No Better Way To Celebrate Two Anniversaries In One Day!
I just realized that January 4, 2019, is a little more jubilant than the previous six ones. Like 1-2% more festive, but still that's something that I can't overlook. If the prices ever go up and my 5k plus Steem translates to thousands of Euros, I will make sure to upgrade the % of my joy. I won't be unfair or ungrateful to Steemit, I promise ;)
To begin with, January 4 has been a truly SPECIAL day to me, as it's the day that my very first paid article was published by Listverse. Coincidentally, it was also the day that I posted my first piece on Steemit. According to steemworld.org, on January 4, 2018, I was posting this little self-introduction on this financial platform:
Introducing Myself from a Historic Athenian Bar (Saturday Night Live)
I guess the instance requires a treat....
I don't have much to say about my presence on Steemit, as most of you who follow me and read my posts know my story (or what I want you to know)! I would like to talk about my writing career though. The fourth of January is really important to me, as I laid the foundations of what I would describe as a very profitable and stellar career.
Exactly seven years ago, I received my first $100 for an article that was dedicated to my great ancestors, whom I love and admire so much! The article's title was: Top 15 Influential Ancient Greeks.
Regardless the joy and pride I felt seeing an article I WROTE getting so many views and compliments, I wouldn't focus exclusively on writing until the end of the following year (2013).
Since that day (January 4, 2012), however, no more or less than 1,256 articles and lists for 32 online outlets, print magazines, anthologies and books have followed. I don't even know anymore how many millions (could be over a billion at this point) of views, comments and shares all my articles have accumulative received.
What I know though is that I've received so many messages, little gifts, letters, cards and support from people located in every corner of our beautiful planet that I would never even know otherwise.
I honestly feel so blessed for doing what I am doing. Blessed by Lord for showing me the way in life. That's why one of my main resolutions for 2019 is to not complain about minor things in life (as money for example). My Lord and Savior knows better than me what's best for me and I fully trust Him!
Since I am commemorating my writing career, there's no better way to close this post by my most recent success. An idea I pitched back in May (2018) and first submitted as a draft on July, was finally published –after countless of hours, weeks and months of research, writing, editing, re-editing, interviews, corrections and rewriting– by the world's most prestigious Technology&Science website: Ars Technica.
This was my second article for Ars, but has been a way bigger success in comparison to the first one according to Nathan (the social media manager at Ars).
Actually, it has been such a big hit that despite being published as just another article, it was quickly upgraded to Ars' feature story (think of what the cover is for a print mag) and has stayed there for more than 24 hours now. I can't wait to know its first 24-hour views. Judging from the comments and shares on social media, I expect a number that will blow my mind :)
I couldn't help but take a screenshot to show to my grand-kids one day hahaha. My article, with my sooooo Greek last-name on, being the FEATURE STORY at Ars!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tales of an aging gamer: Why don’t I pick up a controller as often as I used to?.....Yep, that's mine!!!!!!!!!!!