Nothing has changed since the last time you checked Facebook

Ever since I watched this video where Simon Sinek talked about Millenials and our relationship with social media, I realized that I’m addicted to Facebook and it’s bad. In the past, I really did not understand the criticisms against social media. I even eagerly professed my love for Facebook. When I watched this video though, I was convinced that excessive use of Facebook can be detrimental. Aside from the obvious reason that it’s a time-waster, it also makes people addicted and dependent on social praise. In the long run, this can degrade one’s resilience against failure. Before I discuss those points, you can watch the video here:

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Age of the Diary Launches Its Donate Button!

If you look at the right hand side of this blog and then scroll down, you’ll find that underneath my profile picture is a donate button. For those who enjoy reading this blog, and would like to help me get more time to work on this, any amount will help. If I receive money from this blog, I can lessen accepting other kinds of work. If it’s possible to just live off of blogging, then that would be a dream.

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Elon Musk learned complicated things through textbooks

I am almost done reading Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance. It’s interesting, but sometimes the writing is irksome. Then again, so far, the things I’m learning from it outweigh the bad. One cool thing I learned was that before he went into the rocket-making business through SpaceX, Musk only knew how to code as he came from PayPal and other internet companies. He then turned to textbooks to read about rockets and talked to people in that industry. After a visit to Russia, he made an entire spread sheet detailing how their team will make a rocket and the cost that it will take to make it. His colleagues were impressed. “Where did you get this, Elon?” they asked. He figured it all out by reading books and talking to people.

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Would you attend an Age of the Diary meet and greet?

So I’ve been running this blog ever since 2011, and I’ve gained some loyal followers along the way. I’m curious though to meet and get to know you guys. If I organized a small get together, would people attend the event? How many of you would be interested? What kinds of activities would be interesting to do? Just putting this idea out there. Hope you guys respond.

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Once You Post Something on Social Media, Everyone Will See It, Right? Wrong!

Old people who’ve never used social media think that if you post something on that platform, everyone will see it. Take for example my mom, who keeps telling me, “Did you see the video I posted on Facebook?” Obviously, I didn’t.

I, like most social media users, have hundreds of friends. Mine is at 807. All of those people post something, and although I’m an active Facebook user, I don’t scroll through every post on my newsfeed (the place where all the posts of your friends are gathered). Usually, I just check my Facebook from time to time, and I get to read what happens to be at the top of my newsfeed up until I quit scrolling down.

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What Happens When You Start a Blog

I was talking to a friend one time when he mentioned how people were afraid to blog because of the fear of getting bashed. This wasn’t the first time someone told me this, and I would always nod my head in agreement, recognizing the legitimacy of this fear, when I should have said, nah that doesn’t happen. Continue reading “What Happens When You Start a Blog”

2014 in review: Age of the Diary

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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