The earthworm is a crawling creature belonging to a group of animals called annelids [with segmented bodies] and lives in the soil. It is of immense help to farmers as it enriches the soil for more food production. It has no eyes and uses its head to find its way. City dwellers may not be too familiar with it because of its abode.
I had gone on a two week visit to my uncle at a village called Asuboi- Wawase No 1 in the Eastern region of Ghana on vacation from school.
One afternoon as I lay relaxing on an improvised mat under a mango tree behind my uncle’s cottage, I made an observation about an earthworm.
I did not know where it was coming from. I just saw it crawling forward and soon it reached a part of the ground which was sharply elevated and consequently created an obstacle for its forward movement.
Since it could not climb the elevated ground it began to find a hole to enter the earth. The process of finding a hole to enter was what intrigued me. Being blind, it did not see any hole so tried to push itself through a small opening. It could not enter and so retracted, found another opening and tried to enter but did not go far and retracted again.
On the third attempt almost half of its body length entered the hole, and surprisingly it lay still for a short while and began retracting backwards. I told myself as I watched curiously that it might have reached a hostile house where it was refused entry.
The worm tried again and again before it finally found a hole which would allow it to enter the earth, and finally disappeared.
I watched keenly this small, insignificant event for about thirty minutes, not knowing I will one day use it to illustrate a point in my own life.
REAL LIFE EVENT
It is a little over a year ago when I bought my first smartphone. Before then I had secured an email address for myself but wasn’t using it much to send or receive mails.
I have forgotten exactly how my email address was discovered by some people on the internet. These people started sending me emails, urging me to join some online business to create wealth for myself. The messages came in almost everyday and I read every one of them as they came in. As if they knew I was not computer-literate they would try to give me some tutorials about the internet and its related businesses and how to get myself involved.
Their lessons were very educative and messages very enticing; no wonder they displayed skills in internet marketing. But if I decided to follow one, at the tail end of it was a demand to part with some dollars for registration or subscription. That’s marketing of course and there were some benefits waiting.
I still have these regular emails coming in as covering mails with links to click to get the detail information the emails carried.
These emails invariably gave me information about blogging and everything associated with it. To help alleviate any ‘’internet-phobia’’ I might have, they told me I needed not be an internet guru before I could start blogging. There were simple steps to follow to succeed.
Well, I was well read by my internet friends. I am not computer literate of course and do not even know about all the features on a computer to be able to manipulate it the way I like.
Just a little over three months ago I found myself a web hosting company and went through the process of acquiring a personal blogging site.
I had already read much about niches and domain names and webhosting and all those initial stuff.
In May, 2015 I wrote to introduce my site www.ugrowingolder.com and have so far had about eight posts. As a newbie I was quite satisfied with my performance.
I blog about issues involved in growing from one stage of life to the next; lifestyle, behavior, desires and expectations, things to start doing and those to stop doing as you grow from one stage to the next, from age 13 to 99, grouped into six stages.
On the 22nd June, 2015, I republished my introductory post for latter visitors to know what to expect at the site.
One internet professor had ‘’ lectured’’ me about placing adverts on blogging sites to earn some income. It was one source of his many incomes and recommended it to me. I decided to take a step forward to have adverts placed on my site so I could get some minimal income or even if it is big.
I applied online to one of those giants on the internet offering that service and waited for a response.
After waiting for a week, which was the time they said they would get back to me, I got a negative response, disapproving my application.
After reading the mail that conveyed the information to me, disappointment and depression are small words to describe my feeling, I can’t get the exact word now to describe how deeply hurt I was. It was like having failed an exam that my life depended on to survive in this world.
For the benefit of those like me and other aspiring bloggers I reproduce below the exact response I received for us to learn some few very important things.
‘’We‘re unable to approve your application at this time because your site does not comply with our program policies or adhere to our Quality guidelines. It’s our goal to provide our advertisers sites that offer rich and meaningful content, receive organic traffic, and allow us to serve well-targeted ads to users. We believe that currently your site does not fulfill this criteria.
Here are some recommendations to help you improve the user experience on your site and comply with our criteria.
- It’s important for sites displaying ads to offer significant value to the user. As a publisher, you must provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first.
- Don’t place ads on auto-generated pages or pages with little to no original content.
- Your site should also provide a good user experience through clear navigation and organization. Users should be able to easily click through your pages and find the information they’re seeking.
So, with the above, all what I had written before were balderdash.
I was writing school text- book chapters and would have continued like that if I had not applied to have ads placed on my site and taught the right thing to do. There are standards to reach and laid down criteria to be complied with in this blogging business, I have now learnt.
The thing to realize is that you don’t just wake up and go fishing because people are fishing.
You can’t stand anywhere on a river bank to throw in a hook and expect to catch fish. You have to know which areas in the river fishes like to hide and when they come out. You have to know how to tie the string to the hook, and even the kind of hook to use and other relevant information before you go fishing. It is a lesson.
I have bounced back from my near depression. I have realized that there is much more to learn. Hitherto I knew I was doing something, but I was doing nothing at all.
I don’t have links on my site. In fact some disappointments are blessings in disguise so I know very soon I shall have an enviable website.
Now after this disapproval came lots of emails from my email friends guiding me to better blogging tips. It looked as if copies of my response were sent to them to advise or guide me. It surprised me the way I was getting mails all over. But these were mere coincidences which I welcomed very much because they came in at the right time and some of their tips were very relevant to what I needed to learn.
I don’t know much and must admit my computer-illiteracy which I am not willing to let keep me at the back position.
My internet friends are mostly software engineers who have created their own websites and have developed other softwares that could perform multiple functions in the money-making business, but I guess they don’t know that I don’t know much like they do.
SCHOOL TEXT-BOOK CHAPTER POSTS
I still have on my computer two of the school text-book chapter posts which were waiting to be published. But after being prompted about the need to have richer and more meaningful content that will offer significant value to users, I have retracted them. I’ll just have to send them to the ‘recycle bin’ and start all over again with a new approach.
To be honest I did not know how to manage a blog.
I did not know I had to moderate comments, allow or disallow comments, or do certain things on the dashboard. All I knew was to type and publish my posts. It was so because who was behind me to direct me to some of the technicalities?
I turned to my web host in times of difficulty for certain directions but I realized it wasn’t their duty to offer me computer education. That is done at the Junior High school level.
I am still learning, seriously learning to catch up.
Before I come to conclusion, one thing still bothers my mind which I have to say. I may be right, I may be wrong.
I find that rich and meaningful content is mostly about the web and internet-related businesses like giving tips for writing better blogs, tips for making money online, tips for getting more traffic to your site and all those kind of stuff which, to some, look more attractive.
If I am not far from right then I am afraid I have no business blogging. But I won’t go away. I shall stay to continue to share whatever knowledge I have outside internet business with my blog’s visitors. There are a lot more out there like relationship issues, unemployment issues, moral issues and the like. My blog shall take care of that. Money from adverts can wait meanwhile.
All of us can’t be Professors, some will be mechanics, etc.
CONCLUSION [THE ANALOGY]
The earthworm I mentioned earlier lives in the soil. It appeared on the soil’s surface briefly and wanted to get back but it wasn’t easy at all. It had to hit obstacles several times before it finally found its way back into the soil.
This is exactly how it had been with me [and many others].
Look at what I have passed through with no specific directions so I hit a stone. Sometimes it pays to be adventurous. The earthworm will have a story to tell its family back in the soil how difficult it was getting back to them. It will be an experience those in the soil don’t have.
I know with perseverance and determination my objective of leaving the back position to be among the most desired bloggers shall soon come to pass.
I shall surely find my way back.
Take a cue too.