Thursday 3 January 2019

6 Years of #TheLifesWay #Birthday #Blogpost #6YearsofTheLifesWay #1675thPost

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1 Dreamer
6 Years (1 Year in India and 5 Years in South Africa)
1675 Blog Posts
2.1 Million Pageviews
5000+ Instagram Posts on @araijain
10000 followers on Instagram
152000+ Tweets on @thelifesway
Almost 10000 followers on twitter
1000 likes and follows on Facebook Page
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Heartiest Congratulations to myself for completing 6 years into a hobby that has become a passion and something I think of every day and night. This feat could not be possible without the help of each and every person working in the PR company, brands I worked with and my family, friends and well wishers. This year 2018 has been extremely good as our family welcomed a new member as my son was born on 29th January 2018 and in some days now, we will celebrate his first birthday.

2018 saw The Life's Way crossing 2.1 Million Pageviews and overall increase in all the social media platforms and the special focus was on Instagram. I really loved sharing the photos and videos on Instagram and in December I thought to clean the same and reduce the count of posts to less than 1000 from more than 4900 posts. The work is still in progress and I am doing it daily till I reach the goal of less than 500 or so.
6 Years of #TheLifesWay #Birthday #Blogpost #6YearsofTheLifesWay #1675thPost

The biggest gift I earned for myself was from Canon South Africa for their Instagram Meet where I was the Engagement Winner to win myself Canon 77D DSLR camera along with a 32gb SD card. I really am thankful to the brand for all their roadshows and gifts which everyone received to attend those shows. It's much more than you get from any of the biggest brands in the Technology Industry which are these days giving some low quality bluetooth earphones or speakers. 

The very first gift to start the year was from Lenovo in the form of their Mouse and Diary with Pen. I really loved the design of the mouse but I was not invited to their 2nd launch which happened some days back. Xiaomi via sent me their Mi2 Band and Mi Health Thermometer which are really useful devices and there will be a video on my Youtube channel for those items soon. Samsung launched their Note 9 and during a display in Sandton City, I won myself their U Flex Bluetooth Earphones. MandM and Hasbro continued their support for my blog by sending their Media drops from time to time.
6 Years of #TheLifesWay #Birthday #Blogpost #6YearsofTheLifesWay #1675thPost
Aashish Rai - Blogger
Huawei invited me to all their launch events and I received some of the goodies for all the attendees but this year I was also the winner of their Huawei Mate 20 Lite smartphones because of my engagement with the brand. I have gifted the smartphone to my wife who was not happy with Android devices and let's see if Mate 20 Lite can keep her happy?

Gammatek was one of the brands which I promoted a lot via my posts and they gifted me some of their items in return. But overall, I participated in a lot of events at MTN where I worked the whole year and got a lot of goodies from popcorns to earphones at their head office in Johannesburg. The another big things I won this year was the MSI Gaming Keyboard at rAge Expo 2018 and I really loved the mechanical keyboard which is a boon for gamers! Adata gifted me their first 3D EMIX i30 earphones which I really loved and use them everyday. My wife too won their 1TB portable hdd in their facebook contest.
6 Years of #TheLifesWay #Birthday #Blogpost #6YearsofTheLifesWay #1675thPost
This year I gifted a lot of new items (received from events etc) which I was not using to many of my relatives in India and to my friends here in South Africa. The people who received it felt happy and I continue to do so in 2019 too as items I want for myself are still from last year's wish list which remained unfulfilled in 2018 - Apple MacBook Pro (Top Priority) and Bose QC35 Bluetooth headphones, PS4 Pro, and a Full Frame DSLR camera.

The strategy this year is to earn the same by either doing a lot of sponsored posts or by selling the old stuff I have not used till date. Meanwhile, while I was writing this post, I realized that most of the items I received were from the contests I won online or offline at events and not from the blog. The blog may have some influence but nothing much that can't be worked out using Instagram, Twitter and Facebook channels only. But running a blog gives you an edge to participate as an influencer in many events and with many brands that the first necessity. I will continue to publish my own content on my blog and also the posts I seem interested in from various brands for mutual benefits. The next step will be to update my media pack from being a long presentation to a 1 page document. 

Life is running fast and I need to read some books, watch some movies and fall in love with myself all over again. I can't be doing stuff which is not earning me income or pleasure of any kind. That's it for 2018! 


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