What up, blog.
See, there’s one reason I like writing and it’s not because it sends electric shocks into the pleasure center of my brain.
It does not.
It’s because writing is self-reflection in action.
As I write, my brain reviews what I write and says “yes, that’s good, do more of that.” And “no, don’t do more of that. terrible idea.”
Like doing a report for work and then reviewing it. Where the numbers say: X doesn’t work, Y does, do more Y.
So, I figured I’d write down my goals, my progress on my marketing hustles and overall thoughts and keep track here. Sure, you can read this stuff and be like, “cool.” But, this is more for me – so I can review and say:
“yes, that’s good, do more of that.” “No, don’t do more of that. terrible idea.”
Website Stuff / Affiliate Stuff
4 new articles published and had 176 unique visits. Mind you, they were published at various dates in May and I try to aim for stuff I can rank for on Google. I don’t expect much upfront. Don’t feel too bad. This site had 225,925 uniques for May, anyway.
My goal for this is to bring 50 confirmed accounts a day. Right now, it hovers at around 40-50, so I’m very close.
1 post done and brought in 108 visits alone. That’s decent but, dang! See? This is why writing and reviewing is good. I realize that I don’t put enough effort here. This one had 1,410 unique page views for May.
My goal for this is to bring 5 confirmed accounts a day. Right now, it’s 1 a day.
Then there’s this. The Yurblog! Let’s not talk traffic because I don’t promote this at all. No posts in May. But there was one in early June, and now this.
No goals just yet. This is my personal outlet but I should write more.
Books in May 2018:
My thoughts? I like the idea of seeing opportunities where they seemingly don’t exist. While I can’t comment on this book because I didn’t finish, Jay seems to help with that. The book is a collection of lessons and business examples of what companies have done. To a normal person, this may be interesting but bordering on useless. To someone that wants to hustle, they’ll find things they can take action on.
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (finished).
My thoughts? Well, from what I gathered, the author is controversial and I’m not going to go down that road. I’m not interested. I don’t care. I took the book as it was – a self-help book written by a clinical psychologist, and found it a decent enough of a read. He brings about 12 rules to help you get through life from the perspective of a psychologist. From how little habits grow/ snowball over time and put us in bad places in life, to why you should stand up straight, to why that one guy that can’t take a joke becomes a perpetual victim, and down to why you shouldn’t stop kids from skateboarding. Or something like that.
I did take action on it too. Somewhere in there, he talked about controlling what you can and to take notice of problems you can fix right now. Surprise, surprise, I had a problem. A falling out with a friend. Both of us have big egos. I fired over the apology. Done deal.
I’m sure there was more in the book. And there were some controversial parts that I should’ve raised an eyebrow at. But, I read for gain rather than analysis.
Again, this not a full review. Surface level memories. I’d have to re-read and take notes to write out something proper.
Final conclusion: Interesting enough. Just one caveat. In the world of advice-giving/taking, my take is that you have to be strict with yourself. In the case of others, you should be compassionate. So, read for yourself and apply what you like. But, don’t use it as a “that’s how everyone should be.” That one story of the guy who couldn’t take a joke and ended up being a victim of “more jokes” is good insight for yourself. Bad if you expect it of other people.
Persisting (Helpful) Thoughts of May 2018
1. “Poverty taxes the brain. You have limited bandwidth.”
This first one stems from an article I read a long, long time ago. This is not it, but I think it talks about the same thing. Basically, the stress that comes with being poor taxes your cognitive functions. Instead of looking for ways to grow, you’re in defensive mode. And understandably so, if you have to worry about putting food on the table, paying rent and taking care of kids.
This concept resurfaced in my head as I was recovering from an injury. Physical health aside, your mind also ends up thinking of your injury and pain. Not growth. So, I was reminded how this had taxed my brain. And why you should avoid unnecessary stress.
2. “Is that the kind of person I want to be in the future?”
The answer is no. And seeing how the future is now and I’m going to be the person that I am now, I should be better. Just a thought that helps me react or address stressful situations.
Goals for June 2018
Oh yea, I should set some goals for June.