You’ve tried it all, the perfect title, the perfect image, the perfect tags, the hook, the profile description, the right followers, the comments, the clap giveaways, you’ve mastered every trick of the trade and it’s leaving you enraged; because you wake up every morning and think to yourself “Today will be the day!” — it’s not, and you fall back into your bed and stare into the abyss as you hit refresh.
Take a deep breath, what are you doing?
You’re looking at the others and assuming why you’re not them.
What does “that” person have that “I” don’t?
It’s the wrong question, and there isn’t a defined formula for it.
Writing, it’s a lonely place to be.
You’ve got to make it fun for yourself.
Formulas and Algorithm juice are for tail chasers.
You don’t need that, and you don’t need those claps that don’t mean anything.
Most of them are pity claps, because they clicked on the article that had some serious views — most people probably didn’t even read the damn thing.
Please yourself, people, write for yourself — don’t follow the parade.
It doesn’t work, it’s not meant to.
We don’t choose who finds us and how they find us, I’m sure people have tried.
Forget about everything else, just focus on THIS — this right here, this is your canvas.
Ain’t nobody else’s business.
Treat others like they’re your colleagues, it’s a community of thousands.
Everybody is battling the same struggle you are, lend out a helping hand and reach out.
Engage in conversation, talk to others — leave a comment, ask questions, be curious.
There’s no harm in it, and you won’t look like a fool.
Write, write about anything — stop counting the views.
Any online platform is based off some form of community, people that believe in your work and keep coming back to it — those are the people worth valuing.
Pass on the love, read and enjoy — that’s what we’re here to do.
Yeah sure some individuals find success a lot earlier than most.
Some never do.
It’s okay, you never know — I can’t predict the future, neither can you.
Do we know when the moment might strike or whether it will ever strike at all?
Did the most successful people always find it instantly?
It takes time, and the higher up you go the harder you fall.
Embrace this moment, right now you’re absolutely free.
I honestly can’t remember who told me this, or maybe I read it online somewhere — but it’s a good one,
“You get a lifetime’s worth to write your first story, the rest comes with a deadline”.
Chances are I probably made that one up at some point and now think someone else told me that — I’m not sure.
Either way it makes sense, you think about a story — your first; like a virgin, curious what it feels like to finally pop your cherry.
When you do, you either hate it or you go on a journey.
I recently had a chance to talk to one of my favourite YouTubers, I actually never thought we’d ever chat — recently their channel isn’t doing so well.
It hasn’t stopped them from putting out great content.
They do it for the love of it.
They do it because the subscribers that stay with them, want more.
No matter how odd it seems to the rest of the world, they’ve found a small community of people that will keep coming back for more — to show the support.
Remember this, the qualities you exhibit are the qualities you’ll attract.
Same goes for any other pursuit, not just writing.
If you’re a good writer, a sincere individual, the same people will admire you.
Those are the same people that will cultivate a community around your work.
If you’re a jerk, someone who is only doing it for the fame, a fake, they’ll turn on you.
Look at the most successful YouTuber and Internet Personality, PewDiePie.
PewDiePie is 29 Years Old, and started making videos about Video Games back in October, 2010— His very FIRST upload, was about “Minecraft”.
Could he or anybody else have imagined he would have an astounding 74 Million Subscribers 8 years later?
That he would go on to inspire a generation ahead to cultivate a sense of belonging by sharing his love of video games?
Imagine how people reacted when he would’ve said, “I’m going to record myself playing video games”.
Now look at what his community is built on, it’s all love and no hate.
His subscribers go the distance for him, recently he got into a subscriber battle with a competing channel.
His supporters took it upon themselves to make sure he keeps the title of the “Most Subscribed Channel on YouTube”.
Guess what he did?
Instead of inciting hate and promoting a negative culture, he instead posted a message of “Love”.
Imploring his supporters, that whilst he appreciates the support — it’s not the point.
He instead chose to cultivate the support he garnered; to help donate to a charity in India, bring awareness.
Now THAT sends a message.
That is what keeps people loyal.
That is what you want.
You don’t want viral one hit wonders.
You want a community, you want loyalty.
Most of all — learn to love yourself, it’ll suck and we’ll all have bad days; Just Trust it.
Throw the boomerang as far away as you can and hope it swings back to you in good faith.
Don’t chase success, unleash your soul.
Make it impossible to be ignored.
Keep Writing, not for views and claps — but for yourself.
Pass on the love and when you do find success, be generous and kind.
It will bring you the most wonderful of joy a human being can experience, it will bring you sincere connection and fulfilment.
Dedicated to a few of my favourite people on here, who produce great content I can’t get enough of;
Keep on at it, ladies and gentleman; Your work puts a smile on my face.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to convincing my neighbours my house is in fact haunted — let’s flicker those lights.