This was originally posted on the blog on my personal website. I’ve since moved it.
The title pretty much says it all.
I’m entering into Month Two of the Praxis curriculum. The curriculum dictates that I spend the next 30 days writing (at least) one blog post per day.
Quick intro to “Praxis”: it’s essentially the holy grail of professional development programs for young people. I’ve studying commercial photography and filmmaking at Brooks Institute for the past few years, and after it closed in this past August, I applied to Praxis in an effort to leverage the program’s offerings in order to launch my commercial photography and filmmaking career. I was accepted into the program, and within a month of starting, Derek Magill (a friend of mine from high school, also the director of Marketing at Praxis) and Isaac Morehouse (CEO of Praxis) reached out and offered me a job in sales and recruiting at Praxis. I’ll still be doing the full program, but I’m officially doing my apprenticeship through the program with Praxis, unlike most participants. It’s a unique case.
Anyways, back to November of 2016. In Month 2 of the Praxis curriculum, we’re put through a writing bootcamp that lasts 30 days. The bootcamp is designed to help us hone our writing skills and get over our fear of “shipping.” By the end of the month, ideally my Praxis “classmates” and I will be able to write posts that grow traffic, write strong emails that grab attention, and write marketing copy that gets people to act.
My goal for my blog isn’t to self-indulgently journal about random details in my life… it’s to openly and honestly post about meaningful things that will provide value to my readers. It’s also for the purpose of developing a digital paper trail, which can potentially be one’s passport to the world (a concept integral to Praxian philosophy, and a critical Praxis Month One teaching).
Truth be told, I have no idea what any of you want to read about. So, in the spirit of providing value, I’ve composed a list of interesting and potentially valuable topics for my readers to choose from.
Which topics would you like to read about?
Why I Joined Praxis
How I Developed An Interest In Photography and Filmmaking
The Most Encouraging Bible Verses I Know
What My Career Aspirations Are (And What I Plan to Do About Them)
The Most Valuable Things I’ve Learned So Far In Praxis
The Most Important Books I’ve Read In the Past Few Years
How I Went From Christian, to Vehement Atheist, and Back to Christian (Against the Odds)
The Book That Led Me Back To Christ
How A Psychedelic Experience And An Email Changed The Direction Of My Life
Camera Basics – Shutter Speed
Camera Basics – ISO
Camera Basics – Aperture and Depth of Field
Camera Basics – Lens Choices and Focal Lengths
Camera Basics – What’s Shooting RAW All About?
A Review of the Sony a7R II
How I Struggle With Fear, and What I Try To Do About It
How I’ve (Mostly) Learned to Tame My Mind
The Value of Bravery and Putting Oneself Out There
What the Chase Paisley Project Was
What My Career Aspirations Are
How to Properly Lift Weights (And Why You Should)
Lessons Learned Regarding Women, How I’ve Found Success With Women, and Male-Female Dynamics
How Having a Fucked Up Family History Has Shaped What I Want for My (Family’s) Future
How My Mother’s Suicide Shaped Me
Incredible Lessons My Father Taught Me About Manhood and Fatherhood
What Lifting Weights Has to Do With Self-Esteem, Discipline, Testosterone, Manhood, and Being More
Village Mentality, Surrounding Myself With Strong Men, and Exponential Returns In Every Aspect of Life
Why It’s So Important To Cut Negative People Out of Your Life
Interesting Things Discussed at Voice and Exit
What I Do To Keep My Ego In Check (and Why It’s Necessary)
My Journey With and Without Testosterone
Why Testosterone Is Extremely Important
What Falling For A Girl From Another Country Taught Me About My Goals
What My Perfect, Ideal Day Looks Like
How I Channel My Inner Warrior, and Why It’s An Essential Tactic For Men
Why My Weird Coffee Concoction Leaves Me Kicking Ass All Day
Why I Eat a Strange Diet That Makes Me Feel Awesome
What the Ketogenic Diet Is, and Why I Subscribe to It
What My Favorite Podcasts Are
How I Landed an Internship with Joel Grimes
Alright. That’s the list of my current ideas. It’s a start. Let me know which of those topics you’d like me to write about, and let’s get started. I’ll be posting them to facebook. I can’t guarantee I’ll hit all of them – rather than writing super heavy, intense posts each day, I’d like to ideally achieve a 70/30 balance between lighter posts and heavy posts.
Alongside the 30 day writing challenge, I’ll also be doing sales and recruiting work as part of my apprenticeship with Praxis, interning under globally renowned commercial photographer Joel Grimes, and traveling to the Voice and Exit content with a few fellow Praxis participants and the rest of the Praxis team. It’s a lot. I’m a bit stressed about it. It’ll be a grueling month, but I’m excited to look back on it after it’s all over. So, I’ll do my absolute best to write a blog post every single day. Promise.
Let me know what you’d like to read about in the comments below. Based on your feedback, based on what I feel is doable, and based on what I feel is important, I’ll figure out what’s appropriate to write about. Thanks for reading!
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