Today marks a special occasion as this post is number 500 on my blog. I launched the blog in December 2005 which basically means that I’ve written, on average, just over 100 blog posts each year since I began. I still remember clearly installing wordpress 1.5 and that it took me about 3 days overall to get the first version of the blog up and running. I had no clue how to do it, the benefits of blogging, or the joy it would bring me. One of my earliest articles – Free Will Vs Destiny/Fate/Karma is still one of my most popular to date.
When I first launched, I launched under my nickname URL which was www.donraja.com. After a month or so, I realised I wanted a name that reached out to people so I decided to try and get www.thepowerofchoice.com but all variations of that had gone. I looked into other URL’s and nothing quite fit the bill. One day I just typed in ‘unlimitedchoice’. It was available and it just seemed right. So I purchased that and have never looked back since. Shortly afterwards, to my amazement, I realised that Amit means ‘unlimited’ and of course ‘choice’ being my core philosophy, that I’d chosen the perfect URL.
I remember that it was two very close friends of mine who first suggested that I enter the world of life coaching and that I also begin a blog. We were sitting around playing poker and had this long discussion about blogging. It wasn’t really until about 6 months after I began that I realised the scope and the potential of what a blog could accomplish. It took time to develop my writing style and even to this day it’s still constantly evolving but I feel like my style and knowledge are a unique gift to the world.
From my most popular piece – Perception Vs Reality to my 100 Days of Wisdom series (which will soon be turned into an e-book) to my most commented piece on having a kick-ass day or, to my most controversial piece on Universtiy Education; there is something on this blog for everyone. There are even some business ideas which you are more than welcome to steal.
I am feeling quite emotional right now beause, regarless of what others think about me and my work, I’ve dedicated an enormous amount of time and creative energy to each and every article, to the design, to selecting the right pictures, etc. I would hazzard a guess that I’ve spent in the region of 20,000 hours on the blog or the equivalent of four straight months.
Since this is a momentus occasion for me I wanted to do something special and I decided to give something away! I realised that I had a sexy black 80Gb iPod 4G sitting at home doing nothing and then it hit me; why not give that away! Understand this folks; this is no ordinary iPod! No, no! This is a one-of-a-kind you will not find anywhere else in the world. What makes this iPod so unique? Engraved on the back is ‘The Power of Choice’. So not only will you be able to listen to your favorite tunes but you will also be reminded of your power to choose your life and your destiny. Ok, it has my name engraved on it too, but hey, I could be famous one day, and then it’ll just be worth even more! 😆
No doubt there’s going to be a mad rush to win this iPod so I devised a two step process to enter:
1. On the top right you’ll see the ‘Smart Subscription’ box where you can enter your email address to get the latest post in your inbox when it’s published. So step one is to become a subscriber.
2. Leave a comment with a pearl of wisdom or some other powerful thought. Get creative and share your own brand of wisdom that will stay will stay on this blog forever.
3. (Optional) Look through my articles – stumble & tweet your favorite.
I will judge and the comment with the most poignant wisdom will get the iPod. It can cover any area of life like; physical, spiritual, vocational, family, personal growth, relationships. etc. The winner will also get to submit a guest post. The closing date to submit your comment will be Sunday the 11th of April.
Good luck and here’s to the next 500 articles!
Update – The competition is now closed. The winner was Zeenat Syal. – Congratulations!