Earlier today, I made my 25th blog post about how I Love Teaching – and it’s already been getting really nice traffic. What is nice traffic you ask?!? Well for a tiny phytoplankton in this giant internet ocean like myself, that looks like about 35-50 views – nothing earth shattering – but I’m loving the experience and the internal insights. Writing is coming very naturally, and it’s really helping sort out my version of the human experience and organize my thoughts. Sometimes it might look like ramblings – however some posts feel like the makings of some really quality content. Usually, it’s just close family and friends finding it entertaining. Whatever it is, it’s a good thing and this post is about reflecting on my last 25 blog posts, 3 personal transformations, and my favorite posts to date.
3 Transformations Since Starting to Blog:
- Two weeks ago, I began volunteering two nights a week to teach children, ages 13-18, how to code in HTML & CSS. This has been tremendous, seeing kids light up about embedding a YouTube video or listing out their favorite foods and attaching pictures on a web page has really sparked some curiosities in a few youngsters that might grow into something great. This has ignited a passion for educating people, and particularly youngsters that I want to seek out further.
- Started a Morning Routine that I’ve been consistent with 90% of mornings. This one practice is BY FAR the most important key to my recent performance and productivity improvements. Why report about a 90%? Because I’m human and want to emphasize how nobody is perfect, and there have been days I’ve woken up and not felt up to my hour-ish long routine. The one thing I have noticed is this: The days where I don’t complete a morning routine are the days I’m typically least productive, which is a great thing to know about one’s self.
- Meditate for ~20min per day. Doing this in the mornings helps me come alive and focus on the task of the day. Doing it in the evening helps clear my mind of the day and prepare for a restful night sleep. Overall, the benefits to my mood and mental stability have been phenomenal and I would recommend this practice to anyone who is setting aside even just 2-5min a day.
My Top 7 Favorite Posts Thus Far (in order):
why 7?…. why not…?
- My Morning Routine – It’s the one I link back to most and have edited the most, it’s my best work in progress.
- Oh Snap! That’s a Cold Shower! – Entrepreneur on Fire’s John Lee Dumas commented on this post and really inspired some great confidence about what I’m doing.
- 1 (More) Reason I Love my Mother – This has been, BY FAR the most visited post. That’s because thanks to my mother’s Facebooking abilities, she was able to share it and attract nearly 900 unique visits to my site that day. Even WordPress told me the post was, and I quote, “Blowing up.”
- Preparing to Ignite – This was the post right that inspired the morning routine. I realized on this day that turning 30 was 1,282 days away and I wanted to transform.
- Just keep swinging, just keep swinging… – This post was a great personal reflection about overcoming the difficulties and frustrations of learning to code and the learning process in general.
- “I am Groot” – surprisingly, this post got me about 3 or 4 follows (like 30-40% of my followers at this time…) It was a reaction to my experiences watching Guardians of the Galaxy and a metaphorical analysis of the Groot character.
- Group Therapy: Lessons from our 1st Group Project – We’ll round out the list with a reflection on what I learned from completing our first group project between back end, front end, and iOS developers. It’s an honest post with some good takeaways.