At a media event this afternoon, Chukwuemeka Agbata (CFA) was introducing me and mentioned that I had over 10 years experience in tech blogging. I sat there dazed and wondering if it had been indeed that long. A few checks and consultations later (Thanks, Niyi Ajao!), and I was able to pin down exactly when I started tech blogging. November 28, 2004.
So, I have been blogging for over 11 years. Amazing. I hadn’t given it any thought before now. Then, with Niyi’s help, I was able to retrieve quite a number of my earliest blog posts – all of them published elsewhere before I started Mobility Arena in 2008. I will be putting them up soon. My earliest reviews were so brief! Hian. Don’t worry. You will get to read them for yourself.
These old blog posts of mine include reviews of relics like Nokia 3410, Motorola Accompli 008, Sagem MyX5, NEC n21i (an i-Mode phone), Siemens SL45, Nokia 6610, Sony Ericsson P800, and Trium 110, as well as news about Glo’s GPRS in the early days, long extinct tech events like e-NNOVATE (held annually back then), and more.
I remember that on my first tech blog, I hand-coded the pages in HTML, and then later XHTML. It was fun slaving away at HTML back then to make the pages mobile-friendly. Those were the early days of the mobile web! WordPress and other content management systems came later.
One thing is certain: I have had tons of fun as a tech blogger. I am still having a blast and intend to keep doing so. Perhaps in November this year, I can host a small party to celebrate 12 years of funtastic tech blogging.
This is a good time to say a big thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey – friends, family, partners, readers and active participants on Africa’s largest mobile review site. You all rock! Let’s keep having a ball; shall we?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.