As 2014 comes to a close, I can’t help but to think back to the time when I first started writing the Happy Pills blog and I introduced the Happy Pills Facebook page to go along with it.
When first starting my blog, I was told I should avoid using “Happy Pills”. It might offend people on antidepressants. Well, guess what? I am on antidepressants myself and no one knows the value of those precious pills more than I do. If it has ever offended anyone, I never heard about it.
My main focus in life the past eight years was to be a writer and to make people laugh. That is still my main focus. However, I do less writing now and spend more time on my Happy Pills Facebook page. I have been told it is a “waste of your time” and “you should focus on your writing and forget about that Facebook page”. I have had friends tell me that some of my posts are “disgusting”, “disturbing” and “not funny”. I have had people tell me I should be embarrassed by some of the things I post. At one point in 2014, I almost shut the page down because of all the negative comments I had received.
So, to all the haters and negative wankers…I am still here. I am still posting funny stuff all day long, 7 days a week. I am still spending way too much time looking for funny stuff on the internet to share with everyone, but I am also writing. In 2014, I submitted three stories for contests, another four stories for possible publication and I am working on a book series (I hope to have the first out by summer of 2015). I was elected as Vice President of my Writers Guild. I feel like I do a fairly decent job of balancing the two things. And if all that ever comes of the Happy Pills Fan page is making people laugh, then I see that as a huge success.
Also in 2014, my Facebook fan page went from 1397 likes to 6199 (as I am writing this)…an increase of 4802! I am so proud of that. To me, that is proof positive I am doing something right, no matter how many people tell me it is so wrong.
I know the whole “New Year, New You” thing is so overdone and annoying, but in 2015 I am setting a goal of 25,000 likes by this time next year. I will have a self-published e-book out for sale on Amazon and I will keep on making people laugh. That last part is the most important, because without you guys, there would be no need for me. Your comments and interactions with me keeps me plugging along and offers encouragement, not to mention, entertains me. I appreciate every single like, share and comment I receive and no matter how many people like this page, I will make sure I read every comment and give you a “like” to let you know I saw it. Thank you so very much for spending time with me on my page.
I want to wish you all a Happy New Year and I hope big things happen for all of us in 2015!