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. 🙂