Long time no speak, people. What can I say? I’ve been busy trying to stay busy. Whether or not that’s a good thing is up for discussion.
The last real article I wrote on here was back in July of 2014. I wrote it on my 50th day at Easy Digital Downloads. A lot has happened since then. I’m more than committed to EDD now. It could have been a temporary thing back when I wrote that article. I’m happy with how things turned out.
There has been one negative side effect to starting work with EDD back in June of 2014, but I have no one to blame but myself. Rather than describe how it has all worked out, let me just give it to you with stats from the last 8 months.
- Number of articles published on Build WordPress Yourself (BWPY): 0
- Number of products (themes/plugins) created for BWPY: 0
- Number of new features added to the Volatyl Framework: 0
- Number of articles published on SDavis Media: 0
You get the point. Oh… I forgot one statistic.
- Number of people to blame for the aforementioned numbers: 1
That would be me. I am the only reason for the complete lack of progress with my own personal projects. One of the first things Pippin told me when I started working for EDD was that he did not want anything to get in the way of what I was already doing. In fact, he has even suggested that I take time out of each day to work on my own stuff.
I’m pretty disappointed in myself to be perfectly honest. At this point, I wouldn’t even say that I run my own business. I go days without looking at my own websites. Let’s be real.
Why The Sudden Lack of Passion?
If you’ve been watching me for the last two years or so, you know I pretty much came out of nowhere and started making a name for myself. I haven’t done anything spectacular but it was pretty clear to most that I was a student of the WordPress game and I wasn’t going anywhere.
I have more statistics for you all, though. Some of you will be able to relate. Some of you will be shocked because you don’t really know any better. I’ve been waiting to reveal these numbers… so here they are.
Volatyl Themes (established: March 2013)
- Total number of sales/downloads from all products (including freebies): 229
- Total revenue: $4,807.60
Build WordPress Yourself (established: February 2014)
- Total number of sales/downloads from all products (including freebies): 148
- Total revenue: $492.80
Again, some of you are not surprised at all right now. You’ve created awesome things before and had first-hand experience with the disconnect between good work and high sales. Likewise, I’m sure some of the less experienced folks are in shock.
The ugly truth is that for two years, I worked day and night on two specific things – freelance work and creating my products. I hated freelancing. I loved creating products. Freelancing paid my bills. Creating products gave me confidence… but no money.
So what does all of this mean?
Well, let’s just put it like this. 35 combined months of product creation on my own produced very similar numbers to 1 month of work with EDD. Whoa.
The statistics I gave you before should make more sense now, right? Here’s the deal, though…
I’m ashamed of that. In fact, I’m a little disgusted with myself. For the last 8 months, money has been my motivator. I’m not a greedy or flashy guy. I don’t live a life of luxury at all. It’s just a very plain and simple reality, I’ve only dedicated time to what put money in my pockets the fastest and I’ve neglected everything else. *shakes head in shame*
What Am I Going To Do About It?
What I’m not going to do about it is a bunch of talking. I’ve already proven to myself that my actions speak much louder than my words, so this article is not my way of saying things are going to change.
Instead, I’m going to let pressure do its thing. I don’t crack under pressure… I never have and I never will. Every once in a while, I find myself in a situation where the only thing that will motivate me is that pressure. Right now, no one is applying it but I feel it coming. It’s part of the reason I’m writing this article. It’s starting to burn a hole in my mind and this is a form of release.
If anyone has any advice, I’d be glad to hear it. Not to come off like motivational poster, but I’m built to do great things… at least that’s how I see myself.
I’m determined to be an irreplaceable part of the EDD team. As of now, I’m not living up to that, regardless of what anyone says. I’m also determined to build my own online empire and leave my mark on WordPress. No one can make that happen but me.
All that said, I have a lot of stuff to do under the EDD umbrella right now. I just wanted to take some time to hit Publish over here, though. Momentum has to start somewhere.