“There are too many of us and we are all too far apart.”
I’m writing these words knowing that people from all over the world are going to read them. People of all ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, of different religious beliefs. Most of them, I’ll never get a chance to meet. Most of them, I don’t know how they look like, what’s the thing they want most in this world, or what is it that they’re afraid of… most of them are perfect strangers to me.
Yet, simply by writing these words, having the certainty that my words will reach them, they become a little bit more than strangers. They become human beings, just like myself, and that is one of life’s greatest achievements.
Because it’s become increasingly difficult to realize that every single person we see walking past us on the street is another human being. We have become immune to everything but ourselves: we see tragedy and pain on the news, read about it in newspapers… it all feels fake somehow. We can no longer empathize with others, just because we’re so many… so, so many.
And we really are so far apart from each other, because we all build invisible walls to keep us safe. It’s all about our needs, our desires, our pain, our tragedies. We want what we want, and we won’t give up until we have it.
I started my first blog on the 22nd of April, 2012. A month or so later, after having published a bunch of mediocre blog posts, one of my articles went viral.
From then on out, it was all rather confusing. Yeah, Neil Gaiman mentioned one of my articles on Twitter. So did Random House. I was gaining anywhere between 500 to 800 new followers per day.
By November the same year I was earning around $100 per day.
I see everyone running around for success. And I wish that everyone could have their fair share of success and fame and glory and the respect and admiration of others, but the truth is that we do not enjoy the victory, but the struggle.
Traffic! It’s one of those words that I do not like much, for it almost begs us to forget that those stats represent actual people.
But… but… I know that one of the main reasons we blog is to be read by other people, so this makes it important to gain more followers, to receive feedback, to feel as if what you blog about truly matters to other people.
That’s why I compiled a list of the eight best ways to increase traffic and gain more followers for your blog.
150 days. That’s how much it took to earn my first money through Amazon’s Affiliate Program. Five to eight posts a day on irevuo. Lots and lots of hours spent reading books, writing reviews, watching movies, writing reviews on them…
A hundred and fifty days.
Let that sink in a bit. Especially if you believe that blogging and social media are some sort of shortcut to earning a ton of money easily. Unless 24 cents are a great deal of money for you, then they’re not.
Here is an interview I did with a man whom I admire tremendously for his missionand the way he dedicates his time and energy to said mission.
1. First of all, tell us a bit about yourself.
Born in Douglas, Georgia in 1950. The one sibling I had passed away due to a heart attack. 6 years in the United States Navy. Two children, a son and a daughter. Divorced for 11 years and we are friends. 24/7 caregiver for my 89 year old mom.
2. You state your mission as “raising awareness concerning Alzheimer’s.” Why?
I raise awareness because my dad died with Alzheimer’s in 2001. I know that before the government will spend the dollars that “experts” think is needed, they need to know about the problem.
Today’s post is dedicated to blogging and social media. You know, how to turn your blog into a sort of central hub, from where you can direct your followers to your social media accounts. That’s pretty cool stuff, if you were to ask me. Continue reading →