board if you haven’t started at all. The world is waiting to hear your unique voice.
Blogging has been an awesome avenue for me to reach out to people across the world. Once you put your thoughts out there, both people around and across the continents can access them.
Except in my dreams, I have never been to any part of Europe or Asia or America or Australia. But people in these places are reading and following my blog. Suffice to say that but for my blog, they might never have heard about me. I reached out to people and now I have people reaching out to me.
In as much as you don’t agree with every opinion that people put in your face, it is also fair enough to expect that not everyone will agree with yours. All the same, congratulations to you if you find that you have more people who agree with your views than those who don’t.
The ‘like’ and ‘comment’ parts of my post will often have a pointer to whether or not someone liked my expressed views. So if someone disagreed with me enough to leave me a comment that states so, I would often be glad about it and would take it as an invitation for further interaction.
Except your blog is a private one, you will not be able to limit or determine those who read it. That means anyone anywhere can find your blog and read you online except it is indexed to be unsearchable on Google for instance.
In the course of the last year, I have had some atheists visit my blog. Their visit led to a series of online interaction between them and me. I later converted the interactions into several series of new posts. This was unusual for me because up till that time, I had never had any close encounter with any avowed atheist.
I would love to tell you that I have never been negatively criticized for starting a blog, but that would be a lie. I have been harshly criticized by some people who heard that I was running a blog.
Sadly enough, as I later found out, most of such people have never even read a paragraph of any of my posts. Yet they took joy in deriding my humble efforts. Sometimes, I felt hurt by those unwarranted verbal attacks. But as you can see, I have not allowed such negative responses to stop me, neither should you.
Such wonderful souls could be found around you, or they may also be located thousands of miles away from where you are. Irrespective how much negative criticisms you get, one thing is sure, there would be someone somewhere who would appreciate your blogging efforts and would be glad to cheer you on.
There was a time I found myself complaining that I was facing too many harsh criticisms about the fact that I started a blog, a very kind human voice I met said to me, “Victor, ignore those who criticize you harshly. Don’t let them stop you.” That advice has been very helpful.
You have the freedom to expect that your friends and family members would be the most ardent followers/readers of your blog. Unfortunately, this may not always be so, as I found out.
Most followers of my blog are from across the oceans. It appears that what Jesus said about a ‘prophet not having honour in his home country’ applies in blogging too. But that awful reality should never discourage the prophet. So why should it stop the blogger?
I discovered that the more posts you write and the more you read other blogs, the more inspiration you get to write more relevant pieces. Even a preacher knows that writing a sermon becomes easier as he does it over time.
No need to worry over what to write. Just get started by writing something – anything – and more ideas will begin to flow to you as you write. (As I was writing item no 5 above, I got the idea to write another item for post of which I have drafted the title and 5 supporting bullet points). You see what I mean?
Through my blog for instance, I met Edmond Saganyando, who invited me to be a contributor to his blog. Some of my blog posts have been reblogged on other sites too.
From writing blog posts I have also received the inspiration to start some other worthwhile projects. I really agree that there are limitless possibilities in blogging. You may never find out until you get started.
Starting a personal blog was a little step I took a year ago. I could say that I am better off in so many ways now than I was before I came into blogging.
What have you learnt from your experience of starting a blog? Kindly share your story.
©CopyRight | Victor Uyanwanne
Written by Victor Uyanwanne
I have been blogging for one year now and I am still counting. In reviewing my experience so far, it has become imperative to make some simple changes on the outlook of this blog site.
Here are the 4 simple changes I had to make:
It has come to my attention that someone (unrelated to me) has harnessed my blog name and used it to register a domain name. Therefore, be aware that the victorscorner[dot]com website is not affiliated to me in any way.
The site theme has been changed too. I am pretty sure you have noticed this one already. But if you are new on this blog, I may as well tell you that it is the new outlook you are seeing right now. I hope you like it. If not, please feel free to let me know.
The reach of this blog has been expanding beyond what I earlier envisaged, so I have decided to change my display name too. Instead of my full name Victor Uyanwanne being the usual public display name, I will now be using the blog name VictorsCorner (as one word, though).
I thought I should be promoting the blog, not the blogger.
In any case, any post written by me will continue to reflect my full name as the author. But next time you see any comment by me on any blog, and it shows as VictorsCorner, please don’t be surprised.
My picture will continue to be on display, so I am pretty sure you will not have to mistake me for another person. Smiles.
Thank you for your love and support over the last one year that I have been sharing my thoughts on this blog. I look forward to more mutually beneficial interaction in the months and years ahead.
©CopyRight | Victor Uyanwanne
Do you have some bloggers who inspire you? I’m sure there are.
As you know there, are many ways God speaks to us as His children. One of the ways is that He uses men and women to carry a specific message of hope, encouragement, inspiration or blessing to us.
I can honestly say that God has been using some blogs to speak to me. One of such blog is CHRISTian poetry by Deborah Ann.
God has used Ann to bless and inspire me through her beautiful Christian poems.
Every morning, Ann waits upon God by meditating on the Scripture until she is able to get a message out from it. The message is then packaged and delivered to us on her blog in the form of rhymes.
That way, she has written a good number of inspiring Bible-based poems which are always a blessing to read. Any ardent follower of her blog can attest to that.
One cool morning recently, as I read one of her posts May Peace Rule Your Heart, I found myself flowing in an appreciative poetic anointing. So I left her these comments:
Ann, I cannot thank you enough
For all the wonderful lessons
I have learnt from your poems
Which are always inspired blessings
Every morning you get from God
Poems that leaves us greatly inspired
Reading them makes me smile
Indeed, you are greatly admired.
Ann, may the grace of God
Overflow more to you
So that you will always for us
With beautiful poems come through
May our glorious God in Heaven
Give you good health and longevity
Fill you with strength, joy, peace
And fulfilment without brevity
Please keep the flag flying
Keep your light shining bright
And to the God who inspires you
Keep holding on to Him tight.
That poem was my humble way of appreciating a humble woman of God who has consistently demonstrated that we can tap into the wisdom of God when we fellowship with Him through His Word.
When I penned the words of that poem into the comment section of the post, I wasn’t sure if she would like it or not. But thankfully she did like it!
WOW [Victor], you have blessed me so much with “your poem.” I was not expecting anything like that and have never received anything like it before.
Each day I pray for the Lord to inspire me and that He should send me something from time to time to quicken to my spirit that I am indeed doing this all for His glory and His purpose. Every now and then I get a word of encouragement from someone that confirms I am using my gift for Him. This not only confirms it but it solidifies this is w[h]ere God wants me.
Thank you again for giving me such a huge blessing. ~ Have a wonderful day with Jesus ~ Deborah Ann
Of course, Ann, I know you weren’t expecting it. But I had to do as I felt led to do. So I thank you for liking it.
Your poems always make my day. And I pray that your gift will continue to be used for the blessings of mankind and to the glory of God.
I decided to share my experience with your blog here so that my readers can be blessed and inspired too. I hope that one day you will publish a compilation of all your poems into a book for us to have.
Indeed, the Bible is right: he that blesses us is blessed. And when we bless others we are blessed too.
Is there anyone whose blog posts have greatly impacted your life? Why don’t you reach out and say a thank you to such one? You will make his/her day by doing so and also bring glory to God.
©CopyRight | Victor Uyanwanne
I was recently invited to guest blog at Naked Christian blog (gracemusing.com). Here is my introductory post . Enjoy.