Bella Naija Is Spoken Commonly To By Blogger Ikeji Linda  

Bella Naija Is Spoken Commonly To By Blogger Ikeji Linda

You're most likely to truly have a success story when you add fire having a tiny mix of good fortune and commitment. Five years later, has exploded to be among the very visited websites in the nation. As a regular source for rumor, amusement, star gist, news and several more, Linda's blog continues to attract tens of thousands of visitors daily. In this exclusive interview with Adeola Adeyemo, Linda shares her journey to the entire world of blogging and what makes her stand out.

There are not many folks and down to earth. Any frequent visitor of Linda's website would know that. Linda has very little to hide and she's not pretentious. With Linda, everything you see is what you get and a regular visitor of her blog understands that she is single and hunting. Dedicated "LIB Readers" understand that Linda makes an enviable income from her site and saved money to purchase her dream car- a 2008 Toyota Camry in four months.

This openness about Linda's coupled with her fast and smart method of bringing individuals news, advice, jokes, images and a lot more from around the globe on her site has earned her the reputation as one of the favorite bloggers in Nigeria. Her site gets over 50,000 visits daily and is a hotspot for online advertisers and individuals wanting to attract web traffic to their websites or blogs. Comments on Linda's site may be revealing, interesting and more controversial than the post. As one reader wrote "I see this site regular simply to read remarks"

How did you discover blogging?
Much younger wanted to be a journalist, when I was me. I was already writing, when much younger had been about ten years old. I composed a few fiction stories in my notebooks and I gave a couple of folks plus they read and they believed I was a good writer. Much younger used to actually love watching newscasters, people doing interviews, I used to look up to them when I was about to go into the University, I put in for Mass Communication but I didn't get that course, I got English. So I was known by people as a model, and I had become a model and when I finished school, it was really difficult for me to go back to being a journalist, to back so I simply moved on from there. But then I discovered blogging in 2006. That was the first time that i saw a blog. I did not understand what blogging was before then, I'd never heard about it until somebody referred me to Bella's website to go and see something she wrote about me, so I went there, I saw the narrative, I saw the opinions and I enjoyed what I saw.

What was the website post around?
I can not recall but it was something about me.

Just what exactly actually inspired you to start your own blog?
From then, I started reading her blog and I said to myself, one day, I can actually live my dream, put stories together, tell people what is going on, therefore i created the blog that year. The site was created by me but I actually began blogging early 2007.

What University did you attend and what did you do after graduating?
Myself began my own company, Blackdove Communications after graduating in 2004. It's an event management and modeling agency company. Myself started modeling in 1998 and I leave in 2005. In 2004, after I finished university I started my very own company but I remained within my comfort zone which was instead of being in front of the camera modeling thus. Much younger still have the modeling agency but I am not running it anymore.

There were not so many Nigerians on the web in 2007 afterward as they are now. What was the traffic in your blog like afterward?
I still enjoyed it, although you are not wrong. Much younger was getting like 200 visits a day and then, it was a big deal, really. Now myself'm getting like 50,000 visits a day from up to 180 nations.

What do you really believe is responsible for this traffic?
Much younger do not know, I guess folks just love what I do. And I have done some really contentious posts that gets people's focus.

What has kept you going all these years?
The passion and the love myself have for blogging, I actually appreciate it. I love getting feedback and writing stories, getting visitors to respond to it. Myself used to be actually enthusiastic about it so I kept doing it.

When was the very first time you made money out of your site?
2011 actually. It took myself four years to begin earning money . The good writer never even thought I would make money . I did not start blogging with the mindset that I would make money. Much younger didn't even believe that was a possibility, it never even crossed my mind. The good writer didn't say to myself that OK let me blog and perhaps in five years time, I will make money. Much younger never envisioned it would ever occur. Infact, on my site, myself was putting free ads in 2008, 2009, I was telling my blog readers, please give your ads to me and they will be put by me for free. But then in 2010, folks began asking me for my advert rates and I was like 'really?' Myself did not even know what it was until I asked a few people so that's how it started and they gave me their own advert rates.

How frequently does one blog?
Much younger blog every single day. That means something happened to me or maybe my notebook crashed but I strive as much as possible to blog every day if myself miss blogging. I spend some hours on the net.

Where do you source?
All types of areas. Much younger can't tell you.

You've been on for quite sometime. Why have not you went to
Because my dotcom isn't accessible. The domain name has been taken by some guy and I am not considering buying it because he's telling me to pay thousands of dollars for it and I see no reason why I should do this.

Since you started blogging, a lot of people are inspired to begin their own websites.
Much younger believe competition is healthy. I've been there longer than most of a few and luckily for me personally, I am along with each of them so I don't feel like I'm competing with anybody. There's enough space. Much younger welcome any Naija Blogger that wants to come on board, I make an effort to help as many people as I can. I've a blog list where individuals go from my website to other blogs.
How old are you?

Any regular reader of your site would understand some things which most folks would not call impersonal. As one of these, I know you are searching and single. Why would you share such private details together with your readers?
Everybody understands I am single. Myself'm consistently saying it, I am distressed.

Do not you think where millions of people across the world can read that is too personal to share on a site?
Myself have absolutely no issue with sharing my private life with folks, that is how I am. Folks are shocked by it but that's who I am. Myself can't describe it. It is simply that if there is something going on with much younger, I do not mind sharing. There are many things I don't share, and some things I do not mind sharing. Myself do not have a trouble with a problem with it if others have it.

The problem of female genital mutilation is some thing some may believe it's a bit too private to be out there and you've shared with your readers.
That's not private, that's something I can share with anybody. It's like saying if you were raped then keep quiet. Plenty of girls would keep quiet but much younger won't keep quiet, that's the way i am. Much younger don't know how to keep such things to myself, I have to say it. I feel as if you've one life to live, why would you go with all those sort of information to your grave.

Myself don't know.

Who cares. If it turns away them then they are not the individuals meant for myself. The man which is meant for me could be turned on by it.

Can you date someone younger than you?
No, never.

How about a person who doesn't bring in as much money as you?
Yes I can. Just how many young men make the sort of cash myself make? I might likely be doing the kind of money while if I am waiting for somebody who earns more than I bring in. There are lots of guys who make more than I make but if I meet with someone who earns less than myself, that's fine, provided that he has his own cash. But not like a jobless man, no, that won't really happen.

How much would you make monthly?
(Laughs) More money than myself thought was possible.

Do you ever believe you will get bored or tired of blogging?
Myself really like blogging too much. Lots of people are trying to begin blogging and I tell them, I am hoping you're starting it for the correct motives, since if you're beginning it for the incorrect motives, you're going to get bored and tired, and you're planning to proceed. In the event that you are doing it since you love it, you'd remain there for a while since you want to earn money, but if you are doing it, after a time, you'd wish to move on.

Does one run the site alone or do you've got other individuals on your own team?
Today, I'm doing it solo, but eventually I am planning to get individuals to simply help out. Perhaps it's because I'm single and I don't have that much obligations. Probably I get married and have children, when, my time would be taken by other things so I had want people to work with me then but now I'm enjoying doing it alone.

You've this skill to turn almost anything into news. For example, how does a star purchasing a brand new auto become gist?
Myself set this as a post, and it comes back with more than 50 comments, so how is it not gist? Much younger do it deliberately because I know that purchasing a car is just not that a big deal, but if I put it, it becomes gist.

Why would you get extremely naughty, like putting up a post and you also say 'for guys simply'?
My website is a great site. I do all types of things. Much younger tell people, in case you find it offensive, don't come. I know that I've plenty of male readers and I am a very mischievous, naughty person. So it's just for fun. Many people take it too seriously and myself actually don't care about such people.