2014 Behind-The-Curtain Review: Data, Results, and Lessons From My Best Year

Let’s get right to it.

2014 was, unequivocally, the best year I’ve ever had building College Info Geek.

The site grew massively (most growth goals were shattered), I brought on two amazing team members, and many goals were crossed off of my Impossible List.

In this post, I’m going to dig into the goals I set for myself in 2014, how I started building strong habits to achieve them, and actually show you the results of those efforts.

This is a behind-the-scenes look at some of the machinery behind College Info Geek, which includes several things that readers specifically asked for.

You’ll also find some details on what I learned this year and who inspired me. Enjoy! Read More…

2013 Has Been Vanquished! Here Are The Best CIG Articles Of The Year.

What a year, eh? I’ve always been fond of years that end in the number 3. In fact, this is my 3rd one! You know that that means? Half-Life 3 confirmed.

Anyway, since this entire post is basically a conclusion in itself, it doesn’t need much of an introduction, now does it? (That’s my way of saying I can’t be arsed to write one)

With that in mind, let’s get onto…

The Best Posts of 2013

By my beard count, I published a grand total of 60 articles during the course of this year. 17 of these were podcast episodes (which I’ll get to in the next section), making the plain-text count 43. I’m good at math.

Here are some of my favorites!

We explored the importance of goal-setting and planning for life after college:

Some great practical guides were made:

And of course, I spent time doing one of my favorite things… making lists.

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Adobe’s Battle For The Band Contest: Design Something Cool, Win A Concert For Your School

I always like seeing things that have the potential to motivate students to start designing things and build a portfolio. That’s why I want to direct your attention to a contest that’s currently being put on by Adobe.

Dubbed the “Battle for the Band” contest, students can submit graphic design entries for a chance to win a full-blown concert for their school with All Time Low.

Now, I’d be pretty pumped to be known as the person who got All Time Low to play a show at my school. However, it’s the second-place prize that interests me more – $1,000 cash. Not to say that a concert isn’t cool or anything, but having a grand in your pocket could be pretty useful – you could easily put a big dent in your student loans, or get a better laptop, or something. Read More…

It’s A New School Year! Here’s What’s Next For College Info Geek!

Why did I use a picture of me wearing a fox mask and holding nun-chucks for this post? Just because. 

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get down to business!

I’ve Been Lazy as Hell Lately.

Yep, I’ll come out and whole-heartedly admit it. This summer was a bit of a lazy one for me. While I did do cool stuff like meet awesome bloggers in San Francisco, explore Japan, run a Warrior Dash, learn to surf, and jump out of an airplane, I didn’t do a huge amount of actual work this summer – and that’s a bad thing.

I learned something important over the last few months. I learned that you can actually have too much freedom, and that a healthy amount of structure and obligation in your life can be a reeeaaaaallllyyyy good thing.

For me, quitting all my scheduled commitments in order to free up my life for College Info Geek stuff seems to have backfired a bit. Read More…

College Info Geek Is Two Years Old!

I almost can’t believe it, but College Info Geek has been around for two whole years. That’s pretty crazy to say, given that there are over 100 million blogs on the internet and most don’t last more than a few months.

However, this blog has seemed to stand the test of time. The weird part is – I never meant to start my own website in the first place!

I initially wanted to become a writer for another site, and I applied for a position during the summer after my freshman year. Evidently there were some other, more qualified candidates, because they ended up rejecting me. And you know what? I’m glad they did.

That rejection was what motivated me to build my own blog. For the first few months running it, I was still a little disappointed – I thought my opportunities would have been much greater as a staff member for a large blog than as an independent writer.

Two years later, however, I know for a fact that starting my own blog was the right decision. I’ve been afforded far more opportunities by building my own brand than I ever would have gotten writing for someone else. I’m also free to make my own decisions – I don’t have to censor myself, I can change the look and feel of the site to my heart’s content, and I can manage all aspects of the brand. It’s amazing to have that control.

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Contest: Win A Pair Of VEKTR Headphones And Look Like You’re Straight Outta Jet Grind Radio

Well now. Something interesting fell into my lap the other day… and I’ve decided to give it away!

That something is a pair of the just-released Diesel VEKTR headphones. I haven’t had the time to test them out for very long, but I can say they definitely look badass – I was instantly reminded of Jet Grind Radio, or maybe Porygon.

These headphones have some features that I really like, including:

  • a detachable headphone cable
  • an attachment on the cord with a ControlTalk button for picking up calls and playing/pausing music
  • a folding design that makes them easy to store

Did I mention they look badass? They really do. I absolutely love my current headphones, but these make them look like pillows for my head. You can check out all the spec’s n’ shit at the official website.

Anyway, as I said I’m giving these suckers away. Read More…

Time For An Epic Journey? Yeah, I Think So.

The day has finally come!

While I’ve made it no secret, I’ve somewhat lazily waited until now to reveal my plans for the next (almost) month. In short, I’ll be travelling. A lot. 

The main focus of this blog is on doing remarkable things while still in college. I consider travelling the world to be a remarkable thing that everyone should do, so last semester I began planning an epic summer trip that would kick off my own summer travels. Instead of just going to one place, I’ll be going to three. 

My first destination? Sunny San Francisco, of course. Read More…

Win A Trip To L.A. – Enter The Adobe Design Achievement Awards Competition

Heads up: Starting now, you’re going to see a good bit of Adobe-related content on College Info Geek for a little while. Why, you ask? Good question.

I just happen to be heading out to San Francisco on Wednesday for Adobe Days, which is a conference Adobe built specifically for student bloggers. I’ll not only get to meet a lot of the people who work at Adobe and tour their campus, but I’ll also finally meet some of my fellow student bloggers in person! This is an opportunity that I’ve been waiting a long time for.

BUT – that’s not the point of this post, and it’s definitely not the only cool thing happening in the coming month. I’ll have a post out either tomorrow or Wednesday to fill you in on all the details of how I’ll be spending the next month. Right now, I want to talk about the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. 

Remember when I interviewed Andy Mangold about his project, Crowdstorms, that won the Browser-Based Design award at ADAA 2011? That’s just one of the categories, and your work can get the visibility it deserves just like Andy’s did.

Basically, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards celebrate student and faculty achievement reflecting the powerful convergence of technology and the creative arts since 2001.

The competition – which showcases individual and group projects created with Adobe software – honors the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from the world’s top institutions of higher education. Read More…

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