The funny part was that after it happened, I could explain why. It began on a particular weekday, I was very tired and yet to fulfill my resolution of one post per day. So, I began thinking of a lazy legit way to get the one post per day goal achieved. I couldn't come up with any creative post. So I went over to MTN, Airtel and Glo's webistes and got out their Blackberry plan details, put them up on my blog and placed a link back to their websites.
Several days after, lots of people were reading those posts per day. Those 3 accidental posts took my readership from less than 200 per day to over 4000 per day. And now I get close to 10,000 per day.
The effects didn't stop there. I now earn enough to put up a $120-$360/year newsletter. That subscribe and get a freebie box you see on my blog costs that much. I've almost stopped actively looking for Excel contract jobs, so as to have enough time to put up quality posts on the blog and fix my grammar. I still get mails regarding my typos and grammar blunders. I also get lots of wonderful mails -- people asking for my advice, people telling me how cool and inspiring they find the blog and people mailing just to encourage me. And I appreciate you all.
But how did this all happen? 3 accidental posts. A black swan.
In my career, I have sent out over 1,000 job applications. Yes, 1000 as in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21,... 998, 999, 1000, 1001, 1002,...
And none got me a job.
For my first job. The interview process was already on for 4 months, then I showed up at the last stage -- uninvited.
For my second job. I sent my CV to an Indian recruiting consultant. And in 2 weeks I got a job.
For my third job. My boss at my first job told me to come join him.
My part-time biz. Another black swan.
Now, I have stopped planning my life. Besides my financial budgets, nothing has ever gone as planned in my life.
Ever experienced a black swan event in your life?