On this day one year ago, I started writing tech gadget reviews as 8K Guy over at that8kguy.wixsite.com/home. It was a slow start and few people read my articles, but I continued to write at least once per week and soon after, it started to gain momentum.
It was during this time I got to attend my first smartphone launch event as media. It felt different from going to launch events as a fan; everyone was there to work, not to have fun and bond with others, so the atmosphere was a little intimidating.
Nevertheless, it is an experience that I am grateful to have. After all, how many people can claim that they went for a launch event as a reporter? I had two reject two other launch events invitation due to NS, but very soon I will be able to attend them again.
Then, in November 2017, I shifted the blog over to 8kguy.com. The blog was doing well, but a lack of domain name was holding it back. Without one, I had difficulties asking for review units and launch events press invites, difficulties getting seen as “legit”.
The problem? Wix’s plans were way out of my budget. Knowing that I had to get a proper domain name sooner or later, I paid for a WordPress subscription and abandoned the wixsite. It was not an easy decision, but I believe it paid off.
Thanks to the support from smartphone manufacturers like Neffos, OPPO and Vivo, not forgetting Mi Singapore, I was also able to review 7 smartphones in merely 3 months – a ginormous leap from what I had done in the past few years.
While the blog has yet to recover the lost in views from the switch to WordPress, the number of people visiting it is growing steadily each month. Previously on the wixsite, it took a while for growth to climb, so I am not too worried about that now.
The 8K Guy Facebook page also crossed 100 likes recently. This would not have been possible without the support from everyone who read and shared my articles, so a huge thank you to all of you! If you haven’t already, you can do so here.
The next month or two will be quite hectic for me, but once that is over, you can expect a leap in quality of the articles posted on 8kguy.com. I am considering making video for my reviews, to give this blog a boost in audience, but I will need time to sort that out.
The first year of 8K Guy was though and there were times I asked myself why I am doing this, but things are only going to get better as the audience count grows. Once again, I would like to thank everyone who supported and followed me throughout this journey.