Happy Birthday Quick Me Ups!!
It’s been a year full of learning, writing, thinking, growing, dreaming and saying thanks. Thank you to the reader for following along and keeping me going; thank you to every person, animal, and element of nature that inspires me; I say thanks because I was born where I was born, when I was born, and the beautiful family that I inherited upon my birth.
I simply say: Thank You.
Quick Me Ups is One Year Old!
A beautiful Arizonan sunset. Photo: Zachary Reid, 2014.
The idea for Quick Me Ups came to me at the beach. The year 2014 was just beginning and there was something slowly brewing in me. As I relaxed next to the Pacific Ocean here in Chile, I decided to swim out to sea a few hundred feet… past the breaking waves, where it became just me, waves, ocean, and horizon, and the idea began to crystallize.
I wanted to share positivity: a website could help me share it with more people. The idea began to take form – how the site could look, what it could be, where it could go. The snowball grew and grew, and Quick Me Ups was born.
Read the first entry, one year ago, here: Turning 30.
Over the past year I’ve dedicated time every week to write 2 or 3 entries, to share them with you in order to build a base. But, with a full time job, and the time needed to write multiple posts weekly, I haven’t been as effective evolving Quick Me Ups as I would like to be.
Now, we’re headed into the 2nd year, and it’s time to evolve + grow. I have ideas that I will be testing / trying / implementing over the next few months, some may work, others not as well, but it’s time to try new things.
Here are some ideas I have for QMU year 2:
– Open a Spanish side of the site.
– Mix in occasional shorter posts to keep up the frequency.
– Incorporate other authors; become a contributing, lead editor.
– Promote the site more actively; consider bringing in a marketer.
– I would like to support more volunteer projects, possibly culminating in a fund raiser / charity project in 2015.
There are many directions this site can take, but for it to stay alive another year, I need to make changes, and I hope you can help share the site with your friends, so we can grow together.
Thank you for reading, supporting, and motivating me to keep going. There are a few people I would like to take a moment to recognize for all of their support / comments / views / shares in 2014.
A special thanks to: All of the family + friends that have supported me, my wonderful girlfriend who supports me and my crazy ideas, and the other writers and readers who have made a point to comment here, or tell me in person that they appreciate QMU.
The 2014 Quick Me Ups Top Commenter was Katelon Jeffereys (from EmpowerAndBalance) – Thanks Katelon! Also thank you very much to – DeJav Speller, Liz Isaacs, Elizabeth (Cardamone5), Yvette (Y.Prior), Marie Abanga, Andrew Cook, Skip Prichard, Lelia Antillia-Mu, Joey Schrichte and Greg Skrivanek. There are many more of you reading and commenting, and I appreciate each of you, so keep up the great work and maybe you’ll become the 2015 QMU Top Commenter.
Happy Birthday Quick Me Ups, I hope this is just the beginning for all of us! Thanks to all of you for sharing this adventure with me, let’s make it an amazing 2015!!