September 7th 2023 is The Most Important Day of My Life
There are two ways September 8th could go. Let’s start with the sad one. September 8th will be the day I publish on all social media that I’m letting go of content creation. It will be when I lean into day jobs and stop investing my time into YouTube, my blog, and more. It will be a sad but necessary step for starting my 37th year. I will upload a goodbye video to my YouTube channel and stop paying for my blogs so they will disappear from the face of the earth.
The other way September 8th could go is a lot happier. I will celebrate reaching my goal and stepping towards a life of content creation. If everything goes according to plan, even with bumps in the road, I will celebrate with a live stream that the goal has been reached, and I’m finally in the right direction. I could start taking more risks with my content creation and be on the right track to replace my day job income and free up my time.
My content creation journey began in 2010 when I first tried (and failed) to make money online. The first website I wrote on was ezinearticles.com which still exists today. Through writing those affiliate articles, I discovered Twitter and initially signed up to share my affiliate offers. If only I understood the power of bringing value back then, life would be different now. But I didn’t.
In 2011, I started my first website called Alive2Play, where I wrote video game reviews. The domain still exists today, but the website was closed in 2014 for lack of traffic and engagement. That first website was all voluntary and allowed me to experience team management, editorial, and more. At its highest, we were ten writers, all doing voluntary work to make this thing come together one day. But it never did. In 2014, when I closed Alive2Play, I was so burnt out.
I still had that deep urge to make it work. I’ve seen my parents work all their lives and still not make ends meet for what they wanted.
As a family, I never felt we were starving, but we did not have enough for some of the things my friends in school had. As a kid, I had to utterly destroy my shoes before my parents bought me new ones. In high school, when most of my class…