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May 26, 2016 at 5:59 pm #261
… and by this I mean the scope of blog content, the quality of your blog content and maybe sometimes even your blog ‘reach’.
Some people are of the opinion that how great your blog content is or even simply the ease at which you blog can be greatly affected depending on your location on the globe – and it’s not just comparing places like the UK to Nigeria or Vancouver to Lagos.
Some argue that even within the same country it is easier – or harder, to blog just depending on the state you live. Some might say being a fashion or beauty blogger is easier in Lagos compared to Kano because there are more opportunities available in lagos; some might say “People in the western world read blogs more than people in Nigeria” and although this may be true… I’m not entirely sure…
What do you think?May 26, 2016 at 6:41 pm #267
So basically I think the whole ‘people read blogs more in the western world..’ thing might be true, key word ‘might’ I mean yeah, there are a LOT of bloggers over there but truth be told, blogging is really taking over and gaining popularity everywhere in the world even here in Nigeria. Everyone now has a blog. The issue about location affecting blogging activities though, I can’t really agree that it’s true because I believe no matter where you are, if you are creative and passionate enough, you can definitely make it work. Opportunities are everywhere, it only takes a patient person to see it, so if a blogger is probably discouraged because of his/her location, I think such person should look beyond that and get to work.May 26, 2016 at 6:46 pm #268
Hi Mide! Glad to have you here! – I totally agree with you on the point of opportunities being everywhere and being able to make it work but don’t you think there might be a limit to how ‘available’ opportunities are? Say for example, it’s probably easier to find shopping malls to by outfits and style in a more developed city or find beauty products to use; Locations might be more accessible and attractive in big cites compared to the not so developed ones, etc… Don’t you think so?
[Just trying to think about it from another perspective]May 26, 2016 at 6:48 pm #269
The location of your blog affecting your blog activities, it depends on your niche. Let me expantiate;
If you are a lifestyle or event blogger majority of these ‘events’ hold in Lagos followed by Abuja so you won’t have so many to blog about if your are not located in this cities.
But in situations whereas you are a personal style or beauty blogger… It’s basically just you and your camera or photographer with a good location you are set. You just need to work on putting yourself out there from wherever you are.
But honestly Lagos houses the Headquarters for most brands and PR companies. If you’re good they’ll find a way of working with you regardless. You also have to make the extra effort to network.May 26, 2016 at 6:52 pm #270
Reply to Anne – Hmmm, Exactly what I was thinking as well. Different types of blogs/bloggers thrive better in different regions…
With regards to Lagos housing the headquarters for most brands… Is it then safe to say that bloggers in Lagos have some sort of ‘advantage’ over bloggers everywhere else in Nigeria?May 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm #271
Hi everyone, about the location affecting your blogging in general. Well in my case its a yes and no situation. Reason being it all depend on what topic u treating while blogging. Take a case of lindaikeji, shes a gossip/ everything blogger u cannot compare that to a strictly fashionblogger, where in Nigeria we know the whole population love to know about whats happening with one artiste or the other. The society foe plays a strong charcter om your blogging skills. However as a fashion blogging doesnt mean u cant attain such massive crowd but it might come harder, cause people will need to be convienced how good your are delivering your posts.May 26, 2016 at 6:55 pm #272
From my perspective, I think the location of a blogger affects his/her opportunities but not necessarily his/her content. Most bloggers center around fashion and lifestyle of which we can draw local inspiration and run a successful blog in Nigeria.
I will say however that because there are legions of more successful fashion brands in England and the Americas, a blogger may be open to more opportunities. The ratio in Nigeria is probably 155:55 – the greater proportion being bloggers and the latter, local brands.
(I’m glad I made it here today though! Close call *phew*)
May 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm #275
- This reply was modified 1 week ago by Onyekachi Opara.
Hi Jubril! It’s nice to have you here and I’m with you on the point you made. Yes, I do believe the type of blog you run may be more successful if you find yourself in a region where your content is ‘needed’ or of great ‘value’ to the people in that region – In this case, celebrity gossip and yes, society can play a role in how successful your blog is because at the end of the day, you need them to visit, read and share your blog content for your name to get out there… It’s very similar to what Anne said as well.May 26, 2016 at 7:04 pm #276
Hi Onyekachi! I’m glad you were able to make it too!
Yes, location may affect your opportunities and not your content but if you are looking to make a living off your blog, would that probably mean moving to another region with more opportunities? It’s almost like moving to another state because you’ve been offered a better paying job there or is that a bit too extreme for bloggers?May 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm #278
Glad I could make it too. I think it would be a rather extreme move for a blogger to move inter state because of opportunities. Will it be hard in the beginning? Oh yes! Will the rate of expenses to income incline toward the negative initially? You bet it will but don’t you also think that we make our brands more recognized? It may be that there are not as many opportunities here as there are in Lagos but there are some of them who may be starting but are going to get somewhere. Chances are that you book a job with them and three years down the line when they’ve found their feet they’ll give you a call. Diane VonFurstenberg wasn’t always as financially buoyant as she is today. She started little so the fact that the offers that come to a blogger in her specific state are not as robust as she would hope doesn’t mean she should up and leave. You may do a style feature today and earn a little from it but this ‘not-so-great-paying’ style feature may get the attention of an industry leader and that could be it for you. After all everyone has to have a story…or what do you think?May 26, 2016 at 7:28 pm #279
No doubt, location affects blogging a lot. Compared to teenage bloggers that stay in Lagos and Abuja, I have to say there are a couple of things that has been restricted in my blogging content due to the fact that I stay in Ibadan. Lagos seems to be the centre of all things; meet ups, forum, hair events and opportunity to meet other bloggers and people. However, I have been able to overcome this problem slightly by focusing on the niches that are easier for me to blog about. I understand if a chance arises for the other topics I have in mind, it would be utilised. Uniqueness should be a feature on each person’s blog.May 26, 2016 at 7:40 pm #280
Reply to Onyekachi : I agree with you! Especially on expenses part. I personally spent the first year of my blog buying items to write posts about with literally Zero income! I think a lot of people, especially those looking to run a fashion, beauty, lifestyle or food blog don’t realise how expensive it might be initially – until you get to the point where brands recognise you and want to sponsor your posts.
And yes, moving to another state might be a bit extreme but I also think it depends on the sort of blog you run. For example, if I was an ‘events’ blogger like Anne mentioned and I’m looking to push my blog to the top really quickly, it might mean travelling frequently for various events and if I find that there’s a certain region that’s ‘hot’ with the type of events I want to write about and I have the opportunity to move there… Why not?May 26, 2016 at 7:44 pm #281
Reply to Oyin: Exactly! That’s another way to look at it actually. I sometimes feel most people want to blog the same as the next person, forgetting that uniqueness is actually key. It would be nice to see someone make something out of what some consider as “nothing” and draw inspiration for their blog from what’s around them – i.e. Making that not so fancy location the perfect area for a photoshooot or writing about that not so fancy event in the most creative way ever – Imagine someone telling a story about something as simple as a trip to the market ^_^May 26, 2016 at 7:53 pm #282
We’re wrapping up the session in 10 minutes everyone! ^_^May 26, 2016 at 8:05 pm #287
Key points from today’s discussion!
Your location is more likely to affect the opportunities available to you as a blogger but not necessarily your content.
However, this also depends on the type of blog you run as different blogs thrive more easily depending on where you are!
Thank you everyone for stopping by! Please feel free to keep your thoughts coming as the forum area is always open for everyone to interact! Chat to you week!
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