… is still progress.
Every time I miss a blog post, I used to feel bad and beat myself up unnecessarily. After all, what I’m trying to do is to write every day. Consistently. And every time I miss a post, I feel like I’m taking two steps backward from being consistent and becoming a full-time blogger.
But now, I learned to look at the three steps I usually make prior to taking two steps backward: the posts I have written, the illustrations I have drawn, and other little things that I have done on the blog like redesigning it.
Three steps forward followed by two backward steps is still a step forward.
During my most recent backward steps, I was preparing for some huge steps forward. And today, I'm so excited to finally share with you what I have been working on during the past few weeks:
1. Learn something new (almost) every day. The key word here is almost. I finally learned to embrace the fact that I still need my day job to sustain this project. And oftentimes, my day job gets really busy that the project takes a back seat. But without my day job, I would have a hard time paying for hosting, mailing marketing, and other services that I need to keep the blog running. Sure, it gets really busy at times (especially the past few weeks), but embracing my situation made my life easier, more bearable, and much, much more fun. (I’m also learning to endure.) But still, I’m doing my best to keep posting on the blog every single day.
2. Changed my email service provider. I may be too optimistic about my blog. But up to a certain number of subscribers, my current email service provider will no longer allow me to send unlimited emails each month. It will only allow me to send up to six emails for month and I will need to pay extra for succeeding emails. That means saying goodbye to The Daily Email and defeating one of the blog’s purpose: to challenge remarkable people like you to learn something new (almost) every day. So, I decided to make a change now rather than later. Switching to FeedBlitz will allow me to send unlimited emails no matter how large the list becomes. It may not be as pretty as MailChimp’s templates and emails, but it works. And that’s what matters to me. I will continue to email my subscribers on MailChimp, but in order to never miss a post, I recommend resubscribing to our mailing list through FeedBlitz. Thank you for your understanding.
3. Rewrote the About page. Taking a break from writing helps me think about what I really want to write about. And during my latest break, I was able to zone in again on the purpose why I write. I can go on and on about this, but simply visit the About page to see the changes. And I also wrote a story which you can also read there.
4. Created our Patreon page. Every month, I spend hours writing, drawing, reading, and research for the blog. I also spend tens of dollars (or thousands of pesos) for hosting, email autoresponders, and other services that I need to keep the blog running. And today, I’m launching our Patreon page which will allow readers to support this project for as little as $1 a month. This will allow me to keep the blog running for a long time. And if the support of generous readers like you replaces my income from my day job, I will finally be able to focus on this project and write more and, hopefully, better content for you. I wrote more about my goals on my Patreon page which you can visit here.
I’m really sorry it took me weeks to finish those. But for me, those were huge steps forwards. Personally, my favorite update was rewriting the the blog’s About page. I won’t spoil you, but I hope that by reading it, you’ll understand why.
Finally, thank you so much for waiting for me. Please know that I’m really doing my best to be consistent. There are just some things beyond my control like being busy with my day job. (Aside from more clients, we also have to help some of our teammates.)
I guess that’s it for now. Thank you again for being there. I’ll write to you again tomorrow. Embrace your set backs and embrace them. They are setting you up for something greater.
P.S. Happy Easter! Christ has risen! And like His passion, what seems to be a step back is actually preparing you for a glorious resurrection!