After 221 comments on those blog posts.
After 360 likes on the TFAT Facebook fan page.
After 3.2 versions of the TFAT layout and background.
|Truth from a Teen appearing at the top of the Bing search engine out of 114 million results.|
|TFAT also appearing at the top of the Yahoo search.|
After climbing it's way to the top of search results and becoming the first result out of 114,000,000 (when searching keywords: "truth from a teen") in search engines like Bing and Yahoo, and still attempting to climb its way to the top on Google and Ask.com.
After 9,309 views from United States, 908 views from Canada, 742 views from the United Kingdom, 499 views from India, 168 views from Australia, 164 views from the Netherlands, 112 views from Pakistan, 104 views from Germany, 74 views from the Philippines, and 71 views from South Africa.
After 13,668 page views, and counting.
Truth from a Teen proudly celebrates the accomplishment of one year.
In one year time, TFAT has accomplished more than just page views and rankings, it has become a medium between a striving teen and a troubled American society. It has allowed for a once shy, timid teen, to become an advocate of tolerance and truth. It has evolved into a website where people all around the world can read a teen's opinion for once, about issues like obesity, education, religion, politics, etc.
In it's prime, TFAT was battling with the bigotry of the "Burn Koran Day" movement. This blog had become one of the first to be in contact with the followers of the Dove World Outreach Center and Terry Jones. I was in contact with the Mayor of Gainesville, news networks, Gainesville local churches, local mosques, even the Vatican. During a month of time, I had accomplished over 1,400 page views and dozens of comments.
However, there is still need for improvement. And to celebrate the one-year anniversary, I have purchased a domain for my blog. No longer do I have to type in a long URL address, now it is simply www.truthfromateen.com. I have created a mobile-friendly version of my blog, so when you access my website on your mobile device it will redirect you to a mobile-optimized version. I have moved to v. 3.2 Tomato with the layout. I have also made minor changes, like the new favicon next to where it says Truth from a Teen in the tab on the top of your internet browser. It is no longer a orange blogger logo, but now a TFAT logo.
And for the topics? One of my projects in the upcoming year of this website is to get in contact with ACT! for America, an organization founded by Brigitte Gabriel, author of the book, "They Must Be Stopped". She has founded this organization because "Islamic militants have declared war on America". Her bigot ways have led to her belief that "Political correctness can be annoying, frustrating, even exasperating. In the struggle against the threat of radical Islam, political correctness will literally kill us."
America is not at war with Islam and never will be. This is the truth that must be instilled into Brigitte Gabriel, who is contradictory with her statements that she condemns radical movements when indeed ACT! is a radical movement of its own.
This is a project to look forward to in the next year.
It is just as astonishing to me as it is to my father how I have become an advocate of truth and tolerance. It feels like only yesterday when I was a shy kid who was afraid to even talk to people. It amazes me that I have developed into a young adult whose mission is to talk to people and spread the truth. If it weren't for this blog, I wouldn't be who I am today.
To close off one era of TFAT and welcome another, I must stop and thank some in particular. This is a long thank you list, but every single one of you on this list deserve it. You might have to search for your name.
Allah: Thank you for all you’ve done for me. You guided me from all the ways that were wrong. It is a constant battle I am willing to fight to remain on the Straight Path. Allah, I sincerely ask for forgiveness of my sins. Oh Allah, you indeed, are the Most Merciful. Oh Allah, I ask that you grant me the willpower to continue my efforts of spreading the truth of the Deen-ul-Islam, and the truth of the power of words. Oh Allah, without the support of you, I wouldn’t be here today. Oh Allah, grant me the wisdom to see, and continue to see the truth of this world. Oh Allah, may all our efforts to spread the truth in this world help us reach heaven in the hereafter. Ameen.
Daddy and Mama: In my entire life, you two have been my biggest fans and support. You helped me on the days I thought I would fail, and allowed me to prosper. To you two, I owe so many thanks, for teaching right from wrong and for the lectures you bestowed. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for you. I love you.
Mr. Schneider: I’ve thanked you so many times but I still don’t think it’s enough. Honestly, if it weren’t for you to tell me to start a blog, I wouldn’t have even considered it. Thank you for inspiring me to voice out my opinion to the world.
Arslan, Faisal, and Ahsan: Although most of the time we joke around and have fun, we all must admit that in the serious conversations we have, we all learn something from one another. No matter what, we four will always be the best of friends and the best of cousins and no form of separation will tear our friendship apart. G7.
Azim Uncle: Four days after I created my blog, on April 22nd, 2010, was probably one of the biggest unexpected moments of my life. You passed away. I didn’t even know you had a surgery, but when I came home and looked at my phone and saw that I had 11 voicemails and 24 text messages, I knew something was wrong. You have inspired me to become more patient and continue to strive to become the best I can be. I miss you.
Fikiriatu: Over the year, you have become one of my biggest helpers. There were times where I thought I didn’t have any idea what to blog about, and you somehow got so many ideas out of me. “Just Think”.
Mr. Mac: Thank you so much for all the help you've given me. To me, you are more than just a Writing and Grammar teacher, but someone who has inspired me to consider teaching as a career. You influenced me to voice my opinion, and made me more comfortable to voice the truth of my religion.
Amier: My German pen pal! I can’t thank you enough. You supported me during the Burn Koran Day posts and have become a great friend.
Jeana: You might be surprised that you get a special comment from me lol. But you deserve it. Thank you for your help during the Burn Koran Day posts.
Carrie: You impacted the way I think. You were one of the first helpers I had in blogging, and I’m glad I at least influenced you to consider blogging. Thank you for everything over the year.
Sidra: I bothered you so much this past year, with the constant chat messages telling you to read my posts, with using you to spark ideas in my brain. But honestly, you’re like a sister to me. As much as I think you’re annoying at times, you still deserve a thank you for being capable of listening to me blabber. Thank you, “sir”.
Amina and Amara: Even though only you, Amina, will probably read this (even that will be rare), I want to thank you both for allowing me to learn from your mistakes and accomplishments. I know I’m basically saying thank you for making the mistakes so I know not to make them in the future, but it’s the truth. As my older siblings, you two are role models.
Facebook Fans: All of you who like my fan page on Facebook deserve a huge thank you!
Julia: Thank you so much for supporting me in protest of the Burn Koran Day movement! You played a vital role in advocating tolerance to the world, and condemning the acts.
Baylor: I’ll be honest; out of all the people I would expect to support me through the years of TFAT- I would have never guessed you being one of them. Just because we aren’t close. But I thank you for all the support you have given me.
Denver: I’m humbled that I was able to inspire you to think about life in a different light. I also thank you for the support you have given me.
Ian, Chey, Claire, Ursalla, Hassan, and Ali: I always love seeing your little profile pictures next to the Facebook like button on my blog posts! Thank you all for the support!
Justin: Happy Birthday, and thank you for the constant support!
Renee: Thank you for inspiring me to make a mobile-friendly version of my blog!
Madie: I'm glad I have inspired you, it means the world to me to influence someone to change the world- a characteristic that I see you have. Keep on blogging, and keep on striving for success!
Zaineb: Since you are my sister's other sister, that makes you my other sister. If that makes sense lol. Thank you for giving me support throughout the year, reading my posts, and being a fan of TFAT!
Jacob A.K.A. “Yacoob”: One of my first followers. You played a crucial role in the developing era of TFAT. Thank you!
Austin: Thank you for reading my posts and giving insightful comments. I always appreciate it.
I would also like to give thanks to: Ahson, Dan, Donte, Kharii, Uncle Jamal, Aisha, D.m, Dawud Wharnsby, Boonaa, Tyler, Greg, Imam Johari, Marina, Rohit, Scotty, Soheb, Shehryar, Umara, Rabia, Zach, Erik, Pam, Zabrina, Mr. L and Ms. C, James, Faith- everyone who has showed even a little support in what I do.
Thank you; and here’s to a new era of truth.
A new era of Truth from a Teen.
-That's the TFAT.