I was going to wait until April 1st but I am too excited, too humbled, too flattered, too thrilled.
I just wanted to say:
Thank you for taking the time to read my blogs.
Thank you for your positive feedback.
Thank you for all the likes and comments.
Thank you for suggesting topics and voting on Instagram polls and answering questions.
Thank you for every suggestion.
When I started my blog in 2017, I had no idea anyone would ever read it. During the whole year of 2017, I got 12 views, and to me, that was a lot compared to zero. Back then, I only wrote a few blogs anyway, just to vent. After all, I wasn’t a writer. I was a poet. In 2018, I got only 4 views during the whole year!
But in April of 2019, I started noticing myself writing more blogs, and more people were viewing my blogs. I felt seen. I finally had faith that maybe I can reach more people, make a difference. I found my calling, to motivate and inspire.
My motto has always been “I want someone to read my words and say because of you I didn’t give up” or at least to read my words and say “I felt that” and I have had so much lovely feedback recently and over the past months since April 2019, when I left a link of my blog site on my Instagram page.
Even after I left the link, a lot of people didn’t know how to click it. I had to, and still have to, dm my friends on Instagram and text them on WhatsApp the link to my newest blog post. I didn’t even know I had a newsletter that was sending emails until recently, but then again, a lot of people, including me, rarely check their emails.
The more views I got, the more I wrote. The more positive feedback I got, the more creative I’d get, the more inspired I’d be. My mind is like a machine now (an Instagram friend called me a machine because I’ve been blogging so much).
At one point, I even pinned a few of my posts to pinterest, and a few times I saw on the stats that some people came to my blog through Pinterest. Today, someone found my blog through a search engine called Bing. This is amazing!
Sure I get daily migraines, and my back and neck are often stiff because I write my blogs on my phone, but I am inspired and motivated to inspire and motive myself and other people through my blogs. I channel my negative energy and my anxiety towards writing words that you can relate to, to make you feel less alone.
I am so happy. Right now, at this moment, with all the chaos of the novel coronavirus pandemic going on, despite being on lockdown for the past 2 weeks (I’ve been in lockdown for 3 but who’s counting) and despite the uncertainty of what the future brings, I am not afraid, and I am happy.
I’m happy because this month alone, 379 people viewed my blogs. Every month, I’ve been getting more views than the previous month (except for January) and in the 1st 3 months of 2020, I got 930 views, almost as many views as I got in all of 2019, which was 968.
I won’t bore you with how many followers, likes, and comments I had vs. How many I currently have, but you get the picture. I’m not famous. I feel famous, but I’m not. I feel like my words matter. I feel like I can make a difference.
I have a few takeaway messages here:
1. If you’re a mom and you’re struggling with any parenting obstacle, I see you. Feel free to comment below or message me if you know me in real life and ask for advice on whatever, or just vent. You are not alone. You are trying your best and you are enough. Celebrate your wins and your child’s milestones.
2. If you suffer from any mental illness, like anxiety or depression, know that you are not alone. It’s not all in your head. You are not crazy. You are not weird. You are smart. You are kind. You are important.
3. If you are an aspiring blogger or an aspiring writer, but you have trouble believing in yourself, know that you can do it. If there is a fire burning inside you, if you have a story you need to tell, then go ahead and tell it. If you’re not very good at English, take a course in English. There are so many applications for free that will help improve your English, writing skills, there is an app for everything. The internet is an amazing place. Take me as an example. When I found my passion in writing, publishing a book was a distant dream, yet I have published 4 books in less than a month. It helped that I had written them a long time ago, but still. Write. And keep writing. The more you write, the better you get at it.
4. If you are none of the above, but you still read my blogs because I inspire you or entertain you, thank you for helping me believe in myself and make my dream come true and live my passion and fulfill my purpose. I hope that all your dreams come true and that you find your purpose or passion if you haven’t already, and if you have then I hope you live it to the fullest.
Good luck. Good night.