Happy New Year to one and all that reads The Relationship Blogger. May I take this moment to wish you the very best for this coming year, and may you achieve all that you have planned for 2018!!
2017 has been an amazing year for us. First of all I’d like to reflect on the year behind and say what a massive step up turning The Relationship Blogger into a magazine has been for me. I have seen talented authors flock to us from all corners of the globe to share with our audience their hard truths. We have seen authors turn to us slowly at first, but as we have grown over the last several months we have worked up to a point where we have been receiving at least one submission per day, and I expect this will only grow.
We have watched over as men stand up to rape culture, Christians speak out about the dogmatic hierarchy structure in their faiths, Muslims stand up to the ingrained and systemic racism they face from other people daily, women speak up about abuse, men speak up about abuse; we have had such a plethora of amazing stories that have opened the discussion on many, many topics that aren’t talked about, that I’m super-proud to be the owner of this magazine, and have the people that write for me do what they do.
A special thank you to Shawna Ayoub Ainslie, my Editor in Chief, because if it wasn’t for her amazing editorial skills, nose for talent, and eye for detail, we wouldn’t have a magazine to put together at the end of the month. I’m super proud to have her as my Chief Editor and long may this amazing partnership continue!
Another special thank you to Amelia Easten. We hired Amelia at the beginning of September as our Marketing Manager to further the scope in which we are read from the internet. In her short time with us, she has effectively trebled our Google hits. We hope to hold onto her for as long as we can!
Some of you know that I’m an investor in cryptocurrency and Bitcoin. The Relationship Blogger also has a station over at Steemit under the username of @relationshipblog which is a blogging platform on the Blockchain. This last year I’ve had my ear firmly to the ground with the hope in sensing the flow of the tide and the way that tide will take us out to sea. In 2018 there will be HUGE developments in mainstream internet where cryptocurrency will essentially merge with us. If you’re an author I suggest you start researching this now because content creation and the way it’s valued is about to get a major overhaul. I want to be one of the first adopters of this technology and will be working very, very hard to find a way to merge The Relationship Blogger with what’s about to happen right under our noses. This may seem vague right now but I promise you it’s going to be a good year for writers and readers/commenters. How this is essentially going to work or how I am going to work with it, details right now are sketchy. I promise you though, once I know more, so will you.
Nothing logistics-wise will change though, so if change isn’t your thing then don’t worry; we will still request that you send in your articles and you can still read those articles the same way that you have always done. The only thing that will change is there will hopefully be far better incentives to do so!
I’d love to thank the readers that keep The Relationship Blogger a well read, daily magazine. If it weren’t for the people that enjoy our content then we just wouldn’t have the oomph to hit out an article each day. We do this for you, the readers, and I know you appreciate it because you read us daily.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart,