Yesterday, I posted an article Self-Promoting Your Blog For Traffic. In the post, I mentioned in passing that I want to have new friends. In less than six hours after publishing the post I got a comment from Carl the webmaster at Carl Discovers The World. He gave a generous offer that I could not resist. He offered to be my friend and render whatever assistance I may need with my blogging activities. That was more than I was expecting (remember I am a Nigerian 😉 ).
I must confess to you that I forgot my manners due to over-excitement, so I went right ahead to ask if he was willing to help me out with CSS and CGI script! He answered in the affirmative and that was it 😉 (maybe I was just trying to unconsciously check if the offer was genuine). It is unusual and very wrong to start asking for favour right at the beginning of a new relationship. You should be willing to give without any string attached. That is what builds credibility. Well the blunder has already been committed. Worse still I have not put the request together to send to him. However, the good news is that he is waiting for me to get my acts together and send the problematic scripts to him (that is so encouraging) ;-).
Well after getting over the excitement, I visited his site yesterday. It is quite a lovely blog with great contents that I can learn a lot from (as a non-tech). I also visited again today (remember you must visit your friends, that is how relationships are built, stop Bootlicking) and I saw the Entrecard Contest he has put up. He is giving 3,500 Entrecard Credits away by 20th May, 2008. The first person will get 2,000EC, the second will get 1,000EC while the third will get 500EC. That to me is a good offer and I am game. I encourage you to participate, just click the link Entrecard Contest and it will take you there.
I have another offer for a free Blog review by a fellow Nigerian, Solomon the webmaster of Nigerian Curiousity. He is an older blogger with more experience. He read my post The Nigerian Entrepreneur Second Month Progress Report where I mentioned in passing that I want to have a blog review. He dropped an encouraging comment and offered to do a free review of my blog if I will be willing to reciprocate. To me that is not trade by barter. His blog is older than mine. He has more traffic and is actually a Google PR3 ranked website. So, the offer is tilted in my favour. Am I going to take up the offer? Of course yes. I will do a review of his blog. I have been a reader of his blog long before I started this blog. So it is a pleasure all through.
Okay, enough of my stories. The point has been made. If you are in need of HELP just go ahead and ask. If you are in need of FRIENDS, just shout it out, someone may hear and respond. I love blogging, I love the online community and I remain proudly Nigerian 😉 If you want to be my friend, let me know, I will hop down to visit you whenever I am online. Thanks for visiting. Cheers.