Five years of blogging & top ten essays – Tola Adenle

This blog’s first posting was on Wednesday, March 30. While I already had about a dozen essays written, the idea of using titles to lure readers as we used to do in old newspaper work when I started in journalism made me choose two that I believed would have readers scampering to my new website.
I had no idea of the role of search engines even as my youngest daughter who had registered the blog and done everything for me to just get started had shown in teaching me how to tag essays.

Those two essays and many subsequent ones were read mostly by relatives and friends whom I had to beg to “please visit my blog” so that my stats would not be dismal!
Neither “Nigeria elections 2011: Nigeria must be rid of cancer-like PDP” nor “Nigeria’s elections 2011: …: A case of dubious polling” by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s NOI Polling apparently lit any literary fire.

By the next day, I decided to announce why I chose the blog route with two-equally big headline-type essays. “Buhari’s quest for the presidency forces the birth of a long-gestated blog” despite Buhari’s lack of popularity, especially in the South, and another attempt to make Nigerians consider what I was sure was insincere and deceitful “polling” of the Iweala-founded organization. To aid the dissemination, I used an old essay from my weekly essays for THE NATION ON SUNDAY. “The Politics of Opinion polls in Nigeria’s elections” written in November 2010 in one of my last Sunday columns for the paper.

Needless to say it would take several months, especially the second year of the blog’s birth – 2012 – before it finally started to become widely read. It took proper and wide tagging of essay subject matters (got a lot of viewers in through various search engines, especially Google, AND from a deep e-rolodex of people who were sent the essays each time I wrote, before it really started to catch fire.

Perhaps a distinguishing mark of essays posted on this blog is that no matter how long an essay has been posted, it’s always visible from visitors search terms through search engines. The top ten essays of all time here will attest to that durability factor.


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2 Comments on “Five years of blogging & top ten essays – Tola Adenle”

  1. Timothy Otunla Says:

    Tola aburo mi, ọwọn,

    Congratulations on the high, technical and intellectual standards established and maintained. It can’t have been easy but here we are very proud of the results. Ẹ ku, a ki nsọ pe a ki ori’re; Edumare a jẹ ki o ma rọ wa l’ọrun lati ṣe.

    I am proud to be associated with the enormous effort and the success attained. Ba mi ki Ọmọ Ọba, eyi ti awọn na gbe ninu ọ̀rọ̀ yi na a pọ̀. A tun ku ori’re lẹkan si, o. Ko ni rẹ̀ ẹ, Ko dẹ ni su ẹ, o.

    Sent from my iPad




    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Big Brother,

      I’m overwhelmed at these very generous words, and I’m immensely grateful not just for these but for your contributions by way of comments, essays and suggestions over the years.

      Needless to say that I would not have been able to achieve the level the blog has reached without the support and input of viewers like you, many of whom have become friends while a very few like your good self have become dear family members who want us well and nudge us in the right direction.

      He did, indeed, played a big role in the success of the blog as he’s always done in all things I have ever tried; he will get your words of appreciation.

      I say a big ‘Amen’ to your prayers, Sir.

      Fond regards,



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