So…one year ago today, I was on winter break from college, and decided “screw it, I’m going to start my own blog.” I had no idea what I was getting myself into. NO IDEA.
But before I get into that, I’d like to wish the most important birthday wish of all to my girlfriend, Alison (her actual birthday…she doesn’t blog). She’s an amazing girl who supports me every step of the way, regardless of how much of a geek I can be at times ^_^. She’s also always begging me to talk about her on my blog…so here it is.
Happy Birthday Alison, I love you!
annnnnd back to the boring stuff. One year ago I wrote “The Dreaded First Post“. I said,
I am extremely excited to grow as a professional and learn new things from those that I work with. I have found my passion in social media and when you love something, it’s almost too easy to learn more and more about it every day.
Now here I am, working full time for a website for bloggers, part of countless communities, and still learning every day. I know so much more than I did that day, but still have so much to learn on the grand scale.
I never thought I’d connect with so many amazing people. I’m so thankful for the people in my community that I consider to be friends, mentors and more.
Lauren Fernandez has become an amazing friend, colleague, and more. Working with her on #u30pro has been one of the most inspiring and rewarding experiences of my life. For all of you that join us every week for u30pro and have helped us build such a great community, thank you. She motivates me to be better every day, and I’m extremely grateful to have her in my life.
You’ve seen all of them at some point in my Mentor Monday series or just around my blog, but they’re also amazing friends, without whom, I wouldn’t be where I am today…
Arik Hanson, Chuck Hemann, Sonny Gill, Danny Brown, Beth Harte, Gloria Bell, Stuart Foster, Keith Burtis … (I know I’m forgetting a lot more, and I’m sorry). I can’t begin to tell you how much your support and friendship means to me. It’s been a crazy year for me, and knowing that you guys have my back keeps me going. Thank you, really.
So here’s to second year of blogging, connecting, debating and growing. If things move as fast as they did in 2009, I better get my seatbelt on.