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1 Year Blog Anniversary | My Biggest Online Secret Revealed | Life Update

What if I told you my name is not Joan Akob? What if I told you this blog was all a faรงade and I’m just some sad old lady in the middle of an unnamed island, just catfishing people? Okay, abit extreme ๐Ÿ˜‚. But not far from the truth either. Before I dive into the gist of my little online secret, let me just take a moment to celebrate the blog turning 1 since I first clicked “Published”๐Ÿ’.

It’s an anniversary everybody ๐Ÿ™Œ. Wow guys, I’m so excited! God has been involved in every aspect of The Curly Christian Girl from the get go. In the beginning, I prayed for this blog and every single subscriber. I said ” God please may every post I write edify the reader, may every post I write bring glory to you, may my blog not just be like any other blog, but may it carry your grace. And that grace has certainly shone threw. I did not expect to reach over 400 subscribers in less than a year. I still can’t believe it. I don’t give myself any credit cause I know it’s only by God’s unmerited grace. Proceeds to sing “Baba I thank you, Oluwa na God ooo”. So to celebrate I’ll love to do a giveaway, but I’m not sure what to give away yet. Please let me know what you guys will like the giveaway to be. All ideas are welcomed ๐Ÿ™Œ.

Just to be extra, every celebrant for any occasion must have an outfit to match the occasion, so here I am in a stunning black dress by Cameroonian designer @BrianShiraz. P.s, I was honoured to do a photo shoot last month for his Africa Fashion Week, New York Catalogue with award winning photographer, @KudzaiKing! And I CANNOT wait to share his stunning designs with you all, once I get the go ahead. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already seen this black dress but abeg just pretend you’re seeing it for the first time ๐Ÿ˜‚.

Brief Life Update

So recently God has been shifting the relationships in my life. With friends, family and etcs. I was not ready for the separation but God has been removing people from my life, that are either a negative influence, or a hindrance to my progress. And it has been painful, but I’m grateful because it’s for my own good.

You can find more of my musings on twitter

My job has been amazing and I legit cried when I got my first pay check. I was like God, you really know how to embarrass ๐Ÿ˜ญ! Education was worth it y’all!!!! I’m beyond grateful to be where I am right now. One day I will share my story, but my life has just been one giant miracle after the other. Proceeds to sing “Olowo gbogboro is turning things arounddddd!”.

Let’s Dive Into The Gist

#Gulps. So I’ve spoken about this briefly but not in detail on the blog. I took a gap year after highschool in 2011 and volunteered at a Christian NGO called ” Focus on the Family “. At this point in my life I had such a passion for writing and often used my break time to write in my journal. Until I discovered the world of blogging! Halleluyah! I wanted to have an online presence, but I did not want to use my real name. At the time I thought it was a smart idea to be like this secret blogger with no trace to who I am whatsoever. I wanted the freedom to write what I want, without my name being splattered all over the internet. I also didn’t want my friends and family to know about my online affairs. It was to be my secret and my secret alone! And before you create a blog with blogspot, you need a google account. And so here began the creation of my second image ladies and gentlemen. I created an account with the name “Thandi Lemana“.

Thandi was short for Thandeka, which was a Zulu name given to me in highschool. Then I just made up Lemana ๐Ÿ˜‚. And that’s how I created my first blog. Thandi Lemana was my online name. The way I was so clueless about blogging fam๐Ÿ˜‚. I changed my blog name probably 10 times. I had names like ” The Banana Blog” and “Let there be Hair!”. But I didn’t care much what people thought because it wasn’t my real name anyway and I never really shared my photos on that blog. My posts where also signed by Thandi, as the author. So it was all great! Until things started blowing up!

First of all, I finally got the hang of blogging and settled on ” The Curly Christian Girl” as my blog name. Then I created a Twitter account, Facebook page and Google plus account. I noticed a massive spike in my subscribers and followers across all social media accounts in a space of 3 years. It was so unexpected because after all, this wasn’t supposed to be “serious”. In the space of 3 years, my blog had 100,000 views, my Google Plus page had 2 Million views, my twitter was at 5000 followers and my Facebook page was at 900 followers. THE SHOCK! THE HORROR ๐Ÿ˜ญ.

Meanwhile, let’s connect on twitter though! Don’t be a stranger ooo

THE REGRET!

Imagine being so well established online but under a fake name. Every account of mine was under that name. I decided to change my usernames to Joan Akob, but every notification was still being sent to thandilemana@gmail.com. Infact till this day, my Google app store is under that account as well as my Google+ and twitter. Imagine? So I learnt my lesson ๐Ÿ˜”. Nothing remains hidden forever. I developed such a desire to actually do things right, and start afresh from an honest foundation. Which is why I deleted the blog and recreated this new one under my true names and email. And now my blog is known by all my friends and family! It’s so liberating! I don’t know what my 16year old self was thinking keeping a blog a secret ๐Ÿ˜‚. It was actually a Christian blog too, with more posts on natural hair. So it wasn’t like I was posting anything dodgy. I just wanted to be under cover๐Ÿ˜‚. Creepy right?

Lessons Learnt

  1. The pro of being undercover was that I was able to make all my blogging mistakes and learn from them, without too much pressure on the kind of impression I’m making – because my name was not being put out there.
  2. The second pro was that I was able to build a good online profile. So when I had to create this new blog, I did not have to start from scratch on Twitter/Facebook page.
  3. The biggest con was having to start afresh, after experiencing much success with my first blog. But I have no regrets with starting this new blog! Perhaps God was training me for the real deal, which is “The Curly Christian Girl” you read today.

So that’s the gist fam! Thank God for second chances right? I laugh every time I think of Thandi Lemana. If you google the name I’m pretty sure it’s still making some waves online ๐Ÿ˜‚. I love y’all and I’m soooo looking forward to another year of blogging on The Curly Christian Girl. Thanks for an amazing first year!

๐Ÿ’ž Joan Awum Akob

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56 thoughts on “1 Year Blog Anniversary | My Biggest Online Secret Revealed | Life Update

  1. Congrats girl, I also googled up to three pages but found nothing about Thandi Lemana, there you go… You Joan Awum Akob look stunning in that lovely black dress, wish I nearby to share some of that first pay check oh. Next time you land in Douala and don’t call this e-big sister of yours, Oluwa be my witness hahaha

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Thanks big sis! Honestly since I deleted the account I’ve been nervous to google and check if it’s still there. So relieved to know it’s faded out! And if I dare not contact you when in Cameroon… Ah, I just know I will be in serious trouble. Thanks so much for the lovely compliments ๐Ÿ’ž. God bless! ๐Ÿ˜Š xo

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    1. Aww thanks so much hun! I do appreciate it a lot๐Ÿ˜Š. And for the Nigerian vibes!!! Girllll๐Ÿ˜‚ I majority of my readers are from Nigeria and most of my followers across all social media platforms are also Nigerian. So it seems I’ve been emerged in Nigerian ways. To be honest majority of the bloggers I follow are also Nigerian. I’ve even received invitations to come to Nigeria so expect me to come looking for you when I do arrive ๐Ÿ™Œ. Haha…

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚… Deshi you will not finish my life today ๐Ÿ˜‚. Nigerian husband. Let me not deny ooo…they say God works in mysterious ways ๐Ÿ˜‚. Haha…Thanks Deshi! Your comment got me laughing here.

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  2. Congrats on your blog as well as the following youโ€™ve grown! As I was reading through these posts, I kept thinking to myself โ€œwow she looks familiarโ€. Come to realize that I follow you on Twitter LOL. But I love your posts and thatโ€™s amazing to read how much progress youโ€™ve made over time. God truly is amazing, and I hope to see this new page continue to blossom soonโค๏ธ

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    1. Thank you so much! So here I am trying to stalk you on Twitter but I can’t seem to figure out your username ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Then I checked your blog but no pictures of you. So now I’m like totally hoping you tell me your twitter username so that we’re even and I can proceed to stalk…and also say “waow I know this blogger. I follow them on Twitter!”๐Ÿ˜‚. Thanks so much to the love shown on my blog and posts! I really do appreciate it and it’s mighty encouraging. God bless you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Hahaha small world huh? ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜‚ And oh gosh, guess I should add a picture of myself lol. But yes, no problem you are awesome! God certainly has given you a gift and a platform to showcase it. Continue to elevate queen ๐Ÿ‘‘, God bless ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Haha..small world indeed! So I just went to your blog and saw your IG account link, so I clicked to follow you on IG, only to see that you were already one step ahead of me. We are in spirit sis ๐Ÿ™Œ! We will elevate together in this Christian walk…up IS the only way to go. Thanks so much for your kind words ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. Wow wow wow, you know me nor, i dont give compliments, i only pinpoint flaws, but honestly this gave me a hard time, i searched for an anglr of entry for ma wahala but no success, its great. U rili r blessed and may God continue to pour blessings on you. U deserve am

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    1. Haha… Princy Prince! Sotey you cam find me for this corner. For once ya comment no vex my life but brought smiles to my face! It is hard for you not to pin point things to poke and find palava with so today must really be a blessed day indeed๐Ÿ˜‚. Thanks so much! My God show you favour and honour in this life, as you continue to search for him. You will soar higher and higher!! Amennnn

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  5. Congratulations dear. I didn’t think it was going to be such a big reveal but it was anyway….I know how liberating it feels right now being Joan and more so now that you have shared this with us. No more skeletons!! Yay!!!! I hope we meet when you are eventually in Nigeria..

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    1. No more skeletons๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ… Honestly don’t know which logic I was using to go undercover, but I’m grateful for the restart button God made available. I really do hope we meet! Like I’m itching and itching to come to Nigeria. The first holiday opportunity I get, it’ll be my first country to visit for sure. I’ve already started saving. Have a blessed day sis! And thank you plenty! ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Hey Tamie! Right? Now before I follow blogs, if the blogger’s name is looking abit strange I look them up on google to see if there are multiple accounts with different names…or just do a basic background check before following. See you on Twitter!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’ž

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  6. Congratulations on your one year anniversary Joan! Amazing work so far and I know God will keep doing great things with this blog! So glad I know you as JOAN too! Haha! xtx

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    1. haha..those thandilemana days were just too much bru…I remember when I first told you you were like wth is wrong with this yam head! haha…Thanks o much Abz! lavewwwwwww

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  7. I’m not going to lie I’ve been keeping my blog secret for months now I recently just got the courage to tell my sisters about it and now I’m contemplating about going public but I guess I’m still in that circle of insecurity about showing “the world” my blog. I loved your post btw. โค๏ธ

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    1. aww hey! Thanks for sharing that with me. I actually just checked your blog now and it’s pretty dope. It looks quite on point actually, compared to how my little secret blog used to look. I understand why you are hesistant in going public though. As a first time blogger, you feel there will be more pressure to put yourself out there, especially for the people who know you. Give it time, build your confidence and soon you will be more than happy to go public! I think it was best starting with your sisters first…that’s what I did too. And their encouragement gave me the push I needed to go public! xo ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Omgggg you actually replied ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Thmak you so much for the heartfelt complimentโ˜บ๏ธ (you got me blushing). Telling my sisters actually encouraged me but like you said I still want to build my confidence before going public. Thanks again ๐Ÿค—

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  8. I love your love for God. It’s so refreshing !!!
    Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Plus omg Thandeka is a name from a soap opera I used to watch on AfricaMagic in 2017, totally unrelated but the name is lovely !
    I can only imagine how liberating it was using your real names and not having to hide anymore.
    Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sorry I already said that xx

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    1. Hey Bee! Imagine being liberated from your one self. haha…Thank so much! I am truly nothing without God so I just have to give him every credit due. Meanwhile I should look up this opera…Thanks sooo much!!! xoxo

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  9. Congrats! I too had started (on fb) not wanting it to be known that it was me, but I went with Rejoicing In Hope instead of a fake name. Perhaps God has a sense of humor and let it blow up ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Just found your blogโ€ฆThanks for your candor. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  10. Girl, this post has me cracking up, because it’s super interesting. I always dreamt of having a secret identity, and its funny living it through you. Congrats on your blog anniversary, you deserve all the achievements. Love the Curly Christian blog!

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    1. Hey Oyin! The secret life was fun just for a while ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚… I wrote the most random blog posts. Honestly glad I had that moment to learn and grow. Thank you for all the kind words!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜Š

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