Hello Rebel, and welcome back to my life.
So. 2017’s over. And thank god.
I was so glad to see that year end, and judging by the entire internet that I can see, I wasn’t the only one!
So now it’s time to do what we normally do early in the year, and review last year and see what we did!
Boy, I can’t wait to look at all my accomplishments in 2017 versus 2016. That always gets me pumped for the new year!
All right. In 2016 I published five books. Not bad, not bad. And in 2017 I published … um … two?
Wait, what? Less? Hold on, how many words did I write?
So in 2016 I wrote 318,330 words, and in 2017 I wrote … 209,560? That’s … that’s much less.
Um, but all my old books were still there! Right? They were selling! Now, I can’t show you actual numbers, of course, but let’s just look at the graph.
So that’s 2016, and 2017 is … um. Hm.
Well. There’s YouTube? Right? I’ve got YouTube to fall back on.
So my view time in 2016 was 446,030 minutes, and in 2017 it was—no, yeah. It was also significantly less. Of course.
So 2017 really DID suck, for me as well as for the world at large.
I struggled to work. I struggled to stay motivated. I struggled to create. But most of all, I struggled in my personal life.
I’ve been dealing with some personal issues. Personal issues I don’t really want to get into here, but they’re things I’ve been carrying around for a long, long, LONG time.
In 2017, a lot of these issues came to a head, a situation that was not helped by the death of my dad.
So, for the last quarter of 2017, and ESPECIALLY in the final two months, I have been working pretty intensively on myself. On fixing myself and becoming a better person.
And it’s been a lot of work, and I’m now in a much better place than I’ve ever been in my life.
That goes for me, it goes for my marriage, my kids, my writing, everything.
I’ve hit the ground running in 2018. I’ve already worked more hours and written more words in January—
—which, you’ll notice, is only 8 days old—
—than I did in the entirety of December.
And I plan to keep that trend going. I really think 2018 is going to be a banner year for me and for Legacy Books.
That also means, though, that some things have to change going forward. And the biggest thing that YOU care about is what’s going to happen here on YouTube.
I’m cutting back my YouTube production. From now on, I’m going to produce ONE public video a week instead of two, and ONE weekend video for my patrons on Patreon.
There will also still be a Writer Wednesday each week.
I’m going to try to release public videos on Monday, but no promises.
Five videos a week was too much. I feel like the quality suffered, and so I didn’t look forward to doing them each week. Now, for the first time in a while, I’m excited to make videos again.
Rebel, sometimes things just aren’t working. And when things aren’t working for you in a macro sense in life, it’s a lot easier to drift into patterns of behavior that are … well, that are really harmful to you, as well as to other people.
When that happens, we have to prioritize taking care of ourselves and handling the things about ourselves that are holding everything else back.
My life looks pretty much the same way it did six months ago. I still face the same challenges with my work and with my personal relationships.
I still have a long way to go on on concrete achievements when it comes to social justice issues. An abusive orange still sits in the highest office of my country.
Oh yeah, don’t worry, we’re still definitely doing politics around here.
But I have handled MYSELF. And THAT has enabled me to confront and start to handle the things in my life that need handling. It’s the magic bullet I needed to be able to handle this new year.
So here’s to 2018. I hope yours will be wonderful. I’m going to do what I can to make it even better.
If you want to support that, check out my Patreon over there. Otherwise, thank you so much for watching, and I will see you next week. Byyye.