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Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Nigerian Internet Content Gap

I was in class yesterday morning and I realised there aren't places/platforms/pages you would go to if you were interested in reading about Nigerian related content. I won't state the type/categories of content for obvious reasons.

But I find that there is such a huge content gap. There is so much value we can create for people to consume that it doesn't make sense for there to be so many gossip and music blogs who churn out the same and exact content.

With regards to revenue, everyone I've met who's a gossip/music blogger keeps telling me about how fast they're able to rack up pageviews and I'm just like meh meh. Eventually your readers realise they've been getting the same content on Linda Ikeji and Notjusok and will go back.

Shoutout to TheNakedConvos once again. That's such a great website with awesome content. I discovered Kamdora over the weekend.

Do not blog about music/somebody else's life today.

Okay back to studying for Networking 1.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Why is there such great content on Medium?

I started reading Medium about a week after it launched I think. If you don't know what Medium is -  it's best described as a blogging and discovery platform. Medium was launched a couple of years back by Blogger and Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams. Visit Medium.com

In the first few weeks that I regularly visited Medium, I realised I was spending a ton of my time on the site(this also happens when I visit TheNakedConvos. I would spend hours reading content or clip to Evernote and read on the weekend. Eventually I dedicated Sundays after church to Medium.

Which brings us to the question: Why does medium have such great content?

At Medium's launch only a few handpicked people could post content. It was super exclusive. You couldn't even invite your friends to post content.

Now most of the content on Medium was professionally written. It was like a mix of feature articles from the Economics, The New York times and the BBC. All in one awesome website.

As time progressed I would like to think Medium became the default place to read and post awesome stuff. The precedence of great content meant that great content continued to flow even when Medium became open for public contribution.

It's such a civil site that I've never seen anyone act rude in an annotation. Medium is like some sort of foreign embassy. You know how you'll have to comport yourself and be polite when you're applying for that visa? That's exactly how people are on Medium.

This same thing happens on Question and Answer site Quora.

If there's anyone out there who's trying to create an online community, it's safe to say people are naturally going to act based on what they see on your website. I wonder if there's research to back this up.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Rust

Earth. Dust. Like water on unprotected metal after two days. The color of the axe and the tree and the ground were all the same. It hadn't rained in three months. At least there was wood.

He would stack the brown wood up in three layers. Each piece criss crossing the other in bundles of two. And light them up under a black pot. He remembered when the pot was new. And silver. Bright and shiny. He could even see his face in it.

I'm trying to work on my descriptive writing. So there'll be short pieces here from time to time. Your comments would be of help.

Afrigator