Since it’s my birthday I figured that I should actually write up a post, for the sake of it. After all, it’s my blog’s 1 year anniversary and all.
Big whoop! I’m now 27.
But relax, this isn’t going to be a post where it gets too “personal developmenty”. I don’t want to be all too preachy up my ass with messages for you.
I will however, be reflecting and stuff.
Yes it’ll be about the blog, but also a lot of stuff on my life. Don’t worry I’ll make it all readable and totally cool.
Alden-Tan.com is now 1 year old
-My content evolved from random articles to personal development, or to be more precise to my branding, “Personal development, passion and inspiration on the real”. The leap from random articles was a huge step, so much so I don’t even want to read my older stuff.
-1 year ago, I just thought I would write about anything as long as it got me traffic, which didn’t really work. I did get some traffic, but nobody really stayed with me. Seriously, I wrote shit like this.
-With that, I learnt that if you really want to be an inspiring writer, you got to write with real impact, or as I like to put it, “Write to inspire, don’t write for LOLs”.
-I revamped this blog in May… or was it June? Lol I forgot. It was a big step forward for this blog for sure. That’s how Passion On The Real came about. Last year I thought, “Let’s take nice pictures of me and put’em up”. Now, I really want people to see me as the Bboy Blogger.
-I’ve written over 20 guest posts. I lost count.
-I’ve gone from below 100 subscribers to about 1,700 today in about 4 months.
-So far, I’ve spent about $2000 USD on Alden-Tan.com.
$1200+ has gone to my designer which I outsourced on Odesk. He’s a very talented but super lazy and tardy guy from India. The layout you see here were all done by him. He also really helped me out when my blog got hacked.
$250+$250+$250 were spent on three coaching sessions, a big move I took back in April. It was definitely the smartest move I took as it gave me the direction this blog badly needed then.
Which brings me to say…
… Get a mentor early. It really doesn’t hurt to invest in one.
-Met some amazing people online who helped me loads. They’re all just so inspiring. Thank you, Danny, Jason, Sonia and guys from KingPin . They’re all super nice, like reply-every-email nice. Guys, we will definitely be working together one day. I’m very sure of it.
-I’m getting more and more personal emails from readers, many thanking me and even calling me an inspiration and shit! Love it. Totally exciting and motivating.
Dream of earning a full-time income online
Has not been achieved.
But that’s okay. I know I’m getting there.
I did my first email campaign on August 1st. It was successful in many ways, but not in terms of sales. Still, all good!
I’m never giving up 🙂
Other random but important things in my life
-Still a Bboy, practising 3-4 times a week!
It’s funny how things turned out. I remember very clearly telling a friend long ago, “I’ll probably quit after university”, because I thought there’s no way I could have continued breaking while handling a job and all…
… but that was just a bullshit excuse I told myself back then to “escape” Bboying because I sucked so hard and didn’t want to come to terms that I sucked despite practising for so many years.
-Went back to work as a part-time bouncer to sustain myself. I didn’t really see it as a “downgrade” as some have put it. The pay isn’t that great, but to hell with that. I’m happy there. I get to talk shit, drink and be merry with my colleagues.
I actually feel that working there keeps me in balance. Others are like, “Why the hell do you want to work in such a place?” Or” Why don’t you get a full-time job”. Well, colleague camaraderie man. Banter and stupid jokes does WONDERS for you. Money can’t buy that shit for you.
-I’ve given up on getting a six-pack. That’s like only for mutants.
-I now have a beautiful girlfriend whom I really love.
-Since I write about personal development, I actually learn a lot from writing and reading. I get inspired, a lot. I actually feel myself becoming a better person.
-I practise meditation now. Biaural beats are the bomb.
-Since I quit my job last year I spent a shit load of my savings because I couldn’t turn off my live-life-to-the-fullest mode.
-So I’m pretty thrifty right now. I spend less than $10 a week, no joke. I eat in everyday. I only go out to practise or work, which don’t cost a thing.
-But I’m still on my live-life-to-the-fullest mode ;). Easily.
The big fat message to you guys
27 SOUNDS kind of old, but it doesn’t feel that bad to me. When I was young, I thought growing up past 21 would mean I’ve entered adulthood.
But… every year I grow older, the older people tell me I’m young. So now, the 28s, 29s and 30s are telling me I got my whole life ahead of me. It always goes on.
So all you got to do, is really not give a shit about what others think about you or your age. And then, you just live according to your heart, rather than your age.
Then you can date anyone you want, do anything you want, get any job you want, say anything you want and get away with it and basically just be yourself whenever you want.
Live it. Your happiness is always your own.
Then Dance like Fuck.