Wow. Already two years to Takes One, how time flies. Today, two years does not sound like such a long time to me, but it’s a little crazy to think about where I was two years ago.
I had just left my first full-time job and moved abroad. I spent a month in a hostel and wondered what I was going to do with life. It was a typical quarter-life crisis, and I really did not know. What was I actually talented or proficient about? My school grades were good, but I think it was a harder job than being smart. I was not artistic or athletic. Did I even have a good look? I win (but Lettuce will be real, probably not).
Living in that hostel was great though. I have met so many different people; As many as life understood, and some were in shoes similar to mine. The motivation behind starting the blog came from a person in each of these categories.
Made better than perfect
The first was this guy named Lem. You could just say Whole was a smart guy, and his background showed it. I mean this guy dropped out of Yale University to focus on his blog and online business. It was like a Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates story, except on a much smaller scale. Nevertheless, he still created six characters, and lived a life of entrepreneurship and freedom.
It was actually pretty crazy how much money he made. All while living and working remotely in the same hostel as I was. The wonders of modern technology I guess. Anyway, I asked Lem how he did it. I was expecting some convoluted explanation, maybe some technical or creative brilliance far beyond me, but that was not all. His advice was basic but poignant. “Find something you like, and get started,” He told me. Do not worry about making mistakes. Finished is better than perfect.
Finding the niche
The other person who inspired me was Jeremy. This guy was a little older than me, about in his mid – thirties. He was a senior executive at a large company in France, but he retired because he did not enjoy it. I met him during the end of his sabbatical around the world, my quarter life compared to his half life reflections.
At this point, I really considered the whole blog thing, but still did not know what to write about. Anyway Jeremy and I drank one night, and I asked him if he understood what he really wanted to do. Shit, this guy’s telling me he’s about to start a blog. I did not even mention that I wanted to set up my own blog for him yet, it was completely unsolicited. He told me he’m going to write about drones, because he enjoys it, and that there are not many drone blogs. This was going to be his niche.
It must be a sign
After hearing this, I knew I definitely had to set up something of my own. I meet a rich student who dropped out, and then I meet some random traveler from France, and both bloggers / bloggers aspire? come on. I lived in this hostel for only a month, it had to be some sign. I signed up for WordPress the day after my French relationship with Jeremy, and Takes One was born.
I decided to create a dating blog because that’s what I felt I knew most about. At that time I was single, and I did my best not to be. You can find me in almost any dating app / site. I even tried speed dating, blind dating, etc. Finding love is hard. But I knew it would just be Take one A person making every effort is worth it. That’s how it is dating.
More than a collection line
I also wanted to write about dating because I felt there was a niche that needed to be filled. There are a lot of dating blogs, youtube channels and other sources of dating content out there, but a lot of them miss the mark on what really matters. In my opinion at least.
I think a lot of guys in particular can relate. When I was younger, I would always look for these “one stop” solutions to my dating troubles. You know, articles and videos like:
“The best collection lines that will definitely work”
“How to get a date in 4 easy steps”
“Failure-free ways to make a girl laugh”
I’m flipping through these headlines here, but you all know what I’m talking about. Those “easy” and “fault-tolerant” solutions that are basically shortcuts to finding love. Nonsense I’m telling you.
Finding love is hard because it is double. You need to get out there and find the right person, but you also need to find yourself along the way. Finding out what makes you happy is just as important as making someone else happy. That’s why Takes One has two categories of articles, Love and Life.
This blog has not made me rich, and the sponsors are not breaking the door yet, but I’m still really proud of how it has grown over the last two years. I remember publishing my first article, and I was so excited about it. My own website and article! I sent the link to almost everyone I knew, and told them to keep an eye out. The next big thing in dating content would come.
It took quite a while until Takes One is similar to what it does today, a real blog as opposed to just a collection of reporters. But you know, starting better than being perfect. This post will actually be the 50th of the blog. What a journey it was. Readers from 82 different countries. A second team member. Guest posts from other bloggers. Interview with a esteemed writer. Even ours A published book!
This blog could not have gone so far without the support of many people. At times when I did not know what to write, or if I even wanted to keep writing, there was always someone there to push me forward. Many thanks to all the friends and family who believed in it. Here for two years and much more.