Hi, this is Kevin Henrique, creator of Suki Desu, and in this article I would like to tell you a little about the history of our Site. Where did this idea come from, how did it grow, etc.
It all started many years ago when I got hooked on computers, I had the dream of programming games, and spent every day creating games in RPG Maker. Until things changed a little bit and I started to develop websites.
My goal since I was young was always to be able to work on the internet, I hated thinking about having to work 8 hours a day doing something boring and repetitive. I thought that the career of Web designer it would be a good thing for me. Before I got there, I had a lot of attempts, like creating private servers for Dofus, create a game website called backerst and another called kyaneko, both to no avail.
At the same time, I was bored to work making websites for people, they rolled around to pay, they didn't want to pay for additional services, besides wanting to pay very cheap, I was hating working as a Web Designer. At the time, I was addicted to anime and games, and one thing that caught my attention was the Language and the environment where the animations take place, until I started to delve deeper into the Language and culture.
The beginning of Suki Desu
I was determined to learn Japanese, however, I suck at studying, I procrastinate and I can't follow routines. Thinking about it, I decided to set up a website focused on learning Japanese, started on blogger and then migrated to wordpress and, thus, created the site skdesu.com at the end of 2014.
In the beginning it was not easy, my English was horrible, I had finished high school by means of a supplement and I never liked to read… I wrote articles that nobody accessed, until one day I decided to write an outburst about the lies that people talked about Japan. For some reason this article rocked, mainly because someone shared it on the Brazilians in Japan page.
It was this article that motivated me to continue, despite all the criticism due to my exaggerations and errors in Portuguese. The article in a single day exceeded 3 thousand shares, even the Lohgann from Japan our from Every day commented and that made me more motivated.
I spent the entire year of 2015 dedicating myself to the site while making web designer jobs and being supported by my father. Unfortunately websites, even receiving 5,000 visits a day, are not able to generate any kind of profit with Google advertisements, because Google is a cow… I was running out of time, my father couldn't support me for the rest of my life, and I was dedicating all my time on the site, but I couldn't see any profit. Web designer services were boring and difficult to come by.
The growth of Suki Desu
The site is still working today thanks to someone who came to help me in this crisis. O Luiz Rafael, a great entrepreneur and teacher noticed me and gave me several tips on how to organize and grow the site, at the same time I became a great partner of him, and finally I was able to generate profit with the site, thus stop worrying about other jobs and dedicate 100% to Suki Desu.
From the end of 2015 to the end of 2016, we grew rapidly from 1,000 visits per day to 5,000 visits per day. The Facebook page has also grown from less than 10,000 likes to over 45,000 likes. All of this was possible thanks to you who visit and share our articles every day.
In the meantime, I found several other partners who help me on the site like Marcelo and Hiro from the Sushi course and the konbini store. In addition, I made several friends with whom I can exchange ideas like Leandro from the site Did you know Anime and Giuliano do Jwave. And I was able to find support in creating articles with Leonardo and several other supporters who appear from time to time.
Thanks to Suki Desu, I was able to fulfill many dreams, such as getting to know Japan, working from home and learning Japanese. Many things are still going to happen, several projects like Japanese RPG and the VIP area of the site are developing. All this thanks to the support of all of you!