If Only Passion Paid The Bills…

XemVanAdams1013

I pride myself on being 100% honest with my audience and totally truthful as it pertains to my real life circumstances. I have never used my platform to be ‘over-the-top’ fabulous, or to present myself on levels above the individuals I inspire and entertain. As a result, I feel that I owe each of you very clear insight as to why I am unable to move forward posting full-time as I was hoping…

On Friday, January 31, 2014, I announced that I would begin blogging full-time and updating the site daily as of February 1, 2014. I had secured the AD placement for XemSays.com, as we added additional plug ins and features to enhance the look of the site. I was excited about returning to my old routine of posting 10 stories each day; focusing on topics related to celebrities, music, movies, men, love, relationships and other social issues. All of you immediately began sending very encouraging messages to me via Twitter, Facebook, Email and Instagram in support of my decision.

I was so excited to get started, that I made 2 posts on Friday, January 31st. Early in the afternoon, I posted a ‘Dear Xemmy’ answer and response article. Friday night, I wrote and posted an article focused on the media image of black women on screen. XemSays.com received 851 views on January 31, 2014. The next day, Saturday, February 1, 2014, I posted 15 stories; 13 associated with mainstream pop culture, and 2 original content pieces. XemSays.com received 3,813 views in total. Yesterday, February 2, 2014, I posted a total of 17 stories that featured celebs, pop culture and their Super Bowl weekend adventures. XemSays.com received a total of 4,012 views before midnight. So, between my initial announcement and 6am this morning, XemSays.com had received a grand total of 8,685 views. Additionally, the ADS that had been placed on the site were only clicked by readers/viewers a total of 106 times.

Page Views Unique Visits First Time Visits Returning Visits
Total 9,338 7,408 6,200 1,208
Average 1,167 926 775 151
Day Date Page Views Unique Visits First Time Visits Returning Visits
Mon February 3rd 2014 566 391 319 72
Sun February 2nd 2014 4,021 3,206 2,576 630
Sat February 1st 2014 3,813 3,058 2,623 435
Fri January 31st 2014 851 696 632 64
Thur January 30th 2014 87 57 50 7
Wed January 29th 2014 0 0 0 0
Tues January 28th 2014 0 0 0 0
Mon January 27th 2014 0 0 0 0

The estimated AD earnings that account for these numbers in comparison to the hours and energy invested into creating these numbers do not measure up. I can not financially afford at this point in my life to keep my head above water, doing what I love and barely being compensated for my efforts. The numbers are there because of you guys, but the financial compensation is not. I would love to wake up each day and sit in front of this computer for 8-9 hours the ways in which I did on Saturday and Sunday. I would enjoy being able to share with you all the many people, tidbits and situations that are capturing my attention at the moment. However, until someone in power sees in me what you all have seen in me for the past six years, I can’t continue creating online content and not receiving fair compensation. I would love for a media executive to believe in my writing, speaking and other artistic talents, enough to financially invest in my ability to create freely. What I’m saying is that the TIME OBVIOUSLY ISNT NOW. I thought I was receiving signals from God to go at it now, but I have to be able to cover my basic needs and expenses in the process.

You will of course still see me in your social media timelines. I am not abandoning my platform. You all are incredibly loving and encouraging of my journey. The numbers don’t lie. We simply have to wait for another time when Im in a position to create and present content daily, while still being able to LIVE semi comfortably. That’s all. Thank you for being here.

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