INTERVIEW WITH NIGERIAN LIFESTYLE BLOGGER,GIFT COLLINS
Blogging has been around for a long time, with its origins dating back over thirty years. Since then, blogging has been increasingly popular around the world, including in developing countries such as Nigeria.
Many people have gotten extremely wealthy as a result of blogging, like Linda ikeji, a well-known Nigerian blogger.
Blogging’s popularity began to decline as a result of the advent of social media applications and various video-sharing apps, leading many individuals to believe that blogging isn’t as profitable as it once was.
In my attempt to answer the question “is blogging dead,” I decided to interview Gift Collins, a well-known Nigerian blogger who has been running her blog for a long time.
Pay attention as Gift Collins discusses her success story as a Nigerian lifestyle blogger in this exclusive interview.
Hello, Gift! Thank you for accepting to participate in this interview. Would you mind telling us a little about yourself and where you’re from, as well as the name of your blog?
ANSWER: Hi Busayo, My name is Gift Collins. I am from Port-harcourt, Rivers State. I am a Film producer and scriptwriter, at nights, I run my lifestyle and personal development blog ww.giftcollins.com.
How long have you been blogging?
ANSWER: My first blog post was published on the 22nd of May, 2017. So, I have been blogging for four years now. Whew, I didn’t even realize it was four years already until this interview. That’s an awfully long time.
What inspired you to start your blog?
ANSWER: I have always wanted a blog for the longest time. I just didn’t know how to go about it. What inspired me was my love to write and teach. I wanted a space where I could share tidbits of my life, things that interest me, and my journey to personal growth and development, in hope that my story will inspire other young men and women and we will all grow together. What is the hardest thing about running a blog?
What do you think is the best strategy for getting more visitors to a blog?
ANSWER: There are different strategies. You just need to figure out what works best for you. It might be SEO, social media, pinterest or platforms like medium and quora. I haven’t explored the latter but the others, I have.
There is this common notion that blogging is dead,how true is this?
ANSWER: I don’t believe that one bit. Actually, let me rephrase, there was a time I believed it. Especially when many bloggers I knew, turned to Instagram Influencers and ditched their blogs. I began to abandon mine as well until last year. I watched a new blogger, I follow on Pinterest, start and grow her blog and it made me realize that if a new player came in and made such success in less than a year, then no way in the world could blogging be dead. People just weren’t getting it right and instead chose another path and that’s completely fine. However, that realization rekindled my love for blogging, I started to ignore seeking validation and instead chose to put in the necessary work and the reward has been good.
I found your blog through google, how do you get your blog to rank on google’s first page
ANSWER: Search Engine Optimization. I have been learning SEO for the last two years. I believe some of what I have learnt have come in handy but still, I don’t consider myself a Pro. Far from it. SEO is so broad!
Now to everyone’s favorite part: Is blogging profitable in Nigeria ? If yes Would you encourage anyone to go into blogging in 2021?
ANSWER: I can’t answer for all but for myself, Yes. I make money on my blog. In the beginning it came in via collaborations and sponsored posts. However, now I just focus on advertising earnings and backlinking.
Is it possible to make a full-time living from blogging?
ANSWER; I think it is. While I don’t blog full-time, I know people who quit their jobs to take on blogging full-time in Nigeria. The person that easily comes to my mind is my friend Detola of deedeesblog. For me, I believe I am yet to make enough to blog full time but I have seen people do it.
Apart from blogging, what other thing do you do?
ANSWER; Basically, I do many things. I have a 9-5 at a big TV studio. Aside from that, I am a professional Scriptwriter. I also produced my first film, “A Chain Reaction”, last year. Alongside, I am working on my debut book while also creating more digital products as I am looking to increase passive earnings. Last week, I decided I wanted to learn UX writing, so I am currently taking an online course.
See, I am one of those people who believe in the boundless potential that life holds. I tell people not to be afraid to explore the different things that they are interested in, just build one or two well enough to foot the bills, then explore the others. In 10 years from now, I am convinced I might find some other interests that I will love to explore and I won’t hold back from exploring them.
There’s a downside to this though, if you aren’t careful, you will become a jack of all trades and master of none. It can be quite complicated but I like to believe I have some sort of hang on it.
Please recommend three posts from your blog you’d like people to read (and why!)
ANSWER : Hmmm. This is tough. I have over 200 articles on my blog. I am very confused right now.
I really like this one because I think it’s something that had to be said. It talks about Hustle culture amongst Millennials. https://giftcollins.com/millennials-is-hustle-culture-doing-us-more-harm-than-good/
I like this one too. It’s on mental health and I think mental health is very important.
Finally, how can people find you on the net and social media? Please include blog address, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and any other channels you use. (NIGERIAN BLOGGER GIFT COLLINS)
You can find me on social media. Instagram @giftcollins_, Twitter @gyifted, Pinterest @gyifted and youtube@giftcollins.
READ PREVIOUS ARTICLES