Insane Blunders Committed by even the Biggest Nigerian Bloggers

by Uche Onegeria 23 Nov , 2016  

1. Plagiarising images
I have observed “Blogger A” add their Blog names on photographs they did not capture themselves nor paid for. I mean, even on Kim Kardashian‘s images. The rule of plagiarism is, “if it is not yours, do not use it without naming your source”. That also goes for putting your name on an image that is not yours.

Somehow, Getty Images/Andreas Rentz & Bella Naija took this image together. Yes! Bella Naija put her name on Getty Images/Andreas Rentz’s image.

2. Not citing story sources
Oh! So you published a story about Kylie Jenner without citing your source (like InstagramDaily MailE NewsTMZHuffington PostCNN)? That means you interviewed Kylie yourself, right? Which of her homes did you visit for this interview? Oh, you called her cell phone? Sweeeet! If you did not know, Linda Ikeji’s blog was shut down by Google a few years ago for this reason.

3. Copying and pasting stories without paraphrasing (toh badt oh)
When there is a breaking news, I search Google for great sources so I can publish the story on my blog. However, my Google search for Nigerian news results astound me. I would see almost all websites having exactly the same story, word-for-word. Can someone just flush these junk blogs from the blogosphere or at least penalize them? See an example below where 3 different websites published the same story with the same headline.

4. Citing the wrong source
I have seen some good blogs cite Linda Ikeji as their source for a story on Kim Kardashian. Hian! So Linda sat down with Kim and got the information she published? I understand that most of us are ignorant when it comes to copyright infringement, and plagiarism laws are also lax in Nigeria but we can be honourable and have the integrity to do the right thing. We should elevate our level by using the International blogging stage rather than the mediocre Nigerian community as a standard for comparison.

5. Peddling Opinions or Sentiments as fact
Just because you think Omotola Jalade Ekeinde got a boob job does not make it true. Just because you think Omawumi smokes does not mean she really smokes. Just because you think Actress A sleeps around does not make it true. Have you slept with her before? Just because you think it does not mean you should publish it.

6. Lack of information in published stories
There are times when I see a great topic, open it to read and I am left baffled when I only see a few strings of information on the blog.

7. Lack of research or weak research skills 
Do your homework dammit!

8. Lack of effort
I know Nigeria does not have constant power supply but if you have to do it, please do it right.

9. Trying to Copy Linda Ikeji’s blog style
Hahahahahahahaha. Yeah – When I started blogging, some people told me, “Well, Linda does it like this or that….”. Duh!! I am not Linda and we cannot think the same way.

10. Oversexualized contents
I know they say “sex sells”: but if I want porn, I would visit Porn Hub.

Source: madailygist.com

Post header Image credit: bradfordvts.co.uk

3 Comments

  1. You couldn't be more right, lol. Linda makes lotta blunders on her blog but this is naija where anything goes..blogging isn't taken serious here, hence we accommodate just any story or format.

  2. You couldn't be more right, lol. Linda makes lotta blunders on her blog but this is naija where anything goes..blogging isn't taken serious here, hence we accommodate just any story or format.

  3. Hallo Lady. It's always good to hear from you. It's been a while.

    About Nigerian standard of everything…We still dey learn sha! Linda tries though. Most are just ignorant. I hope we all learn and step up.

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