It’s been almost 365 days since I last posted, and that last post was just a cheap promotion of my Quizlet project.I’ve decided I want to get back into this thing. Forget about all the code posts and stuff, I want to write like this. That post is me two years ago. Wow.How different life is now. It’s absolutely impossible to write about all the amazing and not-so-amazing things that have happened in an entire year, and summarizing is so much less interesting than talking about specifics. But I must:
- I launched Quizlet on January 17, and it’s now up to 100,000 registered users. I love it, mostly. I’ve been blogging on the Quizlet blog somewhat regularly, so I haven’t completely starved myself of blogging.
- I turned 18 a little less than a month ago. You know, it does feel different.
- I was accepted for admission to the class of 2012 at MIT.
- I spent 8 weeks in Mississippi and Maine meeting some of my best friends in the world and working for Americorps.
- I went to the hospital for the first time, after breaking my head open in a bike accident in Ohio on New Years Eve. It was honestly the first time I’d ever ridden a bike without a helmet AND the first time I’d ever (really) fallen on a bike. It wasn’t that bad – just an hours in the ER and eight stitches.
- I failed my first test ever – in AP Physics.
And so on.Now here’s what’s on my mind: I’ve got this strange feeling that Quizlet is holding me back from something. It’s been an awesome experience all around – I’ve been down to Google in Mountain View twice, I’ve met Mark Zuckerberg, I’ve made some money, I’ve learned so much about scaling a business and a website, and I’ve helped a few people learn vocabulary. All good things.What nags at me now is that in my mind I know I have this website-building skill that can earn me big bucks (it already is, on a very part-time freelance level). I could drop out of High School right now, get my own apartment, and completely do my own thing.No. I’ve made myself so focused that I wonder what I’m missing. At MIT, I’m not that pumped about taking Computer Science because the degree requires you take a bunch of Electrical Engineering classes. Until recently, I thought that would suck. I don’t want to do EE, I want to rule the world at programming and do the things I do very well already. Well now I’ve decided that’s a bad idea. Academically, I’m holding myself back by not wanting to explore other things, academically. All this focus has made me less interested in exploring other stuff.Until now. Having realized my mistake, I’ve decided to open my mind up again. It’ll be hard to do while still maintaining my focus and commitment to Quizlet (which I enjoy immensely).So, let’s see where this takes me. It’s silly to promise I’ll blog more, but I have a feeling I will. It’s liberating. I’ve never had a diary before, so this is about as close as I get. Thanks for reading.