For several years I’ve put off creating a blog, fearing it would take too much of my time. However, after multiple conversations with internet savant maymay, I am convinced that this is the best use of my time.
According to him, I need to start a never-ending conversation about Excel on the internet that consistently adds value to people’s lives. When someone does a Google search for my name, they should see a wealth of knowledge that is immediately helpful. Right now, they see my 29 Howcast.com videos, and the fact that I teach classes on Skillshare (which is actually no longer the case).
The thing is, I’ve been tinkering with Excel for years, coming up with all kinds of new ways for it to optimize my life. Yet, I haven’t written about any of these ideas. As far as the internet is concerned, they don’t exist.
Fortunately, I don’t have to start from scratch. All I have to do is incorporate a new habit into my life: take my daily Excel discoveries and put them in writing. Share the realizations, breakthroughs, and “Aha Moments” with the rest of the world. Special thanks to Charles Duhigg for writing The Power of Habit and teaching me how to accomplish this.
Luckily for me, there are also many examples of successful bloggers for me to emulate. Most notably, Ramit Sethi from I Will Teach You To Be Rich and Ash Ambirge from The Middle Finger Project. They have both amassed die hard fans over many years. How? By consistently providing free, high quality content. It’s no surprise that when they announce an expensive course or product, people sign up in massive numbers.
What you can expect from this blog:
Growing pains. Let’s be honest for a minute (because until now I’ve been lying through my teeth!) – my first posts are going to suck. Okay, the first couple months will probably suck too, but that’s just how the cookie crumbles. Don’t fret though, I will constantly be learning and improving along the way.
New insights. I will focus primarily on Excel, technology, productivity, life-hacking, and self improvement.
Videos. Lots of videos. There will be step-by-step guides, probably some profanity, and overall some seriously good times.
I’ve got over 20 ideas for posts already in the queue, so I hope you’re as excited as I am.
Now grab a Diet Peach Snapple (because for some reason they are better than the regular flavor, right?), and let’s dive in!