There was a time when I wanted to be everywhere. I wanted articles on ynaija, 360 nobs, the Thought Catalogue, the Huffington Post and Ono Bello. I got on ynaija easily. In fact, I was on ynaija before I knew I was on ynaija, because the website has a nasty habit of filching your work without telling you about it. I was googling myself one day, when I found that an article of mine had been taken word for word and image for image and plastered on there, in a horrible and terrible way. They didn't even align my pictures in a manner that was encouraging! They did say that it was by Afam, but no one knew me then, and Afam isn't a particularly unique name. They didn't even link the blog. It's the worst thing you can do to a writer I think.
I didn't know that when I sent them an article to put up, but they still didn't link the blog. That was a poor business decision. I cannot write with the frequency with which I'll need to for the general public to look at an article I write on Ynaija and immediately connect it with the good dear old blog. That was me giving my work out for free. Believe it or not, I do not consider my writing for the blog, to be free. Writing for the the ramblings of a madman gives me a level of satisfaction that I cannot attach monetary value to. It's an investment. It will pay off later. That article on ynaija with no link backs, or short profile about how it is I may be reached will never pay back. I don't feel that silly about it anymore, but you live and you learn no?
It's funny how it changes you though. I used to be so gung-ho about it all but now I'm quite reserved. Getting new gig, only to find that it cannot compete with the blog, and that sometimes you cannot do both was something I had to learn. The thing that I found astonishing was that I picked the blog every time.