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Confessions of 2018
Every year, since our start, we have provided a list of our most popular, or at least, our favorite confessions. Since our start, we have always allowed anyone to post and will continue to do so. Having a different perspective from many different people in the workplace allows more exposure to the work world. If we were to just have focused on a single blogger, our website could not be true. Thus, before we reveal to you the top 10 of 2018, here is the review of our previous years:
Keep in mind that we stopped publishing on weekends and publish five days a week, Monday through Friday, not counting most holidays, with the exception of occasionally publishing on Mother’s or Father’s Day, which normally fall on a Sunday.
For the articles stats of 2018:
- 1,697,772 words published on this website
- 2,110 articles have been published
- 297 confessions posted in 2018
- 197,362 words published in 2018
- 805 average word count per article
- 1/2018: 23 confessions, 13,313 words, 579 word average
- 2/2018: 20 confessions, 13,235 words, 662 word average
- 3/2018: 33 confessions, 18,464 words, 560 word average
- 4/2018: 31 confessions, 15,983 words, 516 word average
- 5/2018: 32 confessions, 29,266 words, 915 word average
- 6/2018: 28 confessions, 19,490 words, 696 word average
- 7/2018: 21 confessions, 25,621 words, 1,220 word average
- 8/2018: 23 confessions, 8,836 words, 384 word average
- 9/2018: 21 confessions, 16,590 words, 790 word average
- 10/2018: 23 confessions, 6,905 words, 300 word average
- 11/2018: 22 confessions, 8,939 words, 406 word average
- 12/2018: 20 confessions, 20,720 words, 1,091 word average
During this year, we switched our website media assets over to a CDN to increase the speed of images and our website load time. Unfortunately, in the process, several of our oldest articles lost their images. While we are certainly try to fix this problem, we cannot recover every images, so there may be broken images on our older articles. Without further ado, however, we keep the show going, keep publishing, and try to bring you the latest and greatest perspectives of the workplace.
Every year, we make News Years resolution and most of them involve a plan for weight loss, usually joining a gym. The month of January to March is usually the most profitable months for gyms around the world, as people make promises to themselves that instead of shoving food in their face, they’re going to actually do something about that gut and butt they’ve been staring at since August. Sorry, it’s just not going away. You have to do something about it.
Most of us might get a Fitness band which was definitely a big trend for the past 5 years, and for those who utilized it, it helped you count your steps and maybe even helped you keep track of the calories burned. Unfortunately and personally for me, it just seemed like a fat tax I was carrying around. While it helped me keep track of everything, it was more of an annoyance on my wrist than anything else. Eventually, I decided to take it off and just do some walking without needing to know the count of the steps I took for that day. Although I ditched the fitness band, I do use my phone to keep track of my movements.
A look into your life rewound can unveil a lifetime of bad choices. You don’t realize how fast your life goes, but when you choose to eat unhealthy, you are making the conscious decision for an early grave. It is not all your fault, as the influence of parents, friends, and society can affect your bad healthy eating choices. Just know that someday, when the time is due for you to pay for all the bad things you ate, it will get you, and send you off to an early grave. If you knew the age you would die now and how you would die, would you make any changes to your lifestyle right now, at this moment in time, in order to change the future?
If you are currently unemployed or will likely be unemployed, or even if you currently have a stable job, what are you doing right now? If you aren’t learning something, you aren’t doing enough. Going to a job everyday does not guarantee that tomorrow your job will still be there. Learning new skills, such as a new language, or a programming language, can help make you valuable for future jobs. You may also want to brush up on your handy man skills or become a tutor for extra money and experience. Regardless, just because your unemployed does not give you an excuse not to be doing nothing.
If you already have a full-time job, but have been dreaming about starting your own business, running your own company, hiring your own staff, having your own customers, than you should be doing something about it. This infographic offers some advice and tips for starting up your side gig as you are working your full-time job to turn your side gig into a dream job and eventually your full-time business!
Do you like food? Do you like sex? How about both? How about both at the same time? This article covers some “sexy foods” you can eat to feel sexy and enjoy while you are in the bedroom. In a quest to eat for good health, it may lead you to a good sex life. While scientifically, no aphrodisiac exists, these foods will help boost your sex drive. Of course, sex is definitely mental. To eat some fruit and expect her to be instantly in the mood is probably not going to happen, but the lure of some tasty treats in the bedroom can ceratinly spark up your sex life!
Asking someone out is hard. Asking someone out at work seems even harder. However, it doesn’t have to be and shouldn’t be. Sure, you still have to work with that person, but why not just treat it as a casual, “going out after work” rather than make it bigger than what it has to be until it is that way. Just ask her out! Just ask him out! Really. He’s not going to hate you for it. She’s not going to think you’re weird for it. She might say no. He might say no. But guess what? He might say yes! She might say yes! And then you have yourself a date and have opened the door to walk through! Get started on something! Maybe it’s love. Maybe it’s a new friend. Who knows? Maybe it will lead to something more! Like a partner in crime, a partner in life, a husband, or a wife!
If you are in your 20s, in college, working a few part-time jobs or even a full-time job, it is likely that you care just enough to pay your rent and have a little extra money for some fun. However, if you aren’t preparing yourself for your future, talking to your 30 year old self, trying to figure out your career moves, which you should be planning in your 20s, than you need to be reading this article right now and start prepping, as your 20s will be great, but your 30s are going to come up faster than you can even imagine. Before you know it, the 20s will be over, and you’ll be wondering where they went, as you enter a new decade.
As popular as your company may be, as in-demand as your company may be, as assured as a company may be of itself, and its products, it can all be outdated in mere seconds, with another company to take over with better and faster technology in its place. I was laid off from a job simply because they were so confident that they had the best product, but in just 2 years, they went under. The company and its website no longer exist, and while they quietly maintain their few existing clients until those contracts expire, their failure to update technology allowed other companies to dominate and they are just a fading memory of technology companies that once existed, but no one even knows who they are anymore.
Every employee is dispensable and it is likely that any company will have hired a new employee before your photo even makes it into an obituary. Asking for a raise isn’t much of a thought to a company, who usually won’t hesitate to say no and turn anyone down, likely hire two more people in your place for half your salary. When I gave three years of loyalty to a company, without getting a raise, and received a penny as a raise, I knew it was time to quit. That was the penny that caused the company an employee. I’m sure they don’t care, but at least, it changed my life and set me on a path to where I would be going.
If I were to tell you that every boss, supervisor, manager, or co-worker I’ve worked with was a pleasure, I would be lying. In fact, I am sure that I have never been 100% happy at any job I have worked at and have always had at least one boss, supervisor, or co-worker who has made my work day a little less filled with pleasure. They might even make my job almost not worth going and cause me to want to quit. Although rare, these people are quite toxic for the workplace. Fortunately, at a job I had held, I had a boss who was downright mean to me, despite saying “it is for the team” with everything he said. I spent almost a year living in hell with my anxiety levels sky high when I went to work. I pushed on through, kept my mouth shut, and did my job.
Over a year later, this same boss is now disliked by most of my co-workers, who never seemed to get in trouble for the same mistakes I was making! Although it takes a while to kick ass, karma finally came around to give my boss the hell he deserves! A room full of my co-workers who don’t respect him and barely say a few words to him, other than what they need to say.
A few years ago, I had went for a paint class in my town, as it was something new and fun to do. In exchange for classes, I was going to redo this company’s website. However, they got very picky and ended up telling me they did not like anything I was trying to do for them. In the process of me learning about them, I had learned about their competition. Little did I know, just a year later, I would be working for their competition, who happened to be very pleased and happy with my work.