Good riddance 2013. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. To be blunt, 2013 sucked for me. Actually it started in 2012 but 2013 is when the crap meter reached its full and smelly capacity.
Ultimately it's why you didn't hear from me for over a year. I took some lumps in my business and personal life that caused me to walk away from this blog and industry. I won't bore you with the details. But let's just say it was a very dark time in my life and I'm not talking about my beautiful year round tan.
No Pain, No Gain
The great thing about trials and tribulations is that it gives you perspective (assuming you have some self awareness). It also builds some of your spiritual and emotional muscles. Personally I would have preferred to gain these benefits without all the suffering. But it's like the saying goes: no pain, no gain. Clearly the big ‘G' felt I needed to be baptized by fire for me to grow.
No Man is an Island.
Because of all the crap I've been through, I've gained a new appreciation for the important things in my life, which are my family, friends and my spirituality. Don't get me wrong, my family still drives me crazy and I'm by no means a saint. But when you go through some tough time you really see what's truly important and who is in your corner when life is beating up on you. I was fortunate to have the support of my family, church, friends and business colleagues. Without some real talk from them, I don't really know what I would have done. Fortunately I'm rich with people that love me and I quickly realized that is far more important than the ‘Benjamins' I lost during 2013.
It's All Good
Reading through this you would think, Damn Eddy went through some ‘ish'. But in actuality it hasn't been all doom and gloom. There were definitely some bright spots in my life.
My family grew in 2013 with the birth of my son Eddy or as I like to call him ‘little e'. Everyone else calls him EJ (Eddy Junior) just to spite my wishes. LOL With his birth, Team Salomon became complete. I always thought we were complete with just my daughter, ‘Bee'. But fortunately my wife has better insight than me and we had our son because of her vision and persistence. His birth ultimately made me realize we were incomplete. So shout out to my wife and her infinite wisdom (sometimes. LOL).
Although I walked away from my blog, I took the skills I had acquired online and applied them to offline businesses. For years I fought doing that. I always had people asking me to create websites for them or help them with online marketing. But I would turn them away because I was just happy being an anti-social hermit on my blog. But when the crap hits the fan and you're looking for some additional income, you quickly re-evaluate circumstances. I realized I left a lot of money on the table over the years by turning folks way. But I quickly remedied that in 2013 and it was a great experience. More importantly it was pretty profitable too!
Shout out to Kyle & Carson of Wealthy Affiliate for showing me all the skills I used to make money in the offline world too.
They Keep Pulling Me Back In.
Even though I tried to stay away from my online business, it was like being in the mob. People kept trying to pull me back in. I never realized how many folks I really impacted until I started getting emails and comments from many of you asking where I was. Needless to say, it felt great to be missed and to hear how I helped people get into this industry, make money or avoid scams. Your kind words and pleas definitely started to wake up a sleeping giant.
I've learned a lot from my experiences in 2012 and 2013. I don't plan to make the same mistakes again in 2014. As such I'll be experimenting a lot more this year. Some of the things you'll like and some you may not. That's fine either way. I'm not always going to please everyone and it's not a goal of mine. The by-product will be that I weed out people that don't really value what I do or share the same mindset.
The good news is I will continue to provide you with the same value in the way of information that will help you earn money or avoid scams. I will continue to give you real talk even if it means hurting your feelings so you don't make the wrong choices. And finally I will continue to be corny so I can entertain you while teaching you. Your time is valuable enough and no one wants to read dry and boring content. We all know I babble on, so the least I can do is make you laugh as you read through my novels.
That's all folks! I'm back on the saddle and I'll start writing again very soon. I look forward to your comments when I do. In the mean time, help me help you. Let me know if there are any companies or websites you want me to cover in the near future.
Here's to a great 2014!