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It’s my 27th birthday and this is not a cliché post

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, JasonSonia 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.

 

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31 comments

  1. Izzy - August 22, 2012 8:00 am

    Yo Alden,

    I enjoyed this post a lot. It’s real interesting to hear about your evolution. I’m fairly new to the blogging game. I started blogging back in March, but didn’t go public with it until June. I had to prove to myself I was serious before I told the world I was serious.

    What I enjoy about this post (and most of your posts for that matter) is the implication that everything is a process. I don’t believe in miracle events, I believe that if I focus on process than success will naturally come. In many ways I don’t know how the success will appear. Yes, of course I have ideas, plans (spreadsheets included), and big goals but I know this can change real fast.

    Happy 27th birthday man. Keep on doing your thing. Much respect to everything you are doing.

    Reply
    • alden - August 22, 2012 7:28 pm

      Yo man!

      Thanks for dropping by and for the wishes!

      Haha well, whether it’s blogging, gaming, dancing or whatever, you always got to evolve. You will anyway, even if you don’t know it.

      And that’s nice man, the process instead of the success.

      As my friend taught me before, just focus on one thing first, the rest will follow.

      Keep doing your thing too man! The Ninja thing is going to be solid!

      Reply
  2. Connie Robinson - August 22, 2012 12:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing. And have a wonderful birthday! Celebrate you!

    Reply
    • alden - August 22, 2012 7:28 pm

      Thank YOU for dropping by 🙂

      Reply
  3. charlene - August 22, 2012 1:28 pm

    Congrats to you! I only came across you a couple of weeks ago and when I see your name in my inbox, it is something I always open and read. Very inspiring. And you are right, 27 isn’t old. I’m 45 and still feeling young:) Congrats on following your dream.

    Reply
    • alden - August 22, 2012 7:32 pm

      Hey Charlene!

      NICE! 45 and being awesome. I’m really glad you dropped by!

      Oh don’t congratulate me yet, you’ll be hearing lots more 🙂

      Reply
  4. lisha - August 22, 2012 5:20 pm

    lol. you are actually getting lols and being inspiring at the same time nowadays :p
    i hope you are having a great birthday. and then i hope you do:
    DANCE LIKE FUCK

    happy friggin birthday man. I sincerely hope we all feel as free as you do today and live exactly as we feel fit everyday!

    Reply
    • alden - August 22, 2012 7:33 pm

      Lisha!

      LOL okay cool that’s ideal I guess.

      Yeah my birthday was great man. I had dinner with my family and managed to eat 7 slices of pizza.

      We all will one day man, but maybe not in this life.

      Reply
    • Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca - August 22, 2012 10:33 pm

      I agree with Lisha, Inspire + LOLs is something I’m big on, and a formula for WIN, and you do it well 🙂

      Reply
      • alden - August 23, 2012 2:51 pm

        Well at least my LOLs are secondary. If it was primary, I’d be some news website which only rants on others’ crap… and I’d use… *gasp* MEMES.

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  5. Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca - August 22, 2012 10:32 pm

    Super beautiful post dude.

    Real shit.

    Total passion.

    In fact, there’s so many lines in here that are gold, and could expand to full posts on their own, if people are paying attention.

    I value good people wherever I meet ’em, and that’s definitely you.

    Keep ryzin’ 🙂

    Reply
    • alden - August 23, 2012 2:50 pm

      For real man!

      The email campaign was all us man. ALL good.

      We will definitely meet one day and we will make loads.

      And your invited to my wedding 😛 LOL.

      Reply
  6. kumar - August 23, 2012 2:36 am

    Happy Bday Muther Fucker! Hahaz…We are still young.Life Begans at 40;)

    Reply
    • alden - August 23, 2012 2:51 pm

      At 40 eh haha.

      Reply
  7. natasha- - August 23, 2012 4:23 am

    as a birthday present, i decided to read your blog. not bad. not bad at all. (:

    Reply
    • alden - August 23, 2012 2:51 pm

      Why thank you. See you at work!

      Reply
  8. ashaly - August 23, 2012 4:49 am

    hey happy britday i hope it was a good one you are so inspring your bolgs are amzing.im having a togh time with famly problms rigt now ur bolgs are very motiving so in away i want say thank you becase your a big part of the reson i havent give up on my life

    Reply
    • alden - August 23, 2012 2:52 pm

      Thanks so much Ashaly!

      I’m honoured AND inspired you feel that way about my blog. Thanks so much.

      And whatever that ails you, you can always email me personally 🙂

      Reply
  9. Cam - August 23, 2012 11:19 pm

    Proud of everything you’ve done man!

    Stoked to see the progress you make this year. I know it’s going to be insane.

    Reply
    • alden - August 24, 2012 7:19 am

      Thanks Cam! WE’re going to be insane!

      Reply
  10. vshaun - August 24, 2012 4:23 am

    happy b’day alden..

    Reply
    • alden - August 24, 2012 7:19 am

      Thanks man.

      Reply
  11. Mike - August 25, 2012 2:35 pm

    Happy Birthday and congratulations on your successes!

    Reply
  12. Phil Drolet - August 29, 2012 5:28 am

    Happy birthday bro! Really proud of you for everything you’ve accomplished this year and you’ve definitely inspired me to step it up in several areas of the blogging game. I can feel you’ve got a hell of year ahead of you. Onwards and upwards brother!

    PS BInaural beats ARE the bomb!

    Reply
    • alden - August 30, 2012 1:28 pm

      YO PHIL,

      You’ve inspired me as well man. You’re known as the dude who doesn’t ever get pissed lol.

      Thanks so much man. Your blog rocks too, and you’re going places too, I know it!

      Reply
  13. Tina - September 2, 2012 1:03 pm

    Trust that you are doing exactly what you are meant to do.
    I Stumble(d)upon your site yesterday and your honesty and openness is awesome. I book marked your page and then saw that the 22nd of August is your birthday and I knew it was meant to be. We share the same birthday, I am a little older.

    I really needed to hear the things you talk about. Some say I think the world revolves around me. So what if it does! Right, who cares what they think. If you don’t want to be in my world, get out already.

    Thanks again and happy belated birthday.

    Reply
    • alden - September 2, 2012 5:07 pm

      Happy belated too Tina! Awesome, meant to be indeed.

      Haha so what it does yeah? But well, gotta keep that balance sometimes. If “some” say that too often, maybe it’s time to listen a little?

      Glad you stumbled upon.

      Reply
  14. Peter - September 17, 2012 6:27 pm

    Happy b-bay man! Wish you all the good stuff you can possibly imagine in the future.

    Reply
    • alden - September 18, 2012 5:56 am

      Thanks Peter! I appreciate you still wishing me! Love it.

      Reply
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