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I started 2015 with 70,289 views. I finished January with 8,544 views. From February till now, I’ve generated 321,185 views. In August, I was 500 views away from hitting 50,000 views in that one month. Its crazy, because all I had in my mind heading into 2015 was hitting 100,000 views. Considering, I finished January with less than 9,000 views, I imagined I would hit 200,000 views by February of 2016. That’s an iPhone note, I wrote in January.
Seeing that note and knowing that I’m writing about hitting 400,000 views, I guess life is pretty unpredictable and I’m not complaining, but I’m not going to lie to you and tell you, it’s been this easy ride. I even wrote a few days ago, about how being afraid of success is very real, where I talk about all the stress. Before February, before my website really took off, I was stressed out of my mind. About the website, about school, about how it felt like nobody around me really even cared about the site, borderline like it didn’t even exist.
How, everyone in the first couple of months of me having the site, really didn’t believe in me and how I lost sleep over this. How I felt like giving up, but I knew I couldn’t. How, one of my professors told me I would never be able to balance all the categories on my website. How I emailed people and how a lot of them never replied to me, but luckily some did. How, I reached out to people that I know, not just people I emailed for help, people that I know, but they didn’t want any part in this.
How people think my writing is terrible, but they don’t understand that my style is stream of conscious, where I know grammar, spelling and punctuation is important, but having an emotional connection in my writing is more important than that. And if you don’t know what this style is, stream of conscious is a literary style in which a writer puts thoughts and impressions in a narrative order, and borderline, violates grammar norms. And don’t get it twisted, there are famous writers out there who have used and use this style too.
But the real important thing is, I’m way too strong of a person to let anything or anybody tell me, not to believe in what I think. As much as people tried to take me off this path and let self-doubt creep into me and take over, I told myself, I can’t let that happen. My belief in myself is way too powerful for that, I’m too self-aware for that and I wish more people believed in themselves too. I’m not going to lie to you, like I said, people telling me they didn’t want to help, made me feel like I wasn’t worth helping. This only made me work harder, but I could have just felt like crap and stopped, but I kept working.
And I worked so hard this year. Like as of right now, I’ve posted something on my website for nearly 21 straight days, while stressing over school at the same time. I deserve every view and every country view that’s ever come to my website.
This is the majority of where, I get my traffic from. My web traffic is 60% organic, which is the best case scenario for any blogger.
Last year, to the date, I wrote this piece, called 60,000 views in 133 days. One year ago today, I reached 60,000 views. In exactly 12 months, I generated 340,000 views. 2015 has honestly been an incredible year and if one day, my website vanishes, it’s not like all that I’ve learned will vanish. This website proved to me that, all I have to do is believe in myself and I can be successful. Although there’s been stress, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It comes with the territory.
Finally, the most important thing, I can really say is, thanks for continuing to click the site. It’s me and you. Whoever you are. Next stop 500,000 views.
MY MOTTO IS: IF YOU WANNA WIN THE LOTTERY, YOU HAVE TO MAKE THE MONEY TO BUY A TICKET!
From The 6ix,With Love
Thank You For Reading
Sincerely, Kid From The 6ix
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