My Life story: Doing it afraid and starting a blog
I am Linda and this is my blog
All my life, I have always known a 9-5 job wasn't for me, even If I was going to be anywhere around the 9-5 space, I have always wanted it to be owned by me(a business I mean)
I've had countless experiences with so many 9-5 jobs and because of so many reasons ranging from "no time for myself" "excessive stress" " Insecurity" "overbearing bosses" e.t.c
And How It Ended?
I had to throw in the towel and quit!
Starting A Blog
I started a blog!
Business has always been my thing because I always loved the idea of doing most things and making money from them.
There are so many things nobody tells you about businesses.
When I started my first blog, I knew nothing about starting a blog. I would always brag about my friend that helped me set up my first blog in DEC 2018. After he was done setting the blog, I wrote down posts and was ready to publish.
On the DAT I launched the blog in high spirits with my self-esteem hitting its peak that this particular blog was going to be successful. I announced on my WhatsApp to all my contacts even though I wanted to keep it anonymous, I told them about it and asked them to criticize me as much as possible without mercy. To receive that much criticism, you must have very high self-esteem +confidence.
My Self Esteem Hasn't Always Been This High
There is a long story behind it.
I haven't always had high self-esteem.
My first memory about the whole self-esteem thing came at 6. My entire family had just moved from a state in my home country Nigeria to another state in search of greener pastures.
I am the third of six amazing girls to my parents, Michael and Agnes. We moved from Kaduna to Port-Harcourt in Nigeria.
I have always been one that just wanted to live a quiet life, I hate when people notice me especially if it was for something embarrassing (kids always do embarrassing things). I never acted my age because I always wanted to avoid embarrassment, I would say I grew up faster than kids my age.
A particular event that made me go more into my cocoon was when I was in primary 3 (my country's school grading system). It was a prize-giving day. Someone else was called out for the first place in my class, I didn't hear properly, I just heard the surname and forgot that I wasn't the only one in my class with that surname.
I ran out to the podium and was told it wasn't me and I just thought about possible ways to die(literally) there on that podium.
Aside from my low self-esteem, I have always been intelligent. I got into college at 15.
After the position is at school, I became
even quieter until I left the school and got into a dormitory.
Then A Revolution
In my senior year in the dormitory in high school, one day, I was walking inside the dormitory and I walked past a human-sized mirror placed there. Before then, I never used to look at that mirror but that particular day I did.
People used to call me "fat" always and I just concluded that I was fat and ugly but that particular day, it was different. That day changed me. That day I just stared at the mirror while I walked past and I had to come back like '' damn who is this girl"!! I was looking at myself. So beautiful! And tons of other affirmations I gave myself and that was it for me.
Since that day, I started expressing myself, talking while others did, although it was a gradual process.
Back To My First Blog
The reason why I decided to settle on starting a blog when I was deciding on business ideas was that I didn't want any business that would make me talk so much and I have always loved the idea of telling stories even if it was behind a computer. I just wanted a business that would help me share my life experiences and blogging seemed like the best option.
How did it go
My first blog failed woefully at first with mercy.
I took it as a hobby at first.
Its Pure Psychology
Anything you take as a hobby, you Don't take it seriously as much as a business.
When I decided to take it as a business, it was already late because I already defined the niche and the audience I had would run away if I just changed the niche, moreover I couldn't change all my registration I did while starting the blog. I continued even though I tried to scale it as a business but because of the already chosen niche. It was hard for me and the fact that nobody cares about your life experiences except if you are a celebrity or a very popular person. I gave it up in DEC 2020. After the domain hosting expired, I decided I wasn't going to renew.
In 2020, I was looking for ways to be free and live life on my terms and not worry about money. A Nigerian popular blogger Linda Ikeji inspires me and I thought to myself; maybe it's time to start a new blog, set it up like a business with all the knowledge you have gained from the previous one.
With my experience in marketing, designing, web development, SEO and blogging(I have worked in all these sections). I started this blog.
There is nothing you set your mind to do that wouldn't happen for you. Even though it's starting a blog or other business ideas to make money from.
If you keep complaining, it doesn't change anything, just take that particular step to create a change.
Let's do this.
If you are starting a blog or looking for business ideas, you are in the right place.