The Beginnings of NigeriansTalk

By | March 6, 2009

Nneoma of Pyoowata and I have started a blog review – NigeriansTalk. It is going to be a weekly review of blog posts on Nigeria/ blogs from Nigerians. From the introductory post:

NigeriansTalk is a weekly review of posts written by bloggers of Nigerian extraction, bloggers living in Nigeria and bloggers who blog about Nigeria. NigeriansTalk seeks to cover the wide spectrum of perspectives on various social, political, and personal issues, issues that affect Nigerians at home and abroad. We would like to recognize those bloggers who through their efforts sustain a much needed dialogue on the state of the nation. We hope that through our collective voices, we will bring about the future we seek for our country.

It is a collaborative project. This means that we will regularly invite bloggers to review blog posts that they find interesting during the past week. It could be themed, in which case a reviewer could choose a certain topic of interest to them – say technology, music, education – and review blogpost on the topic. It could also be about the coverage of a particular news event by bloggers. Or just about the issues that bloggers found interesting during the past week. Reviewers have a certain level of freedom in choosing the topic and the format. Again, from the site:

We hope to involve as many Nigerian bloggers in this pan-Nigerian blogging project. If you are interested in becoming a regular contributor for NigeriansTalks.com, please email (Loomnie at loomnie-at-loomnie.com or Nneoma at nnwachuku-at-gmail.com). Becoming a contributor for NigeriansTalk requires a minimal time commitment as contributors will at most post about once a month.

One of its ambitions is to become a site through which people can network: Reviews written for and posted on the NigeriansTalk site will also go on your blog.

The first post, from Nneoma, is going to be on the site on Monday. We look forward to having your contributions.

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  • Good idea, but a great deal of work 🙂

    I saw the .wordpress.com url tail of the web address, shouldn’t you guy be on your on domain? Web hosting is really cheap now.

    “Reviewers have a certain level of freedom in choosing the topic and the format” I think there should be some criteria for picking the blogs reviewed, so that selection is not totally subjective.

    Lastly, are you guys thinking of adding an aggregator or listings of the blogs?

    Good luck!

  • Good idea, but a great deal of work 🙂

    I saw the .wordpress.com url tail of the web address, shouldn’t you guy be on your on domain? Web hosting is really cheap now.

    “Reviewers have a certain level of freedom in choosing the topic and the format” I think there should be some criteria for picking the blogs reviewed, so that selection is not totally subjective.

    Lastly, are you guys thinking of adding an aggregator or listings of the blogs?

    Good luck!

  • Imnakoya,

    Thanks a lot for the comments. Oh yea, it is going to be a great deal of work, but the load will be greatly reduced if we could get you to join us. 🙂

    We plan to have a domain of our own, and we will get to it shortly.

    Yes, there are certainly criteria for picking the blogs that will be reviewed. In the treatment of certain topics and areas there can be subjectivity. But in other cases there will definitely be criteria. Let’s just say we will treat each case differently. There is probably not many issues that cannot be straightened out through the exchange of a couple of emails.

    Yes, we will have a blogroll, but we will keep it as tidy as possibly, so that there is not too much distraction.

    We look forward to your contributions.

    Loomnie.

  • Imnakoya,

    Thanks a lot for the comments. Oh yea, it is going to be a great deal of work, but the load will be greatly reduced if we could get you to join us. 🙂

    We plan to have a domain of our own, and we will get to it shortly.

    Yes, there are certainly criteria for picking the blogs that will be reviewed. In the treatment of certain topics and areas there can be subjectivity. But in other cases there will definitely be criteria. Let’s just say we will treat each case differently. There is probably not many issues that cannot be straightened out through the exchange of a couple of emails.

    Yes, we will have a blogroll, but we will keep it as tidy as possibly, so that there is not too much distraction.

    We look forward to your contributions.

    Loomnie.

  • artsville

    It sounds like a good idea. Good luck

  • artsville

    It sounds like a good idea. Good luck

  • This is great initiative, that Nigerian bloggers needed yesterday as a means of spotlighting the incredible work being produced. Congratulations. Just in case you haven’t, you might want to use the incredible numbers the organizers of the Naija bloggers awards have to inform blogsville of this initiative. I am sure the guys at startupsnigeria would also like to know about this. Will swing by Loy’s and let him know.

    Again, congrats oh!

    NIGERIAN CURIOSITY
    IT WAS SO MUCH EASIER WHEN I ONLY HAD ONE…

  • This is great initiative, that Nigerian bloggers needed yesterday as a means of spotlighting the incredible work being produced. Congratulations. Just in case you haven’t, you might want to use the incredible numbers the organizers of the Naija bloggers awards have to inform blogsville of this initiative. I am sure the guys at startupsnigeria would also like to know about this. Will swing by Loy’s and let him know.

    Again, congrats oh!

    NIGERIAN CURIOSITY
    IT WAS SO MUCH EASIER WHEN I ONLY HAD ONE…

  • Sure! I’d love to contribute to the initiative. However, I have to be realistic of how to engage given my work load at Grandiose Parlor and AfricanLoft, and a couple of other social/political advocacy efforts I’m working on at the moment. If things go well, I may even have to tap into your resources at NigeriansTalk, in a collaborative manner, that is. Time will tell. Certainly pls. keep me in the loop.

    One idea you may want to consider is the use of memetrackers (like ChatterBox on AfricanLoft.com) in place of human-generated blog reviews. Their automated nature and ability to cluster articles (and list postings) will work well for your idea and also take the burden off your reviewers who can now be more focused on special topics. We can talk more by email.

  • Sure! I’d love to contribute to the initiative. However, I have to be realistic of how to engage given my work load at Grandiose Parlor and AfricanLoft, and a couple of other social/political advocacy efforts I’m working on at the moment. If things go well, I may even have to tap into your resources at NigeriansTalk, in a collaborative manner, that is. Time will tell. Certainly pls. keep me in the loop.

    One idea you may want to consider is the use of memetrackers (like ChatterBox on AfricanLoft.com) in place of human-generated blog reviews. Their automated nature and ability to cluster articles (and list postings) will work well for your idea and also take the burden off your reviewers who can now be more focused on special topics. We can talk more by email.