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You are most prone to have a success story when you add passion using a tiny mix of good fortune and commitment. Linda Ikeji started blogging in 2007 to share things that she was interested in with her readers.. Five years later, www.lindaikeji.blogspot.com has grown to be among the most visited sites in the state. As a usual source for news, amusement, star gist, rumor and many more, her website continues to bring a large number of visitors daily. In this exclusive interview with Adeola Adeyemo, Linda shares her journey into the area of blogging and what makes her stand out.

There aren't many folks as open minded and down to earth as Linda Ikeji. That would be known by any frequent visitor of her website. She has very little to hide and she is not pretentious. With Linda, that which you see is what you get and a regular visitor of her site knows that she's hunting and single. Dedicated "LIB Readers" understand that she makes an enviable income from her blog and saved money to purchase her dream car- a 2008 Toyota Camry in four months.

This openness about her coupled with her quick and clever way of bringing individuals news, advice, jokes, images and a lot more from around the globe on her blog has earned her the reputation as one of the favorite bloggers in Nigeria. Her site gets over 50,000 visits daily and is a hotspot for individuals and online advertisers wishing to bring web traffic to their websites or sites. Opinions on Linda's blog may be revealing, interesting and much more controversial than the post. As one reader wrote "Linda visit this blog regular simply to read remarks"

How did you discover blogging?
Much younger wanted to be a journalist, when I was me. I was already writing when much younger was about ten years old. Much younger wrote fiction stories that were a few in my notebooks and I gave a number of folks plus they read and they believed I was a great writer. Much younger used to really enjoy seeing newscasters, folks doing interviews, I used to look up to them so when I had been going to go into the University, Mass Communication is put in for by me but I didn't get that class, I got English. When I finished school, and I had become a model and folks knew me as a model, it was very difficult for me to go back to back to truly being a journalist so I just moved on from there. But then I found blogging in 2006. Incidentally, it was throughwww.bellanaija.blogspot.com. That has been the very first time I saw a site. I did not understand what blogging was before then, I'd never learned about it until somebody referred me to Bella's website to go and see something she wrote about me, so I went there, I saw the story, I saw the comments and I enjoyed what I saw.

What was the website post about?
I can't remember but it was something about me.

So what really inspired you to begin your personal site?
From I said to myself and then, I started reading her site, I can actually live my dream, put narratives together, tell people what is going on, that year therefore i created the blog. Much younger created the site but I really began blogging early 2007.

Much younger began my very own company, Blackdove Communications after graduating in 2004. It's an event management and modeling agency company. I started modeling and I leave in 2005. I went behind the camera by running a service, recruiting models, training models, getting jobs for models. Much younger still possess the modeling agency but I'm not running it anymore.

There were not so many Nigerians on the internet in 2007 then as they are now. What was the traffic on your own site like then?
I still enjoyed it, although you are not wrong. I had been getting for me and like 200 visits a day afterward, it was a huge deal, really. Now I'm getting like 50,000 visits a day from up to 180 states.

What would you think is responsible for this particular traffic?
Myself don't understand, I think folks only love what I do. And myself've done some really contentious places that gets people's attention.

What has kept you going every one of these years?
The love and also the passion myself have for blogging, I really appreciate it. I love writing stories and receiving feedback, getting visitors to respond to it. Myself used to be really passionate about it so I kept doing it.

When was the very first time you made money from your own website?
2011 really. It took myself four years to begin making money from blogging. Myself never even thought that I'd make money from blogging. I did not even think that was a possibility, it never crossed my head. The good writer didn't say that OK let me blog and perhaps in five years time, I will make money. Much younger never imagined that it would ever occur. Infact, on my blog, myself was putting free advertisements in 2008, 2009, I had been telling my blog readers, please give your ads to me and they will be put by me free of charge. But then in 2010, folks started asking me for my advert rates and I was like 'really?' The good writer did not even understand what it was until I asked a few folks and they gave me their own advert rates so that is how it began.

How often does one blog?
Much younger blog daily. I strive as much as really possible to blog every day although if myself miss blogging that means something occurred to me or perhaps my notebook crashed. Myself spend some hours online.

Where do you source?
All sorts of locations. Myself can not tell you.

Why haven't you moved to lindaikeji.com?
The domain name was chosen by some guy and I'm not thinking about buying it because he's telling me to pay thousands of dollars and I see no reason why I should try this.

As you started blogging, a lot of people have been inspired to start their very own blogs.
I believe competition is healthy. Much younger've been there more than most of other people on your team and fortunately for me personally, I am in addition to each of them so I do not feel like I'm competing with anybody. There is enough space. Myself welcome any blogger that wants to come on board, I try and help as many people as I can. I have a site list where people go to other sites from my blog.
How old are you?
31

Any regular reader of your website would know some things about you which most folks would not call impersonal. As one of these, I understand you are searching and single. Why can you share such private details together with your readers?
Everybody knows I'm single. Much younger'm constantly saying it, I'm distressed.

Do not you think is too personal to share on a site where millions of individuals can read?
Much younger have absolutely no issue with sharing my personal life with people, that is the way i am. I don't have any apologies for that. People are shocked by it but that's who I'm. Much younger can not explain it. It is just that if there's something going on with much younger, I do not mind sharing. There are several things myself do not share, and some things I do not mind sharing. I do not have a difficulty with a problem with it, if others have it.

The problem of female genital mutilation is some thing some may feel it is a bit too personal to be out there and you've shared with your readers. Why did you do share it?
That is not private, that is something I can share with anybody. A lot of girls would keep quiet but myself won't keep quiet, that is how I am. Much younger don't know how to keep such matters to myself, I have to say it. Much younger believe like you have one life to live, why can you go to your own grave with all those sort of information.

Much younger don't know. Much younger was circumcised as a baby that is all.

Don't you believe making such information public would turn your prospective suitors off?
Who cares. If it turns away them then they are not the people meant for the good writer. The individual that is meant for me would be turned on by it.

Can you date someone younger than you?
No, never.

How about someone who doesn't make as much money as you?
Yes I can. Exactly how many young men make the sort of cash I make? I might likely be doing it for a while if I'm waiting for somebody who gets more than I bring in. There are a lot of guys who make more than I get but if I meet a person who earns less than myself, that is good, as long as he's his own money. But not like a jobless man, no, which will not happen.

How much do you make monthly?
(Laughs) More cash than I believed was possible.

Much younger really like blogging too much to be tired of it. Plenty of folks want to begin blogging and that i tell them, I really hope you are beginning it for the correct reasons, since if you're starting it for the incorrect reasons, you are going to get bored and tired, and you're going to proceed. In case you do it as you love it, you had remain there for a little while because you want to earn money, but when you do it, after a while, you'd need to proceed.

Do you run the website alone or do you have other folks on your team?
Today, I'm doing it solo, but eventually I am going to get individuals to help out. Perhaps it is because I'm single and I don't have responsibilities that are that much. Likely I get married and have children, when, other things would take my time so I'd need people to work with me then but now I am enjoying doing it solo.

You have this skill to turn virtually anything into news. For example, how can a celeb buying a brand new auto become gist?
Much younger put this as a place, plus it comes back with more than 50 comments, so is it not gist? Myself do it intentionally because I know that purchasing a car is just not that a big deal, but when I put it, it becomes gist.

Why do you get really naughty, like putting up a post and you say 'for guys just'?
My site is a fun site. I do all types of things. Much younger tell people, in case you find it bothersome, don't come. I recognize that I've a lot of male readers and I am an incredibly mischievous, naughty person.