Today Is Life Optimizer’s 10th Anniversary

Posted by Donald Latumahina

Can you believe it? Today is Life Optimizer’s 10th anniversary! I started this blog on September 7, 2006 with this first post. Since then, I have published 755 posts, most of which I wrote myself. That’s a lot of writing!

Ten years is a long time, especially in the Internet world. Back then I was still working on my master’s degree in Singapore. I had always been interested in personal effectiveness, so I thought, “Why not start a blog?”

It wasn’t easy though. In the first few months, I barely had any readers. I worked hard writing my posts, but almost nobody read them. I remember feeling like I was speaking to an empty room.

I got my first breakthrough at the end of 2006 when John Wesley invited me to join Positive Blogging Network (which is now defunct, unfortunately). There I got to know other bloggers in this field, learned a lot from them, and eventually got some traction.

At the end of 2007, I finished my master’s degree. Most of my peers from Indonesia (my home country) chose to work in Singapore because it had better career opportunities. But – against their advice – I decided to go back home. Why? Because I wanted to spend more time on this blog.

It wasn’t an easy decision to make (I wrote a post about it), but I’m glad I did it.

So, in the beginning of 2008, I took a full-time job while building this blog. One year later, in the beginning of 2009, I was earning enough from this blog and decided to quit my day job. I haven’t had a day job since then.

There are still a lot of things to do, but I enjoy my life today. More than financial rewards, working on Life Optimizer gives me inner satisfaction. It’s fulfilling to help you reach your full potential.

Of course, a big part of my journey is you, my dear reader. I’m grateful for you being with me. I remember with gratitude how the community here supported me in difficult times, such as when my mom passed away.

Thank you for being with me. I appreciate it. I hope I can help you more in the days and years to come. :)

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  1. Dr Deb says:

    Congrats on your 10th anniversary and a great site. You have been very faithful all these years–not always an easy thing to do!