Better Yourself and Others, Become an ‘Expert’ Today

Authors, journalists, biographers, reporters, bloggers, and columnists. They all have one thing in common (other than being synonyms). Each posses the burning desire to inform and influence the world around them; a unique motive behind the chosen target audience as well as every article published.

Here at WordPress bloggers dominate the scene. Most accredit their writing to one of two motives: a hobby or providing help/services. Unfortunately, countless bloggers lack the time, motivation, or whatever it may be, to impact a large and diversified audience. Helpful souls look no further!

The next best thing to managing your own successful blog is to contribute to one that’s already established a growing audience. Enter Lifehack, a “source for tips to help improve all aspects of your life.” Comparable in looks and content to the well-known Lifehacker, Lifehack provides the hungry mind with an endless supply of informative, concise articles guaranteed to help improve your lifestyle. With over 5 million unique monthly visitors, Lifehack has rightfully earned the endorsement of many major newspapers, magazines, and online publications. It’s incredibly large and diverse team of contributors provide tips on seemingly every subject imaginable with the goal of “just want[ing] to make your life as friction-free as possible.”

Lifehack doesn’t attract millions of visitors each month without continually adding talented individuals to it’s team of authors. If you’d like to know just how many talented people they employ, take a look at their Authors page. Now tell me that’s not impressive? Tell me you don’t think you’d at least have a shot at your own dedicated portfolio with Lifehack? The numbers don’t lie, and LifeHack certainly isn’t shy about recruiting new talent either. Check out this quote from their recruitment page:

“If you want to kickstart your career, you will need your own online portfolio. By sharing your skills and expertise at Lifehack, people will have a way to know you.”


By the looks of it they’re open to experts on any subject one can think of, especially those topics that have yet to appear on Lifehack. So, now that you know the gist of it, you should have an idea of whether this opportunity sounds like something you’d excel at. Here are the three things Lifehack looks for in an ‘Expert’:

  • Passion: “Our acceptance rate hovers at 30% or below. You have to demonstrate strong passion in improving other people’s lives to be a Lifehack expert.”
  • Experience: “We look for candidates who love writing. You have to make sure that your thoughts go into the text easily.”
  • Willingness to Learn: “We offer all sorts of support. If you want to hone your online writing skills, Lifehack could help you reach your wildest goal.”

Sound like you? I for one know I’d jump at the chance to reach such a massive and varied audience. Not to mention, owning the title of Lifehack ‘Expert’ can’t exactly hurt your current blogging endeavors. I’ve posted the link to the main contribution page, just scroll down to find the ‘Apply Now’ button.

Contribute to Lifehack


If anything, send an email to one of the three contributors listed on the linked page. I’d like to reach out to at least one just to get an idea of what it takes to be an expert. If/when I receive a reply I’ll certainly put it up for all you inquiring minds.



“Your Identity Doesn’t Get Found. It Emerges.”

Take a moment to think about the title quote. Do you search for yourself, or feel happy and content with who you are right now?

Today I began reading The Start-Up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha. I stumbled across the book on an entrepreneurial blog and just found the time to open it this afternoon. Halfway through the second chapter I froze. An epiphany? I thought.

Your identity doesn’t get found. It emerges.

For a very long time I was caught up in discovering who I really am. The search for myself largely dominated my thoughts and negatively impacted my schoolwork. I was constantly overwhelmed by a sense of urgency to uncover my true-self and begin pursuing my dreams as soon as possible. That is, until today.


My eyes fell upon the period marking the end of two of the most influential sentences I’ve ever read. I paused, Was it possible that seven words arranged into two concise sentences could solve a problem that had plagued me for nearly six months? I carefully read over each phrase, a slight grin sneaking across my face. I had found relief.

How I managed to make it so long without truly understanding such a simple concept I’ll never know. It’s certainly not a foreign idea. We’re all inherently aware of it, but our individual perceptions can differ to some degree. Personally, I believed myself, at only twenty, to be blessed with the understanding that one’s passions and values are the key to living a happy and successful life. Specifically, the “never work a day in your life,” life.

We’re all raised with the notion that the happiest people on earth live to work, while the rest work to live. From day one of kindergarten we’re encouraged to dream big and never sell ourselves short of any goal, no matter the magnitude. With age we learn that life isn’t quite the open book it once appeared. Nevertheless, we go to school year after year, day after day, with the hope of finding that one true passion that can drive us for the rest of our life.

But how many of us actually find that thing that we love so much as to devote sixty years to it? In my opinion, drawing from my brief observation of this world, too few.

Comfort in Acceptance

Now you know why I was so obsessed with finding my “true-self.” I thought I recognized the immense value in discovering yourself early enough to make something special of it. I convinced myself that the real me was in there, buried deep beneath some obscure layers of self-realization.  To uncover it was the first step in my path toward personal fulfillment and ultimately success. But, that’s not right.

At twenty years old it’s impossible to identify a lifelong passion. Hell, it may not even exist yet. What Hoffman and Casnocha stress in chapter two of their guidebook is the role of actions and experience in shaping ones dreams. “Your aspirations shape what you do. But your aspirations are themselves shaped by your actions and experience.” Although you may know exactly where you want to be in twenty years, each and every event that transpires in that time will reshape your dreams, aspirations, and possibly even passions.

At any one moment there’s no way to completely or accurately predict where life will take you. I so quickly became obsessed with controlling my future that I lost respect for the art of life and simply letting it happen. I don’t plan on handing over the reigns, but if there is a perfect mix between controlling life and it controlling you, I patiently await the day when I confidently know I’ve attained it.

A Weight Lifted

For now, I don’t think it’d hurt to narrow the scope of my thinking, if only slightly. I no doubt have reached a level of maturity most of my peers aim to postpone. Maybe I need new friends, or maybe I truly have been blessed with a different, but better way of thinking. Every day I learn something new about myself. I never close a door, because who’s to say my passion won’t come knocking tomorrow?

So I keep an open mind and encourage you to do the same. Identify your current aspirations and shoot for them. All the while maintaining the knowledge that they will most definitely change, but that’s not such a bad thing.

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After 30 Days of WordPress, Learn HTML

Who’d have thought the customization aspect of (yes, the FREE one) could be so… addicting.

I can barely make time for school, let alone a decent post, after applying this new theme. And to think I simply implied the extent of customization from the word ‘free.’ I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.

On the exterior, looks relatively simple. At a glance, the Dashboard can even appear entirely blog-oriented. But, what I failed to understand until recently, is that every basic element of a website is present (to some degree) and accessible to the novice blogger.

This is news to me.

The elements of a free WordPress blog are themselves very simple. It’s clear that aims to make starting and maintaining your first blog an effortless experience. And effortless it is!

To my knowledge, a blogger can go from concept to their first published post within minutes; truly an awesome service.

What remains unclear to the first time blogger is the ability to combine these elements as they increase in number. Combining Posts, Pages, Links, Menus, and Widgets, with a tad of basic HTML, to create more than just the average blog, requires a better understanding of the role each must play.

Experimentation led me to discover several ways of creatively combining elements to achieve desired effects. Most notably, I found the ability to add additional HTML code, to nearly any text, useful in making subtle, yet distinctive changes in my blogs appearance.

However joyful the discovery, it has only fueled my desire to self-host. is incredibly attractive. The ability to edit fonts and the color palette, two aspects that play such an instrumental role in overall appearance that you must pay for them separately, is undoubtedly the biggest drawback to a free blog.

All of this my opinion, of course.

Summary: Learn the basics of HTML. It’s almost too easy to comprehend and, most importantly, you’ll have no excuse for an ugly blog.


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