BLOGGING, VLOGGING, POSTING, AND MILESTONES: HOW TO INCREASE MY SOCIAL MEDIA AUDIENCE

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“Building my platform day by day.” 


Yesterday, I posted my 500th post for my WordPress account. And now my milestone stands at 500 posts; 7,748 views; and 1,893 visitors coming to the site. And that is just for my WordPress because I have had this account longer. As it pertains to my personal website on Square Space I have about 121 unique visitors, 193 visits, and 360 views; my new Medium account, I have 92 views, 65 reads, and 4 followers in the last 30 days; and my Facebook fan page with 188 people. So now, I am looking into the year 2018 to grow my platforms over social media. In addition to these sites that I have through blogging, I also have my Instagram and Twitter, with my podcast coming in 2018. I put myself on a time frame for growing my platforms and writing. My writing I said 10 ten years and my platforms I have put myself on a 5 year growth scale. But in real time, everything seems to be moving extremely slow. But I wonder what my social media will look like by my mid 30’s.

And that is a very important age range for me: 33 – 35 years of age. This is the age at which I want to be fully self employed and making moves with my name via social media for my blogs, filmmaking, as a novelist, and photographer. So basically, I will be conducting a lot of writing. I want to have a successful writing career by the time I turn 35 years of age. Let’s assume I pop by the time I turn 35 years old, then build through my 40’s and 50’s. That would mean that I have a good 20 plus years of enjoying my life, and beyond. But coming from this generation, generation Y, we are used to everything moving fast. The only thing that seems to stand still is our job growth and our intimate relationships. And with that, we spend a lot of time depressed because we were given a false illusion of society that does not exist.

The only reason why I don’t quite feel that way is because my mother told me that life was going to be a struggle. And building anything that grows to be great is going to take a lot of work and a lot of time. When we look back at the work we’ve done, then and only then can we say to ourselves, ok, this is how I got to this point. I have to continue to put the work into my projects. I always stay active posting videos on what I am working on currently and in the future via Instagram. Which automatically go to my personal website and Twitter. So I am always connected because of my social media platforms. Now the question remains: “Who am I going to try to connect to, to build my audience?” Because in the end, I will need to connect and network with people to build as well. People also connect to you once they see you creating something that provides them with value. And that value is what will ultimately put me over the top.


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MAKING YOUR OWN LUCK: HOW TO OPEN YOUR OWN DOORS TO SUCCESS

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“Don’t wait for someone else, you make you.”


So many people in the United States have a hard time securing themselves a spot in our economy. They live their daily lives not doing what it is they want to do. Working dead end jobs and working just to have enough money to exist. Then there are the people who step out into society and make things happen for themselves. And the question now stands, “What separates the people who stepped out versus the others? Was it some form of talent that the other didn’t possess, was it the opportunities, or was it the willingness to not give in and give up. The answer is all of the above. But more so, you have to be willing to make your own luck.

What does that mean to make your own luck? Especially in a society where we have become so dependent on one way of succeeding in America, now that focus has shifted. And if you can’t shift with the focus you get left behind. The factories where automobiles were manufactured is a prime example of the focus shifting and to a more automation driven workplace. People were so used to a daily task that when the task changed to a more informational base/engineering base, people have a hard time shifting. Others see this as how societies have always shifted. So they just roll with the punches. But what I just said is still not enough information to make your own luck.

Let’s say you have a skill in teaching. You know that finding a good teaching job is tough. There are so many internet web portals where teachers are making an extra income working for themselves. They are building their resumes this way until something comes along. Tutoring multiple students counts as work history. It will show not only can you command a student’s attention, but your initiative to put yourself out there proves you could make a good educator. Or, let’s say you want to get into the medical field at a great hospital. But getting a job at this hospital is so tough. Try to work at a small clinic and build credibility with a community. Or try working overseas at a clinic in a poor village. You are not making much money, but you will learn to appreciate patients and medicine outside the monetary until you can get to that point.

All of this is hard because people say things  like, “You have better opportunities because you grew up with money.” “I was born to a certain economic situation.” “I am a minority and no one will hire me.” Fine, let’s say I am empathetic to your plight, now what. What is expected next? And that’s just it, what next. You grew up poor, minority, and poor education system. But there has to be a what are you looking for in this momentary position. Meaning, I grew up poor, I am an adult now. What do you expect someone to do for you today? For instance, I grew up the first 18 years broke, I am 30 years old now. Now I have nothing to show, but it was because I grew up poor. Ok, today is Friday, what are you hoping to expect Monday morning. Most people will say a job.

Ok, we are getting somewhere, a job. Then I ask what can you do, what do you do, and what have you done lately. This is when you hear crickets. Because people say it’s hard to get a job when you need work experience to get a job. So with that said how do I make my own luck. Well for starters, work experience is not necessarily a paid employment position. And a job is an ambiguous term, what position and title. Like my previous post, I spoke about self awareness being needed to make your own luck. If you are aware of self, you know the job title, income range, time on average to attain what it is you want. With that said, you can make something out of what seems like nothing. But when you have no awareness of what you’re good at, what are you good for. “I want a job,” you say; then I say, “What are your skills?” Nothing formulates after that with some people.

In the end, making your own luck comes from self awareness, willingness to not give in, accepting failure, and willing to start from somewhere. People only look at the finished outcome and judge based on that alone. There is some regular man or woman walking the street now, and we see them as normal. Once they hit a stride in their careers, we go, how. What you should do is ask people on their path to something, then once you see the finished product you can understand how they got there. But as long as you go you’re successful, it’s this, you miss all that in between work when no one knew who they were. It was the in between work of failures, living broke, consistency that landed them on their success path. Because experience is a broad term, yet that is what they were gaining, experience. They didn’t have dollars, but they had experience over you.


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FALLING FORWARD: HOW TO BOUNCE BACK FROM FAILURE

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“Have you ever felt like quitting?” 


We all have gone through it at some point in our lives. Failure; failure is something we have to learn to deal with in life. It’s what makes successful people who they are in society. No successful person has become successful without having to jump the hurdle that is failure. And the reason I said hurdle, is because you ever watch track and field? See the people who run their race and then out of nowhere they trip and fall over one of the hurdles. From that point on the race is lost. What makes that person great is their willingness to never give up. You eventually see them winning and think it came naturally to them. But little do you realize, it took a lot of falling.

Now, the example I have would be my own path in life. I am pursuing a career in filmmaking as well as an author. My first film was a short where I only raised 60% of my budget to make my film. One of the actresses didn’t show and the sound was not that great. Yet I still made my first short with limited help. I also self-published a novel and a book of short stories together. Both have been moving relatively slowly, but I have already started on my next novel, book of short stories, as well as next short film. So what was it that made me regroup and start fresh? Why didn’t I just say, “You know what, this didn’t work, let me move on to something new.” Why, well, it’s because I believed I had something. A vision that only I could see, and I would have to persevere and keep moving forward.

That is the key element; moving forward, or better yet falling forward. When you you fail, you fall, but fall into the next short film, the next book, the next objective. Always be falling into something else because before you know it, you’ll be falling into success. People will go, I can do that, and that’s when you’re doing your job. You do it so seamlessly well, it makes the outcome look so easy to perform, yet quit difficult under the surface. But this is a process that takes years to perform. People can only see the finished product while you know and understand the entire process you had to overcome. The heartache through failure time and time again. But each time you got up and kept going.

In the end, we all have a journey to a means. It’s tough because when you get to a point in life, people treat it as if you were born into this life. Like you woke up one day and poof, success. They don’t see the long arduous road to where you are now. And it’s because of that in the moment view they can’t get to where they want to go. They see the now and where they want to go in the future. They are not willing to put in the work of falling and getting up, falling and getting up. But those who are willing to put in the time and work will eventually fall. They’ll fall forward into success.


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TICK TOK: WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE

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“Ever sleep and wake up feeling like life is passing by too fast?”

September 20, 1987 is the year and date I was born. In just this small amount of time, so much has happened in my personal life and private life. A life spanning 30 years, is short compared to the overall average life expectancy. But in such a short period of time things can take place which can make or break you. Yet I’m not talking about time in the sense of existing. I’m referring to time in the context of the days, weeks, months, and years passing by. But there is a stark contrast between time passing by and life passing you by. One is inevitable and out of our control. The other we have control over, yet some of us never seize the opportunity.

Well, how do we effect the changing time. And once again, I say we can’t. Ever hear the saying, “Time waits for no man.”This small quote allows us to understand that whatever we aim to accomplish in this world, do not waste time. But there is another time phrase we use as people and that is, “If I could turn back the hands of time.” Normally people who make this statement wish they could go back and correct some sort of mistake. Regrets play such a vital role in us wanting this to go backward in time. But are there any other reasons time gets to us?

Yes, most of the time, we sit around and contemplate where has time gone. This is once we are stationary and our minds start to roam. We look about ourselves in the mirror and our surroundings. All the while asking questions relating to things we once used to do, or some memory. Not realizing how long it’s been since we did whatever it was we were doing at the time of contemplation. We might say to ourselves, “I remember when that song came out.” “That’s when I got my first kiss.” Then you see the year the song came out and your’re shocked by what you see. “Man, that song came out 30 years ago.” “Naw, it hasn’t been 30 years already.”

Time is something that we have studied and tried wrapping our minds around for centuries. It’s fascinating to look back and contemplate all the things we’ve experienced in life. That’s if you’ve lived a good life. But if your life has gone nowhere, then you’re not enjoying contemplating about your time on Earth. Now as I come upon my 30th birthday over the next 9 months, I think and feel there is a lot to look forward to, which will give me great memories once I get there and look back on life.