Two years ago I started this blog. It was almost one year after I had given up on writing, I had given up on a former blog (well… I only wrote 3 blog posts and stuff), and the only thing I knew was that I wouldn’t give up. No matter what.
Yes. That was the only certainty I had. That I would keep blogging and writing stories and novels for as long as possible, without being discouraged by the lack of feedback or sales or anything else you use to judge success.
And I blogged. At first , I wrote reviews of books, but it wasn’t quite what I wanted. I knew I could do more, so I began writing about my journey as a writer, about my process, and art in general.
In May 2012 I sold exactly 3 e-books, earning $1.05. I also had 500 views on my blog. In June it was more than double that. And I kept on blogging, until I found that people really responded to the way I described the artistic process; an awful lot of them seemed to find a strong resemblance with how life worked.
And I wrote about life, about love, about struggles, about ambition, about power, time. Basically I wrote about everything and anything, about life, about death, and all the things in between.
455 posts later… here we are… 73 thousand and still growing. A community. People from all over the world read and comment on my blog posts, and I can say that I’m grateful for this, because it is a dream come true.
One thing I learned during these last two years: perseverance is key. I also learned that it’s not about the numbers, it’s just about enjoying yourself. It’s about passion, it’s about being true to yourself. It’s about discipline, about patience.
Sadly (or maybe fortunately) there’s no secret recipe, no strict rules to adhere to. You can write what you damn well please, as long as that’s what you really want to express.
Write about the issues that are burning you up from the inside, write about what you care deeply about, and others will care as well.
That’s what I’ve been doing for the past 2 years, and it worked pretty well for me.
The act of putting fingers to keyboard is also an act of faith. So believe. You’ve got to believe that whatever it is your doing is the right thing. It’s got to feel right, it’s got to make you happy even before anyone else reads what you wrote. That’s all that matters, actually.
But I’d also like to thank you. All of you wonderful people who read (and keep reading) the stuff that I wrote, because that’s reason alone to keep going. Sometimes I did feel like giving up, but that was when someone would comment about how important my words were to them, and I knew I couldn’t stop. I don’t know where this journey will lead my, and, quite frankly, I don’t care. I’m going to enjoy it.
So, yes, thank you for all your support, for all the comments and nice e-mails, and for believing in me. Time and time again you’ve proved that we don’t write because we are alone or different or there’s something wrong with us. We write because that’s the only way we’re ever going to find the ones who are just like us. Who think and feel exactly like us.
Thank you for this remarkable ride.
Cristian Mihai – crazy Romanian kid who decided to be a writer ten years ago.