Today am going to be coming out real for you all, being a blogger is something that has a lot of positive and negative, the joy of been able to do what you love in the comfort of your home and earn from it is just pure bliss, but this is far from the reality especially if you live in Nigeria, and today am going to be sharing all the TRUTH and REALITIES of choosing this career path in this country.
Been a blogger is one of the best things to happen to me and after so many years of being impacted and inspired by other bloggers like Tanisha of Girl with Curves , Kristen of Trendy curvy , and a lot more , a deep passion arose in me to set up my own platform where i could share my own knowledge and this is so much joy!
I started everywomansblog in 2019, and its the best thing ever, to be able to connect with people all over the world and have your knowledge appreciated brings me immense joy, but this is not the way everyone here in Nigeria sees this, i live in Lagos Nigeria and in this country there are a lot of harsh realities that we have to live with and i am going to be sharing them below.
The first thing we have to deal with people not seeing Blogging as an actual job, when you introduce yourself as a blogger , people just assume you are jobless, lazy, and you are just doing it to kill time, you are not taken seriously and it is not yet regarded as a job that comes with respect, and trust me this is such a vibe killer, in most cases you just simply say self employed when you asked what you do for a living in Nigeria.
Another very harsh reality we face is the fact that because no body sees it as an actual job you tend to lack support to carry out your job, your family and friends wont support you and when you go out of your house to create content you are denied or charged such ridiculous amounts and this makes it so hard
You have to deal with constant rejection and criticism so much that you might begin to even doubt yourself and loose the passion your started with in the first place.
This next point is the most frustrating of them all, the internet situation of Nigeria, oh my, you have to provide internet and data for yourself and they come at such high cost that you will need a main job to help pay for it, data is so expensive and even when you can afford it, there are days when the network is just all over the place and you cant even upload a picture on your social media account, so imagine how frustrating this must be for a career that is based mainly on the use of internet.
Now when you sort out the above issues you have to also deal with how to find brands that are ready to work with bloggers and influencers, brands that are willing to pay for our time , content and platform, but the sad truth is that a lot of them only want to offer you free products without financial payment and this is such a pain. The lack of support from your every own family and close ones until they see some money is the same thing you face with brands who don’t really see why they should invest in bloggers and this has made a lot of people quit having their own blog and just switch to using their social media pages as micro blogs.
This other reality is one that i have had to battle with constantly, Nigerians don’t like to read, so you end up making a post and no one is going there, they prefer things in the fast pace, short and quick and its so painful to take out your time to make your research, take pictures, edit, and come up with a blog post and then people don’t go ahead to engage with them, all of these are the challenges we face as bloggers in Nigeria.
Though there is a lot of awareness now and people are beginning to see blogging as an actual job that deserves respect and pay, its still a long way to how it is with bloggers in other countries, right now with the rise of bloggers like Linda Ikeji, social media influencers like this thing called fashion, Sarah Audu and so many more the career is looking better and brighter, and with more work and consistency it can only get better, so my candid advice to someone reading this right now and thinking of starting a blog, or you have already started but thinking of quitting will be remember why you started, you End goal , what drives you to do what you do in the first place, with two years of being a blogger in Nigeria i can tell you that there will be a lot of reasons to quit but if your passion and goal is greater than the financial benefits you think you will get then you can keep going.
Blogging is a beautiful Career, a gift that helps you impact lives and leave your mark here on earth to millions of people with your own little corner on the internet, where you can actually change the world by impacting lives one at a time, thank you so much for being a path of my own blogging career and please leave me your questions and comments in the comment section, i will love to know if you are a blogger or thinking of blogging and some of the challenges that you face, see you all in my next post , Xoxo