I want to burst some bloggers' bubbles

Hi people. I think I need to be whipped, cos I have been feel like being mischievous recently, which is really unlike me. But for now, I just feel like busting some people's bubbles. All you curious bloggers will thank me for this, cos as some people know, most times, I really cannot be bothered.

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1. You know that scripture in the bible which says we cannot hide anything from God? If you don't know, check Hebrews 4:13. That saying applies to your blog posts 100%. What I mean is once you type something in your blog, and hit that publish button, it is over! I repeat, it is over! It can never ever be undone. You can backdate it, update it, reschedule it, but it can never be deleted. This is because there are feeds attached to your blog, so even if you delete the post, it would have fed to who ever has subscribed to your blogs. When I see someone has put up a post, and has deleted it, I just laugh, get more curious, and go to my 'backyard' to read the deleted post. This is the reason why you have to be sure you want to let that thing out before hitting the publish button. I am writing this because I read something a feed from a blogger on my phone today, which I felt was pretty revealing, so I wanted to see the kinds of comment people would drop on her blog, only to see that she had deleted it post. But here it was, sitting on my phone, and also in the feeds of God-knows-how-many-people who are connected to her blog. I know you want to know how to find deleted posts, but be patient, I would get to that.

People, I know you always hear statements like "say whatever you like on your blog, it is your personal space, if people don't like it, they shouldn't come by, etc." I was even guilty of telling Simply Mee that recently. I retract my statement now. Contrary to whatever opinion you might have, your blog is not your diary! If it is something you would ashamed to show your mother, boss, spouse or future spouse, don't publish it on the internet. You shouldn't just write everything and anything, especially if you are not an anonymous blogger. This also reminds me about what Naijalines wrote about Freedom of Speech being a myth. I completely agree with her. Be careful what you put out there, it might come back to bite you in the butt.

I am begging you. Please, please, please. I know you might be young and carefree now, because you might be in your twenties or so, but please, have foresight. Foresight is the ability to envisage the future based on your current actions. All the vulgar words, curses, and all can act against you in future. Even if you are anonymous, some people can still know you. I am one blogger that has met quite a number of bloggers, not only in Nigeria, in person, including anonymous bloggers. I have them on my BB and we are friends, and trust me, I will be meeting more in future, so that anonymous thing is not absolute. Remember, once you hit the publish button, it can never be undone. You can sin against God, and God will forgive you and remember your sins no more, but blogger never forgives, it remembers your sins for life!

So to the people who are interested in sniffing out deleted posts, I will burst the bubble now. It is easy. Just go to your google reader, and that's where all posts, including the deleted ones sit, waiting innocently to soil the owners' names, should there be any need for it.

2. Onto less serious matters. I noticed some people for make the text colour of the number of their followers the same as the number of their background, so people won't know the number of their followers. I also noticed people who do this have very few followers, so I am guessing they don't want people to know this fact. First things first, there is nothing wrong with having few followers, take that from someone who had only four followers for over a year, because I had no idea what blogging really entailed. So if you have few followers and it is bothering you, instead of wasting your time hiding the fact, concentrate on getting followers by being blog friendly, and putting up quality posts.

If you want to follow someone, and you notice you cannot find the number of their followers, don't worry, I am about to burst their bubble. Highlight the area where the number of their followers is supposed to be, like you want to copy the text. Immediately you highlight, you will see the text appear in white, against the background.

Yes, so I have been mischievous again. But seriously, I hope you would look beyond my mischief and be careful about what you put out there, especially if you are not comfortable with people knowing such things about you. Remember, once its done, it can never be undone!

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  1. LOL...on the first part I think I know the post you mean. And it is only for those who are following the blogger via blogger or google reader that can see the feeds. But yeah, on the internet, think before you publish. I also try never to write what I don't intend to publish, sometimes I want to hit save and mistakenly click publish. This happens sometimes when I'm scheduling posts.

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    1. I recently discovered that people use different kind of feeds to subscribe to our blogs. An example is those peeps who get our posts in their email.

      I have seen a deleted post of yours before, and I immediately deduced it was a scheduling mistake.

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  2. I am one blogger who write what I feel because of the feel of reading past experiences moments later. That's why I attempt not to distort facts.

    When I read the title on my RSS feed I was expecting something...EXPLOSIVE, but this feels like a ₦5 banger.

    I have a post in my draft, imagine this, a blogger commented on a post I wrote about an affair I had with HIS/HER sister. It was hilarious because the Blogger was giving "church advice" about the sister.

    Also, I had no idea I knew Atilola till I read one of her posts....I was like, this family sounds familiar, including the area. Then I zoomed in on your picture....I showed a friend, isn't this...

    My point is, if you want to write anything, write to make yourself free and don't make anyone ...don't permit anyone to keep you in bondage with your words.
    It is liberating once you speak your mind. I remember my post on Toyosi Akerele....classic!!!!!

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    1. I would have been very surprised if you agreed with me, seeing the fact that you are one person that 'speaks the whole of your mind, without filtering.

      You have said before that you know me, but I don't seem to know you, and that's fine by me.

      If you read my posts, you would know I am someone who tries to steer clear from trouble as much as possible, so don't be expecting explosives from me next time. This blog doesn't thrive on controversies.

      I don't know who Toyosi Akerele is, and I haven't read your posts.

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  3. I don't think it matters as long as you are being honest. Speaking your mind is liberating as long as the truth comes out.
    Fact is everyone reveals enough to know who they were...you could even read between the lines to see pass who they pretend to be.

    I. Mean, for example I've been reading your blog but realised late last year that I know you. If was a post you described your family, I had to tell my friend isn't this..

    I have to admit I was disappointed with the content....there was nothing EXPLOSIVE, just ₦5 banger.
    I write a lot and there was a time a blogger commented on a post about an affair I had with a chic, criticising the girl. Well, the babe was the sister. I know I would upload it one day. People should learn not to judge on posts....you might be judging your sister.

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    1. And what you say matters, whether you are honest or not. But, I don't expect you especially to agree with me. Go and tell your boss that his wife is ugly in the name of being honest, even if the whole company seems to think so, and see what will happen.

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    2. lool @ the come back/illustration. Ugly boss wife. ahahhahahahaha

      U two always make me laugh.

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  4. God take time create you @ilola. Na wa! Dear Sister Myne, I won't bother asking @ilola because she may pull up more mischief. Can you please whisper the name to me. I am curious and would like to visit Google reader and read the damn post.

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    1. This post is not directed at a particular person o. Please, don't put me in wahala. I was just saying. Besides, how are you sure you follow the blogger?

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  5. LOL!!! Atilola oooo!! Please first and foremost, how far now? Please who is the person and where is the post? Let me try to cajole you into sending me the dits. I've had a funny week and something tells me the post you are talking about would take all the stress away. Oya email me please :)

    Meanwhile the part of blogger never forgives, it remembers your sins for life just sounds very spooky and why should people be embarrassed that they have few followers? I had a "eureka moment" after typing that...

    Anyway, I bind this spirit of mischief abeg before you go and do the one that will affect me.

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    1. Awon alakoba. I have nothing to say to you.

      Yes o, blogger always remembers. Please, bind the spirit well. I am even tired of it.

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  6. I absolutely agree! Your blog is NOT your diary. Just like facebook, twitter and everyother form of social media isn't. Whatever goes on the net is on the net no matter how we try to delete it. It's never really "deleted". That's why for the little time I was on facebook, I was shocked at some of the things ppl put.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Tell the World

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    1. If only people cared more about consequences, life would be easier to live in. Thanks for dropping by.

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  7. Your second point is not necessarily true. On a previous template i had, regardless of what i did, the number of my followers would never show, even if i changed the color. So there's that too.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about that rare situation Madame Sting. So, let's just direct the number 2 statement to those who do it on purpose.

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  8. ℓ☺ℓ @ blogger never forgives!

    Tho ones blog is their 'personal' space,its still the internet! That's what I tell maself.
    Even those who keep diaries,sometimes there are things they may still not write in them incase the diary falls into the 'wrong' hands.

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    1. Its true. And ur blog is in everyone's hands, not just the wrong ones.

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  9. Humph! Kasala don shele! Is this my I-no-like-wahala-@tilola?

    So you retract your statement?..ok..o, I am magnanimous to accept, but biko,I would appreciate it more, if you say it in my comment box..you know, under your intial comment...thank you o! :D

    I deleted some posts when I went on my self-exile which I regret and want them back, so thanks for the tip...goggle reader you say? *offtosearchfroit* Oh yes..and some comments also!*runningnow*

    Gan-Gan-gan-.. Sherlock @tilola the detective!...As for the followers issue, I disagree with you on that, because some people don't really care. They write for the pleasure of it. Some don't have the follow-button in their blogs. Mind you, some bloggers buy followers! Just as celebrites do to show they are well loved and popular and for commercial purpose.

    Now, I love this side of you!.....so would you whisper the name of the blogger into my mail-box huh?

    That reminds me, a friend on Fb sent me a beautiful pic of a gal showing off her panties and said she seduced her father to sleep with her. Now, she is feeling remorseful and asking for advise. The questions that came to my mind was: Is she the gal or random pics posted by people? If yes, why did she put her pic for the whole world to see? Didn't she know it would be downloaded? And can hunt her all the days of her life? And can be used against her in future? So coming to read this your post now is just #gbam#

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    1. Lol. Its still your I-no-like-wahala-@ilola, cos I am just tryna implore people with this post, not look for trouble.

      You are giving me work o. You have read my retraction, and that's what matters. Yes, you can find deleted posts in your feeds.

      As for the followers, I know many peeps don't care, and my 2nd point has nothing to do with them. Bloggers buy followers? Interesting, I never knew.

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  10. E be like say u wan win scandalous blogger of the year with all this your gbeborun posts, Atilola.

    Sometimes people might change their minds about posting certain things or need to think about it before making a decision. There is nothing new under the sun jare.

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    1. Scandalous ke? There's no scandal associated with this blog o. Do you mean controversial? Even then, this post is not strong enough to stir controversy, I hope. Cos I really don't have what it takes to stand the heat.

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  11. Lmsao...Atilola the bubble buster

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  12. Jesu oko ijo o!!!!! I read the post I think everyone is talking about but I was too weak to respond. It isn't on Blogger any longer, but like you rightly said, Google Reader is not your friend. I have a blog. It is my diary. No readers save for moi :) I like it that way abeg!

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    1. Really? You are the only one who reads your blog? What's the fun in that?

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    2. My dear, this life ehn. I am being careful. My blog is my diary. I vent a lot there. I don't even want followers sef. This my semi-anonymous blogging self don do abeg.

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    3. Understood. Peeps blog for different reasons, and your reasons does not allow for an extra pair of eyes.

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  13. "If it is something you would ashamed to show your mother, boss, spouse or future spouse, don't publish it on the internet" that is soooo on point.

    You said you wanted to burst bubbles,but you helped some bloggers rather than burst their bubbles.Nice one @atilola.

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    1. Yes o. I know I helped bloggers with this post. We should all be careful.

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  14. Hehehehehehehehehehehehe!!!!!!
    You're evil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Ahn ahn... I meant well with my post na.

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  15. hahahahahahaha hohohohohoho interesting!

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  16. Our one and only @ilola in Blogsville. I love you jare!

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  17. I had no idea you could retrieve deleted post, thanks for sharing that, and honestly i agree with you 200% there are some things i would never write because even though i blog anonymously the what if question haunts me....

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    1. Yes you can. So thank me for the info, lol.

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  18. @ilola...

    I haf tire 4 ur gbegborun tins.If u want to do a Linda, let us know o..LOL!

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    1. Gbeborun? Na wa o. Which gbeborun be dat? This is a writing blog, not a gossip blog o, and definitely not a Linda kinda blog.

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    2. See me see wahala. Decided to follow thy tips as there was a deleted post i wanted to read as the title was quite catchy. Upon google-reading it, the reason for the deletion became very apparent.

      Moral of this post: Read Through Before You Publish! And do not write when angry, pissed or whatever sets off your rockers...

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    3. So how much will you pay me for this gbeborun stunt I just taught you?

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  19. Well......
    I don't rily know wat to say abt ds post bt wat I concur wit is that u shd be careful abt wat u send out there. It cud get into anybody's hands
    U never know anyone's mind and ppl re diff. Wats blogging abt anyway?it means diff tiinz to diff ppl and some just take it as an avenue to spill out wats insyd. Wat dy don't have d boldness to say outsyd. While some just wanna Face a diff reaality entirely.
    Bt u do have to be kiaful tho like u pointed out
    Well,abt d followers, I've never asked anybody and who knows if it was just an unconscious act. I like to gv benefit of doubt sometimes cos assumptns re bound to happen
    #justsaying o#so pls hit me nicely wen u return

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    1. Lol. Let's sha be careful, so the so-called freedom of speech doesn't end up being our undoing. Thanks.

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  20. but a blog can be an online diary.. I believe people should be free to write whatever they want to.. for some, it is the beautiful chance of being themsleves. However, wisdom is vital in all things --

    -- interesting post. btw, u can read deleted [posts if u get emails of a blogger's new blogpost too

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    1. Yes, you can. People subscribe to our posts with different methods, including email.

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  21. Thank you for pointing us in the right direction for the Amebo o... I didnt even notice before i went back to do some investigation and there it was sitting in my google reader *sigh* :) anyways i hope we all learn from this tho'

    Sister Atilola, E ku ise Oluwa oh....

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    1. I see you are one of the curious ones, lol.

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  22. Blessings....
    Just ducked in to say hello.

    Some things cannot be undone that's life. You live, if you smart you learn and you keep it moving.

    Number of followers matter little, its about the quality not the quantity, many of those followers seldom come back to visit, comment or participate in your blog activities. It is only few that loyally comes through and touch base.

    Have a blessed day
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    1. I like the quote you just ducked in to drop. Thanks.

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  23. Kai, i was late to the parry *goes in search*

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    1. Late comer. Be early next time, lol.

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    2. No be only you oh my sistah....I be latecomer big time.

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    3. Na me come last sef! By this date I have no hope of finding that post.

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  24. I was saying this about twitter a while ago. This internet thing is as good as it is bad. This freedom is actually a myth; especially since anybody with good detective skills can track you. I blame it all on Google sha, and they have just started ruining people.

    But I think I have taken down a post before; not because I was all of a sudden worried about the content but because I needed to add something and then I wasn't 'feeling it' anymore.

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    1. I don't think there's anything wrong with taking down posts. I took down over thirty posts when I wanted to publish my book.

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  25. lool.... only u ati. hahaha.. nice post. xxx

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    1. Ok ooo. Shey u sha got the underlying message

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  26. hmmm...Atilola o. I get the gist though. One has to be careful with the type of things we put online.

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  27. Lol, Lola. I've been laughing so hard. You are so right. There is a post I wrote on being candidly cruel. There is no point bludgeoning someone with a cudgel on the head in the name of being blunt. Maturity will help one to know when to talk, and when not to. When you see people write carelessly, and talk carelessly, that is a neon light which spells, I-M-M-A-T-U-R-I-T-Y!!! Being young is not an excuse for being foolish. The Bible says that you should not let anyone despise you because of your youth. Once something has been published on line, that is it. It is sage advise to look before you leap.

    I also laughed at the bubble you burst about hiding one's blog followers. Do people actually do that? Even if I have one blog follower, I'd proudly display 'cos you can't win them all o, hahahahahahahahaha. At the end of the day, purpose speaks. You cannot win everywhere. It's good to focus on the reason one came to blogville and avoid unnecessary and unhealthy competition. One's competition is with one's self, not others. The success of others should spur one on to be one's best; not feel inferior, or jealous.
    I loved your post and it made me laugh so hard. Well done.

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    1. Lool. I don't think I have read that post. I am glad I made you laugh. Life is somehow at times, so there's need to just laugh for laugh's sake at times.

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    2. It was a Facebook note which I wrote in October, 2010. You can read it here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/unyime-ivy-king/candid-cruelty/480546106084. I used it on my old WordPress blog which I deleted 'cos I did not want to manage two blogs.

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  28. True word...what you write can always come back to bite you...
    I always think twice, thrice sometimes even fifty times before posting anything...and I am an annonymous blogger...lol
    Thats why as much as I would love to blog more about my personal life and give people all the jist about my life, I am always so aware of this fact and sadly I cant do it. :)

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    1. Good to be cautious at times, especially if its not really mandatory for people to know that sordid detail.

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  29. hmm! just made me wonder. you are really good at what you do. thanks for sharing.

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  30. Caveat Emptor...shey? It is not only curses that come back though...people who are anti-establishment get to the crossroad when they begin to work for establishments, that is the Main Dilemma

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  31. Hehehehehe I like you already

    dressed2dnines.blogspot.com

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  32. "Freedom of Speecch?""....pffttttt, one of the greatest lies ever told!

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  33. going to google reader now

    P.S. I am not afraid of anything I have ever written on this blog and on my anonymous blog.
    It is not something I am ashamed for God to see cos I have told him everything anyway, why should I care what people think?

    Tempted to sing Damita Haddon's 'You are the one for me'

    I loved blogger, it helped me discover much about myself via writing and about human relations and others and valuing others.

    Cheers

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