Well, there isn’t one! Even if there is, that wouldn’t prevent people from buying the newest and most hyped smartphone in the coming years. And of course, the word ‘perfect’ varies depending on how someone uses his smartphone or how he values certain aspects of it. That being said I thought it’d be pretty fun to write a blog post like this where I’d be able to define what I consider as a perfect or ideal smartphone and maybe you can too in the comments below!
You may have noticed the new design layout as soon as I published the previous blog post but I wanted to dedicate a blog post about it which details why I went with a design like this plus the blog’s new direction.
I may have been excessively using the phrase ‘new direction’ in my posts as that’s something I seem to be throwing around ever since I got a day job and had less time to write. But the reason why I wanted to touch upon that is because the new layout is very clean and also doesn’t have any sidebar anymore.
Sidebars are synonymous with blogs especially if the blog aims to monetize through ads however this blog hasn’t been really making any money anymore nor is it pressured to do so. In the past I’ve made money through advertisements in general and even when I became less active, I still kinda left a section for ads in the sidebar which was usually plastered with affiliate banners of products/services that I use if the ad spot is not taken.
Now without a sidebar, coupled with a pretty clean layout, it becomes even more of a personal blog where I can focus on writing things as they come to mind without any pressure whatsoever of appeasing potential advertisers. It also allows me to focus on the blog as a personal brand where the look can reflect back on me as a person and what I do career-wise.
It’s almost like an online portfolio, but not strictly since I’m not really showcasing anything other than my crappy writing. So it’s quite different than say a portfolio of a graphic designer or a web developer where they can easily showcase their work quite prominently. Mine is really just a blog, a personal one that highlights my personality and perhaps the nature of what I do albeit in a very subtle way.
The layout forces me to make use of images and photos that blend with the design. I’ve dabbled with photography years ago and maybe this allows me to rekindle and refresh my interest on the hobby. Some of you know that I’m allergic to making use of imagery in my blogs so this gives me an opportunity to change that.
All in all, the design changes mirror my blogging journey and the direction I’m heading to. Majority of my time spent with it was with the aim of making money having started during my college days, scrimping money to pay for a domain name and hosting, and staying up all night writing up content and networking with as many bloggers as humanly possible.
I made some money here and there and enjoyed the whole ride but I ultimately took a more normal path after school. Found a job that allowed me to grow but at the same time still continued blogging with a different goal.
Hope you like the new design and if not, feel free to leave comments with your feedback. 🙂
It’s crazy how fast time flies (pardon me for overusing this) and before I know, this blog is approaching it’s 10th year! Woah! It’s no surprise that my posting frequency has been terrible as it has been for the past 4-5 years. But last year was when I had my fewest blog post at 2 (one was even sponsored), yikes!
I kinda usually get into groove a little at the beginning of each year so why not take advantage of that and write a little year-in-review and plans for the year blog post.
How’s 2017 for me?
Hate to sound boring but 2017 was just like any other year for me, really. It’s pretty normal, doesn’t mean it’s easy by the way. I work as a breadwinner for the family, I have a lovely girlfriend that I spend time with and I try to spend some of my free time doing what I love doing. But let me elaborate on each aspects below.
At the beginning of last year, I wrote about how I wanted to become fit and gain strength. I don’t think I ever come close to being classified as ripped but I’d like to think I have generally improved in both areas.
(It didn’t seem like there’s drastic change in my physique when looking at pictures from last year and the year before)
I have increased my muscle mass to more than 2 kg which has allowed me to lift heavier weights. My body fat count did increase a bit I would say but it’s the trade-off since I’m trying to bulk up and gain more mass. I really wish it showed up more aesthetically in the pictures but I’m happy with my progress.
Outside of lifting weights, I was pretty OK with playing basketball at least once a week for probably the first half of the year. A mix of being a little busy and just losing interest contributed to me stopping playing during the second half of the year. The company I’m working with has also done a great job of creating challenges that we can take part of so that’s an added bonus.
This is probably the most ‘normal’ among all that’s in this list. There isn’t much new really in terms of what I have been doing work-wise. The company I’ve been working with is growing pretty steadily so that naturally brought more work (and stress) to the table.
I also just continued with my mini SEO gig with a single client who’s been with me since 2011. I’m kind of losing interest with this however the client sort of likes my work and I also happen to owe him a lot as he’s quite instrumental during my early days. In the end, I think of this as a way of keeping up with SEO industry, ensuring that I’m not left behind.
I wrote somewhere that I’m not too fond of traveling until I got to experience some which has changed my stance quite a bit. 2017 was pretty quiet though and it was by design. I wanted to save some more money and obviously traveling can be expensive so I ended up just going on short out of town trips but no international or even just regional ones. That may change this year though. 🙂
Some of you probably know that I used to cook a lot but that has unfortunately taken a backseat in the past couple of years. I still cook when I have to or when there’s a special occasion but I just didn’t have the same passion anymore. That may or may not come back but it was definitely a good experience for me during the time.
I didn’t also dabble with any offline stuff during the year. Depending on how my Uber paperworks go, that may change, hopefully for good. I feel like I’m not business-minded enough to try lots of things and I don’t really see that changing this year. Not a risk-taker here.
For this year, I’m simply just looking to continue and improve on things that have worked quite well for me last year. Lifting weights more consistently and trying to be more fit by involving myself in more activities would be at the top of my list. I’m crossing fingers but I also wanted to cut down on alcohol this year. Now I’m far from an alcoholic (hopefully), but I get into streaks sometimes which I feel can be avoided. Just want to be healthy overall as I get older. 🙂
I’m aiming to travel a bit more this year compared to last year and also do some more things both online and offline. I actually wanted to write more in this blog and as a matter of fact, I quite enjoyed writing this but let’s see how that develops as the year progresses. Aside from this, there’s two other blogs that I have to maintain but outside of that I have some ideas that I’m looking to implement this year and I’ll see where that takes me off.
I hope I have more in-depth plans for the year that I can share with you but that’s really it at the moment. Don’t worry though as my aim is to share them with you as they happen.
Hope you also had a great 2017 and an even better plan for 2018. Good luck to us! 🙂
Apparently this is my first blog post in 2017 and in more than 6 months. Certainly a lot has happened over that period of time but today I’d like to write about getting back to going to gym once again which is something I haven’t done since mid of 2014. Hopefully I can have better progress this time and achieve things I was not able to 3 years ago.
Getting one of your social media channels hacked isn’t anything new these days however it doesn’t make it less frightening whenever that happens. Recently my Instagram account got compromised and you bet that made me crazy even though I know I’m the one to blame for not having a secure enough password. I’ll detail how it happened and how I recovered it in this blog post.
2016 is going to be the 8th year of this blog, and I (somehow) feel very proud that I’ve managed to run this blog for that long even though my posting has been somewhat inconsistent for the last couple of years or so. What are my plans for 2016 for myself and this blog? I’m not sure I can answer that but if you’re craving to read some ramblings about this, then read on.
It’s been a while since I wrote the blog post about my intention of doing an Uber business. At the time of that writing, I was just getting my car loan papers ready and obviously a lot has happened since then. That being said, I figured a quick update or recap blog post would be perfect at this point.