Thank You: 2014

Today, I was wondering if I should write something here before the end of the year. I mean, 2015 will be here soon and I’m sure there will be plenty to say about the New Year and the goals, plans and resolutions that come with it.

I’ll probably create a few products too. Not because that was the plan for this site. But because I get asked every day if I will please put out a book or a course on the stuff I talk about. So there’s a pretty good chance I’ll do that next year.

But before all that happens. Before we start worrying about next year. I thought I would just take a second and say…

Thank You

Sometime around January of this year I started writing regularly to this site. I wasn’t really trying to start a blog with readers. I mean, I’ve had this domain for over 10 years but it’s always been more of a hobby for me. Sometimes I’d post a bunch of brain dumps and thoughts. Other times I’d post music. For a while I was posting my dreams. I’d do this for a while and then delete the whole thing and start over.

In 2014, that all changed. This entire year I’ve posted something here at least 1–2 times a week. And for this entire year you’ve been coming back and reading each one.

I have a few people to thank for that.

I think the first time my site got your attention was when my friend Charles Ngo started sharing and tweeting links to my posts.

I’ll never forget the first time he posted one of my articles on his Facebook page. All of the sudden I had waves of traffic coming in from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Visitors were coming in from all over the world. I couldn’t figure it out at first, then I saw what had happened.

That was huge – so Thank You Charles.

Then there were guys like Thanh from Asian Efficiency, Luke from Peerfly and Jason from A4D who also consistently retweeted and shared my stuff with their circles. You guys put me on the map this year. So Thank You.

The topics have mainly covered affiliate marketing, intermittent fasting, leangains and self help. In some posts I’ve outlined plans for how to make money online. In other posts I’ve told you more personal stuff about my life than I’ve ever told anyone – even my closest friends.

What’s funny is, I’m normally terrified to release the personal posts. I remember considering not posting ‘10 Decisions That Probably Saved My Life‘. It was too real. I sat there with my finger on the delete button for a few minutes… Then I said f#ck it and posted it – and it exploded.

The FB Likes and Tweets count got reset to zero on that post somehow but it was originally heading towards 1000, which is 10x more than any other post on the site. That was pretty damn encouraging.

So I keep on writing. And week after week, month after month you keep coming back. Reading, commenting and sharing my writings. You learn from me and I learn from you.

  • Writing out my thoughts on marketing has made me a better marketer.
  • Explaining my workouts has made me workout better.
  • Writing out my tips for dealing with depression made me deal with it better.

That’s how it works.

This site wouldn’t exist without you. If you weren’t here, I would have abandoned it a long time ago. So…

  • Thank You for making this website exist.
  • Thank You for coming back week after week.
  • Thank You for commenting and letting me know what’s on your mind.
  • Thank You for sharing my stuff with your friends.
  • Thank You for your insanely personal emails and FB messages.
  • Thank You for being a part of this thing.

I look forward to seeing where we go next year.

See you in 2015.

  • Wayne

    And we thank you! Your words inspire, inform and entertain. We digital entrepreneurs live isolated lives. Having a real, honest voice like yours can make all the difference. Thanks, Malan! I look forward to 2015!

    • http://malandarras.com/ Malan Darras

      Thanks Wayne, glad to hear it man.

  • John crestani

    Thank you! Happy to haverify the chance to surround myself with forward thinking and introspective people such as yourself, if only digitally! Here’s to a massive 2015

    • http://malandarras.com/ Malan Darras

      thanks John, that’s why I love this blog. Connecting with people all over the world. Don’t ever have to leave the house now haha

  • Lucia

    Thank you for sharing your journey. It was extremely inspiring for me! Happy New Year!

    • http://malandarras.com/ Malan Darras

      hope so – because the journey was hard as hell. thanks Lucia

  • ricmed

    Thank you for being so honest and personally opened!

    • http://malandarras.com/ Malan Darras

      thanks for reading ricmed. see you in 2015

  • http://www.asianefficiency.com/ Thanh Pham

    Thank you for sharing your journey and wisdom!

    • http://malandarras.com/ Malan Darras

      thanks Thanh, keep up the AE action, really good stuff.

  • drngo

    Thanks for the shoutout Malan!

    Affiliates blogs are a dying breed so it’s great to have you around to contribute. Looking forward to your growth next year, personal and blogging wise.

    – Charles

    • http://malandarras.com/ Malan Darras

      you bet man. and thanks for originally proving that you can have an affiliate blog without being a total douchebag

  • craigm

    Awesome blog! thanks for all the posts and good luck in 2015

    • http://malandarras.com/ Malan Darras

      thanks craigm – see you in the New Year

  • CZ_Voyager

    Thank you Malan for sharing information and your thoughts in this amazing blog! All the best to 2015!

    • http://malandarras.com/ Malan Darras

      thanks CZ – see ya next year

  • Uroš Majcenovic

    Hey Malan, I think your personal posts are magnificent. You should write a book or something. And hat off to your live q&a sessions. Happy 2015!

    • http://malandarras.com/ Malan Darras

      Everyone tells me I should write a book – but I still feel like I’m not done yet. So I’ll hold off on that one. The Q&As are fun, see you at the next one.

  • Mike

    Thank you Malan for being such an inspiration and great blogger! Have a wonderfull 2015

    • http://malandarras.com/ Malan Darras

      Thanks Mike – I’m not sure I’ve seen you around here before, so welcome.

  • CreationNation

    Great job with the site, and best on the year to come. I enjoy your and Charles’ blog because they’re both casual, non sugar coated, tell it like it is, and just very personable. It makes a huge difference in setting yourself apart from everything else.

  • samrex

    Thanks for your blog this year, Malan.. You and Ngo have really inspired me to Fucking win it in 2015 😉 hope you have a great new year

  • Xiao Li

    Happy New Year man!!! You helped us a lot, sometimes I refresh your blog a few times a day to see if any new post there, even I subscribed to your newsletter :), your opinion about “campaign system” is GOLDEN, I try to set up my campaign launching system and I feel quite good now. Your youtube channel is also great!

  • Hieu Nguyen

    Thank you for your amazing blog Malan! Have a great new year!

  • pete

    Thank you for being you.

    Your personal approach is unique and inspiring.

    Looking forward to your journey to the top in 2015.

    Cheers,
    Pete

  • PG

    Thanks for keeping it real all year Malan, probably my favourite Aff Blog. As a country boy I appreciate the journey you have travelled the past few years. Keep the fire burning!

  • lenstrom

    “It was too real. I sat there with my finger on the delete button for a few minutes… Then I said f#ck it and posted it – and it exploded.”

    Not surprising. Autobiographies are consistently top-sellers.

  • Ezequiel

    Thank you Malan!

    First time I comment here. I´ve been reading your blog since a couple of weeks. Just to say that your posts are at the same time incredibly inspiring and honest. Something pretty strange on the web. Your words are always like bucket of cold water. Thanks.

    See you in 2015. Happy new year!

    • http://malandarras.com/ Malan Darras

      Thank you Ezequiel – these are the exact things I need to hear. So many people read but do not ever comment or share. When you said “words are like buckets of cold water” I know exactly what you mean.

      That’s kind of how your comment felt to me. Happy new year brotha.

  • Ken L

    Thanks for all your great work Malan.

    All the best for 2015!

    • http://malandarras.com/ Malan Darras

      Thanks Ken, your comments and involvement here really helps keep me going. As long as you’re here, I’m here.