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It’s a bit strange to talk about myself, but here it goes.
My name is Alston, and I am a husband, father, brother, and friend, that is looking to make a way for me and my circle. Currently, I am a Full Stack Web Developer, freelancer, and blogger. I have a few Udemy courses, and I have a few Amazon Web Services Certifications.
Where should I start?
Growing up, I always loved technology: computers, video games, internet, anything that was considered nerdy. Also, I had this dream that I was going to play professional basketball, so all of my time went into basketball and not the nerdy stuff.
Fast forward 20 years: I am working on a Ph.D. in Higher education, but I’m bored. I have a good job, but I’m bored. I don’t find the material challenging, and I keep attempting to learn
Eventually, I find a school, apply, and get accepted, I am supposed to begin the program in the Fall of 2015. Just one problem: my wife is pregnant with twins! The twins were due 3 months before I was set to begin the most challenging education I’d ever seen.
The first term, I failed Intro to Programming I, and by failed, I mean earned a C- when a C was required to start Intro to Programming II. I retook the class and passed. Throughout my two years, I would fail 3 other classes, but in the Fall of 2017, I earned a BS in Computer Science. In addition, I started a new job working as a Full Stack Web Developer for Powervar.
New degree, new career, and new baby!? Our 3rd baby was due February 2018. Fun fact: your chances of having twins increases 25% if you already had a set of twins.
Around this time I began looking into making money online. Thinking about the costs associated with 3 kids with 2.5 years of each other will keep you up at night.
That’s enough about me, let’s look at my goals for 2019 and some of my accomplishments of 2018
Goals for 2019
I have a number of goals for 2019. Below is a list of goals for 2019
- Start/ finish Kenosha blog
- Start/ Finish Soundbar Planet
- Start/ Finish Model Rocket site
- Add more content to The Security Camera Guy
- Add more content to Small Appliance Planet
- Continue to blog on this page
- Secure more Web hosting clients
- Launch two more blogs
- Two AWS certifications
- Read more books
Let’s take a closer look at each of these bullet points
Currently, I have a directory site called getfoodanddrink.com. I plan to add blog posts about kenosha in an effort to drive more traffic to that site. All of the sites will be Kenosha centric. Also, I am planning to purchase a better domain name for this site.
I’ve purchased a domain name called soundbarplanet.com. This site aims to answer any and all questions regarding soundbars. Currently, there are 0 posts on this site.
This is an idea that I had but haven’t done a ton of research. It seems like a fun thing I could do with my family. I have yet to purchase a domain name or started the research.
The Security Camera Guy
This is the first blog that I started with the effort to make money. I began this site on October 7th. Currently, there are 35 blog posts and 10 YouTube videos. Beginning in January, I will add 3 pieces of content per week. The goal is to add another 30 pieces of content to this site.
This site discusses all aspects of security cameras. Currently, it focuses on outdoor cameras, but it will include video doorbells, BNC cameras, etc. My home is to get this site to 100+ blog posts.
Small Appliance Planet
I am in the final stages of this site. I have written 26 blog posts on domestic microwaves. The plan is to add another 30 blog posts in blenders, mixers, etc. The goal is to become the #1 site for small appliances.
I have neglected this site for far too long. I hope to update with site with my progress in my other ventures. In addition, I will use this site as a point of contact for clients.
One of the cool opportunities I’ve stumbled across is the ability to host websites for clients. The service I’ve created is web hosting, logo design, email creating, and domain name registration. In addition, I create the framing of the site, provide a brief tutorial on how to use it. This service is a yearly charge.
Additional Blog Sites
By the end of 2019, I’d like to have a total of 7 blog sites up and running. These sites will be at various stages and will need various levels of care. Hopefully, I am able to create a new site every two months.
I currently hold two AWS certifications. By the end of 2019, I’d like to add two more certifications. I haven’t decided if these certifications will be the Sysops certification or the Solutions Architect Professional and the security certification
Read More Books
Finally, I’d like to read more. I want to read one book per month of various topics. I haven’t selected the books I want to read yet, but I know I need to read something.
What I’ve Done in 2018
I’ve accomplished a ton of things in 2018. Here is a brief list of things that I’ve completed in 2018: