And so it begins…

Updated April 29, 2019

Hi. I’m Chad.

I’m starting this little site called TokyoSpark. Yea, the one you’re on right now.

Well… okay, I’ll be honest. It was started at the end of October 2018. But I mean, c’mon, you probably haven’t heard of it right?

So it’s new.

This post is in a category I call journey. I love this word. It sure conjures up some cool images doesn’t it?

So I’m on this journey. A journey to help others discover really awesome things to see and do in Tokyo.

Okay, who am I fooling. If you look around you can tell it’s mostly about finding delicious food in Tokyo.

But that’s way better isn’t it!?

And so it begins…

In this category I want to share my own personal thoughts, struggles, wins, decisions, choices, and little miracles that I go through while creating this site.

You may be wondering how the heck is this a struggle?

Well… let me share. /takes a deep breath.

I’ll be 42 this year. I’ve lived in Tokyo 23-ish years now. I have a full-time job and an amazing wife.

I don’t mention my wife because she’s amazing.

Did I mention she’s amazing?

She is.

But the reason I bring her up is because she has been SO patient with me as I have endeavored to create something that “works.”

I have spent the last 10 years working on various things I have promised her would work. That would give us financial freedom and time to do anything we wanted to do.

Obviously that hasn’t happened yet… and she’s been waiting 10 years.

So the struggle is real. I’m tired of disappointing her and I’m tired of not finally creating something incredible.

So TokyoSpark is it.

And you want to know how I know this is the one? Because it has to be. I promised my wife this was it and if it doesn’t work, that’s the end. I’m throwing in the towel.

But I don’t want to throw in the towel so I’m pushing hard. I’m going to persevere.

Wait. Persevere?

Yea. You know what. It turns out I would have likely been successful by now had I only known I needed to stick with one thing longer.

You see, I’ve created some really cool things. Things that had I waited and given them time to grow before moving on to something else, would probably be really big by now.

So I’m taking my own medicine. I’m sticking to this one for as long as it takes — within reason of course.

I’m not going to say all that time spent on past projects has been a waste. No way. I can say they have only cost me time and money.

They have given me knowledge and wisdom in return. I can do things now I would have had to research or outsource. I have all the skills I need to bring everything together.

I don’t need a designer. I don’t need a coder/programmer/developer or whatever you want to call them.

I don’t need an artist, a writer, or a technical person.

I have all these skills. It’s time to put them all to use.

Oh yea, I was talking about struggle.

With the understanding that I absolutely must succeed, and in order to do that I need to create something you love, this is where the struggle comes in.

Even though I have the skills, there’s a HUGE amount of grit and strength needed to make this work too.

I may have mentioned I’m doing all this alone. I don’t mean to sound like some sob story, oh boo-hoo, help me.

I mean, it takes time.

Writing isn’t super fast. Then there’s editing, designing, and coding. Oh, and marketing — got to get the word out too.

During all this there are those little monsters… the creatures of doubt. Where you’re neck deep in work and you know there’s a whole ‘nother neck deep worth of work after that.

When you know there are other more established sites out there hiring teams of writers.

When you feel like “who am I? How will I ever compete? Why should I even try? Oh, look, a penny!”

And then you realize the world is huge and there are billions of people out there and some would rather hear from you rather than the established site.

But then you struggle with immensity of it all and retreat the the small issue that you probably don’t need to worry about all that much.

“Is the link color perfect? I think there should be 7 pixels of space here instead of 6.”

And then you remember those established sites that pull in 200,000 visitors or more a month — when you’re excited to finally break through 100 visitors.

Yay, my first month over 100 visitors! #celebrationcake

Anyway… I’m Chad. This is the beginning of the TokyoSpark journey and I’m going to write here in this journal category when I need to vent, hear myself think, and pretend I’m telling you all sorts of reasons I made certain decisions.

Thanks for listening… and enjoy Tokyo!

// Chad