Started blogging in the last few moments of Uni (you would think that’s a great thing right, considering how much support I would get from the Uni community…but wrong).

My Uni was in Cape Coast. For those of you that have been to Ghana, Cape Coast to be precise, I’m sure you are beginning to get the point. It’s like trying to get water out of a dry rock. Never met a single blogger, never even heard of one in Cape Coast. The land is dry but don’t be mistaken, my Uni (University of Cape Coast, School of Medical Sciences) produces the best medical doctors in Ghana…quote me anywhere.

When I came back to Nigeria and saw University students doing great blogging things, I started to feel cheated by starting my blog in school. Was thinking I could have waited to return to Nigeria—get Naija connections—start blog—BLOW!!!

But then I stopped to think about it. Started blogging alone (with God of course because I could not have gotten this far without God). I didn’t even know that there were people that did such things (for money of course) ‘cos had I known, I probably would have paid them to set everything up for me and I’ll just slide into my blog like a BOSS. But no, this alternate reality did not happen. I started from scratch by myself, with no community support other than dear Google and YouTube. If I was doing something and got stuck, I ran to YouTube to fix it. If I wanted to find out how to do something, it was Google I resorted to.

Let me let you in on a secret

Spent quite a lot of evenings in the Doctors lounge and whenever people came in, I could see some were thinking “instead of her to go and sleep so that she wouldn’t be late for morning rounds” while some actually asked what I was doing and the response would be “using the internet”. Anyone could tell from their faces they were thinking “instead of her to go and read for her final exams”.

It was just mixed emotions but I didn’t give up. I probably learnt the hard way…but I learnt. Yes a lot has changed since I started, even the name of the blog has changed (from phiephiee.com to lifestylebyjanet.com). Shoutout to my subscibers from phiephiee.com

Concerning photography, I started with my phone (S6 edge) before I was gifted my Canon mirrorless camera (best gift ever). I remember trying to take shots and videos with my phone, changing angles, adjusing this & that, in addition to the weak battery life of the phone but hey, I survived. My first YouTube video was actually recorded with this phone.

The Testimony

It’s been a long rocky road getting to where I am today and I know I’m still miles away from where I want to be but the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If I did not start out this way, I probably would not have known as much as I do now and I’m still learning. Learning how to create better content, take better pictures, edit photos and videos, manage the blog Instagram account. Basically, become better at blogging. No man is an island and neither am I, so I’m learning how to work with other bloggers and brands for that matter. I’m learning how to persistently stay inspired and not give up.

That’s it darlings, I hope I didn’t make this post too long and hence boring. Let me know your thoughts. Always love to read your comments.

With Love,

Janet.


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