2014 was what I’ll consider my “sophomore season” of being red pill enlightened. I first stumbled upon Chateau Heartiste around December of 2012, and spent the first chunk of the year gobbling up as much information as I could. Around April I started to hit my stride and start consistently bedding women, and I rode that wave of momentum all the way through the end of 2013.
2014 began with something that I hadn’t thought would happen at least for a couple more years – a serious relationship. As of the start of 2015, Holly and I are still together – I’m very much happy with her, as I’ve written about here.
I had a lot of goals going into 2014, some of which were exceeded, others which were not met. Along the way, new goals, projects, and desires were added to the list. I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, with the understanding that if you really need to use a holiday to “reset” your life and make major changes, you were never going to make them anyway. Resolutions to me, are a waste of time.
Goal-setting though, is certainly something I try to do on an annual basis, and I try to re-evaluate them every month or so. With that being said, I figured I’d do a quick wrap up of 2014 with a quick recap of everything that was accomplished throughout the calendar year.
In March, I published my first book about San Diego Nightlife. I built a whole separate website, began offering coaching services, and generally thought I could make it into a reasonable success. While I did not make the money I had hoped to off of the book, I learned a valuable lesson: there has to be a reasonable existing market for a product to sell. Unless you are inventing something revolutionary, a market will not create itself out of thin air. I am very disappointed in the sales of the first book and plan to redeem myself with a much better product on OKCupid, coming out by February of this year.
On the bright side, I did acquire a small handful of students whom wanted to be coached and were excited to learn what I had to offer. Most of them will probably read this, so thanks guys for believing in me. Of course, I no longer live in San Diego to help them out, bringing me to…
I didn’t move to New York City, which has been a lifelong dream of mine since the time I started watching baseball and trying to turn Little League double plays like Derek Jeter. I still want to make the move eventually; probably within the next two years I’ll have another opportunity to do so. But hell, I made a valiant attempt at the position in New York – there’s only so much you can do when the two guys who ultimately were given the offer both have 25+ years of experience on you. I’m proud of myself for making it to the final round of interviews.
In all honesty, I had never even been to New York City before this year anyway, and I’m glad I visited it and confirmed it’s a step I want to take, which leads me to…
I went on a solo trip to Europe. I even went as far as publishing all of the blog posts into a travel memoir, which, like the San Diego book, hasn’t really sold. Not that I expected it to when it’s all available for free.
Going to Europe was eye opening. Having grown up in California and lived here for my entire adult life, it was quite the difference. The food, culture, girls, and overall vibe was so much different. I liked it. While I think I still am prioritizing New York City over Europe, eventually I’d like to make the move there, too.
And speaking of moving…
I moved to the city I always said I never would – Los Angeles. Some company threw a lot of money at me. Yeah, yeah, I guess I’m a sell out. It was just too good to pass up, and I’m glad I didn’t. Santa Monica is fantastic – the rest of LA I’m still not sure on. While I miss my girl, friends and parts about San Diego, I would not hesitate to say that I think Santa Monica is overall superior.
This Is Trouble grew immensely, then tailed off, and then regained momentum. Anyone who tells you that blogging and making a full-time living off of blogs is lying. It’s not terribly difficult, but it is a grind. Once you have built an audience once it’s easy to do it again, but the first time is a long road – I can fully understand why most people who start it end up giving up.
For the first chunk of 2014, I posted five days a week. Then in the summer/fall time I got lazy and posted maybe seven times a month, and finally got myself back on track right after the Thanksgiving holiday.
The hope in 2015 is to grow this blog to ten times it’s current readership levels. I have big things planned.
Thanks for being a part of it.