The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
In 2012, I made a commitment to myself to blog at least once a week. One of the goals on my vision board was, “I will not freelance forever.” As 2013 came to a close, I began to think about the progress I had made in my career being recognized by my peers and growing as a respected blogger and I began to feel the slightest bit sorry for myself. Yet another year had passed and I still wasn’t anyone’s staff writer or assistant editor and I was still pitching more than I was being published. Towards the end of 2012 I really contemplated chalking it up altogether and going to grad school to get a “real job”.
But what I hadn’t realized was just how much I had invested in myself. Sure I may not have made as much side money freelancing for sites like MadameNoire and even writing a series for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s Bedsider site, but I found my voice again. I saved some of my best ideas for my site and wrote about them in a way that I wanted to. It stopped being about the money and was more about the message. And sure some pieces got like 2 hits, but some got a few hundred. And that’s because this past year more than ever I feel like I’ve finally found a weird little writing community that finally gets me. Thought Catalog gets me. Chelsea Fagan gets me. Ryan O’Connell gets me. Opal Stacie gets me. BlackGirlNerds gets me. Ksenia Anske gets me. Kendra Koger gets me. There are so many people who have inspired me, have told me I inspire them, have read, shared and enjoyed my work and who visit my blog day after day even if I’m not exactly posting ten new pieces every day. Thanks so much for helping me quadruple my hits this year. Every time I feel like shutting it down, one of you tweets me, follows my blog and reminds me why I created BulletsandBlessings in the first place. Thank you.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been blessed to meet some pretty awesome editors in the past few years who have taken a chance on me and haven’t really censored me, and for that I am forever grateful. In fact I feel like the best way to return that favor, is to help uplift other writers. But more and more I am gaining the confidence that I can do this on my own. I’ll still continue to freelance and reach out to all kinds of audiences, build my network and experiment with different ways to promote, but in 2014 I’m going to continue to build BulletsandBlessings to see how big it can actually get. I think the least it deserves is a new layout, it’s own domain name and then we’ll see where it goes. But whatever happens, just be reassured that I’ll continue to be insanely random and talk about the shit that matters most to me whether it’s public transportation slowly making me lose all faith in mankind or OVOFest 2014, because if 2013 proved anything, it’s that the shit that matters to me actually matters to more people than I think.
At the end of 2012 I pulled 5,700 views. At the end of 2013 I pulled 23,000. Maybe they’re not Necole Bitchie numbers, but that must mean I am doing something right. And apparently you all really, really love when I write about H&M.