Happy Birthday to Myself and a RED Letter to newbie Bloggers in 2014

It is really amazing how quickly time flies. Today marks another turning point in my life. God has mercifully added another year to my age and I am of course grateful for his mercies and favour upon my life.

Somewhere in the village of Azluti, I was conceived and born at Eikwe General Hospital. January 1, 1991 brought joy unto the faces of Grace Arthur (my mother) and Clement Kojo Amihere (my father) as their first-born was born.

That day being Tuesday, it was simply normal for me to be called Kabenlah as my father wasn’t interested in naming me after anyone.All males born on Tuesdays are called Kabie or Kabenlah and the females are called Abenah unless your parents decide to name you after a prominent person in the family or outside.

So in Ghana, you are likely to come across names like Kwame (Saturday), Kofi (Fridays) etc.

So Kabenlah is my real name and that is what most people call me by. It is my household name for that matter!

There was one popular gospel song reigning during those days entitled ‘Emmanuel’. According to my mother, that was her favourite song and so naturally she decided to name me ‘Emmanuel’.  My father’s surname is Amihere so as to where I got the name Cudjoe from, I think it will be prudent to leave it here for some other time and talk about it some other time.

And to all those who wished a Happy Birthday, I thank you all and do pray for God’s favour upon your life. Thank you very much. I am much grateful!

Now back to the newbie blogger. My red letter to the newbie blogger! I am convinced 2014 is going to bring in another bunch of bloggers. I am 100% sure that many had resolutions in starting a blog in 2014.

If that is the case, read my letter to the newbie blogger.

Dear Newbie Blogger,

The name here is Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe from some unknown location in Ghana but has created a world for myself in this world of internet. Kabenlah.com is the name of my world in this blogosphere.

There question which mostly pops up is this, who is a newbie blogger?

Please give me a break. I have seen someone who has being online for more than 5 years but yet still lacks the requisite skills of being classified as a pro-blogger. That is no joke! So you see, you can be online for soo many years and still be considered as a newbie even in 2014 or 2050 to come.

Talking of jokes, why don’t I cut this cross  in? One friend of mine known as Little Johnny started one joke which at the end turned out to be an expensive joke though!

Little Johnny was a hard worker. Due to his hard working attitude, he was invited for an interview in one reputable oil company and check out what happened.

INTERVIEWER: What is your current pay at Shell and what are you looking at with Champion Oil?

LITTLE JOHNNY: $9m per annum plus medical and other benefits.  Considering the position here in Champion Oil, I’d be looking at $20-22m per annum, a status car, overseas vacation and medicals.

INTERVIEWER: Today is your lucky day!  The position comes with $35m per annum salary. 2014 Range Rover Sport as official car, Mercedes Benz S65 AMG as status cars, overseas medical treatment.

A fully furnished house here in London, health insurance for your wife and children, 2 houses to be built for you in any town of your choice and in your village, annual overseas vacation for you and your family fully-paid first class, $2m wardrobe allowance per annum, cook, steward and 2 drivers, country club membership, and you’re entitled to keep all that the company gives you if you put in just 3 years of service…

Little Johnny: (in bewildered excitement) HAHAHA!!!! Sir, you must be joking!!!

INTERVIEWER: Of course I’m joking! Were you not the one that started it?

Hahaha! That was an expensive joke there! Little Johnny, you see the reason I always tell you to be speaking the truth?Anyway, this letter isn’t for you but rather for newbie bloggers like you and me. Why this long letter just for newbie bloggers?

Blogging is what many of us have decided to involve us in our quest in making some quick money but that is far from the truth. I hope you can testify to that.

Making money as a blogger isn’t a get quick scheme but rather involves a lot of perseverance and several trial and error because what is likely to work for Blogger A will not be likely to work with Blogger B. So you see, you taking the oath in becoming a blogger doesn’t necessary guarantee you that ‘bumfa’ money.

That is the first point I want to carry across and something we newbie should be remember. The money aspect will come after the hard work and working smart.

Another point we ought to remember is the fact not all that glitters is gold. It is indeed funny how newbies seek after all those glory when in fact things have to be analysed in the right perspectives. For all that glitters might not be gold. Look at things from the right perspectives before it becomes too late.

As a newbie blogger, you’re likely to fall into the temptations of trying all means possible in driving traffic to your blog. Going in for all those shiny websites which promises to deliver  all those robotic traffic will do you more harm than good.

Another thing we newbie bloggers need to pay attention is content. The courage to hit the publish button has eluded most of us. Feeling our contents aren’t good enough is what most newbie bloggers find themselves between the line. Feel free to hit the publish button without downplaying your abilities. That is the most important thing to succeed as a blogger.

Don’t forget to keep your blog’s posts promotion in mind. Doing business without advertising is like standing in the dark and winking at a lady. You know what you are doing but what about her? Promoting those posts of yours should be a primary focus.  After all who is going to do that for you other than yourself?

To be honest with you, the longer a letter becomes, the more boring it becomes so I think it will be prudent to put in the fullstop here whiles you take over this by commenting below.

Greetings to you and all newbie bloggers like myself. Hahaha!

                                                                                                                                                                                                Yours sincerely,

                                                                                                                                                                             Emmanuel Kabenlah Cudjoe


46 Replies to “Happy Birthday to Myself and a RED Letter to newbie Bloggers in 2014”

  1. Hi Emmanuel,

    Happy birthday and I’m sure you can make your own empire very soon. The pace at what you are walking is really impressive. Keep moving dude and make the world a happier place to live!

    It is interesting to know more about you and your childhood. The personal touch really strengthens the bond and makes relationship more stronger.

    Best wishes!

  2. Hi Emmanuel,

    I agree with you that blogging is a long term strategy for creating wealth. You will not get rich over night. It takes dedication and consistent daily action. It’s not hard but simple. Does it take some work? Absolutely! You have to love what you do. Thanks for the great post!

  3. Hi Cudjoe,

    Its been a while. Happy new year, and happy birthday! Sorry, i have been busy and i wasn’t able to comment here on your blog often. But i am sure it will change this year.

    I am trying to get my own hosting, and i will start a professional blog too 🙂

    Btw, newbie bloggers have to face reality that blogging will not help you make instant money. It will take time and effort in the right direction.

    Its a game of give and take. You get what you give out!


  4. Happy birthday to you Kudjoe (although i don’t the meaning) But it is interesting to see a young blogger!
    A well written red letter for newbie bloggers.

    1. Hi Frank,
      Thanks for your comment and for wishing me a happy birthday.

      Do you want to know the meaning of Cudjoe? I think it will be some other time.

  5. Hey Emmanuel,

    Happy Birthday! You are right, whether it’s blogging or anything else getting rich overnight isn’t true, it requires struggle and patience. I would agree with Suresh, you are working with great enthusiasm and i’m sure you will make your way to list of professional bloggers soon. Good luck!


  6. Congratulations to your blogging anniversary, you have really grown over the past few months, i have watched Kabenlah.com grow into a massive and adorable blog, your unique style of writing and funny jokes make your articles easy to read.
    Keep it up and in this 2014 i see you growing even bigger, i have published my blogging resolutions for the year, i hope you have yours as well as it will definitely help you grow bigger if you stick with a good one.

    Happy new year, its great to read from you once again.

  7. Hie Emmanuel,
    Sorry dude for wishing you late but still belated Happy Birthday may god fullfill all your desires, I would like to say something about you is, your speed of posting with great quality content is just awesome, and yeah the newbie bloggers have to face the truth, you knw what i have a coincidence with a person also named Piyuh above, that you blogging won’t make instant money it takes time to generate it. You can’t be rich instantly money comes to you at appropriate time.
    Wish You a Very Happy New year 2014 🙂

    ~ Piyush Dhiman

  8. Many Many Happy Returns of the day…!!! Ahh sorry I forgot to append that term “Belated” to it. 😀
    Well, the thing which you mentioned about some people who surf the internet for almost 5 years but are yet in the dilemma of what are they doing actually?
    Sometimes even newbies gain more experience in less time as you did in an efficient manner than such experienced ones.
    Thanks for sharing your views.

  9. Hi Emmanuel,
    First I Wish you many many happy returns of the Day. And Wish you good luck for journey of 2014 and happy new year. May this year come with more success to you.

  10. Dear Kabenlah,

    I’ve to sheepishly admit that I’m one of those newbie bloggers who have been online since the birth of the Internet but never started using it to its potential.

    The message I took from your letter is that blogging is not about hard working, but smart working. There was a time when I did start blogging to make a few dollars quickly but I soon realized that it is not that easy.

    On one side there are inspirational stories about probloggers who have made it big and on the other side we have thousands of bloggers who struggle to make a mark. The problem is we dont get to read or learn from those bloggers who failed.

    Here is hoping that we keep learning and growing.

    Many happy returns of the day and a very happy and prosperous new year.

    1. Hi Zubair,

      Thanks a lot for your comment and the insight you’ve shared with us.

      Happy new to you as well.

  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU KABENLAH! Wishing you many more years!
    Your letter to newbies bloggers is timely in that it was published from the first day of the year. Hopefully, newbies reading this will take ‘action in promoting value to readers or visitors’ because that is what counts and that is what would make a difference in the blogosphere in 2014.

    In kingged.com,this post was bookmarked for social and Internet marketers. I have also left the above comment there.

    Sunday – kingged.com contributor


  12. Hi Emmanuel,

    First of all Happy new year 2014. I really like the way you present posts. frankly saying your posts are such that I can read more than one time with the same interest. Though im a new blogger but I’m looking forward to a very good year of my blogging career. I hope to get success.

    1. Thanks a lot for your comment and there is of course no doubt you are going to achieve much success this year.

      Happy new year!

  13. Hello Emmanuel,

    Happy birthday! At 23, I dare say you have achieved more than many of your peers…it would not be a surprise to me if you turn a millionaire before your 30th!

    Agaim, I must comment on the letter to newbies. If there is anything a JJC to blogging needs to know, it is: ‘making money online can be harder than offline!’.

    Happy New Year!


  14. Happy Birthday, Emmanuel 🙂

    Thank you for telling us the story behind your name 😀

    Loved the post, by the way. I agree. Just because someone has blogged this many years doesn’t automatically mean he/she knows the ins and outs of blogging (But, I know that you know a lot of it, and you do share a great amount of it for us readers :D).

    We must always be like a new blogger – willing to learn, willing to experiment and be open (and of course, be experienced in the sense that don’t fall for the traps. Blogging is hard, just like the real world jobs).

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this awesome post, Emmanuel 🙂 Appreciate it. Hope you are having a good weekend.

    1. Hi Jacob,

      O obviously did have a great weekend and I hope you had same?

      Thanks as always for your comments. I have realised DaringBlogger is ready and catch me there in no time!

  15. happy birthday emmanuel and happy new year.. i wish you more good luck and more money making opportunities. promoting blog is one of the challenges i face considering the limited budget i have in advertising. once i have sufficient budget, i will engage in paid advertising in addition to free ads

  16. Hello Emmanuel,

    It’s very good to know that it’s your birthday (Party time :D). And you have a great story behind your name.


  17. Hi Emmanuel,

    Happy Belated Birthday! Great letter to newbie bloggers too; this bit takes work and patience to make it work. Thank goodness for bloggers like you to set things straight.


  18. A very thoughtful post Emmanuel
    Happy birthday man. I think your parents should have named you NEW YEAR instead of Kabenlah. You’re indeed a great blogger and, I wonder what you will call me if you address yourself as a newbie blogger.

    You’re really doing an amazine job here, the world is seeing your hard works and, I’m certain that this year will be better than the previous ones for all of us.

    Have a blessed 2014 my man.

  19. Great post. The biggest thing for me is delivering quality content so people will want to follow me. People want to do business with others they like and trust. Building an online presence takes time, dedication, integrity and passion.

  20. Hi Kabenlah,

    Happy birthday to a wonderful, young, dynamic budding entrepreneur. I admire your successful passionate success zeal, just keep at it and don’t be distracted.


  21. OMG I am so late to wish you but as said its better to late than never.

    a very happy bday and new year to you Cudjo!. Enjoy!

  22. Hi Emmanuel,

    I am SO Sorry for the late wishes, and I think I am the last one here 🙂

    Yes, I wished you on FB, but I was busy taking a blogging break and then fell ill with flu and all, though I am glad to be here today to wish you – belated though 🙂

    That’s surely an interesting story behind your name and your parents would be very proud today of your accomplishments. Wishing you the best – always. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones 🙂

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