Bloggers Forum Douala ~ Reloading blogging in Cameroon

It was a beautiful experience on the 3rd of October 2015 at Star Land hotel in Douala, with over 150 bloggers, company executives and journalists.

Simply put, blogging is being reloaded in Cameroon!

This was the first bloggers forum in Cameroon that brought together both French and English speaking Cameroonian bloggers residing in Cameroon.

For my friends and loyal readers who are all over the world, Cameroon is one of the few bilingual countries in the world where French and English are official languages. 

The event was colorful and I want to recognize the effort of Elodie and her collaborators in making this a remarkable success. Of course, some of the corporate sponsors and partners of the event were Les Brasseries du Cameroun, Nexttel, Nescafe and Star Land Hotel.

At one point of the event, it became a Journalists vs Bloggers debate. While that almost drifted us off the core  and raison d’être of the event, it was quickly mastered .

Let me mention at this point that blogging is simply an activity that can be carried out by any one in any profession. I think there are principally 3 ways to use blogging;

  1. Blogging as a business
  2. Blogging as a business tool
  3. Blogging to rant

Journalists use blogging as a business tool. In other words, they use blogging as a tool to aid their business of journalism.

The act of blogging is not journalism and can never be. Blogging is a channel any one in any industry can use to market content. Blogging, Writing and journalism, though have overlapping features, they are different industries.

Well, I had to bring in my contribution, throwing more lights on board. This was understood as participants, including Annie Payep (from one of the media houses present) who made this tweet;

 

Here is the event in Pictures

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Enstine Muki on Blog Monetizing

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I was one of the panelists and my contribution was on how to create a blog and monetize it while in Cameroon.

A lot of people thought (before the event) that this was not a possibility. However, sharing my story and experiences brought in some smiles and excitement.

In the weeks ahead, there shall be a workshop focused on making money as a blogger in Cameroon. If you are reading this post in Cameroon, interested in generating income blogging, stay tuned. I shall be giving more info on this. We shall get into details how to start and create that money making blog. Blogging is the reason I fired my boss.

Let me know what you think about this event in Cameroon. Drop your comments (in French or English)  in the comment box and share on social media.

28 thoughts on “Bloggers Forum Douala ~ Reloading blogging in Cameroon”

  1. Here are a real pack of high quality bloggers featured in this list ! Thanks for doing research & sharing this HQ blogger list

    Hope after 5 years, i will appear in this list ?

    Regards,
    Praneet Thakur

  2. Hi Enstine,

    It’s so good to see you blazing the trail man, many people believe that Making Money from Blogging is impossible or downright difficult from Africa, but people like you have proven them wrong.

    I can’t wait to see where all this will take you to.

    Cheers

    Dan

  3. Great post to demarcate the areas of journalist versus blogging versus activism. These three are entirely different domain and your post makes it clear as day !

  4. Hi Enstine

    That meetup actually shows the universal potential of blogging and it is making its inroads everywhere in the world.

    I too belong to a comparatively a less developed country and here also people are talking about to be in connect with offline with industry players and learn more with offline interactions.

    As you know very well online is the one aspect of life and the bigger aspect is offline which we can’t ignore until the whole world in all its commercial and creative activities goes online. Since then both online and offline interactions are required to make a venture big success.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this lovely post.

    Have a great week

    • Hey Mi,
      I’m glad you get the point. As bloggers, we must go offline and do events that contribute to the industry. Online is not enough. The more of these events, the more online grows.

      Our less developed countries are gradually get involved. sooner or later, it shall grow big 😉

      thanks for being part of this event, brother

  5. Hey Enstine,

    That’s great that this event happened and congrats on being one of the panelist. I’m sure your story gave them a positive and different perspective in leveraging a blog to make money. I see it was a great turn out and hopefully the blogosphere will keep growing in Cameroon!

    Have a good one!

    • Hey Sherman,
      Hopefully, it will grow to greater heights. the field is still very unexploited.

      Thanks for all your contributions to what I am today. Better days are still ahead 😉

  6. Hi Enstine,

    Congratulations and I know you sure made an impact in bloggers forum. Love the photos you have shared here. I could only imagine how people there were amazed when you spoke about monetizing your blog. Fantastic!!!

    -Donna

    • Hey Donna,
      Thanks for the comment and the social shares 😉

      Yes, members were most attentive and excited about the money making talks. A lot of them never knew this as a possibility. Being a practical example talking to them, I was able to excite more interested and encouragement 😉

      looking forward to the training

      hope you are having a wonderful week

  7. Hi Enstine

    Hurray for Cameroun!, Hurray for Blogging. I see from the pictures that the event went well and smoothly.

    Blogging is growing at a quick rate and it is nice to know that you are making a difference by revealing the secrets to making money with a blog.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

    • It’s fantastic how our youths are getting into it and trying to live the dot com life style. Yes, it was a wonderful event and more of those secrets will be revealed during the workshop 😉

  8. Congratulations, mate.
    Good to see you spreading the word about blogging in your country.

    I’m sure you gave an awesome contribution with your monetization experience.
    Keep up the gtreat work!

    • Hey Erik,
      Thanks for stopping by for a word of encouragement. The land here is still very unexploited and I think I’ll do my best to get more value to it 😉

      hope you are set for a wonderful week

  9. Salut Enstine,
    je savais pas que tu comprenais aussi le francais, cela fais plus de 3 mois que je lis regulierement tes publications, je les apprecie enormement.
    Pour nous les africains, il nous est tellement difficile de monetiser nos blogs.
    Moi je suis precisement au Congo – RDC, j’ai un tech-blog qui a environ 5k page vues par jour mais je gagne presque rien avec.

    • Salut mon frére. J’suis content de te voir ici et merci pour le commentair 😉

      Comment ça se pass au Congo? Oui c’st difficile mais tres possible. Pendant le workshop que j’organize, je vais traiter en détails comment monetiser etant au Cameroun. Tres possible!

      Mais mon frere! 5k page views? That can translate to real money. What about unique visitors?

      • Au Congo, tout va bien
        Pour le moment, j’arrive à 2600 visiteurs unique par jour, je suis impatient d’apprendre encore plus sur comment monetiser son blog grace au Workshop que vous organisez.
        Merci beaucoup

  10. Wow, great write up. Nice to see the event through another eye.
    I was inspired by your presentation. I will definitely be at the workshop. Hope to see you again there for all the money blogging teaching skills.

  11. Hi Enstine. I will be very happy to be part of this. I am also a young INTERNET marketer from Cameroon. Wish you all the best!!!!!! Next time please invite me 🙂 🙂

    • Hey Joy, thanks for adding your voice and giving beauty to this post.
      Yeah it was a wow moment when I got up. Many were shocked to hear some figures I mentioned about my blog.

      I just set up a committee of 5 to take care of the upcoming working. I need to empower my fellow Cameroonians. I fired my boss so they too can 😉

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