Blogging Basics: The Beginner's Guide


Definition of a blog:

A blog is an abrreviation of the word weblog, originally defined as a website where a writer or group of writers chronologically express their opinions on a subject matter.

In my own understanding and matching it up with the upgrade in the system, I would define a blog as an online platform where a visionary group of people express their views on a particular matter of interest and not necessarily as writers only. But of course it's essential that every blogger knows how to write.

Types of blog:

It's important to know what kind of blog you want to own because there are several types and it will help you define your goal. For example: There are photo blogs i.e no write ups, just pictures of what you do, may be an art work or your designs, e.t.c. Customer service blogs i.e help desk, Fitness blogs i.e yoga, web design blogs, fashion/style blogs, family life blogs, school & career success blogs, lifestyle bloga, art & culture bloga, animals & pets blogs, music blogs, video blogs, cooking/food blogs, how to make or DIY projects blogs, soccer blogs, politics blogs, finance & budgeting blogs, news & entertainment blogs, humor blogs, gossip blogs, games & design blogs, professional or business blogs and lots more. It's possible to diversify but it's better you have a focus, so you know where you are going.

Blogging platforms:

If you intend having a personal blog, it's important you choose a blogging platform. The most popular ones are:
WordPress (e.g. anna.wordpress.com), Blogger (e.g.anna.blogspot.com),
Tumblr (e.g. anna.tumblr.com), Customised/Domain (e.g annablog.com).

I make use of Blogger because it's owned by Google, more trusted and it's free. WordPress is also free & a good and reliable platform. Domains are not free because you pay to own it. You will need to buy and register a domain, and may also choose to get a website designer or graphics person to help you out.

How do I start: 

All you need to do is sign up, if you want to make use of Blogger, you will need a Gmail address, then go to Blogger.com, create an account, name your blog and choose a template from the many available varieties. Click on create your blog now button and follow Google instructions afterwards. But if you need help in setting it up, check Youtube for video tutorials as it requires practical guide. The same goes for WordPress. Just sign up on Wordpress.com and follow instructions.

Please note: It will be quite different if you are to blog for someone else or for a cooperate site who already owns a blog, hosting, or domain.

What to do on a blog:


The major thing people do on a blog is to write, share ideas, help, inspire, and entertain others. You may want to ask but what do I write about especially if you are new to blogging. Below are some few tips....

Blog posts ideas:

*Write on what you love or what the person whom you blog for loves.

*Give people your opinion or perception on a news or story and provide your conclusion about the consequences or morals involved.

*Share some ways your reader can improve something in their life.

*What's been inspiring you lately? share it on your blog.

*If you feel comfortable enough, write about a difficult time in your life and how you overcame it.

*Do a guest post or contributors post. i.e ask other writers to submit their write ups or articles so you can publish on your blog. But if it's a corporate blog, ensure an Editor goes through the write ups/articles before you post them.

*Share the movie, music and books you are currently obsessed with or passionate about and do a review on them.

*Share an easy Do it Yourself post (DIY) or how to do something.

*Share your favourite pictures and quotes.

*Host a Q&A segment.

*Interview posts.

*Make a top ten list of something helpful.

*Write essays but let it not be too lengthy.

My bogging mistakes: 

We all make mistakes and I have quietly made my share of them...

*Inconsistency: I have not been consistent and persistent on my blog, although it's one year old but I feel one of my very first blogging mistake was this. I started blogging when I was still in school, so I couldn't write and publish everyday because I didn't want my academics to suffer.

*Not promoting your posts or adding social media sharing options: I am not really much of a social being so I wasn't able to make my blog posts reach a wider range of audience through the use of social media which is a vital key.

*I didn't set any blogging goals: When I started blogging, I was just so excited to write and I got carried away that I forgot to set goals but I later did.

*Blogging on my own: I didn't make enough research on what blogging is all about, I avoided adopting skills from popular bloggers in the industry. I just did my own thing.

*No guest posts yet: Well I felt to do a guest post, I needed a larger audience. But I was wrong, guest posting is very essential as it opens you up and gives you new readers. If you are interested in any collaborations, please send your name or write ups to info@naomidestiny.com and you will get featured.

Things you will need:

1. A pen and paper for your drafts
2. A tab or a PC with an internet connection
3. A good camera
4. Blog apps.
5. Creativity and ideas

Beginners tips for blogging:

1. Your first post matters a lot. It creates your audience and determines if people will want to continue reading your blog or not. Your first post normally should contain an introduction of what your blog is all about and a warm welcome to your readers. You should let them know what to expect on your platform.

2. The title of your posts. The title of your posts must be very inviting, not too long but specific. i.e write catchy headlines.

3. Know how to use the 5ps of blogging. Plan, Pen, Publish, Promote, Participate.

4. Know how to connect to your audience. Know what they want and always keep them in mind, don't write about yourself always, know what excites and interests your audience in order to make them participate in what you write on. Use a conversational style and friendly tone, but be professional.

 5. Include images in your posts. Use photos and graphics to demonstrate your key points and maintain high quality pictures, it's a major source of attraction.

6. Ensure you brand your blog using a logo, tagline or other relevant contents.

7. Publish great unique contents. Be original and ensure the content you publish is consistent with everything else you do in the real world. i.e. practice what you preach and be yourself.

8. Make sure you consistently blog to avoid loosing traffic. You can post more than once in a day if you have time.

9. Always draft an idea of what you want to write on paper before typing it on your system.

10. Make use of social media icons to promote your blog, use hash tags and links within your post and also do share your post link on your social network and online platforms. This will help increase your blog's search engine ranking.

11. Respond to blog comments. Not all comments needs a response but ensure you respond to the one that matters.

12. Cite your materials and give references to any material or image you copied.

13. Give away your knowledge and don't be afraid to showcase what you know. Do research, be creative, and have your own writing style.

14. Never give up on your blog because you are discouraged.

Photo credits: Google images


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The Bread Seller Story Made Me Believe In The Ordinary Nigerian


It's no longer news that two weeks ago, a 27 year old woman by the name Olajumoke Orisaguna who happened to be a bread seller in the streets of Lagos Nigeria turned into a quick star and top model for Few Model Management after photobombing TY Bello photo shoot for Tinie Tempah.  I.G: @tybello @tiniegram @olajumoke__o @fewmodels. Read full story via this link: TY Bello Featured on CNN


Olajumoke who thereafter got on the cover of This Day Style and later was interviewed by CNN TY Bello's Interview with CNN ,and later signed an ambassadorial or campaign deal for PayPorte two days ago Naij.com ,and now a motivational speaker for The Play Forum(Political Leadership Among Youths) which is coming up on the 20th of February at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. She is definitely on her pathway to success as she receives different support to move forward. It is really amazing!





Her story has inspired so many people around the world even in India and it has really brought so much hope and believe to me especially and several others that 'DREAMS DO COME TRUE' regardless of who you are. ''Everyone connected with the story because everybody has dreams,'' argues Bello. ''This is a very tough time in my country...Everyone is looking for that magical break...I think this is definitely divine because the way people have connected with it is just  phenomenal. It is a phenomenal story.''


The Nigerian elites in general, seem to harbor disdain and contempt for the ordinary Nigerian. They are looked down upon, neglected, and left to just walk through life managing and patching things up in order to navigate as best as they can until fate happens. Olajumoke's story got me thinking that although there is a disconnect between the ordinary people and the elites in Nigeria, there is still a little bit of hope for the hopeless. And if people can walk through the doorway of success and not shut the door right behind them but open it up for an opportunity to reach out to others, then life will be made better for the common man.


I remember asking myself a rhetorical question sometimes ago, how can I make it an extra ordinary and contemporary world? Do I wait for good things to happen or do I go out and make it happen? I really don't believe in luck and wouldn't call Olajumoke lucky but let me put it that it was her time to shine and when it is your time, nobody can stop you. This bread seller went out to make things happen for herself despite the fact that she is a mother of two children, she knew she had to survive and I really admire that strong part of her.


The ordinary Nigerian fetches water from a well or borehole for domestic use because pipe borne water is a mirage to them. The ordinary Nigerian may not even be able to afford quality education or basic health services. The ordinary Nigerian is a hustler and struggles hard to provide for themselves and their family. The ordinary Nigerian is strong, bold and courageous despite the fears surrounding them. The ordinary Nigerian is greatly inspiring and if Olajumoke could make it, we can all make it. I believe in us!


Thanks for reading!
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Depression: Don't Let It Steal Your Joy


Depression is a physical, mental, spiritual, and hormonal imbalance. It affects your mind, your body, your actions, and self-esteem. You feel worthless, helpless, or guilty without knowing why. You feel restless at night, having trouble to sleep or wake up.

You no longer feel the pleasure of doing certain things that you normally do happily. You constantly feel irritable for no reason. You can't even imagine that anything will improve for you. That is just how it feels and believe me it is an illness that needs serious attention both medically, physically, and spiritually.
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