Linda Ikeji Block
Aus Bildungsstreik 2009
The history of blogging seem like any various other 'History of'-- not very amazing. Yet blogs, an online platform where individuals share information and viewpoints, provide some of the most amazing checks out today. Hundreds of millions of blogs about politics, company and enjoyment exist on the World Wide Web, how do you pick which ones to check out?
For numerous African readers, looking for the newest 'essence', chatter and celebrity news, it's an easy choice. The Linda Ikeji blog is now a family name and unquestionably among the most lucrative, often questionable and amazing, blogs in Africa. The blog writer behind the medium, Linda Ikeji, is herself an interesting female.
How she turned an once obscure practice into a cash making device and has successfully sustained it since 2006 is a testimony to the commitment it takes to be an entrepreneur an imaginative market. Linda shares easily today how she makes millions doing what she likes-- blogging. In her characteristic laid-back writing style, she states "Now I don't chase after money anymore ... it chases me.".
When radio presenter freely stated she was not a role model, hers is a rags to riches story that emerged in the middle of debate. In response, Linda shared her story which was deeply individual with noteworthy company lessons.
Linda Ikeji, a native of Nkwerre in Imo State, Nigeria, was born in 1980 to a struggling family, the second of 7 children. From as early as 10 years of ages, Linda was composing. The fiction she penciled down were praised by her buddies and household and in time she cultivated an enthusiasm for news. Unlike many teens her age, Linda enjoyed seeing interviews and newscasters and by the time the chance presented to go to college in Lagos, her course option was chosen: Mass Communication.
She was confessed to research English in university to her disappointment, but she chose to make the best of it. To support herself and her household through school, Linda began working at the age of 17, doing everything from ushering and waitressing to modelling and bartending, none of which paid a lot in the late 90s. She remembers, "I 'd leave lectures, visit a hotel and sell beer from 1pm till 10pm. I did this for a couple of months.
It had not been simple however I needed to make it through". Linda worked hard, she was figured out to be successful and become a reporter, her lifetime dream. In her second year of college nonetheless, she experienced a defining minute where she made an option that would affect the rest of her life, especially her choices on opportunities for earning cash.
Being a lovely model with growing appeal, Linda was approached by a number of rich guys looking for sexual favors in exchange for cash-- a common practice in many greater institutions. These men provided quick access to the easy way of life that was so prized amongst university ladies yet omitted lots of from poor backgrounds. For a hopeful profession woman and entrepreneur, the quick cash held deep appeal.
Yet Linda had actually decided early on never to give her body in exchange for cash so when the temptation came, hungry, desperate Linda, battling family pressures to send money, was able to withstand. Following her experience with almost jeopardizing her values, she renewed her commitment to hard work and living with dignity no issue the situations.
After university she worked hard to break into the journalism trade, introducing her media business, Blackdove Communications, a modelling agency and events management attire. She also started exactly what she explains in her first ever article as her "true enthusiasm", her magazine called, FM & B. The first issue was launched in 2006 and after discovering how capital-intensive and lengthy publication posting was, only two even more editions made it to print.
Fortunately, because same year, Bella Naija, an additional popular Nigerian blog site, held a story about Linda herself and for the first time, Linda began to see a new possibility to take her writing to the world. Blogging had all the beauty: it was free other than for the cost of a net connection, simple to do and provided you access to millions of readers instantly. From that first Bella Naija post, she was offered.
7 years later, Linda Ikeji's blog site is balancing in between than fifty and one hundred thousand sees every day from various countries. Speaking about how others can turn something as unconventional as blogging into a multi-million naira business, Linda stated "You have to love blogging.
There are over a thousand blogs, however exactly what will make individuals enjoy exploring your blog site depends on the efforts you put into it. Her suggestions is on par with the words of lots of success coaches and imaginative giants-- like exactly what you do and you will never ever have to work another day in your life.
Although Linda started her business as a pastime, did it for four years before making any money and had no set goals for it at the start, she's maximizing every opportunity that comes her means. Her blog produces millions of naira yearly from advertisements run by business and Linda has actually gradually relocated into a field she calls 'motivational writing'.
Discussing her first book It Takes You, Linda stated "I hope even more than anything else that everyone who reviews this book learns something from it. I hope it alters their understanding of some things and more than anything else I hope it motivates them to go out there and make something of themselves".
The cash she earns has not just ended her household struggles however has brought her terrific impact in the entertainment industry and amongst young people. To her credit, her impact has actually been a force for modification.
By mobilising hundreds of readers in her online neighborhood, Linda was able to provide a voice to Blessing Effiong, a young girl who had actually been apprehended for 4 years in jail without a trial. 4 months after the tale was reported on the blog site, Blessing walked out of prison with her freedom, grateful to all her advocates consisting of Linda Ikeji.
The story of Linda Ikeji, Nigeria's most popular blog writer, reveals that you can produce value, and for that reason a company and impact, from whatever you're passionate about; and even when controversy abounds, there are numerous opportunities to do great.
Whether you agree with her techniques and content or not, we need to hand it to Linda, she has entertained, engaged, motivated and produced Nigerians for 7 years doing what she loves finest. She has turned blogging into a lucrative company and reveals no sign of stopping.