Motivational Quotes

This is called the "Story" section, so let me tell you my story...in point form, because it'll be easier that way: -early 1998: started a "thought of the day" email list that got a couple thousand people on it -later 1998: started my website www.happypublishing.com as a companion to the quote email list; I chose that name because I was also working on a book of quotes, hung out on self-publishing webforums (really a majordomo email list back then)...and because I figured that all human actions are based on a desire to be happy -published my book of quotes in 2003; I took it off the market only because I hate going to the post office. But I still give them away as incentives and prizes. -really got into internet marketing (at least reading about it) in 2005 -learned SEO and got my site up to #4 on Google for "motivational quotes" and stayed there a long time; I never realized that 4000 visitors a day, and 14,000 pageviews per day was a lot -was getting 250 email sign ups per day for my thought of the day -eventually tried adding ads to my site and began making some moolah -my Twitter grew to 50k and THIS Facebook page grew to about 45k -when Panda & Penguin hit (ie. Google updates), it killed my site. -tried for a year or so to recover, but couldn't figure it out. Life was VERY busy back then with 2 investment properties, work, family, 20 hours per week at a volunteer organization, so something had to give. I finally threw in the towel, and gave up on the Internet, shrinking my efforts by 90% -my thought-of-the-day email list had 35k subscribers, but I was stupid and shut that down (I realize that was a big mistake now) -I started up a new list in 2016, but even with 4 million followers, it only grows at 30 per day. Another sore point for me is that my Instagram grows slowly. Very annoying. -however, I kept posting on this page daily since it was easy -suddenly one day I noticed I was at 50k followers. I thought that was strange; could have sworn it was still at 45k the day before -next day, it was at 55k -I began growing at 5k per day, then 7k, then 10k, and capped out at 14k per day for a long time -at about the 1 million follower mark, we decided to try posting some links...but that resulted in the fast growth to suddenly stop -I also noticed the reach & engagement kept getting worse & worse; posting links to my own site had abysmal results -TONS of people would contact me (even today) asking to post stuff for them for money. I kept turning them down. -kept growing...sometimes at around 40k per week. At 4 million at the time of this writing. Only growing at 13k per week lately -in early 2017, I was doing weekly FB Lives and that seemed to help the page a lot. -I had this page stolen by disgusting evil monsters (Oct 6 to 26, 2017) -it took 20 days of contacting FB to get it back. What a pain that was! Very happy to have had the help of a FB VP in getting it back. -Goals for the future: 1) Try to do some collabs with other pages 2) Find ways to turn this page in a JOB 3) Get back into FB Lives 4) I have given hundreds of speeches and workshops for free on topics of personal growth, spirituality, and inspiration. Time to find a speakers bureau and begin speaking for a fee. 5) I have knowledge to offer on a one-on-one scenario. I used to coach daily 20+ years ago, but only do it on & off these days. -Shawn B, speaker/coach/author/professional quote-guy