Yesterday morning I was hit with a severe case of procrastination, so I decided I would surf the internet for a while.
While looking for a source of motivation in the places I would definitely not find it, I struck gold: a post about lessons learned from a year of blogging.
‘A year,’ I thought to myself. ‘Good for them. That’s a long time.’
And then a flash of lightning hit me in the face, the clouds parted and a heavenly cherub descended from the heavens and planted a thought into my head: I should see how long it’s been since I started my own blog.
As it turns out, I’ve also been blogging for a year now.
Sadly, my blog’s birthday is more like my dog’s birthday – the official date is questionable. Is it the day you brought the little guy home? Is it the day you decided you’d spend a fortune to save it’s life? Is it about six weeks prior to the time you met him? So, to avoid the agony of tracking down the two dogs responsible for your little miracle, you make up an arbitrary date and call it a day.
I started my blog as an experiment. I’d already failed at everything else, adding ‘blogging’ to the list wasn’t going to further damage my pride.
When I realized that I was good at it and I liked it, I decided to formally launch it using Corbett Bar’s course called ‘How to Start a Blog That Matters.’ If you want to launch a blog I suggest checking it out. It’s where I learned all of the fundamentals and I wouldn’t be here without it.
The official ‘relaunch’ was sometime in August with a roundup post, but I’d written a lot of content that I felt was good, relevant, and I didn’t want to just toss it.
So I’m declaring today, July 17th, as my blog’s birthday.
In celebration of this momentous event, I’ve decided to refrain from lecturing you about the lessons I’ve learned from blogging and instead revive some content you might have missed from the early days of ALOYT when I was writing for 8 people and it was called ‘The Corporate Renegade.’ That’s a true story.
So here they are, my top 12 favorite posts ever written on this blog. May they live on in infamy and may ALOYT have many more birthdays to come. I hope you’ll be here to celebrate them with me.
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Finally, I’d like to thank everyone whose helped me to get to this place. I won’t cop out with a generic thank you either. I’m dropping names because you deserve it.
So thank you to everyone whose been with me from the very beginning, like Nada for example. She’s stuck with me despite my changes in style and she continues to be someone I write to directly whenever I’m stuck.
Ollie, Jerek, Guido – I’m nothing without you guys.
Thank you to those of you who’ve become essential to the interactions on this blog, and whose opinion I depend on and respect very much.
Morgan, I love that you don’t write me off when it takes weeks to respond to your emails.
Mark – you have the most amazing insights and I’m shamed that I haven’t gotten around to calling you, but it will happen if you’ll still have me.
Brian, thank you for making me laugh even if I want to cry.
Kwesi, thank you for responding to all of my emails with your thoughts. Laure, I couldn’t go without your editing skills.
The tricky thing about thank-yous is that you’re bound to miss someone and spend the rest of your life making up for it. I guess I’m prepared to do that. So, whoever you are that I’ve forgotten, I am your slave.
Lastly, I want to thank every single one of the people who read every week but haven’t reached out via email or comments.
Thank you so much for going on this journey with me. I only wish I knew your name so I could thank you personally, but consider this me reaching out and hugging you and thanking you for giving me your undivided attention.
You could be doing anything but you’re right here beside me. I don’t underestimate what a privilege that is. The significance of that act isn’t lost on me. I’m grateful for it all the time and I’ll work hard every day to continue to earn your attention for years to come.