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2018 - A Year of Learning

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As the new year began to approach I realized that I hadn't come up with any new year resolutions that I would share with people but then never follow through with. I honestly can't recall any year where I actually set a firm resolution and stuck with it the entire year, and to be frank, I don't even remember what my new year resolution for 2017 was. I don't even know if I made one…

Regardless, since I am now at the mature and wizened age of 21, I thought that I might be at a point in my life where I could actually come up with something good and then stick with it. I knew that I had to do something big though, and also find a way to be held accountable.

And then I realized that I could rely on my two daily average visitors to my website to keep me accountable. If you are one of those two visitors, don't freak out, you don't actually have to do anything extra. These two visitors are going to keep me accountable because I am expecting you all to come to the blog and want to read what I'm going to write. My imagination has always been pretty good.

I haven't even said what my resolution is, so feel free to skip to this part if you want.

The New Year Resolution

I've decided that 2018 is going to be a year of learning. For those of you who don't know, I am still in school (graduating in May) and working 36 hours a week. But when I say a year of leaning, I don't mean in school or at work. I mean obviously I'll still be learning in school and work, but it's a different kind of learning.

I want 2018 to be a year where I broaden my understanding of the world, specifically on topics not related to my major (IT) or job (Marketing Technology).

After talking with some friends and thinking about what I wanted to accomplish in the new year, I finally settled on how I would accomplish this year of learning. I will be spending one week researching a specific topic, then writing a blog post summarizing what I learned as well as a LinkedIn post linking back to the blog post. I will do this for 52 weeks, so by December 31 of 2018, I will have published 52 blogs and LinkedIn posts on a wide range of topics.

To be clear, I'm not publishing all these posts for any sort of search result reasoning. I am doing it as a record-keeping method and a way to be held accountable.

And when I say being held accountable, it really boils down to this: you will find 36 topics below (since I haven't come up with the rest yet) with links to their respective blog post. If you're reading this around the beginning of the year, don't expect too many to be done.

My mind works in the way that when I say that something is going to be done by this time, I make it work to the best of my ability. I will get annoyed with myself if I can't publish on time, and since I've stated when each post should come out, my brain will not let me forget to stay on task because I know at least one person in the world still visits my site every day. Hence my saying that the readers can hold me accountable without doing any extra work.

Learning Topics

So, without further ado, here are the topics (subject to change) and their (expected) blog post publish dates:

  1. Managing a Team in a Small Business - 1/8/18
  2. American Real Estate - 1/15/18
  3. Personal Financing as a 20-Something - 1/22/18
  4. The History of the American Farmer - 1/29/18
  5. Ocean Pollution - 2/5/18
  6. Vertical Gardening - 2/12/18
  7. Unicorn Marketing - 2/19/18
  8. HubSpot Data Understanding - 2/26/18
  9. The Coffee Industry - 3/5/18
  10. Bionic Prostheses - 3/12/18
  11. Cool Greek Myths - 3/19/18
  12. Generation Z and Technology Usage - 3/26/18
  13. [Pass Week Due to Extraordinary School and Work Commitments] - 4/2/18
  14. What it Means to be a YouTube Influencer - 4/9/18
  15. Everything I Needed to Know About Video Game Streamers- 4/16/18
  16. [Pass Week Due to a Stupid Amount of Final Projects to Work on] - 4/23/18
  17. [Pass Week Due Finals Week] - 4/30/18
  18. Everything I Needed to Know About the Declining Young Population in Japan - 5/07/18
  19. Everything I Needed to Know About Infertility - 5/14/18
  20. Learning About Some Rare and Weird Phobias - 5/21/18
  21. The ASMR Effect - 5/28/18
  22. Football and Brain Injuries - 6/04/18
  23. What it Really Means to be Creative/Innovative - 6/11/18
  24. The Effect of Helicopter Parents - 6/18/18
  25. Long-Term Effects of Birth Control - 6/25/18
  26. Cool Products that Totally Failed - 7/02/18
  27. How to Survive in the Wild - 7/09/18
  28. What Makes the World Superpowers "Superpowers" - 7/16/18
  29. Why People are Allergic to Peanuts - 7/23/18
  30. The Effect of Music on our Brains - 7/30/18
  31. The Creation of Fire and its Effect on the Human Diet - 8/06/18
  32. Cool Chinese Myths - 8/13/18
  33. The Ancient World's Military Technology - 8/20/18
  34. Secrets to Sleeping Well - 8/27/18
  35. The Effects of Pornography on the Human Brain - 9/03/18
  36. Understanding the Difference Between Good and Bad Wine - 9/10/18
  37. The Different Waves of Feminism - 9/17/18
  38. Core Elements of a Front End Engineer - 9/24/18
  39. The Various Google Certifications - 10/01/18
  40. Why People Obsess Over Technology They Don't Understand (Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain) - 10/08/18
  41. Adobe Premiere Essentials and Examples - 10/15/18
  42. Adobe Photoshop Essentials and Examples - 10/22/18

As you see, the list only goes until October 22nd. I will be coming back to this post frequently to update the links and topics though as I continue to publish posts and brainstorm new ideas.

Also, if you know of a cool topic that isn't talked about too much, or you're just really passionate about it, feel free to tell me about it and I'll see about adding it to the list.

Patrick Eng