Reflections (From the First Year)

Reflecting back on an experience, a task, or a blog can help you go forward with more clarity.

This blog has gone through many changes throughout its first year hosted on this URL. The header changed. The main themes of the content changed. Many things changed. I just updated the layout yesterday as well.

I remember when I took the leap a year ago. I had no idea what to expect and where this blog would go. It’s been a wonderful ride full of ups and downs.

-I had 5000 views in a day from having one of my posts go viral.
-I have 20 loyal views from yesterday.
-I received over 60 comments on my awkward moments blog post.
-I had many posts with 1 amazing comment.
-I have met people doing all sorts of things all over the world.
-I got lost within my own writer’s block.
-I did my best to be honest.
-I had quite a few guest post opportunities.
-I received rejections from many top sites regarding my blog.
-I enjoyed every unique email in my inbox.
-I enjoyed all 25 of them.

Is year one a success? It depends on what my definition of success is. If I define success as gaining experience and learning from the ups and downs, then I would say it has been a great success. Now it’s on to year two.

Reader: Think about your life one year ago. What positive and not so positive things has happened in your life, blog, etc.? Remember you always have the ability to change that idea to a positive experience.

The Complete 21-Day Honesty Experiment (Or Why I Haven’t Written Here for 21 Days)

In the past couple of weeks, I have learned the importance of honesty.

I’ll be completely honest with you, the readers. I haven’t written here because I feel that this blog is at a transitional period. I have writer’s block. When I attempt to write a post, I feel the quality lacking. Instead of forcing out crap, I want to uphold myself to a certain standard.

I continue to brainstorm where I want to take this blog. Should I change the URL? Should I add in crazier experiments? Should I write about more of the people I met? All those ideas and thoughts are in my mind constantly. Please be patient with me during this period.

Why is honesty the best way to go about things? People love vulnerability. You have the guts to put yourself out there. That is an endearing quality to those around you.

This idea came up from writing the words above:

I’m going to be completely honest in everything I do starting today, April 16, 2012. I’ll do this for at least 21 days.

-If I see a girl that is really attractive, I will tell her.
-If I see something that is awesome, I will say that it is awesome.
-I will say whatever I am thinking, especially if it benefits myself and/or other people.

My personal exception:

Negative honest comments. For example, what if you think that person next to you is a joke? I would try to make it as constructive as possible. “Hey, honestly your haircut isn’t as good as I think it could be.” If you think they’re just a terrible person in general, then I wouldn’t say anything.

There is a difference between value giving honesty and being a straight up douche.

Readers: Comment on what you think about this. Be honest. Think that exception itself is a joke? Go for it. Want to give good feedback? Let me know.