I started StuffGradsLike in February 2013 after I took some career and strength assessments that all pointed me to be a coach/counselor/mentor.
That, combined with my compassion for all my fellow college graduates with no money/jobs/hopes, I started a blog about it because I’m a decent writer.
I get about 150 hits a day, nowadays. I’ve guest posted and been featured in some fairly big sources (like The Chicago Tribune!!), and those days, I typically got upwards of 500 hits or more. But usually, it’s about 150 hits a day now. I even wrote an eBook, called Job Hunt: Getting an Awesome Job After College. I don’t think anyone’s bought it off Amazon, but people have subscribed to my blog and got their copy.
I haven’t made any money. I’ve never used any ads, never inserted any affiliate links, never gotten any sponsors or anything. On the contrary, I’ve invest quite a bit of money into the blog. New themes, web developers, eBook designing, web hosting…good chunk of cash.
Why do I do it?
Why do I blog every day? I might get a couple new subscribers a month, but typically, I lose the same amount I get, over time. Like I’m jogging on a treadmill.
Why do we do things that seem like the might never pan out?
What if StuffGradsLike never takes off? What it falls in the obscure ocean of cyberspace among a million other failed blogs? What if everyone unsubscribes and personally texts me that my blog sucks?
Well, I do it because if I don’t, I couldn’t stand the personal failure.
I think about my blog all the time. What I want to do with, what I’m going to write about later. I’ve been working on this online curriculum for college grads too, that I’m calling Professional Graduate. My dream is to create the world’s best and most useful/practical/effective curriculum for college grads to succeed in the real world.
That’s like, a big deal. There are so many other fantastic coaching/mentoring/training companies out there “better” than little old me. I don’t have a team. I don’t have an office. I have a laptop with a 3 hour battery life.
But I blog because I have to. StuffGradsLike is part of my passion, what God put me on earth for. I know for a fact that I’ve reached a lot of people. Random college grads, from all over America, have emailed me! “Hey Anthony, my name’s so-and-so, I saw your blog and really liked it. Can you help me?” Wow!!
I’d like to make money, that’d be awesome. But I’d like to help college grads through my writing, coaching, and mentoring more. I’d like to develop my passion suing the talents God’s given me.
That’s why I blog. StuffGradsLike may never “take off,” but I’m helping a lot of people in the meantime and I want to help many more. All of them, if I could.
Have you been afraid to start something that might never pan out?
The thought that my blog, my money, my TIME, may never amount to anything – that almost never crosses my mind. Know why? Because I’m playing my hand. I’m taking that chance. I’m giving it a shot, which is more than a lot of people do. A lot of people never play their hand, they fold and settle for the washer and dryer. They don’t take the risk to win the jackpot.
If you’ve been tempted to settle and not play your hand because it’s too risky, I’d encourage you to play that hand. Whatever that means to you – reach out to that company you want to work for, start your own blog and commit to writing daily, ask that coworker out to coffee, invest that money.
You won’t regret it – you will regret playing it safe and wondering just what could’ve happened to StuffGradsLike if you had only tried.
I mean, that’s what I’d regret.