Re-evaluation!

Few days back, a fellow bloggers replied to my request to follow my new account, saying that I am always trying to sell my books and stories. That’s just a part of that reply I’m not even going to burn my energy on the rest.

I wasn’t going to burn my energy on this one too, but it made me re-evaluate my blog, and how I am navigating in this space.

Btw I didn’t reply to it since I directed my anger into looking at what I have been doing so far.

First of all, I only have 1 published book that’s a poetry collection. I don’t have story/stories to sell. So anyone who doesn’t know that, isn’t reading my blog clearly.

Secondly, I have been writing here for more than last 3 years, my book is just 1 year old.

This is a free blog, I haven’t earned a penny here so far because I didn’t want to. I know how to, I have been a marketer and a content developer professionally.

Because making money out of it wasn’t part of the plan, ever.

I started it to cope, as most of us. And I learned, grew and evolved as a writer, artist, person and a WordPress community member along the way.

If anything, my blog resulted me spending indirectly rather than earning anything.

I have stopped updating you guys on my communication and struggles with amazon every other day unless it’s helpful to you guys too.

Recent update, just when I thought I’m close to my $100 check, amazon informed me I need to made $100 from every market place to get the checks from them individually. And so far the $100 I saw were the total. So I don’t see myself getting any royalties in near future.

I gave away 164 ebook free when lockdown started, without any condition. I didn’t even keep track of those books. I would be glad if you would drop a rating or review though, but that’s entirely up to you.

So, it was never about money , even when I needed it I kept this place as the last resort.

It wasn’t about fame or anything either. Nobody here knows me and after few experiments I realized nobody is interested in knowing ME, they come here to read. They are here for what I write.

Now.

About my re-evaluation. I started my mental health awareness project here 2 years back and I have been advocating mental health from the day I started this blog.

So far I have managed to have one post where I keep adding intros and links to mental health bloggers/fighters/warriors, who are sharing their stories here. That didn’t happen overnight.

People keep joining in. I’m not adding the link in my recent posts, not because I forgot about it or I didn’t care anymore about it. Because I was making a few changes. I wanted to change the wordings and I need to be careful with it.

I have run months of promoting and sharing best stories/posts of mental health warriors. But I can’t do it frequently as there is a procedure I follow. When I am secretive about myself, I need permission from the author’s before sharing their personal stories. It takes time.

Then I ran promotion months for indie authors. I didn’t charge them, they didn’t come to me. I ask them because I believe in this community. Because they have supported me.

If you look at categories on my blog you would know what it is about. Sometimes I feel my mind and soul is recorded here. That’s why I have immense respect for this platform.

It let me be me.

I grew here without judgement.

I have tried my hands on other social media platforms, so far twitter and instagram is still workable places but there’s the type of content it works for. I’m learning that.

But WordPress is home.

Yesterday I came across a post on a local instagram account and I felt a pang of pain in my heart since most people still haven’t even started to accept the idea of mental illnesses. To them it’s nothing. And people were writing how they are mocked for voicing it by their own parents.

And then the little bulb in my head lit. And I know what to do with it.

Be it my arts, writing, reading, reviews, literally anything… everything revolves around mental health directly or indirectly, and why not? We all have a mind. It’s one thing common in all of us!

So that’s the plan.

To be myself, and to do my thing.

Helping humanity and myself where I can.

Well, helping humanity IS helping myself!

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Kindly visit my post Warriors Invited To Raise Mental Health Awareness where I am inviting Mental Health Warriors to submit their blog’s address so that we can join hands to control this wildfire.

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  1. Bravo! I appreciate your honesty and the fact you can step back use criticism to reflect and reevaluate. That’s hard for most people. I have learned in life change inspired growth. Change is hard and for people with mental illnesses it’s extremely difficult. Thank you for what you do.

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    1. Honestly it turn into a funny comment soon. It went from “you are trying to sell your stories” to “help me sell my stories” pretty quickly. Lol
      Yes, to move forward in life you need to move. Some moves are too hard but you have to make them or you will be stuck.
      My pleasure. 🙂

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    1. i have only addressed 1 part of it here.
      and I’m such a banana i was like.. why am I not selling my stories lol.
      I agree with you, there’s no problem with making money out of your blog at all. Just that I haven’t done it so far.
      well .. people will be people..

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  2. I knew someone years ago who was not happy until everyone else was sad. Some people are just like that. Your blog has given me inspiration to finally finish writing my novel. I remember reading your blog about putting your poetry book on Amazon. I have finally submitted my novel today to Amazon. You inspired me to take that chance. Don’t worry about the negativity coming from others. I think negative people are just unhappy and want to bring others down with them. As far as making money from writing, of course we all would like to do that, but writing is a creative pursuit that brings its own joys and rewards. Mental health is an issue I am addressing in my novel. Mental health issues need to be brought into the light, front and center. Your blog is valuable. Please don’t let anyone bring you down. Your words are necessary. Thank you. God’s peace to you always.

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    1. Omg that’s so exciting! Do let us know when it goes live. The feeling is out of this world. Once it’s there, it’s like you won a war since editing does feel like a war lol.

      I’m really really happy for you.

      About making money, I would love to be a full time author and pay my bills with it but it’s not the case right now at least.

      Yes mental health.. omg I can’t even begin to explain what I see sometimes and it the subject isn’t even touched.

      Thanks a lot for kind words and prayer 😊

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      1. Thank you. I only have the paperback version right now. I’ve ordered a copy so that I can go back through and check for revisions before I put it on Kindle e-books. I am trying to have courage and not obsess about perfection, but I do want it to be a well-edited and well-written book. I will keep you up-dated. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      2. That’s great you are lucky to get your proof copy and authors copy.
        The process is daunting at times but the little reward on every stage is worth the effort.

        Yea. Let it lean towards art and expressions more than perfection because I realize readers forgive (sometimes font even notice) tiny errors, if your story/poems are strong. But only tiny errors.
        I have seen reviews stating blatantly if grammar was wrong. Look out for repeating words, this is a mistake every writer makes some words are stuck in our tongue.

        I saw a tweet about words readers/writers hate. Will share it here. It’s worth checking.

        My pleasure 🙂

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  3. Oh, dear, sweet person who, one blog at a time, gives to the world …
    As Mother Teresa wrote: “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Be kind anyway…”
    Forgiveness is what you do. Being kind is who you are.
    You are an artist of many colors. Every artist must “paint” in one form or another and you paint on many canvases. Hooray for the people who plow through life with perseverance! I’m glad you are continuing to keep your “canvases” primed and ready. 🙂

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    1. I feel like crying.
      I have an overwhelming amount of feelings that keep on pushing the lid from inside, if I don’t write, I will explode.
      So I have to keep painting my canvases not for people, for myself. 🙂
      Thank you! you worded it with such artistry I am in awe.

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  4. Anyone who is against people making money out of their efforts is either a hypocrite or getting some other capital and playing a different game but is still happy to use their art to gain something.

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    1. Yea. If we arent supposed to make money out of efforts and skill, what else are we supposed to make money from? I should have asked.
      But I havent made money yet or even tried yet. So I did feel bad tbh.
      I don’t understand people anymore, I don’t even try to.

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