How I see Nigerian Blogsville

I remember as a new blogger, when I could hardly get traffic to my blog. I could only boast of about four followers after almost a year of blogging, and I always had to drag my colleagues at work by the ear to read my posts and beg them to drop comments, just to be sure that what I was writing was making sense.

I stumbled on some blogs, and read in the comment session how they addressed themselves. They knew about one another, they were always rushing to drop comments on new posts, and they even rejoiced and danced whenever they became first to drop a comment on someone’s post. Some of them had like 20 followers, which I found very impressive, seeing I could not get up to 5 in a year. Some had like 40 and some had like 100. 100 followers? For me, that was the height. They all seemed pretty close, and were a very strong clique. They referred to themselves as blogsville.

After a while, I so much admired them, that I dropped comments on one or two blogs, asking how I could join blogsville, because I thought blogsville was like this virtual internet village where you have to register and become a member, so you can know and support one another. Some did not answer me, but one lady said all i needed to ‘join blogsville’ was just become a Nigerian blogger. It did not make sense to me cos I was a Nigerian blogger and I did not seem to be part of this much admired blogsville.

After a while, I just let it go and concentrated on my traffic-less blog, working on the quality on my posts. I left blogger for about 5 months, due to stress at work, and a came back when I noticed that my gift of writing was getting too strong to be ignored.

I started posting better things, few people followed me. I checked their blogs out, and followed back, commented, etc, not because I was looking for followers, cos I wasn’t even aware that following and commenting on other people’s blogs could increase visit to your site, but I began to notice a difference.

For example, Myne would come visit me, comment and go, when no one was even willing to look at me. I visited back and I saw that she had like 300 followers even though we started blogging around the same period (obviously, old things have passed away for Myne).

I started to know people on blogsville, and the remaining, as they say, is history.

So back to the main topic, how I see blogsville…

I love Nigerian blogsville, i won’t lie. This is because overtime, we have come to create another virtual, yet real, world of our own. It is a very strong community.

Imagine a real village, having people of different temperaments, people you like, people you don’t like, people you are indifferent about. People with varying opinions and views about life, yet doesn’t make any of them better than the other. Just think about that village, it might be in Abeokuta, Ihiala, or Otukpo, and put it in a virtual world, that’s how I see blogsville.

Someone told me that her friends always wonders when she talks about people in blogsville, and they think she’s in sane, because they can’t see anything, and she tells them "These people are real. There’s actually this world/community that exists on the internet, and they are very real just like you and I.” And she’s telling them about how one blogger did something to another, how one loves another, etc. But they just look at her like she’s crazy or so.

What sealed it for me was the famous blogsville fight exactly a year ago. The so-called team pro-gay vs anti-gay. The way everything blew up. It was like a real life fight, in which I kept silent before anyone had the opportunity to deck my head. It just portrayed to me what a strong force we are. So much emotion, people left blogsville, people fought, made up, laughed, cried, etc. And you say it is just internet? I think blogsville is more than just internet. It is a community. Twitter can be ‘just internet’, facebook can be ‘just internet’, but blogsville is a community, not just a virtual one, but a real one, and I am glad to be part of it.

The only requirement to join this community to let yourself known, and be friendly to the ones already there, and voila, you are in. Else, you will stand alone in the cold for a very very long time, just like I did, while you watch others cuddle one another. It’s not because they are wicked, they just don’t know you exist.

Did I mention that in this community, there are two major clans? Watch out for my next post.

116 comments

  1. nice analysis...

    i wont lie i always look forward to blogville fights...as in my aproko antenna no get part two...and the beauty is not contributing,,just reading different links and giggling as people deck each other...


    there was one other fight like that too...chei..let me not mention any names...before i get into any trouble.

    infact when is the next fight naa

    stiffles laugh...this is my confession.

    gosh i sound unserious...lol

    okbye

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    1. Lol, woman, ur just a nut case...hahaha

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    2. Aloted, is this really you? LOL...

      @Atilola, awww I'm glad I made a difference. I still can't get into Twitter, Facebook is just there, but Blogsville? Now we're talking, real people, real life :)

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    3. @ Aloted: Lol. Please, tell me about this fight na, maybe I was not on blogsville then.

      @ Jhazmyn: Abi o

      @ Myne: I am also surprised at aloted's confession. And yes, you made a whole lot of difference.

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    4. LOL...because i confessed abi...lol

      like y'all dont like aproko too...yes Myne and jhazmyn talking to you..lol

      muhahahaha..

      see Atiola asking about the fight.. she wants gist..lol.....ok i will tell u in camera ...

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    5. Lool. No I am not on an aproko level. I am too tush for that. Please, don't stain me. ha ha ha

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  2. awwwwww....a group hug is appropriate for this post right? :) Yes oh there are clans. I'm waiting sha.

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    1. Me sef I'm Interested in knowing the clans.

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    2. Looolll. See how u guys are suckers for gist.

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  3. Laughsssss
    I get what you mean about Blogsville being a community with personalities etc. I do gist my friend about blogsville and the fights and arguments....yeah they sorta recognise you all by name now. Wonderful people y'all!

    p.s. I'm currently looking for a blogsville bestie to gossip about blogsville people with. That's the ultimate community...the village gossip/s!
    Its all good....

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    1. If your close friends don't know that you connect with real people on blogger, you haven't started yet, lol.

      All the best in your search for a blog gossip buddy. You go try.

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    2. Ginger I'm available!!!! I've available!!! Loll

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    3. Ginger, hit me up jere. You too Tizzle *wink*

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    4. lol. I didn't know I have interested parties. correct people!
      conference chat coming up soon!

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    5. Really? I never knew you would find interested parties o. See these people

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  4. I love blogsville. itz really a community that I am so happy to be a part of.
    waiting to read the clans story o.
    I trust the Word Up program went very well, yes?

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    1. Word Up was fantastic. Thanks. Wait a while dear.

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  5. *Grabs seat from Toin and buys popcorn*

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    1. abeg lemme join you and Toin..."dress" for me make i siddon. lol..

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    2. toin is not shifting o, oya manage this part..lol!

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    3. All for Toin's seat? You forgot that I own this cinema, and I can provide you extra seats.

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  6. Hmmm yes I remember the pro-gay vs anti-gay fight lol... old things have indeed passed away.

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  7. LOL Jemima grob coke for me, I dey come..

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  8. I have to admit I avoid any 'fights'
    Considering I dont know bloggers personally, I do feel funny arguing with someone I dont even know.
    Two major clans? ....news to me
    Take care

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    1. i avoid fights too for exactly the same reason, why argue with someone you dont even know, your opinion will not matter to them , i had no idea any clans existed, this has been a really interesting read for me..

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    2. I couldn't agree less
      I can't wait for the clans part LOL

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    3. Hmm, interesting to know. Personally, I believe that we can disagree, and we will disagree, but should not be disagreeable. I agree that after a while of commenting back and forth on other blogs, one is likely to develop some sort of camaraderie with some bloggers-quite natural, but I am not too down with cliques. It's good to be friendly with people-and one might even be lucky enough to develop real/genuine friendships over time, but if anything looks like it is a 'secret cult' hahahahah, I'm uncomfortable with it.

      I'm also curious about the clans, lol.

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    4. @ NIL: Yes o. I don't fight in real life, and on blogsville. It takes too much from me.

      @ Jemima: When I say clans, I mean real clans, and not something else

      @ MsJB: I am tempted to spill, but no I won't

      @ Unyime: The whole blogsville is the clique. The real world are the outsiders. That's what I meant, when I used the word 'clique'.

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    5. Okay, if you say so, lol. Thanks for clarifying.

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  9. Way to end it with a 'watch out for part two' lol

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    1. Are you not the Nollywood guru? You should be used to these things, lol.

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  10. Hmm, happy to be a junior student cos I only have to stand and watch the fights. What are the detailed requirements for joining blogsville?I am interested o.

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    1. Lol at Junior students. Blogsville has really been peaceful this year, no fight so far. To join blogsville, please pay 500,000.00 into my account.

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  11. Really? There are fights and clans? *Gasps* I had no idea!

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    1. I am sure you know that I know that you know that I know that you know that there are fights.

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    2. Hahahahahahaha. Blogsville politicking. Lol.

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  12. I've always loved virtual connection and blogsville really has a strong one.

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  13. Everyone should leave Toin's chair

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    1. lmao.. there is love in sharing.

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    2. @ Okeoghene: Abi o

      @ Nikkisho: Apparently, some people are not laffing when it comes to Toin's seat

      @ Eya: na wa o, e no go easy

      @ Jemima: It is just one seat o.

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    3. My sister, tell them o. They should manage the space i gave them na biko

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    4. The movie is over, so I am sure they are no more interested.

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  14. ladies, ladies, no need to fight now.
    you can all sit on the bench.

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    1. Please, tell them. Ahn ahn. Are there no other chairs in this gigantic cinema of mine?

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  15. I love this post! Blogsville is a community with individual family.I'm happy i'm a member of the community and a family in the community.

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    1. I love love love love blogsville, I won't lie. Thanks for loving my post, lol.

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  16. I tell you! You have said it all. Blogville is not 'just internet'. It is a community; no, a family! At a time in my early days of blogging back in 2008, it was like a virus in my blood. Blogging was like my life and even while I had not physically met the people in this community, they felt so real to me! We interacted on personal levels. I even got help with my final year project on Blogville. Imagine! lol. A lot of water has passed under the bridge sha. Lots of guys have quit the stage and some are still around.

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    1. Anyone who thinks blogsville is just internet should think again. If you disappear for a month, someone is sure to check up on you. Is that internet?

      See how blogsville even helped you.

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  17. And yes, I can't wait to read about the 'clans'. Now, I'm beginning to think 'Illuminati' tinz o! lol

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  18. Your post reminds me of the days when I started visiting other blogs. I remember I noticed that the more I followed people's blogs, the more traffic I had as well.

    Today I have a few bloggers I can call friends and they are beautiful people too.

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    1. Yes o. I know that you and a particular 'S' blogger are like real padis

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  19. I just had to add another post, all these people dragging chair abi is it popcorn and coke? LOL...

    Oya, Atilola, spill the clan beans.

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    1. To sit while reading about the clans. LOL...

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    2. Una wan put me for trouble? Please, bring dictionary out and cheque the meaning of clan.

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    1. Yes, clans... something else. Clans na clans o.

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  21. If there's one lesson I've learnt in the two years I've been around here its that blogsville is a community and a large one. My sisters say I make it look its some cult.

    Two clans? Just hearing this too o.
    *looks like the bench in the front row is filled, I better grab a chair and stay in front of the screen*

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    1. Lol at cult. We drink virtual blood, abi?

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  22. Two clans ke, biko give us the gist oh.

    As for twitter fights, I just grab chair and read, I no fit join fight rara.

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    1. Una to like gist. Maybe we should all take a moment to check the dictionary for the meaning of the word 'clan'

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  23. Two clans? @ilola, i want to know just one thing, how do you do it? By it, i mean how do you get past comment moderation on my ramblings? Seriously, i am awed by it..

    Truly, blogsville is not that bad sha. I think most Nigerian bloggers are quite nice. Most( apart from me) write insightful posts and do offer succor from the monotony that the Internet can offer most time. I have made some friends from blogsville and its all looking good...

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    1. Now that you mention it, can you now get rid of it?

      Thank God you know your posts are crappy, lol. Just kidding o, before you virtually deck my head.

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    2. The reason for the crap is for the quality to be appreciated when I really start posting. Like I said, there are many sides to me.. Do not write me off yet... About moderation, no be me oooo! Lol..

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    3. Loool, be psyching yourself there.

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  24. Girl, u have done real well for urself in this community abeg. From 4 followrs to 183 followers? Standing ovation for u biko. And the quality of ur blog and blog content? Super amazing. People like me who always go AWOL need to learn and repent

    Nice job dear, nice job and excellent analysis. Did i say u write really good? Oh yea u do

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    1. Aww, thanks so much. You have made me happy with your comment. Though it is not like I got these followers overnight sha.

      Abeg try not to go awol o. I really appreciate your compliment.

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  25. I remember that fight o. I was still a newbie and I did not put my mouth at all. I was just clicking and reading and clicking and reading but that period I realised like you have that THIS IS A COMMUNITY. All sorts of personalites and characters. I've come to love blogsville as well. Tempted to do my own blogsville post sef. I remember my first Myne comment too. I was OVER THE MOON.

    Oya come and talk about clans o. LOL. Can't wait!!

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    1. You were a newbie? Naaa, you weren't joo. I knew you long before then naa.

      Myne encourages new bloggers, that's one thing I admire about her.

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    2. I agree. Meanwhile I came back here for part 2 o. This comment is just for commenting sake. :p

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    3. You are on a jonsing level. In case you haven't noticed, I only blog once a week, lol.

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  26. Wow! Held my breath as I read this article like it was written 4 me. I opened a blog three months ago nd after posting 2 articles, I got over 200 hits in 2 weeks and I felt I've struck gold.Lo and alas, I didn't av enuf tym due 2 academic projects 2 post frequently on the blog and the traffic stopped dead in its tracks, and I still haven't gotten any followers. Would rily love 2 join dis blogsville community.

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    1. Invincible, quickly pay N10,000 into this account and we shall process your membership with immediate alacrity.

      Account Name: Blogsville 9ja
      Account Number: 0000170419
      Bank: Standard Mugu Bank
      Swift Code: FXT000MUGU419

      Thank you for your prompt payment.

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    2. Aww boo, fanks so much. If u own that account or opened it, it reveals, perchance, that u r the greatest MUGU I've ever met and probably the greatest I would ever come across in years to come. If u are desperate about joining the community, It wuld b my pleasure to inform u that so far as u r running a blog u r a member of the community...Thanks soooo much for your heart-felt concern...yours sincerely...

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    3. Anon 3.30,

      Aww boo? You obviously did not get it ba?.......

      Lol....

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    4. @ Invincible: You just did what I call 'how not to run a blog'. You no get follower, you dey abandon, but I feel you sha. School can be very tasking. When you come back in your down time, please work on it, and visit other bloggers. To join blogsville, abeg pay 100,000 into my GTB account. The account name is Atilola Moronfolu. You don't need the number, as I am the only one bearing that name

      @ Da Injurer: You wan come steal bizness for my cinema? Abeg, move over to your blog space joo

      @ Anonymous: I believe this is invincible, and you are jokingly responding to Da Injurer.

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  27. Emmm so when do we check back for part two??

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  28. Hmmmm! I am coming late to this blogsville party! my first reaction was not to comment, so as to stick to my new repentant me, as per my previous post in my blog 'bridling my tongue' and also because of this pinky fonts...yes! i am looking for your trouble...i am short-sighted and i have to squeeze my eyes to read since i don't have glasses! If nobody will tell you the truth, i will! 'beatme!' :)

    Now back to this interesting topic at hand...secondly, when i saw the number of comments and read them, i said to myself, 'yet they say they don't like gossip, and some even have the gut to call me amebo! 'tongueout!'...am i causing enough scene for 'fights' atilola? :D

    And yes! to the fights!...ahahhaa....i know, i know... you guys are all beating around the bush, but since i am known for trouble making...i will spell it out for you all to save you guys the trouble of saying it as it is and thinking of causing a 'fight'....well, who else if not me nitty-gritty, who does not know how to bridle her tongue and simply says what comes into her head without thinking of the pro and con as i am doing right now....Patrina prayer comes handy here oo :D

    Yes, i was behind the 'rape fight' in TTCC.....is the name right?...and i also contributed to the anti and pro gay fight which made me to bow out of blogsville because it made me fell out with some people i came to like and i didn't have the strength again to waste on nonsensical trading of words!

    And YES! i came back to blogsville for the love of my hubby who likes my write-up but dislikes my fights....but he has gotten used to it....ehehehee

    And do i love blogeville?...YES I DO! ....remember i wrote a post on it..don't have time to get the link...twitter and facebook are just touch-and go....but blogsville, is the KOKO! A community that have friends, frienemies and enemies laso! laso!..ahahaha. And i have a fair share of all 3 :D

    Hmm! clans?....yes i know what you are referring to,but let me give you the chance to say it without stealing your thunder away from you!

    phew! i have written a post-comment in a post..... 'shrugs' ...you asked for it o jare..ehehehehe....and YOU have made me break my new resolution....THOU SHALL BRIDLE MY TONGUE IN BLOGSVILLE!....'i heart you! ;D
    Have a blessed weekend.

    p.s.....please when is the fight starting....'getting apoti to seat on, with kuli, kuli...dakwa and epa...NA-Y! am sitting out on this fight o! ..ahahahahaha

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    1. LOOOLLL!! Sigh... Memories... and when you left I sort of knew the fight was one of the reasons. I was happy when you came back even though I've not been visiting. I think you are funny sha. Ok. That would be all

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    2. that fight was the bomb, it had the boko haram effect. through it all, i was just reading from blog to blog and thanking God I wasn't active . I missed nitty gritty when she vamoozed sha and was glad when she came back. Thank God, people have gotten past that level.

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    3. @ Simply mee: I am really happy you commented o. Ahn ahn, you can't keep silent on a simple matter like this na. I have adjusted my background to be lighter, because of you. Didn't you notice?

      Unfortunately, you can't cause fight on my blog because I am the number 1 'fight avoider', lol.

      I never knew about any rape fight. Maybe I was not following you then, or not following the other people involved in it. But I remember the pro gay and anti gay one o. I just dey watch the cinema movie, lol. I really appreciate your husband, because people like me missed you, and wished you would come back, but I just felt its your decision to make in the end.

      Are you sure you know what I mean by clans? You will be surprised o.

      I hope you can really keep to your resolution sha, lol.

      As for fight starting, I strongly doubt it will be any time soon - at least it won't start from this blog.

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    4. @ mstizzle: I was also happy she came back o. everything was starting to get boring.

      @ sykik: U aint serious ooo, lol. I didn't even notice you till this year, you mean you were on the blogsville scene then? This na really big community.

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    5. My aunty.... was wondering where IB is oo..

      Kia, I love you Aunty IB, one of my fav bloggers and yes I talked about you in real life oo.. Pls do you o jare that y i liked u. xx

      Re: the fight I didnt gerrit.... but I was newbie then.. still we are all entitled to our opinion...

      I love this post... and I hope we all grow and continue to learn together.

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    6. Lol. People are really out to protect their opinions, and that is what leads to disagreements.

      Glad you love the post

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    7. @DOHK,
      Gracias....i do love your person and the way you express yourself without being shy....am appreciative of your warm feelings towards me...it feels goood, i won't lie :D.hugs}

      @tilola..thank you very much for changing the colour..it is better on my eyes now :D

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    8. @mtizzle..ahaha..thank you so much :D

      @sykik..ehn! ehn!..ahahahahahaha....so you were around all that time chei? ;D

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    1. Lol. Funny enough, there was not supposed to be any form of drama attached to this post o

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  30. 89 Comments! Wow, this is one hot topic. LOL! Blogsville is here to stay for all I know. It's one big family. Looking forward to your next post. Btw...my hand band! :-P

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    1. I have noticed that my post about blogs always gathers a lot of comments. I guess its because we all feel a part of blogsville.

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    2. Btw, I burnt your hand band in fire when I didn't see you at word up. That was my way of getting back at you.

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  31. 1 day you are a newbie,the next you have 100 and something followers,i`m glad i`m part of this Blogging community.

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    1. Abi o. U rose fast in blogsville na, as per fine boy that all the ladies wanna rally around, lol.

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  32. I'm so late this party!
    I missed all the chair dragging and popcorn sharing! See my life!!! *Hilda Dokubo tears*

    This prodigal girl really needs to come back home and stop letting life get in the way.

    Blogsville is definitely more than just the internet. Some of the connections I have made here have crossed the virtual threshold and I have been blessed to meet amazing people. Every time a member of my blogfam checks on me, even though I haven't been to their blog for a while, I'm reminded that it's not about traffic or stats for some of us. Blogsville is a family. One I consider myself blessed to be a (card carrying) member of.

    Now whether Twitter, the unrelenting side chick who is partly to blame for my absence, likes it or not, blogger is still my first love. I'm coming home soon. So help me God.

    Atilola, please gimme a membership form for the correct clan to join abeg ;)

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    1. Lol at Hilda Dokubo. She dey cry o.

      Yes o, we really need you to come back o. Not long after I became very involved, that's when you ran away. Come back, we miss you and you fun.

      Don't let the adulterous twitter take you away from your first love o.

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    2. @ Gbemi - has got twitter real bad.

      @ ilola - Blogsville is a great community, I have met great friends thru blogging. Off to read part 2.

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    3. @ Buky: Yes o, Gbemi really betrayed us, lol.

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  33. I carry last!

    I remember when I started blogging too and I wondered how these " bloggers' seem to know each other and refer to each other like some 'clan'

    I am happy to be a member of 'blogsville'.
    I have become a better person since I started to blog.
    I have been blessed by posts that challenges me to be a better person, that entertains me or just helps me relax.

    I enjoy the fights too ( make I no lie)

    Blogsville has been awesome.....I have and I am still making some special friends in blogville even from very far ends of the earth. Like Gbemisokesaid I am also a proud 'card carrying member (even though I have been slacking with my blogging)


    Let me go and read your second post on it
    How have you been?

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    1. Lool. You perform disappearing acts naa. So you know about the fights? Silent watcher like you, lol.

      Blogsville is really cool... really really cool.

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  34. This is one traffic tuner post. Whoa! I so much relate with this post. The feeling you had as a starter-blogger is the same with me too. There were times ago when my blog was just a mere online post storer, so cold and unvisited. The best way to create awareness for your blog is to make other blogs popular too. I have learnt that lesson much better now.

    I am running off now to read the second part of this post!

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  35. I'm proudly carrying last on this post, no popcorn, no seats so i'll drop my comment while standing. I so relate with this post because i felt the same way when i started blogging. Toin and Myne were my best friends then. Things really took another turn when i started visiting other blogs and dropping comments.

    Truth is if you don't visit other blogs and drop comments, no-one will know you exist.

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    1. Lol. Na wa o. I hope you read part 2 and 3.. It has really been an interesting series.

      Glad you are in love with blogsville too.

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  36. Another posts that's making me go hehehehhe!!!! apparently i'm still freezing in the cold *covers face*. thank for the heads up my friend.....not for too long now hehehehe!

    dressed2nines.blogspot.com

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