Let me tell you how it all began. It was not a particularly bright day, when one had the sun shining overhead in its brilliant glory. There were no colourful petals or variegated flowers around, neither did I catch a glimpse of the rainbow traversing the cloud in its resplendence. See, on the day I chose to start my blog, nothing in the whole universe suggested that I was taking a step in the right direction. Perhaps it was the little whisper of Arthur Ashe, saying, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”. Perhaps it was the ear-splitting goadings of Sarah Dessen, screaming, “Let’s just start and see what happens”. Perhaps it was an awkward silence, empty and unnerving. I am not sure. I still cannot pinpoint what prompted me to start my blog. But I do remember something.
I remember that on a common evening, after an exhausting practical session, a young man and I walked into one of the classrooms in Faculty of Science, Ekiti State University. He had his bag strapped to his back, and I had mine drawn like a lady’s handbag. We sat. I had already informed him that I would need his assistance in setting up a blog, and so we got started, our only tool being my newly acquired Tecno M3. Together, we thought of a name for the blog. Together, we chose a theme we assumed to be eye-catching. And the only other notable entity in our company that day was a bunch of bananas (Hahaha. Believe me, it was there in the very beginning. Come on, I thought you would know that). So, on the 7th day of the 7th month of year 2014, omoyasimult.wordpress.com was born. I would later write a humorous account on what transpired on our way back to the hostel that day in an article titled “How I Lost a Lot of Money”. Tope Akintayo is the name of that brilliant companion, this web designer and my respected web consultant.
In preparation for this first anniversary, I thought to upgrade omoyasimult.wordpress.com into a self-hosted site. The outcome is this: omoyasimult.com. You like it, right? I know you feel like clapping; oya clap.
Now, if we say we’re celebrating the first anniversary of the blog, wouldn’t it be just fine to know a thing or two about it? This post makes the 52nd published on my blog in the last 52 weeks. In other words, a post is averagely published on this blog every week. And it might interest you to know that the most popular and widely-read post on this blog is “My First Love”. Countless are the messages and calls I keep receiving because of it. Adeleke Julianah and Folayan Temiloluwa are the most regular visitors on this blog who never hesitate to give a piece of their minds on whatever post they read. Thumbs up to them! They have been a constant motivation.
Few days ago, circumstances necessitated that I suggest some of my writings to a promising young fellow, and I was shocked that he had read virtually all of them. Tongue-in-cheek, I accused him of reading my works without my consent. He exonerated himself by reminding me that I said he could have “a peep into my thinking room for free”, and we had a good laugh. So, all of una wey dey peep like him too, I sabi una. Continue. There is God in everything we are doing.
I am deeply grateful to all my readers. The last one year has been fun. I have gained so much from your comments, criticisms and encouragement. I look forward to more engaging sessions with you.
As a token of my appreciation, I shall be giving out 3 five hundred naira recharge cards to the first, seventh and thirtieth persons who comment on this post. Before some of you try to orubebe-lize this competition, let me jega-lly inform everyone that you have the grace of commenting only twice. (Grins wickedly)
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Winners to be contacted after the thirtieth comment enters. Thank you and happy anniversary!