I started this blog 1 year ago today.
What prompted it?
I was spending the day alone in Portland's St. John's neighborhoods doing one of my solo personal reviews where I consider my life and work and question whether the way that I am spending my time aligns with my bigger picture goals and values.
One of the action items that resulted from that session was me finally pulling the trigger on starting this space to publicly share thoughts on deliberate living, learning, and doing good work.
One year later, I'm still writing, which I would call a success. It feels good. I've learned that you don't need a big audience or viral posts to feel good about your writing. For me, if I know that a post connected with just one person, then it feels worth it. Although more and more the writing process feels like a reward in and of itself.
So - thank you to all of you readers who have reached out to me either via email, in person, or in the comments to acknowledge and respond to my writing. I truly do appreciate it.
And thank you to all of you readers who simply follow along. I am really happy that you have chosen to spend your time reading what I put out there.
And because I am a natural born quantifier...
Here are some of the stats from the first year:
Total posts: 51 (this is post #52).
Total words published: 23,664
Average interval: 1 post a week (every 7.2 days)
The most consecutive days of posting everyday: 4 days (right at the outset).
The longest I went without a post: 39 days
(This absence happened to coincide with the 4 weeks I was doing altMBA, during which I probably wrote as many words in 4 weeks as I did on this blog for the entire year.)
My first post: A Bias Toward Action
My most read posts of the year:
1. To Gramps
2. How To Start Investing Today (Note: I actually have a follow up to this I am planning to write, as some of my thoughts have changed).
3. 27 Learnings for My 27th Birthday
4. 10 Keys to My Ideal Work Schedule
5. How I Organize and Prioritize
6. Embracing Discomfort
7. Your Skills Don't Matter
8. The Myth of Great Decision Making
9. Ignore Most Advice (including this)
10. Our New Moral Dilemmas
Bonus: Keeley and I created a new website: The New Year's Reader, which we plan to update yearly.
Alright folks - That's a wrap for Year 1. I'm in New York visiting some friends, so I am going to get off my computer and out in the world.
Thanks again. Ya'll are just the best.