Eff The Itis and Finish Your Year Strong
As the year comes to an end and you’re all warm and cozy in your Timberland boots, scarves and leather gloves, let’s not get lazy and remember to finish the year strong. I learned this valuable lesson last year when I was contemplating taking it easy and relaxing for the rest of the year after Thanksgiving break like so many other people. But, I remembered what E.T. is always saying about having a strong 4th quarter, which got me a gig over at RESPECT. mag. I wasn’t necessarily looking for a gig, but that goes to show what opportunities are waiting for you around the corner. So, I’m pretty much hooked on having an awesome 4th quarter, even if the itis has got me feeling extra bloated and the cold weather has got me wanting to stay under the covers all day. Because you never know what’s around the corner if you just keep going.
For instance, near the end of this year, I seriously thought about giving up blogging and just focusing on day trading. The main reason being that I get tired of artists and PR people thinking I owe them a favor by featuring them on MY blog. If you’re a blogger, you already it takes time for me to listen to music and write thoughtful reviews. So, I really don’t know what runs through people’s minds, thinking that I’m one of those copy and paste, “me first” bloggers that prematurely rush to publish content just to get the most page views. Call me crazy, but I care way more about my reputation that to be viewed as less than in the name of page views. Plus, I’m not about to kiss anybody’s ass or bend over backwards to get put on either. The way I see it is how can you lose if the people are behind you. I don’t remember who said it, but once you have a solid following, the money and respect will come. So, I’m not all too worried about getting on everybody’s good side. Because at the end of the day, this is my blog and I’m going to post what I like, not what I think will get me the most page views.
So yeah, I pretty much was going to say fuck it until I checked my year end stats for this year only to find out that I clocked in almost half a million page views this year. *Praise hands* I don’t know about anybody else, but that alone was motivation to keep going. To see your words resonate with so many people on that level makes it hard to walk away from it all. I don’t post trap music or anything else that is detrimental to the community and try to keep it on a positive note, showcasing dope artists that don’t get the attention they deserve. That alone is reason to believe that not too many people would fuck with the blog, seeing that everybody’s on that f*ck shit, weed and Promethazine kick. Plus, I really don’t know who’s reading this blog or who knows about WestCoast Keish. Shit, Puff Daddy could be reading it for all I know. So, quitting is no longer an option.
If I had never have had the notion to finish the year strong, you definitely wouldn’t be reading these words right now or any in the future. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stick to the same script of doing what I’ve come to loathe either. Just know that I’m going in a new direction with W.Coast.K and that we get better as each year passes. I probably won’t be posting on the daily like I used to due to wanting to come with quality over quantity and not wanting to be an over-hyped PR machine. But, just know that I live by the motto “come correct or don’t come at all.” And that’s exactly what I plan to do.