But it's time to face the facts.
I showed up one day, wrote one of the worst 'introduceyourself' style posts in the history of this platform, then got to work.
I did everything I said I'd do on that first day, plus so much more.
Here I am, now. Nearly six hundred published posts later, nearly 23000 all earned SP. I didn't bring a following with me. I didn't know anyone, at all, not a soul. I started with an empty wallet. I didn't chase the money, didn't kiss butt, didn't look for any exploit that might help me get ahead. I stuck to myself, stayed true to me, did my thing, my way; that's all.
I want to say, "This place works great!"
Based upon my personal experience, that would be true.
Some common myths about this place include:
- It's not what you do, it's who you know.
- Only those with money can move forward; minnows get nothing.
- It was easier to earn back when I started; it's not about my work ethic, I simply got lucky.
- You have to tell people what they want to hear.
- Can't get anywhere without purchasing votes.
My story, the experience I've had, my accomplishments, achievements; those myths above mean I don't exist. None of that nonsense contributed towards my successful run here. My message won't make the front page; nobody wants to hear it. They'd prefer to make the place sound like a complete disaster, yet here I am. I'm not the only one either, but I can't speak for everyone else.
So I Did Good
Whatever, big deal, so what.
I said I'd quit while I was ahead.
Yesterday, like most days, I noticed about 98% of my following was not around to help and support my work. The following gets larger, average incoming votes and comments decrease. A tough pill to swallow.
So unfortunately, I guess I have to stick around. I can't quit while I'm behind, because I said I'd quit while I was ahead!