I recently realized that today was my tenth year anniversary to Wattpad where I joined August 20th of 2012. I was fifteen then. I’m now twenty-five.
Honestly, I wouldn’t be where I am today, I probably wouldn’t even be here, if it weren’t for Wattpad. I wouldn’t met any of you amazing people. I wouldn’t have gained so many various accomplishments throughout the years. And I wouldn’t have found a love of the writing and reading community as I have through joining Wattpad so long ago.
My life has changed so much since then, and I know it sounds silly because why wouldn’t it? I was a teenager then, an adult now. But the truth is: my life didn’t fully start changing until three years ago. Before then, it was roughly the same as it was when I was fifteen. I look back and wonder what life would’ve been like if I had quit writing like I planned to not long after I opened an account. I wonder what life would’ve been like if I wasn’t determined enough to learn how to write and practiced. I wonder what life would’ve been like if I chose to live in envy, jealousy, and insecurity like so many of my peers had done when it came to the writing lifestyle.
It all would’ve been so much different.
Since 2012, I’ve been an Ambassador for five years, I gained over 43,000 views on one of my novels, had one of my novels get put onto an official Wattpad reading list, I’ve finished five novels and a novella, and I’ve gained over 1,600 followers on the website. These may be small accomplishments to some, but they’re big accomplishments to me. And I am truly proud of myself for getting there.
Some of the biggest things I’ve learned throughout the years because of Wattpad are: treat every piece of feedback you give with respect but also be honest in with what you say. Don’t write something you’re not interested in. And never give up, or else you’ll never find out what could’ve been.
I may not have been present much on the platform in a long while, either, but that’s also because I’m hoping that one day in the near future, I could go from being a simple “Wattpad author” to being a “traditionally published author.”
Here’s to ten more years on Wattpad.
What do you think you’ve learned most about being on Wattpad or any other writing platform? What are some of your accomplishments that you’re proud of?