New Year’s Resolution

I have actually never made a new year’s resolution before because I know I probably won’t be able to keep it for the entire year, but I thought that perhaps it’s time for a change in 2017.

I have realised that I have been very inactive on WordPress for the past couple of years. I initially started blogging with the aim of posting about twice a week; which equates to about 100 posts a year. This started off quite well as I had a lot of ideas to write about but the ideas soon started to run dry, and after skipping a couple of weeks it just become more difficult to start writing again. So skipping weeks became skipping months and I know that continuing down this path will just eventually mean the end of writing completely.

Therefore you may have already been able to connect the two dots together and realised that my resolution will have something to do with posting more in 2017. However, I knew that if I just made that my resolution then I most likely will not be able to keep it, because a lot of the posts will probably have to be forced which is not what I want to do.

I knew that this meant that I would have to take my blog in a new direction, which is exactly what I am announcing here. I have decided that I will start a series called ‘100 Problems’ where I try to find 100 every-day problems and then design a solution in the form of a product and/or service. I got this idea from a designer called Pete Smart who attempted to solve 50 problems in 50 days. I definitely recommend having a look at his website if you’re interested in design. I am not being anywhere near as ambitious as him by trying to solve a problem a day, as I aim to solve 100 problems in the space of one year, which conveniently averages out at about 2 problems or posts per week which was my initial aim when I started this blog.

Another thing I have been very bad at doing is interacting with this community, so with this new series I would like to invite anyone to comment any annoying problems you may encounter on a daily basis and I can attempt to design a solution. Similarly, if anyone feels like they have a solution to a problem then feel free to comment it and I can give you credit in a future post as a possible solution. I just want to make this more of an interactive hub where anyone can express their creativity or even just discover some new ideas.

I hope that this will prompt me to become more active on here, but also allow more of us to communicate with each other. If this is successful then perhaps next year I can open this blog up and have different people posting their own problems and solutions on here.

When I look back at this post on 31st December 2017, I just hope that this will have had a positive effect on this community and there will have been some people who have enjoyed reading or contributing to it; afterall that is one of the reasons why I started blogging. If you enjoyed reading my more personal posts from the past, don’t worry, I might still throw an occassional one in throughout the year, and posting more regularly might actually help me write more of those posts as well.


Is it Easier to Become Successful Nowadays?

You may know the traditional way to become successful: to study hard and do well in education, which will then give you a better chance of having a good career. This was very true for a period of time when the people who were able to get into higher education were considered the intellectually elite group. However as more people follow this mentality and more universities open to accomodate this increase of demand, coming out of education with a degree can now seen as only the basic foundation. Of course there are alternatives such as apprenticeships, however in the past decade a new option has arised.

Almost everyone in the world has access to the internet nowadays, and so almost anything put onto the internet can potentially be accessed by any of these people. This means that it is now very easy for people to get noticed. The reason for getting noticed can vary from having a talent to just being a likeable or even dislikeable person.

YouTube is the platform that has arguably produced the most ‘stars’ in the past decade. The popularity of YouTube has turned it from merely a site where random amateur videos are uploaded, to many people’s full time job: having their own worldwide channel.

There are many reasons for the gain in popularity of YouTube, but I think the main reasons are due to its convenience and variety. YouTube existed before most TV channels could be viewed live online, and even though many TV channels are now also online, each channel is usually located on a separate app or website and it is less convenient. Another disadvantage is that on TV we are shown what the broadcaster decides to show and at the time they decide, so the viewer has very little control. On the other hand, the viewer can watch (almost) any YouTube video whenever they want and have full control.

Variety is another big factor because, as mentioned previously, on TV the broadcaster decides what to show and many channels have sub-channels to try to accommodate for different types of programmes. YouTube however, has so many videos that almost every genre is covered, but the best thing is that if the viewer cannot find a specfic type of video, they can create their own. This means that YouTube contains many original content and ideas, and so also one of the largest pools of talent in the world: from actors, directors and storytellers to personalities, athletes and singer/songwriters.

I have heard people say that is easier to become successful nowadays compared to a couple of decades ago, however I disagree with this statement. I think that there are perhaps more opportunities, however the first step is to actually take the opportunity and be brave enough to present yourself to the world. Secondly, I’m sure being successful on the internet will take just as much hard work and commitment, if not more, than a traditional job.

I am just very glad that platforms such as YouTube and WordPress exist, as they give me access to amazing original and creative content that is often better than on TV and the media. Many people say that the internet is ruining the modern generation, I think it’s allowing everyone to express themselves and do what truly makes them happy without having to get anyone else’s approval.