About that BS success story

We are over the “one day it just happened with out me doing anything” narrative that you love to share. Most of you are lying. If you garnered any type of success by publishing a post or an article it was on purpose.

You want us to believe that you wrote for months or years without result and were content to wait for your moment. Occasionally, you tell us that your third article went viral, afterward no one cared and things went back to normal. You continued to write until you were “discovered”. You insist that you didn’t care about the money or the attention, you did it for the art.

We call bullshit.

Most, if not all, of us care about the art, the expression, and the contribution to community. We want the other shit too!

What we think when you talk

You may not want to share your secret sauce but there is a recipe. Maybe it’s one that only works only for you. It could be true, your work garnered more attention than you ever imagined. Regardless, you intended to get a result.

Where are the people willing to be honest about what it takes to have the sort of success that every new blogger wants?

We get it, the mystique adds to the appeal. We want you to know that it also adds to the frustration and does not increase our estimation of your talent nor our admiration for you. Understanding there is no magic spell or wand to wave, that there is no one size fits all, we know there is no one coming to guide us to the literary promise land.

We know you want to feel special, even the most modest writers do. You want us to believe that you are one in a million, that many but few succeed.

What is your truth?

Are you ashamed of never really working hard? Maybe, you are embarrassed to share too much, that the mystifying curtain of pretense will come crashing down, exposing the truth of your “expertise”.

We the masses have had enough of your inflated ego and marginal writing, subsequent listicles and lengthy tirades about the luck that landed on your doorstep.

We really want

For once, we would love for the glittery rags to riches prodigies to say

“I tried really hard and sucked for a long time before I got any traction”.

“I joined a million useless Facebook groups and begged relatives to click-through my site to mask the failing heartbeat of my marooned blog”.

We have come so far from Oz, and we sure as shit aren’t Dorothy, so let’s have some fucking truth for a change you great and powerful wizards.

26 comments

  1. True that things are never happening just like that; You need to work hard and there is no secret ingredients. When successful people talk about their accomplishment you just want to truth about how they did it

    1. Yes, that is exactly what I would like to hear. It seems like they downplay it so that we will think they are something they most likely aren’t

  2. There is no such thing as an overnight success. We don’t have to curse these people though. They are their own downfall if they believe their lie.

    1. Hahaha. Did we curse them? Perhaps we did. I do believe that lies they tell have cause many to doubt themselves and give up before they reach their dreams. Of course it is their fault as well, but the additional self doubt is fueled by measuring yourself against a false standard.

  3. Everyone is unique even the identical twins have different personalities, different likes and dislikes so as with online writers, bloggers or netizens so to speak. I know what they are writing are for themselves and for money of course. Whatever matters everyone should earn a respect. They’re entilted for what they’re doing. It’s their own business.

    1. I have to disagree with you. It stopped being their business when they published the article. You can’t put information out and then not expect scrutiny. I respect your opinion, I just don’t agree. I thank you for reading my article.

  4. When it comes to the truth, it could stand on its own. A lie needs to be covered up by another lie and then another lie to sound truthful. Nothing beats just being honest and you’l get genuine admiration by then.

  5. This is hilariously accurate! As a newer blogger myself, it’s incredibly frustrating to ask for help only to hear “my 5th post went viral”….good for you….HOW?!? Great read!

    1. LOL, thanks Tina. I have heard some of the wildest things about how little work people claim to have put in. Glad you could relate. Thanks for reading!!

  6. I think there is definitely some truth to this; some people are just information hoarders. On the flip side, it could totally boil down to perspective. Some simply write because they’re passionate about it and just want to share. They may not necessarily be looking for that acknowledgement when they happen receive it, so in turn they may truly have no ‘secrets’ to offer because to them there is no motive behind what they are doing. For those with a motive behind their writing….to achieve popularity, fame, or whatever and have been successful doing so, they should definitely help those who are trying to attain the same goal. Not that they are obligated; it’s just good karma 😁.

    1. You have just been listening mermaid therapy. Join us next week when we leave how to get this pesky stains out of your favorite shells. 😂😂

  7. Very well said.. In fact the true essence of writing a blog will always comes from our heart, that will only say the truth.

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