4 Years Later: The Journey Is Reaching It’s Conclusion


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4 years ago, on July 25, 2014, I started this website. When I look back on these past 4 years, it’s been the honest to god craziest journey. I honestly don’t even know where to begin. And I think I don’t know where to begin because all of this still shocks me. My entire career as a writer is because of this website. A website called Kidfromthe6ix.

To this day, saying the name kidfromthe6ix still sounds hilarious to me. All of this is hilarious to me. And I think that’s why it’s been as successful as it’s been. 50% of me is the person who knows what he’s doing, knows what needs to be done for everything to work as it should, to build the career I need to build to connect with the right people to apply for the media passes to keep the ball rolling. And I have never allowed myself to stop. I’ve blogged every single month since I’ve started, consistency and being persistent has been the most important thing to me. Then on the flip side, the other 50% of me, the really self aware version who takes a step back and realizes wow this is actually working out makes me laugh. Balance is key.

 

Everything I’ve done in the past 4 years

 

Traffic generated (majority of traffic is from organic search engine optimization)

 

Now when I look at what I’ve achieved, I’m reminded of how much hard work I’ve really put into all of this. I’m not even counting the fact that before i got media passes to Manifesto, I volunteered for them in 2014 and 2015 and I volunteered for NXNE in 2016 as well, while covering it. I think if I actually had planned to make a website and really planned to do all of this it wouldn’t be like hilarious to me, but honestly, this whole thing has just been like trial and error. And seeing how it goes and hoping good stuff happens, but kind of thinking it won’t then being really shocked it works out. Like getting to interview artists for labels like Sony and Universal and going to festivals like WayHome and seeing Frank Ocean, like it’s totally insane that I get to do these things, like me.

But I do kind of like feel I have imposters syndrome. Which if you don’t know its like a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. Like quote on quote imposters suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence. (thank you google for the definition).

Honestly, It’s all wild to me and the fact that I now have an advanced diploma in journalism and I’m 1 year away from also having a bachelor in journalism, it’s pretty amazing all things considered, but in truth, I’m still very much confused about everything. I still feel like I don’t deserve any of this even though I’ve worked insanely hard for everything.

And I’ve been really feeling it lately too, the confusion of it all. I think the idea that I’m finally going to be done school and the fact that this blog is seriously getting closer and closer to hitting one million views, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I can see the finish line. And the truth is I don’t blog as much as I used to because this website has achieved what it needed to do. There isn’t really this urgency to post really fast anymore or to be first and also I do a lot for the 405 now and honestly, when I reach a million views, whenever that may be, I think this chapter of my life will come to a close.

You know, Donald Glover said it best in an interview when he said “I like endings, I think they’re important to progress.” He added, “I think if a lot of things had death clauses in them, we wouldn’t have a lot of problems in the world, to be honest. I think endings are good because they force things to get better.”

So with that being said, with all of this being said, I think my 5 year anniversary piece, in 2019, will be the final piece of this website. And until then, I’ll continue to blog and I’ll forever appreciate the clicks on this website. And I don’t know what the next 12 months has in store for me and I don’t what life will be like without the safety net of school, but I think I’m ready to find out. I think I’m prepared now.


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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