Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I did it my way................

Happy Wednesday all.

I was waiting to hit my 600th post before doing this but i am so close. 595 posts.

I cannot believe i have done 595 posts. Of music, of women's issues, of my random ramblings, of Memes....

I have alway written and have kept a journal since i was 12. So when my dear friend Olawunmi pointed out his blog, i was so fascinated with the fact that one could share those thoughts with strangers anonymously. Aspects of your life or all the details of your life could be shared with the world. Connections could be made.

After following his blog for a few weeks, i decided to start one of my own. Started it on yahoo. It was good. Had trouble letting go a bit but slowly, i began to loosen up. Remember the mad hatter Delot? He was a frequent visitor to my blog and would have me in stitches with his words. Then London Buki and Diamond Hawk came on the scene and these 2 young women have become my friends in real life.

Again Olawunmi pointed out how user unfriendly this blog was and persuaded me to move to blogger and BettyBoopu was born.

I wrote about pain, fun, family, music, my passions, grievances while remaining relatively anonymous. Funny that. People know my name but i have been in the company of bloggers and they have never been able to link me to BettyBoopu. Wonderful.

This was a turning point for me. My family and really really close friends didnt know i blogged. So i was free to just express. Then a different family was born for me. Through this, several people came into my life that have made a difference: Daddy's Girl (who has become like a sister to me. Beautiful, smart and strong), Overwhelmed Naija Girl (who is my little baby and who makes me want to protect her all the time), Soul (who was a constant source of support for me), Jaycee (whose wisdom in the matters of God always came at the right time), 36 (interesting and fun to hang with), Snazzy (really and truly a genius), The Last King of Scotland (my music loving buddy), Noni Moss (who is really so amazing), Vicki (a sweet, sweet woman), Bella Naija (who is really one of the sweetest people i know), London Buki (who made me feel a lot older by actually coming to me for advice and listening to what i said), Diamond Hawk (so close but yet so far)...I could go on. These people sent me emails, called me, travelled with me and just enriched my life.

I was introduced to audacious women unafraid to speak about anything from sexuality to politics: Afrobabe, Catwalq. I was introduced to Nigerian entertainment from a different perspective: Laspapi, Jeremy's blog, Funmi Iyanda's blog....

Blogs came and went, the anonymous ones let the bile flow, wars were taken to the pages of blogs, slander, intrigue, sheer madness...All on blogger. And i have been here since 2006

However, the time has come for me to end this phase of my life. No dramatic reasons. Its just time. Now i will still crawl around leaving comments but BettyBoopu has done her time. Now and again, i expect i will backslide and put something up but it will few and far between indeed....

Its been great. Sheer pleasure to be able to share some of who i am here.

Much Love!

69 comments:

Ladi said...

AWWWWWW!!!!

Wait are you semi-anonymous or your family and friends all know?

I think I'll find time to read the older posts since I'm new in 9ja blogville.

Cheers!

Naija Chickito said...

Really? I am sad to hear that, but I'm sure you know best. I've had fun the times I've been here. All I will say is God bless you for sharing on your life's journey and being an inspiration to many.

Noni Moss said...

Oh what??? Are you kidding me??? You can't do that!!! WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT YOU??? DONT GOOOOOOOOO.

Thanks for the big-ups though :-D

doll said...

aaaaaaaawwwwwwwww nooooooooo.yyyyyyyyyyyyy?

doll said...

but will you still be reading comments on blogs? 4 real dis is sad news

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DiAmOnD hawk said...

wow... unexpected... but Im definitely appreciative of the experience that is Uzo...

Thank you for being who you are

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

im not going to be as nice as everybody else...
I HATE this post

(the ones I love.. why do they gotta go away all the time?)

disgodkidd said...

i hate goodbyes! but they are inevitable sometimes. u will be missed o! and u still owe me a hang-out, remember?

...ok now, draw the curtains so i can let the tears flow....

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

im no longer mad... I LOVE YOU... haha... very happy and smiley in this moment... i dedicate my 2 favorite naija songs to you this week
'konko below' and 'gongo aso'(you'll grow to love it!)...

36 INCHES OF BROWN LEGS said...

wao babe!!! im calling u.

kuesooM said...

Wow! Thanks for everything!

Keep being the awesome Uzo that you are!

Pink-satin said...

its been a pleasure reading ur posts

Afrobabe said...

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo come back darling...pls, I will be a more faithful reader...I promise....

My 2 cents said...

Stop playing Uzo, Where am I supposed to steal memes from. How r we supposed to dis lunch?

mystoriesmytestimonies said...

so sad that u are leaving...
enjoyed ur blog...
God bless...

darkelcee said...

sweetie,Sugar,Mints,bubble gum

Please dont go

i came back to beg you.

Do you want me to sing indian song for you?

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Sad to see you go but glad to know we will see you from time to time.

Take care and stay blessed!

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

Daddy's Girl said...

Uzo you have just succeeded in bringing me to the brink of tears... and I don't do tears! I don't even know what to say to you... I was not expecting to read this... not at all... I would call you now but it's late... first thing tomorrow though!

LondonBuki said...

Hey Uzo... I'm glad I know you so I don't feel like I'm losing all of you.

Love your blog... I was a stalker when you were still on Yahoo 360 as you know :-)

I guess it's just the way you write and the versatility of your blog... women's issues, blogger bachelor, your soundbyte series, your words...

I WILL MISS YOUR BLOG!!! I know I haven't been commenting but I check your blog at least every other day... lol.

Chat with you soon :-)

In my head and around me said...

Totally unexpected.

I followed you from Yahoo 360 to this blog.
Remember when Olawunmi mentioned you in a post and an anonymous commenter asked if you were "The One?" That was when I was first introduced to your 360 page.

This is totally unexpected because you are one of the most prolific bloggers I know. Even now, you have not really slowed the pace (okay, maybe a little from when you used to blog almost everyday...sometimes more than once).

Ok, I am just rambling on because I am still so suprised..

All the best.

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Jaycee said...

*Sigh*

Ur blog was one of those that actually made my passion for blogging increase...I don't think I can ever stop reading you...u write so effortlessly, and I have to say u're a natural Uzo. Happy 595 posts!!!!! Though it may be the end...I hope u don't stop sharing YOU though...

I'll miss ur OLDIES especially, they were the reason I fell in love with Uzo's Reflections...

:(

Jaycee said...

Wait a second? How will we survive???

Uzo...don't do this (errrm, try to re-think). U're actually one of the best bloggers out here...I can't imagine life without this blog...such UNIQUENESS gone from our midst...not yet pls....

(Had to come back again when the message hit home...lol)

Nyemoni said...

Aw.....why do you want to leave? It's been such a pleasure reading your blog Uzo...why now?

Nyemoni said...

LOL at Darlelcee...Yeah Uzo, If we do a duet of an indian song will that help?

Biodun said...

You will be missed dear, why are you leaving nowwwwwwwwww:(

Biodun said...

Hey Uzo, please can I have ur e-mail addy please?

!*!*!*!*!Fresh and Fab!*!*!*!*! said...

oooooooooooooh noooooooooooo
please stay.. i really enjoy reading your blog, you always have the best things to say

anyway, u take care..hope to still see you round my paths

Bella Naija said...

Congrats darling!
Wow....I cant believe its been that long. I remember your blog from yahoo and how i got excited when you joined blogger so i could comment!
yay...hope u stick with blogging for a while longer.
Thanks for sharing!

MUAH

Naija Vixen said...

Wow! Sad to hear you are leaving, but it sounds lyk blogging was very fulfilling for you....going to miss your posts, especially your women issues posts and your music posts...all the best!

1stpet2v9 said...

wow... and its my 1st time (i think) on ur blog...

I'm glad u enjoyed ur consistent stay here

Unbiased said...

This better be your idea of a cruel joke o!!
You cant leave. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!
Blogsville cant afford to loose another one.

ababoypart2 said...

595 ...Wow, well done. Your soundbyte posts served as a framework for my Soul Bible blog http://soulbible.blogspot.com. So thanks and lets read another 595 excellent posts

soupasexy said...

awww, ur leaving and i just got here..sad!

Kafo said...

u will be missed

KreativeMix said...

AWWWW no!!! We'll definitely miss you!!!!!!

aworan said...

ah-ah!! and where do you think you're going, young lady?? You can't just leave us to hang? Sure, you've given us over 595 posts, and now you wanna give it up?? No, we can't be having that... :-)

So, what next?

Anonymous said...

Common Uzo...

U cant do this...

This is the 1st site i open whenever i get to work; what will become of me...

I am not happy with u o.....

The Special One..

geisha said...

yet another goodbye...
i'm getting used to them.

Patrice said...

Thanks for sharing Uzo.

Olamild said...

How sweet

Olamild said...

I read the first half of your post
and responded
I read the other half


and whatttttttttt?

Well we can't reverse your decision
Good luck with everything you do in life.

Anonymous said...

**Favoured Girl is sobbing**

laspapi said...

Take a bow...

For the love of me said...

Ouch, tough blow on us but you gotta do what you gotta do. All the best.

OluwaDee said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Gbemi's Piece said...

This sucks! I was getting ready to settle in. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts. Goodluck!

Ms. May said...

God bless honey! You have certainly inspired me with your blog and encouraged and supported me with your comments on my blog. You are blessed and talented so I hope you continue to shine through some other forum. Send me your email - chicafricana@gmail.com.

Vera Ezimora said...

You've gotta be kidding me! I finally return and you're leaving??

Uzo, I object!!! You're being a very hostile...ehn... witness right now! Return ooo. If you don't want me 2 show you my true color, you berra come back.

Fo said...

just wan i visit after a long time i get a smack on ma face that i cant any more!! WHY?????????

30+ said...

Aw Mehn, sad to see you leave.

AustynZOGS said...

Na wa for Una o! Uzo is only pulling our legs as April fool's day is around the corner,and you all are here crying.Uzo is going nowhere.Abi,Uzo-shebi na joke you de joke? No let this thing pass joke o!!

Sherri said...

u will be missed!
i hope u continue to give voice to female issues.

i wish u joy,blessings and peace eternal.

zaiprincesa said...

errrmm, u left one name off ur list....HELLLOO!!!..lol..anywho, i know the feeling...i think im there..or maybe im just overwhelmed with all i have on my plate right now...either way, ur blog has and will always be an inspiration for me to write, relax, relate and release....

Hope all's well with you and the fam....xx

Jinta said...

looking forward to when you fall off the wagon. dont be a stranger

The Last King Of Scotland said...

another bites the dust? ok u will still leave comments so thats good. u have my email anyways, and u have really entertained us with ur mind. 595 posts is a lot, whoa

Omohemi Benson said...

I surely will Miss you Uzo,
your blog has been a part of blogging routine, ever since i arrived blogsville in 2006.
Thank you for your strength and reliability. I remember the the the bachelorette series, with lots of laughter and even when I 'slipped' you still held my hand.

I hope you"backslide" and come here from time to time.

love you.

Mona said...

Wow u will be missed :(

Anonymous said...

i started doing it my way!You wona blog you can folow then i think this one will do, i mean i just read blogs dont really think i could write on, but i noticed this girls blog on the weekend man its gona be deep, i can tell i am staying tuned so check it out;
http://platinumdiva.blogspot.com/ ps keep it up your really grate.

Naijadude said...

awww... Beetyboopu will surely be missed!!!

azuka said...

It's been great interacting with you. 595? I just looked at my post count and discovered I had just 180!

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

I dont want to have to miss you. So I will rather go hunting for you..lol.. we should try and meet up whilst Im in lagos. what do you think?

~Mimi~ said...

miss u :(

Favoured Girl said...

How are you doing Uzo? We miss you around here.

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Nyemoni said...

Head somewhere you got married...Congrats!!!

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