What getting to a 1000 views has taught me

Photo by Erwan Hesry on Unsplash

Okay, so maybe I’m like 30 views away from 1,000 but by the time you are reading this, I should have crossed over. First some history. I started this daily blogging journey on December 4th with a mission to document my progress of going from an idea to a side hustle in 27 days. If you’ve made it this far, this is my 48th post and while I still haven’t made any money on my hustle, I’ve made significant progress.

For years I dreamed about doing my own thing. At the end of 2019, I decided that I was finally going to take some action. Here I am, 15 days into a new year, a new decade, and a new me. 48 consistent (almost) blog posts, 2.5 project videos (still need to edit the 3rd one), and 7 Scratch tutorial videos. I wake up every morning asking myself if it’s worth it. I’m not seeing the those magical numbers that everyone has. But then I have to remind myself that this isn’t supposed to be an overnight success. I’m going to stick with for 2020. I’m committing to waking up every day and making some sort of incremental progress towards achieving my goals.

So here’s what I’ve learned. First, there’s a lot of noise on the internet. It’s hard to stand out but posting consistently has taught me that the internet favors consistency. I’m about to cross 1,000 views on these posts. I started with 0 just 50 days ago. The numbers weren’t growing and I wasn’t being motivated enough to keep going. I decided I needed to keep going to see where I could and can take this. I remember spending the final moments of 2019 asking people to help me cross over the 500 views milestone. That was only 15 days ago!!! and here I am about to hit the next 500. On the youtube front, the numbers are again not where I want them to be. But hopefully through the consistency of providing daily, valuable content, people will come.

I’m still learning how to organically grow. I know that I can pay for facebook ads and whatnot, but part of me wants to do this the challenging way. It’s not glamorous, it takes a lot of work, and it’s not very “fun” work. But years from now, when I look back and read through these posts. . . and decades from now when my children read about their father and mother, they’ll be able to come back to these posts and see the grind, the hustle, and the grit their parents had.

Thanks to everyone reading and following along. You have no idea how much this means to me. See you all tomorrow.

I’m an engineer working professionally in San Diego, CA. I’m trying to improve every day and use this space to document. Connect: apetech.me/social

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