I've been using the internet pretty intensely for the past fifteen years. I launched my first website in high school, made my first artwork using Microsoft Paint, and made my first hundred dollars making graphics for a local singer/songwriter.
Years ago my dad earned money delivering newspapers. Before him, my grandfather made a living selling advertising—now I make a living helping others make things they're passionate about and I attribute most of it to the connections I've made with people all over the world via the internet.
Here is a list of twenty things I've learned on the internet over the past fifteen years:
- Just because you're talking doesn't mean anyone else is listening.
- The internet is a BIG place.
- The internet is a SMALL place.
- The internet is not written in pencil, pen, or ink.
- The more transparent you are the better your experience will be.
- Quality, honesty, and goodness will rise to the top.
- Don't believe everything you read/see/watch.
- Likes, page views, and viral content do not equal success.
- Connecting with people online is very similar to connecting with people IRL (in real life).
- As unique as you think you are, there are people just like you and me.
- You're not alone, whatever you're going through, someone else is too.
- Inspiration is cheap.
- Scrolling is not the same as productivity.
- Pinterest is not your friend.
- Just like Andy Warhol said, everyone will have their fifteen minutes of fame.
- Everything is forgotten after fifteen minutes.
- Opportunity is available and ready for you to take (online and in real life).
- Domains are cheap, but determination is expensive.
- If you can think it, you can make it.
- No matter what they say, people are more interesting in real life than online.
f you have any questions or comments about the internet, about my first website, or the time I got in trouble by my parents for chatting online with a guy from Germany—email me firstname.lastname@example.org, I'd love to hear from you!