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!
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. I found that I actually got more done on this site when I had a bunch of stuff to do.
It seems that the motivating power of the alarm trigger is all-encompassing; deadlines related to jobs and schoolwork not only encouraged me to get those things done, but also to use my limited time wisely and get awesome shit done on the blog.
Well, luckily, that alarm trigger is back in my life. School is back in session, so I have to wake my ass up every morning and go to class just like everyone else. I’ve also taken a part-time job working on one of my school’s websites and committed myself to at least one club (even if it is Anime Club – I still have to schedule my time around it)
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m back in business! No lazy weeks – only the occasional lazy weekend day here and there.
It means, dear reader, that you can expect some awesome shit to be coming your way soon. Let me give you a little preview to both whet your proverbial appetite and to commit myself to the job!
For starters, I’ll be releasing the Personal Branding Toolbox for Students very soon. This will be a super-duper secret part of College Info Geek only accessible to email subscribers, and will be chock-full of advanced personal branding guides, advice, and resources that you’ll be able to use to make your personal brand truly showcase your awesome talents.
Remember – you don’t need to wait for this toolbox to get started. It’ll be a great place to flesh out and fine-tune your brand, but I’ve already got some excellent places for you to start! Since internship/job hunting season it just beginning, you definitely want to get started now if you haven’t already. Check out these posts for a personal branding kick-start:
- Build a Personal Brand You Can Be Proud Of
- The Ultimate Guide to Building a Personal Website
- How to Create Your Own Jaw-Dropping Business Cards
Next, I’ll be moving forward with a somewhat secret project I’ve been working on that will increase both engagement and value here. Eventually it will be a public feature, but first it’ll get to be tested by the email subscribers (so that’s two reasons to sign up at the bottom of this post if you haven’t already).
I’ll be getting back to doing weekly music reviews and features. As a huge fan of music, I loved sharing the stuff I discovered and really need to get back into doing it. So get ready for more study music reviews and features!
More epic guides are coming your way as well. A lot of people asked me to create a guide on building a standard loft bed after I released the one for a hanging loft – well, it’s coming your way soon! I’m also going to be getting into a subject I’ve never covered before: nutrition. This is something that really interests me, and it’ll give me an excuse to do my own renditions of Epic Meal Time or My Drunk Kitchen if I want to.
Lastly, I really want to get back into doing interviews with remarkable people. The interviews I did with people like Leo Widrich of Buffer, Noah Kagan of AppSumo, and Dallas Moore of Social Republick were all super fun and enlightening. So I’m going to do more! This might end up being a podcast, or remain a series of posts. I’m not sure yet, but I’m gonna make it happen.
Oh, and guess there’s one more thing – I need to do a follow up to last year’s 27 College Tips I Learned Sophomore Year. I probably learned even more during my junior year, so we need a Junior edition! I’m not yet sure if I’ll try to out-do that the beastly 11,000-word sophomore edition, but it’ll still be kick-ass.
So if you’re a freshman who just started school or a returning student who’s been reading my crap for ages, it’s time to get excited because I’m gonna kick it up a notch this year and finish my final year of college with a bang.
If you’re not on the email list, you definitely should be. Email subscribers will get access to the Personal Branding Toolbox, early access to cool new features, and really stupid pictures. If you’re not up for that third one, well… too bad. It’s a package deal. The list is now over 1,000 students strong, so sign up and help us get to 2,000!
Also, leave a comment or tweet me with anything you think should be featured on College Info Geek – awesome apps, topics I should cover, or whatever.