I stopped interacting with bloggers for two months

Over time, I have come to realize the importance of having mutuals and blog friends as a blogger. I noticed the impact on my blog especially in January when I decided to start engaging more with blogs I truly liked or am at least interested in.This skyrocketed my blog growth and interactions. I am still shocked by the impact. A clear example would be my views in January where I posted 6 times. Compared to my views in the whole of 2021 where I posted 11 times. I have over 700 views in the former and a little over 500 views in the latter. See?!

Views since March 2021 to January 2022

So I decided to not interact with any blog for a month to see the impact on my blog. Prior to this decision, I wasn’t interacting with many blogs, I think at most between 3-5 blogs. So in two months It was about 7 times or less, this included liking posts and replying to comments on my blog.

The impact of this on my blog is evident as now I am barely getting half of my January views. It’s quite interesting to see the decline over time.

Views since January
Visitors since January
Likes Since January

It is also key to note that there are other factors in play that could be causing this decline.

  1. I was posting on Wednesdays in January and Febuary but since then I have posted on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays on each month after that.
  2. I was scheduling my blogs 4 weeks before the actual post date so I don’t know if it gave off ‘not fresh’ vibes.
  3. I made alot of changes to my blog between the time period and some people did not like it.

Overall it was a pretty relaxing experience. I was able to blog consistently for months without actively being a blogger. I want to appreciate the people that interacted with my blog while I was gone-ish , It’s really amazing of you especially because you didn’t have to, but you did.

The moral of the experience here is that if views, visits and every other form of interaction is important to you, then I highly suggest interacting with other blogs and bloggers consistently. I will be giving an update when I post on Wednesdays again for a month, just to see if the days I posted on impacted anything.

Till then, see you in my next post.

Post Question: On average, how many times do you interact with other blogs/bloggers weekly?

The Young Shall Grow |Transition from Studenthood to Adulthood| Blog Changes

Hey Creatures,

A few weeks ago I celebrated the one year anniversary of my blog and some months from now I will be celebrating another year added to my life (By God’s Grace). I started this blog to remain accountable and to be consistent in something, I didn’t know how much I would fall in love with my hard work and the effort I put in. It has become an important part of my weekly routine and I think it’s especially odd because even with over 2000 views and soo many likes on this blog, I still think that I am the only person that reads my blog.

Long story short, as the blog grows, so do I and it’s time to change the name of this section from ‘Studenting‘ to ‘Adulting‘. The main reason why is because I am not going to be a student forever and this blog is ultimately about my journey so we move.

Thinkers Thoughts will be removed as a Category

I have also decided to remove the Thinkers Thoughts Category on my blog for now. I have thought long and hard about this. I started this section because I like watching and reading stuff just to review it for my blog, it also encouraged me to read more in general. But just like when I temporarily suspended it a couple months ago, the reason is the same. It’s too much work for me right now. I know that I can continue this category if I wanted to, but I choose not to , I would rather put the same time and effort into the other categories in my blog.

While convincing myself to keep it, my options were to

  1. Combine it with ‘Adulting’-Post with the schedule, which would be once in a while
  2. Make it a Sub Category under ‘Adulting’-Post once in a while, no obligation to post at all
  3. Leave it as it but never post again
  4. Remove it entirely

I decided to go with number 2 for now. So we’ll see how it goes.

Okay that’s all for this post, see you in my next one!

Post Question: What do you think is the average amount of categories/Sub categories a blog should have?

15 Sushi for £3.99

I used to hate sushi but now I really like it. So imagine my excitement when I go into Lidl to buy pastries, as always, and I see this huge pack of sushi for £3.99. This is about #2000 or $5. The foodie in me was dancing to the till with this in hand.

This had 5 different types of sushi inside and some had different looks. I tried to take a clear picture of each of the sushi in the box, but as you can see from the pictures below, there is a reason why I am not a professional photographer.

Now for the star of the show, so here’s the thing I can’t tell them apart, I don’t know which is which so I am going to refrain from reviewing them individually lol. Instead here’s an up close pic of everything from this pack.

Although I liked the sushi itself, the sauces were a bit off to me, especially the soy sauce. I know Soy sauce has a sour/salty taste to it but these? Too much. I really like these , that I bought then 4 times I think. Overall I rate it a strong 4/5 because of the price, the quantity, the quality and the overall packaging.

Okay, that’s it for this post! See you in my next one.

2000 views on my blog!

As you can already tell from my last post. Well, who would have thought?! I am officially a MEGA SUPER STAR or almost one at least.

On the 23rd of January, @ebitimicreates surpassed 1000 views, and about 2 months after, on the 26th of March, she surpassed 2000 views! All this is following, my blog milestone post where I ended 2021 with over 500 views on my blog.

I am really happy about it, super ecstatic. It feels really good that I remained consistent, you know? I remember starting this blog and celebrating 5 blog posts and now this will be my 31st post on this blog.

Last year, between April to March, I published 11 posts. Now get this, between January and March this year, this would be my 20th post. It’s so crazy and amazing to see. In January alone, I had a little over 700 views and over 200 visitors. Like what is happening?!

I am soo proud of myself. I am happy I found something that I enjoy, it makes me feel really good that it’s growing this way.

Moving on, I want to be more intentional about what I post.

Question: How do you remain intentional about blogging. What does an intentional blog/blogger look like to you?

Okay that’s it for this post. See you in my next one!

My blog anniversary. I can’t believe my baby is 1 year old.

I can’t believe that my baby is a one year old. Okay, I can believe it but it’s just an expression. I CAN’T BELIEVE MY BABY IS ONE YEAR OLD!!!. I am truly happy about it and to celebrate, I bought a cake…well, cheesecake.

I have been enjoying the Toffee cheesecake lately and my anniversary was a perfect excuse to buy it again.

Let’s do a mini flashback on my first posts on my blog

First post on Just a taste.

First post on Wins day

First post on Thinkers Thoughts

Okay that’s it for this post. Happy 1 year anniversary to me!

Fruit Cocktail in Grape juice smoothie.

Hi Creatures!

Yes, another smoothie post. I’m guessing you didn’t try the last one. Good. it tasted terrible. If you’re new here, welcome!. I was talking about the Homemade Raspberries and Black Grapes Smoothie, I made last time.

Anyways back to the post…

I was looking forward to trying out a mango and black grape smoothie but I couldn’t find mangoes. Okay that’s a lie. I couldn’t find cheap mangoes. So I checked the canned goods section , hoping to find something(canned mangoes), and there it was…canned fruit cocktail , in grape juice. GRAPE. As, I mentioned in my previous post, Grape-well black grape- is my top 5 fruit. So I just had to buy it.

Result

Okay this is the outcome of the blend.

Appearance

I think this is a great color. Tbh the sun plays a role in adding to the beauty.

Taste

To be honest, I only took a sip out of it an ended up throwing everything away. It smelled soo bad, like it smelled like old, stale, musty fruit. I don’t know how to explain it(even though I just explained it lol). The ‘grape juice’ was absolutely not nice, was that even grape Juice? ugh. Even while blending it , I felt like throwing up(okay that was because of something else but still). Asides from the looks, I have nothing positive to say about this experience.

Rating: 0/5. Never again.

Hopefully the next one I try will be better.

Things in Europe I did not expect as an International student.

Before coming to Europe, I had visited a couple times when I was younger and I presumed I knew what to expect. However, here are some things I did not expect as an international student studying in Europe.

The very confusing-mostly cold-weather

Prior to me coming here , I had never used or found weather forecast useful. Back home, I believe we have raining season, dry season and Harmattan. Now here I am checking the weather prediction before leaving my room. The thing here is, just when you think it’s really cold, It gets colder. I was really surprised the day it was really cold outside, yet I could feel the heat of the sun. It is really odd.

It gets really dark fast in the winter

This was something that took me a while to get used to and I’m still not used to it. During the winter period , it gets dark very early. I’m talking by around 4pm the sun is no were to be found. This actually messed up by sleeping pattern because I started sleeping by like 6pm.

People smoke a lot

I think this one shocked me the most. Partly because there is a lot of stigma around smoking in the area I grew up in. So It took me aback because my teachers were smoking, my classmates were smoking, there are cigarette bins almost everywhere, there are smoking areas in a lot of institutions AND behind the smoking packet it says SMOKING KILLS.

A lot of homeless people

This is based on my stereotype of Europe though, I guess that is why I did not expect it. There is a certain way a lot of people from western countries talk about most African countries in regards to poverty and homelessness. So I had assumed these countries had no such thing. So I was pretty shocked when I saw a lot of homeless people here. I also think this might be due to the area I live in Europe, but the amount of homeless people I see on a daily basis is shocking.

People refer to Africa as a country

Throughout this post, I have intentionally referred to one country in Europe as Europe when I can. This was inspired by a lot of Europeans(I mean across the the continent not one country), that I have talked to, that refer to one country in Africa as Africa. I find it odd and in certain instances disrespectful. In many of the conversations I have had with Europeans , I have asked them questions about their country but they would somehow reply with a question asking me about Africa. Even though I have clearly stated I am Nigerian. Odd isn’t it?

Anyways that’s it for this post! See you next week!

People I want to thank for purchasing my blog Domain| Wins-day!

This is old news but I realized I never really celebrated this win on here.

For some weeks, I was thinking of ways to better my blog. With many ideas flowing and with soo many decisions to make. One thing I always wanted was to have a blog domain. Not because I want to be a ‘super’ blogger or seem more serious or anything like that. I just wanted to know how It would feel.

So I bought it. On the first day of the year, my blog changed from ebitimicreates.wordpress.com to ebitimicreates.com . How cool.

Awkward Season 2 GIF by Friends

I consider this a huge win and this is super amazing. So as a winner that I am, I am going to point out the wins that I am grateful for leading to the mother win.

God and myself– God because there are many valid reasons why I don’t need to continue blogging, there are many thoughts I could be having that will deter me from this path, but the light of God which shines through me has allowed me to continue this journey. I am proud of myself for being confident, consistent and willing to blog. I am proud of my blog , my blogging journey and my blog growth. Have I said I am proud of my self ?

Black Woman Smile GIF by HULU

My family-The opportunities my parents have given me is the reason why I have a laptop , I have access to a school that has computers , and I also have internet access to even think about blogging as a hobby. My siblings are God sent, I can’t imagine life without them, they are literally my support system. I am blessed to live a life I am happy with and I am also blessed that I have people that contribute to this happiness. The life I have been born into is a privilege that many do no have. For this, I am truly honored and grateful.

GIF by STAR

Obliviously there are other aspects of my life that I am grateful for but I am shouting out these people especially because of the financial role they play in my life. They are the reason why I am able to live life comfortably and at the same time spend money on a hobby by paying for a blog domain that I frankly do not need.

Thank you all with all my heart.

To round up, if you are getting an award soon and you need someone to write your speech for you . Please refer to my contact page. I will be charging a small fee. Enough to renew this membership next year because I just might be broke. It seems like buying blog domain is for the rich.

Kim Kardashian Birthday GIF

What are you grateful for so far into the year?

Stir fried Spaghetti with grilled Salmon

If it isn’t obvious already , I love spaghetti… and fish. Exhibit A, my first food post ever was on Stir fry spaghetti with White fish. Exhibit B, this is my second post on spaghetti AND fish. Exhibit C, you just have to trust my words on your screen.

So yeah this was another quick easy student Dinner. I would say I took around 1 hour(60 mins) to make this-but hear me out. I’m really slow in the kitchen and when I was making this , I was on a call so I was somewhat distracted.

These were the Ingredients I used

  • Spaghetti
  • Salmon Fillet
  • Mixed Vegetable
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Curry
  • Black Pepper
  • Chili Pepper

I took the less is more approach by using 5 seasoning in this. One of the reason is because if I use too many seasoning then I would have to worry about balancing the taste. So I just threw in some spices that I know I would like and that way I don’t spend that much time on seasoning the food.

Result

I know, I know. The fish looks a little burnt , like I said I was on a call so I was somewhat distracted. Nevertheless, It really did taste nice, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Beauty is also in the eye of the beholder and my eyes are telling me that this looks great!

Rating:4/5

My Blog Milestone and Reflection. 2021

Just like every other new blogger, I look at my stats a lot , like everyday. Scrolling through WordPress Reader(something I really love doing), I found a post by Lifestyle Season, reflecting on her blog last year. I already planned on posting about my blog growth and milestone on Wednesday wins ,like I usually do, but I liked the format she used .It was more detailed and it gave better insights on her growth. I also used My Blogging Annual Review to break this down as well. So today I will be giving a summary of my blog growth in 2021.

Here we go…

I started my blog in April ,2021 with three categories:

Student Journey now called Studenting (changed in Jan,2022)

Ebitimi Taste now called Just a taste(changed in Jan,2022)

Thriving Thursdays which I later changed to Wins-day/Wednesday wins some days after.

I’ve actually changed this to just ‘Wins day’. The reason for the initial change was because I decided I was going to post on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays. This new change is because I might change my posting days so…yeah.

My blogging schedule was posting every Wednesdays, once a week. In the whole of 2021, I published 11 posts. I had a total of 511 views ,162 visitors and 57 likes .

The views takes into account my other pages like homepage, Blog page, About, contact and archives page. I surpassed 500 views in December 2021, I grew to 14 followers. I published 4 posts in May ,2021. This made it my month with the highest number of published posts. My blog had the highest views ever on October 5 2021 , with a groundbreaking 69 views in one day.

My top three most viewed posts were…

My top three most liked posts were

Here are other Wins in my blog for 2021.

Reflection

I am thoroughly impressed with my growth. I am thankful and humbled by the progress my blog has made even with my inconsistencies in 2021. Like really, I know it may sound odd but I genuinely did not expect people to view my post at all. This was/is like my very own private hobby on the Internet.

I am thankful to God, I am thankful to the people that read my posts , people that liked , and people that followed. I have to cackle a bit because it is embarrassingly funny and impressive at the same time. Out of 38 posts expected, I posted 11 . Based on this , you would be able to have a rough predictions of what my numbers would have possibly been , if you triple my current stats. Now that’s crazy.

Another reason why I am impressed is because these figures were from strangers. I kept this blog from family and friends (my decision), so It really amazes me to see what I have been able to achieve on my own. I am disappointed I wasn’t able to remain consistent. I already talked about how I felt in my previous post. Click here to view. It makes me wonder how much bigger my blog would have been if I remained consistent.

Moving Forward: Letter to myself

One of my goals in 2022 is to remain true to myself, and continuously write posts that reflect that. Also, I want to be more personal on my posts especially in the studenting section. I think it’s important that I give advice from my personal experience, which I do but I want to give off a ‘me to you’ vibe instead of a ‘me to all of you’ vibe, if that makes sense😅.

Another thing, I want to post twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays,but I know I am not ready because of other commitments I have with Uni and other extracurricular activities. So I’m hoping by next year, I will be ready to explore that.

I wish myself, Ebitimi Creates, all the people that have viewed , will view and are currently viewing Ebitimi Creates , the best of the year 2022!

One more thing! If you read this till the end(this is the end), Thank you . BTW Today is the last Wednesday of the month and I would like to celebrate that I have posted every wednesday in January. *Pats myself on the back*. Super proud of my consistency.

See you in February, the month of love.

Okay one more thing for the last time!Do you have any advice for bloggers,like myself, trying to be consistent? Drop it in the comments!