In honour of the ever overused hashtag #throwbackthursday, I want to share something which might motivate one or two people out there.
I’ve been officially a blogger for just nearly 6 months now. In that time, I’ve read a lot of articles about blogging, a lot of ‘how to’ and ‘starter packs’ for blogging. Heck, I even wrote my own starter pack!
Related: Starter Pack: Bloggers
I’ve also read a lot of reflections from other bloggers, about their challenges when they started blogging, and even challenges faced while travelling the blogging path. One challenge, which seems to keep coming up, is the issue of comparison.
As the famous quote by Theodore Roosevelt says, comparison is the thief of joy. It’s a very true statement, no matter where it is being applied. It’s so easy to look at what we see in the lives of others and have seeds of envy deposited into our minds.
It’s especially worse when we see these lives through the ever filtered, controlled lens of perfectly curated feeds and a barrage of exciting news. Perhaps it’s the amount of followers, beautiful photos or constant packages being received by a popular blogger.
You’re a new blogger, trying to figure out yourself. You’ve spent hours reading all the articles on starting out, hopping from blog to blog looking for inspiration and wondering how you’ll get it together.
I’m not going to just say ‘don’t compare yourself to others’. We all know we’re not meant to do this, and it’s not healthy. What I am going to say though, is trust the process, work on your craft.
I would say my favourite Nigerian blogger is Ifeoma Amadi. Ever since I discovered her blog, I haven’t looked back. I’m low-high-key obsessed and I just don’t know why. I read post to post, wondering how someone could just be so cool, and so in tune with blogging.
Eventually the comparison bug bit me, and I found myself wondering how she became so popular. There’s nothing really on her ‘About’ page that says when exactly she started, so I felt she was one of those people that opened a blog like 6 months ago and already was becoming a hit. (Examples of those who are quickly are Nonye of This Thing Called Fashionn & Pearl of The Pearly Life. These girls are on fire! They both started in June & December 2016 respectively.)
You can imagine my surprise when one day, while perusing through Who What Fab, her old blog, I found the very first post. Baby girl has been blogging for more than two years! It was refreshing to see that she started somewhere, she didn’t just become amazing overnight (she’s always been cool though).
Truly, some blogs just gain popularity so quickly and It’s easy to fall into the comparison trap, but we must all try and take a breath once in a while. We should also try and remember that consistency is key, and one day our time will come.
Anyway, to help you with that, I have compiled a list of bloggers who you might know, who are doing well for themselves now. Included is a screenshot and a link to their very first post. Some delete their first posts, but I honestly think it’s awesome to leave it there! Like a little archive!
I hope they won’t come hunting me down, because I loved finding these posts!
FISAYO LONGE (Mirror Me)
According to her blog, Fisayo made her first blog post on January 3, 2012. Today she’s quite popular, even owning her awesome line, Kai Collective. I loved this her first post so much, it had me honestly smiling! Check it out here, or simply look at the below photo
It is honestly too cute how she said “I would love to say “Happy New Year to all my lovely followers” but that would be a joke as I don’t have any! Haha!”
Ever since that post, she has gone on to have 149 pages of posts. That is A LOT of content. Little beginnings, people! Look at your girl 5 years on, still glowing, but even more!
Going by Who What Fab, her very first post on Who What Fab is dated July 23, 2014. It was a style post about oversized denim jackets. Check it out (here)
It is honestly so cute to see, and it is clear that Ifeoma has grown very, very much! This growth applies to her content, and especially her photography. I love her, very much. Anyway, the fact is, she has grown and bloomed. I love watching her grow!
SADE (In My Sunday Best)
She’s quite well known, and her first post was in 2012. It was about nail polish. Check it out here! Her little sidebar description says she started in 2011, so I’m guessing she deleted some. Oh well, check out the very first according to the blog.
And look at her now, 26 and popping!
SISI YEMMIE (Sisi Yemmie)
This was quite a funny find because her first post (here) was about spoilt children. Do check it out! The first post was made in 2010, and I’m ever so glad that Blogspot has a way for one to put archives for their posts. It makes life so easy! Oh yeah, her blog used to be called Gist Dot Com.
Now she’s married and has become a mother. She’s even moved to Youtube. I love when blogs can show growth and are like an online diary following one through life and all its events. Go Sisi!
BERRY DAKARA (Berry Dakara)
Berry started her new and current blog with her first post being on January 1, 2013. Previously she had a blog which she gave deets on dealing with NYSC. The first post is cute, and I can honestly see she was onto something from the start. She’s quite awesome. Check out the first post here.
ERICA (Fashion Lush)
Last but not least, another blogger who I really like is Erica from Fashion Lush. Her blog has about 265 pages of content, and for this post I went searching for her very first post. Thankfully, I found it! It was a post featuring another person, but is still cute anyways. Her first post was on either February 1 2010 or January 2 2010. Either way, she started somewhere! Check out her first post here
Looking good, Erica!
Anyways, that’s just a handful of bloggers. There’s way more out there, just find them! Think of your favourite blogger and go on their blog, see if you can find their first post. It’ll help remind you that this blogging thing is definitely a journey like every other thing in life. We all start somewhere, and we get better with time. Don’t be too hard on yourself, you’re going to be alright.
Then again, just because some of your faves started out not-so-perfectly, doesn’t mean you should be happy with mediocrity. It’s also good to aspire to be better, when you know you can do better. Learn from the mistakes of your faves and keep it moving!
I think it’s great that in 2017, we have so many blogging resources which give key info – books, other blogger posts, blogger groups, Webinars, etc. One thing to note is that these resources mostly come from people that started blogging as far back as 2009, so they have heaps of experience. Just keep honing your craft and working on your unique corner of the internet.
Motto: More work, less comparisons!
Sure, your blog might look okay to others, but perhaps you’re feeling you need a little more. For those who feel they really need a good review of their blog, and a little help from someone with experience or just support in general, there’s several platforms available especially for Nigerian bloggers. I should probably share them in a full post, but you can start with @thebloggersadvocate on Instagram.
It’s an amazing, supportive page for budding and established bloggers alike. If you want to become a cool kid, join the Whatsapp group and thank me later! The link can be accessed through the Instagram page. I’m part of the group, and I am having quite a good time so far.
Other helpful pages/establishments are @goodnaijablogs and of course The Blogger Point (@thebloggerpoint). These are Nigerian blogger groups though! I have found them more helpful than the ones based internationally, for now.
I only hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and are motivated to keep pushing!
Who are your favourite bloggers?
Do you find yourself comparing yourself with other established bloggers?
How do you get rid of the envy bug?