“I should be at work today.”
This is what I kept on telling myself one Friday evening. It was November 7, 2008 to be specific. I remember that it was shockingly warm outside that day for a November in Canada. I also remember that I didn’t have a shift at my part-time job that day. I was just waiting for the night to begin and for the evening plans to unravel. I had no homework. I was just sitting at home bored with nothing productive to do. I was feeling sorry for myself and complaining. My friends were at work and I was just wasting time.
Then it hit me. A few random thoughts came to me…
Maybe I should start that blog that I had been thinking about for like 9 months now.
Maybe I should buy a domain and get the ball rolling with that.
Then I did it. I signed up with Bluehost and paid for my own hosting services. I had to think of a name quick because a domain came with the sign up. I figured I would just use that “Studenomics” name I had been tossing around in my mind until something better came up. Through the help of online tutorials I was able to get a few articles up with a pretty swift theme on my new blog. Well, I thought the theme was swift. The next day I joined a forum of bloggers and they told me that the theme sucks. Oops! I had to quickly master the art of learning-on-the-job.
Where am I going with this? I want you to take action. People only throw out the catchphrase “You Only Live Once (YOLO)” before doing something stupid. This doesn’t have to be the case. Life’s too short to not take action. Life’s too short to have any regrets with your career, relationships, and decisions.
If I didn’t take action that Friday afternoon four years ago who knows where I would be today. I certainly wouldn’t have met all of the cool folks that gather at conferences or the readers that engage me in conversation. By not taking action today, I can’t even imagine what you’re missing out on.
Studenomics is officially four years old. Can you believe it has been four years already? Don’t worry I won’t be reflecting or writing a long piece on how I feel. I already put out my 24 random life lessons in 24 years last year. I just want to share the posts that I’m proud of.
Today I’m not going to list the top posts of all time because I truly believe that this has been the best year ever here. I focused on the readers more and went out of my way to deliver value. Plus, it also helps that I finished college and had lots more free time to take this blogging thing more seriously.
Let’s check out the must-read articles…
Martin’s Super Secret Guide to Saving $25,000 by 25
How You Can Retire at 25 (or any other young age)
Freelancing 101: What You Need to Know
What Can You Do With $100 Right Now To Change Your Life?
The Mini Guide to Eating Like a Stud & Saving Money in The Process
Powerful Quotes for Those Desperately Seeking Guidance in Their 20s
As always, I’m open for post topics and ideas.
Thanks to those that came here for the first time today. Thanks to anyone that has been here since 2008. Thanks to everyone.
Now when it comes to comments, I don’t want any shameless pandering. I would like some harsh feedback.
How would you improve Studenomics? What can I do to help you reach your goals? What would you like to see more of?