Welcome to Real Edu
Goodbye, mariyam.blog. Hello, real.edu!
Thank you for being with me for the past year. I've written 61 blog posts and it's been a transformative journey. Writing about a complex concept for an audience is the best way to learn. When I was confused about something, I sat down, wrote it out and got everything off my mind. Before being a learning tool, this was a medium for healing and bringing a peace of mind. A true peace of mind comes from deep understanding.
However, there were a couple of issues with the format of my old blog:
No topic segmentation - personal blogs are notorious for being very wide-ranged. I felt into that trap and thought that it would be hard for my audience to really know what they are going after.
No clear incentive to write - Although I found it highly useful and enjoyable to produce these blogs, the lack of the real reason to write one prevented me from being consistent. I started out wanting to write daily, then switched to weekly but even that required a great level of dedication to a ephemeral goal. This is common with personal blogs. Some of you had started blogs and they are probably still half-living.
Limited ability to grow blog’s audience - This is the main reason for this change. I felt like I had something pretty important to say, naturally, but I’m only saying it to my friends and classmates. Because a personal blog is often rooted in your personal network, it’s hard to grow it intentionally. Additionally, the topics are so varied that it’s not easy to convince someone to read it unless they also happen to be into the same mix of topics.
Dilettante approach - I felt that I was very unprofessional and had no real stakes. Nothing happens if I don’t post for a week, or a month, or if I quit altogether. Because I consider these topics and my attempt to resolve them through writing of great importance to a lot of young people, I needed to come up with a new system that would be more real.
So I am creating a new publication called The Daily Memo. I learnt my most important lessons from smart people, the internet and deduction. School never even hinted at the stuff I should be actually paying attention to. Real Edu is a term I coined for what I am trying to do: understand what I want in life, define what I need to learn for that and then learn it the most effective way, without all of this taking decades. So Real Edu is something I wish I had: a place that will empower me to navigate my path. Real Edu will start out as a blog but grow into an online community and platform for self-educators and students of life. I will be covering topics like Emotional Mastery, Learning How To Learn, choosing direction. The main question I am asking is:
"How do we learn about the world and ourselves to navigate both to get what we want in life?"
*I cannot get real.edu website yet but I’ll eventually.