Was a break necessary? That’s something we’ll never know. Blogging for over 5 years has taught me a lot but this is not a post for lessons, I mean what do I know? The Blog is Back! BlackDotMandy.
This is gratitude. Thank you to my past readers and future ones. Thank you for sticking by my brand, my very own community, from the beginning. Amazed by what a little interest can do and how it has taken me beyond what I have ever dreamt of. I needed to do something while in Uni, just finished a modeling course at Gemian Models which was disastrous on my part. Heels weren’t really my thing at the time but looking back now, I learned so much.
The commitment was new and this blog was my next new best friend, if anything Gemian taught me, it was ‘commitment was the necessary drive’. Do you know how hard it is to get up from your bed on a Saturday by 5:30am in the famous Tinubu hostel of Uniben to go for Gemian workout sessions at the sport complex? Yes, that was the insane amount of energy I was going to give to my new love. And I did for four years until I didn’t anymore.
For four years it has been everything to me, it birthed my social life and online social presence. Not that I’m a social butterfly of some sort but I do try, lol. Somehow all of this has built my social network and my confidence. I began losing interest in 2020 but I still gave it a push, views weren’t the issue neither was google’s lack of interest in enabling my AdSense.
How did we get here?
It was time for my national youth corps service, a year to obey the clarion call be it sun or rain, to serve my beloved country **roll eyes**. The goal was to get it right in Lagos, and become better and bigger but instead, that was the final bus stop for my blog. I completely lost it.
The blog was everything, why detach from it?
Sometimes people take years or months to achieve a goal, other times it takes seconds. I guess this is something I never understood. Because it’s not clicking as much as you want it doesn’t mean you should stop and then I think I lost my fuel. I was getting gigs from content creation on Twitter and I relied on that too much I fear. I wasn’t getting the breakthrough I wanted so much for my blog and I neglected it.
At the start of the blog, what was the aim?
The goal was to become part of the industry, to be a Perez Hilton because I remember browsing through Perez and Hollywood life on my sister’s blackberry. I would spend hours jumping from one fashion face-off to celebrity gist, it was an obsession. But along the lines, my goals changed.
What’s the main goal right now?
Call me selfish but my blog has been a therapy session for me for years and looking back I realized I was in such a good headspace when I was actively blogging. For now, I want to continue to create appealing contents that resonate with my generation (The Gen Zs) and hopefully, this would be my road to blow.
Despite being selfish, how does this appeal to my generation?
I shouldn’t have said selfish, lol. Contents that are fun, thrilling, educative, and creative will continue to build up the social currency and I am all about that.
Where do I see my blog in the next five years?
I don’t want to have to explain what the blog is about or have to introduce myself. I want that I have been able to create a powerhouse with your support. That Blackdotmandy would have created a large community that is centered around fun, creativity, music, and love.
Still don’t understand why all of this happened but moving forward, I need you my readers to get into a bit of what led to my long hiatus. I knew for a fact that someday I would probably come running back to my blog and some days here. Things haven’t been smooth sailing recently, life really does come with its ups and downs but we stay kicking.
The Blog is Back! BlackDotMandy,
Not sure what post will be coming up in the next few days to months but while I navigate through this, I promise it will be exciting. Thank you for giving me a bit of your time.
Keep an eye out.