Two years

2yearsTwo 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.

Yours truly,

Cristian Mihai – crazy Romanian kid who decided to be a writer ten years ago.

 

P.S. My novel, The Writer, is available for free on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. Enjoy.

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103 thoughts on “Two years

  1. Congratulations to one of the most successful bloggers online! You are an inspiration to so many. I enjoy reading your blogs and passing them on to others. Never give up — you would be missed by so many people…

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  2. Thank you for an inspiring post! It’s so true, you know… We need to exercise faith, believe in ourselves and persevere no matter what. I try not to think about the numbers too much as well, even though I get the itch sometimes to obsessively check my stats. It’s about enjoying the experience.

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  3. I think you are becoming one of my favorite blog sites. Every post you do encourages me to write just a little more. I appreciate what you’re doing and hope the best for you. Thanks man

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  4. Nice! Sometimes it can get frustrating, wondering if anyone hears you. They may not let you know but they read. Sometimes I hear clients of mine mention stories I wrote years ago. It surprises me that they remember these things when I the writer forgets. :)
    Enjoy the journey, my friend!

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  5. Love, Love, Love this!!! You know when you read something just at the right time? Was wondering, questioning, pondering whether to carry on with my blog or not, after all I think that the 3 old ladies and a light bulb that read it are probably fed up with my ramblings by now! But then I read your wonderful blog and it has encouraged me to hang on in there. I couldn’t breath if I didn’t write and so on-wards I go. Thank you for being you! Thank you for your wonderful Inspiring work! And thank you for being part of my lovely blogging family :) God bless your beautiful heart today and always :)

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  6. Your blog post today was an inspiration. Thank you for your perseverance and determination and sheer will to do what you know you were meant to do. I enjoy reading your posts and though I don’t always comment, I always find some kernel of truth in them. Best wishes as you continue your journey.

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  7. How timely! My copy of Jazz just showed up :) This is an encouraging post for someone like me, who has only recently started blogging; thank you very much for it. Now we just need to figure out how to score you some Central Africa.

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  8. This gives me so much encouragement! As a poor college kid who’s chosen to be a writer, and a new blogger myself, this is so great to hear from someone else! one of the best articulations of the struggle of just starting already, and having the faith to put your writings in the public eye. This had inspired me. Thank you.

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  9. Just what I needed here, I’ve been blogging for the last 30 months 2 and half years.
    I don’t get paid for anything, but I continue to do it because MUSIC is my life / Helping others in their journey. If I went by stats you’d laugh so bad and give up, but do you know what, same as you when I felt like it I just keep believing.
    I suffered a huge breakdown, struggle with Dyslexia and I struggle to give myself the praise I deserve(confidence) thanks to my friends and family and viewers &this article is all I can say!

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  10. Hey! That sorta sounds like the preface to my blog except you’ve been going longer! Thanks for the encouragement and good job on carrying on! I’m back from a long siesta and hoping to follow through this time myself :)

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  11. well for what it is worth I am very happy that you are still writing because I recently began blogging and connected with you . if you had stopped that never would have happened! thanks for the encouragement and kinship

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  12. It is very true that there is no secret formula! I have written about 487 blog posts in approximately 2 years and 4 months.

    I have 315 followers on WordPress, 117 on Facebook and a few from Tumblr and Twitter.

    Perhaps my biggest drawback is that I don’t ‘socialize’ on wordpress enough. Not sure. But I do this because I love to write…and writing on a regular basis will only make me better.

    Congrats on your success! Keep it up1

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  13. “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.”
    You said it all! I wish you a lot of joy during the process and many, many great articles… numbers will come along.. that’s just the way it is. Thank you for wonderful words you share with us :)

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  14. Wow that was inspiring! I have been blogging on and off when I’ve felt like it and of course gotten unmotivated by lack of readers. You have a good point though about writing about what you enjoy writing. I should probably do that instead of what I think I should be writing and what other people might want to read.

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  15. I’m glad that you have said this because my first few blog posts were book reviews and although I enjoy writing them I think I would prefer to write about other things as that’s where I believe I am a stronger writer. However I wasn’t sure whether I should post more reviews or other types of posts.

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  16. Wow I must say I enjoyed your post. I haven’t been on here in a while and I decided to start back blogging. If I can create a living off this or a extra income on the side I would love doing that.

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  17. You inspire me to write and not give up even more so, on the days when it’s a struggle to compose my thoughts into meaningful words. Rock on!! and wishing you many more successful blogging years ahead

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  18. Wow, this is wonderful news! I always enjoy reading your blog. Few people are able to write exactly what’s in their heart and have it connect with so many others. You’ve done that and we are all grateful. When I click on your blog to read a post I get: honesty, vulnerability, advice, the truth. So, thank you. It’s inspiring to watch your success!

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  19. This is so lovely. Congratulations on your blogging success, and most importantly doing what you love. I look forward to reading more.

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  20. It’s amazing to see how your blog has grown in just 2 years! I strongly agree with what you said in this post. Perseverance and staying true to yourself is what will get you far. Don’t worry about numbers, it’s not the quantity but quality :)

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  21. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on blogging. And I too believe that one should persevere no matter their stats. Some of my blog posts have seen more traffic than others, but each and every one was something I needed to write. It’s nice to be read; but it’s therapy to write.

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  22. I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog. I am new to expressing myself through writing, I started my blog just over a month ago. I know I have a long way to go but it’s reading pieces of writing from writers like yourself that make me want to keep going. Inspiring stuff, thank you.

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  23. This is so inspirational! As a relatively new blogger, it motivates me to keep going and see where it all takes me, so thank you for that

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  24. Don’t ever stop writing or your other passions. You are very good at writing. Very heartfelt and sincere. Your readers do feel it. I’m in the midst of searching for my next passion etc and my blog is my way of expressing myself too. Keep up the good work!

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  25. Happy anniversary and thank you for this encouraging post. I just started on my blog and you have inspired me to continue. I’m an avid reader and I’ve always wanted to write but I don’t know where or how to start. I really like this part “You can write what you damn well please, as long as that’s what you really want to express.”

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  26. Very Inspirational but I write because I am alone, alone in struggling with life. I am different and there is something wrong with me. Something that separates me from those around me. I have another blog where I turn my pain into poetry and it helps. Writing is like my medicine, its the only thing I know I should be consuming. The only thing I get drawn back to time and time again.

    – (You can call me) Alexis – The Irish who choose to be a writer thirteen years ago.

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  27. Thank you that is a very timely word for me and I appreciate it more than I can tell you. I blog because I love it and I sometimes want to throw in the towel because it’s not always easy and I appreciate hearing how you hung in there.

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  28. You’ve pretty much well said it all. It’s your gift and it definitely is an act of faith every time you starting and LOL it most definitely is about perseverance, discipline and PATIENCESOLOL. But when you have a gift as YOU DO-then the other half of that is “to keep the Faith.” Best, Sora.

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  29. This is where I go to know that there are others out there, I agree. This is where I found the writers in my world, I agree. This is also one place that I get my inspiration from. It’s so nice to know someone else feels the same.

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  30. well done to you. I’ve also just published on amazon, a few days ago to be precise. Just need to sort out the price point which seems to have been changed from what I wanted to quite a lot more. All learning curves I’m sure.

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  31. This is very inspiring. You spoke to the exact place I am right now with my writing, and wanting to pursue a book. Perseverance and dedication is so important! Thank you and congrats on all your success!

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  32. Congratulation and thank you for your inspirational words. Over three years I have also started blogging and given up after a mere few posts. I thought I had to be a better writer or have the talent for it. That idea was wrong when out of shear randomness I started blogging on a site that I thought no one was paying attention to. Soon enough I made real connection to people. I never developed a large audience but I made reliable connections. It was worth it. I’m now trying the same on WordPress to see how it goes here.

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  33. Hi cristian. i hope you read this. I like your blog. it is so wonderful. Keep on writing, cause reading this encourages me to write even more if this is your passion. Enjoy what you do and people will certainly enjoy it too :) love from Asia.

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  34. Thank you Cristian. I feel it is no coincidence that I have stumbled across your blog, not to mention this post in particular. I myself have only just returned to the blogosphere to pursue my writing, something I have loved to do since I was a child.

    I have been an on/off blogger for the past six years but have now realised that my passion for sharing stories through the power of words needs to play a bigger part in my life. It makes me happy and gives me the chance to connect with people who think and feel the same, just as you said.

    I’m excited about my latest venture and your work has given me the extra encouragement, thanks!

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