@Jenny_Chisom is Here on Her Blog Tour

Jenny Chisom is one of Nigeria’s amazing bloggers. She’s doing much to encourage many Nigerians to become professional bloggers. Currently, she is on her blog tour. She’s however decided to stop by here on PBW & Beyond.

So, we had some interview questions for her.

Here’s the transcript.

1) Tell us about yourself:

I am a 34 years old Nigerian girl born in Portharcourt and raised in Aba. I schooled in Aba, Calabar, Owerri and proceeded to Sokoto for my NYSC before coming to live and work in Abuja almost 8 years ago. 

Coming from a large family and second of seven siblings, I am a natural observer and innovative thinker. Having studied English, Literature and also Entrepreneurship Management equipped me to discover and express myself beyond my mostly conservative upbringing.

I am known popularly as Jenny Chisom but my full name is Helen-Jennifer Chisom Opara. Close family members call me Chichi.
 
I started a small content development company, Logos Audibles in 2010 and with it has floated my passion projects – The Login Blogging Enterprise Project, The Social Media Job Fair, and the Bloggers Party, which have encouraged a lot of online enterprise in Nigeria.

See details here and here.

2) Can you tell us about your ideal blog reader?

Hmm!

I can say, my ideal blog reader is the vivacious lively person who isn’t tired of learning and especially someone in search of unique business ideas and enterprise inspiration.

3) Why do you consider yourself a blog expert?

No way!

I am not an expert, some people in Nigeria just think I am.

(laughs)

I am just a girl that loves finding my unique voice and love to leverage on innovative and affordable platforms to ‘sell’ my creativity.

As regards blogging, I started out blogging about my new small business in 2009, then about my clients and helped promote Authors and Creative Entrepreneurs. That was over 5 years ago. I know I am an expert at sharing anything I learn with others so they can also benefit and integrally move their enterprise and business forward.

My blog did all my marketing and got me clients from outside Nigeria too so I decided to be an ‘expert’ in letting people know they can use the tool to grow their personalities and or businesses. And teaching other people, has made me learn more and apply principles that work for me as a ‘bloggers blogger’.

If having a blog for all my ideas and projects, makes me an ‘expert’, then maybe I am.

(Laughing)

But honestly I feel I haven’t even started showing people what blogging can do.

4) As a blogger, what challenges do you face?

I would say, mainly, high cost of internet data and the fact that more Nigerians aren’t blogging right. The challenge is in the task of training most bloggers in Nigeria to blog purposefully and get Nigeria to become a developed country that is also perceived rightly.

5) Can you describe your blogging style to us?

My style is fun, upbeat, educational and business-like. I also love to do lots of promo for businesses.

6) Where can we find your blogging work?

My personal business blog is at www.jennychisom.com.
 
I am grateful for being hosted on this blog today. Thank you very much.


Jennifer Chisom
08038994417
 
Social Media Chaperon/ Content Consultant
http://www.jennychisom.com

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The Act of Writing a Piece

The mere act of writing a piece does not justify you for being a writer.

Every writer understands that the process is not backwards.

You have to first see yourself as a writer before you can truly go about with doing the business of a writer.

Writing is an art form and a really valuable craft on its own. Those who understand this know this to be true. You can’t rely on nothing to produce nothing. You fist have to be the creative self that you imagine before you can truly start the work.

This idea is based on the concept that the writer in you will only emerge after you have embraced your writing self.

Yes. There is your writing self that puts pen to paper – ink to material. That same writing self is the one that hits the keyboard to produce words as emerging and effective enough to change the world for your reader.

It’s in the craft…

It’s in the craft…

So, make this your craft.

~ PBW

Writing from the heart is great

Writing from the heart is great. It exposes a part of us to the world. It provides a sense of healing and comfort in knowing that no matter what your situation is, you’re not alone.

I know this because it is a good thing.

This is a good thing because it helps to better the healing process in a way that becomes magical. It is by the use of words that we find peace in our soul.

What many seek outside can be found from within.

All you just needed to do was to look within – coz it’s there within.

Stop searching because it’s within.

~ PBW

This Is Why Most Writers Still Keep Writing

Writing is a gift to certain people.

For others, it is a skill to be learned. Even for the gifted, it is a skilled to be developed.

If you can look deep into your soul and find the exact words to express what you feel, how you feel and in the way you feel it, then you have just begun. You have begun a journey into a world where every clutter gives you inspiration for the new.

That’s it.

That’s the writing world we’re in.

FOR THE LOVE OF WRITING

As writers, there’s much left to be imagined.

I use to think of a time when all people everywhere will come to appreciate writers for who they are. Many writers are storytellers. They make you skip an ounce of fat with the nature of their stories. They do what they do best. They turn imagination into fiction. They turn drafts into final papers. They turn research into valuable, simplified information.

Yet, there is still the group of people who see writers as lazy people who lazy about. Even though this is the case, the reality is that writing needs work. It requires a constant dedication to this craft. And it doesn’t matter what form you choose it to be.

Whether you choose to write in secret or you choose to let the world know what you do, writing is work. That’s a fact. And no one can change that.

WRITERS ALSO SUFFER

Writing is work. Work requires energy. Writing requires both mental and physical energy. If not well planned, the writer can fall into an ill state.

Like any other job, the job of writing has its own mayhem attached to it. In fact, many writers really suffer in silence. They suffer with illness ranging from depression to sleep disorders to anxiety issues. I, myself have passed through these ailments to come to appreciate the work of writers. You don’t need to pass through the same illnesses to come to appreciate the work of writers.

So, next time you pick up a book or read a blog post, realize this fact: mental work had been put in to create that creation.

Work is meant to be enjoyed. But what happens when work becomes tedious and really tasking? We, as writers, do console ourselves in the passion we have for words.

Words change lives, and if our words changed a life for the better, then we have done our part. We have done our part in contributing to make the world a better place.

~ PBW