Bankole Oluwafemi’s piece, “Blogging From Behind A Laptop Equals To #Fail” is one that every blogger or wannabe blogger should read. Armchair blogging, as I call it, or blogging without hands-on experiences of the people, products, businesses or subject that you are writing about, is a fail. Armchair bloggers are often just after traffic and do a lot of recycling. There is very little creative thought or originality involved in that.
People who write about companies whose processes they have no idea of. People writing “reviews” of phones that they have never touched. People whose trade is to copy a bit of news off another blog just to rehash on theirs. We have them a plenty. Armchair bloggers. Or to coin a new term from Bankole’s title, laptop bloggers.
Some people read where it says in my profile that I have owned over 100 mobiles and wonder why I put it there. It is a statement: I know phones not just in theory. I have owned and actually used them. In addition to those that I have owned, I have had access to many more for brief periods of review. No armchair blogging here.
Bankole nailed it. He also nailed something else. Here:
I also learnt something else. When you see all the gears grinding in the backend, and maybe like only one percent of it is code, and the rest is humans making phone calls, riding bikes, handling inventory and visiting their customers, you realise that this is not a technology ecosystem, and the people we are talking about aren’t technology startups. This is a startup ecosystem. At best, what they do is technology enabled entrepreneurship. Forget about the “tech” prefix, I just want to talk about startups now.
I said pretty much the same months ago in my article, What is a tech business/startup? There were those who argued, claiming that the differences do not matter. But look around you: those who get the difference and understand the environment as Bankole has summarised it are those who are succeeding. Let’s cut out the bullshit: thinking that Nigeria is largely a technology startup ecosystem will sink you and your business. Learn it fast and don’t forget it.
Let me add, if you read on a blog anywhere that we have in Nigeria today is largely a technology ecosystem, you are likely reading an armchair blogger – someone who has no hands-on experience of the environment that they are writing about. There is tech in there, but as I have said before, it is mostly technology as an add-on. Quote me.
You should go read Bankole’s complete article: Blogging From Behind A Laptop Equals To #Fail.
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.