What I Have Done in 2017 That Will Make 2018 Better



It’s not a clickbait.

I’m going to shed some light on the steps that I have taken in 2017, and I’ll share that how these steps will help me in 2018. Besides, the reason for sharing these things with you all is that something might resonate with you, or you could find something motivational out of it. If any of the steps that I took could help you, then I couldn’t be happier.

Video Making

I’m so proud of myself that I took some action and stepped out of my comfort zone and started videos on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. Not only did I start making videos, but I also started vlogging. I make both Urdu and English videos on Facebook and YouTube. Take a look: Vlog Channel, Urdu Channel, English Channel, and Facebook Page.

Books Reading

One of the best things I started focusing on in 2017 was book reading. I was thinking to start reading books back in 2016 but procrastinated a bit back then, but I’m glad that I took books reading seriously in 2017 – even though I didn’t finish a pile of books and only read a few books, but I’m still happy. The reason is I know that it will get better in 2018. I read: Give and Take, Crush It, and Unlimited Power. I have also read a couple of eBooks.

eBook Launching

I have been thinking to write eBooks since 2016 but couldn’t do it – I always prioritized freelance writing projects over eBook writing. Deep down, I wasn’t confident enough to compile a useful piece of content in the form of an eBook. Then, in November last year, I finally got out of my comfort zone and thought to put out my first eBook. It’s called “How to Start Freelancing When You Have Zero Experience,” and it’s available in PDF and Kindle formats. I’m so proud that I did it. It gave me so much confidence for 2018. I’m looking forward to writing more eBooks in 2018.

Events Attending

So I was kind of a person who doesn’t have any problem with meeting people whether it’s a business meeting or a casual friendly gathering—it’s just that I never felt warmth for the social events like seminars, meetups, and other events—until 2016 when I attended a WordPress meetup in Lahore. I realized that events are a great learning source. Not only do you learn, but you also get to meet like-minded people. In 2017, I attended many events in Lahore and Islamabad. In fact, you can watch my TEDx Islamabad 2017 vlog as well. I’ll be attending more events in 2018.

Niche Blogging

Let’s say that the last time I wrote on my favorite blogging niche, which is blogging tips, back in 2014 – I have been so busy lately that I couldn’t write on the blogging tips. Back in 2017, I decided to get back to my favorite niche and start something up. So I launched I’m very excited to work on this new blog in 2018.

Final Words

“A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows the public opinion.”  -Grantland Rice

If you feel motivated after reading this blog post, do let me know what you’re going to do this year in the comments below.

I’m happy to share some important things with you all. I hope this blog post would give a head start to one or two of you.

It looks like that I have done so much in 2017, but in reality, I haven’t started yet.

And, I’m so pumped up for 2018 and hope that you’re excited too.

Enough with the pep talk!

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  1. So few people get it Hassaan; if you will just do proven, practical things, that are quite simple, one action at a time, over years, success is yours. I see your blogging star shining brighter because you made the bold and sometimes uncomfortable step of doing live videos. Good for you! This is the type of action that makes you stand out in your niche and as you keep up with these seemingly tiny actions they will grow into a stunning venture.


    1. Hi Ryan,

      I’m flattered. Thank you, first of all, for stopping by.
      I so much believe in taking small steps and doing something on a daily basis. You know that how much I love blogging. I think it comes to finding your “thing” and taking action along with it. People either don’t try to find their thing or opt the wrong thing for themselves.

      Thanks, again!

  2. Kamal Muhammad says:

    I am going to start reading books,making videos, attending events going to attend cpc 2018 event next month and also start writing some interesting stuff

    1. Awesome, Kamal!

      Thank you for the comment. You follow my videos, vlogs, and blog. You might have noticed that I don’t operate like many other bloggers. I don’t oppose anybody because everyone has their style of work.

      I prefer hustle, long-term victory, and brand building over shortcuts, short-term gains, and quick money-making.

      1. Kamal Muhammad says:

        Well said Hassaan, Everybody has their own style 🙂

  3. Hello, Hassaan bhai!

    This is great knowing about how you spent 2017!!

    I am already pumped up to spend the good effort on attending the events.

    And in that regard, I am preparing to attend an event happening in Multan on February 11.

    I feel that it is too essential to attend the events which cancer help to grow the network and to definitely learn the new things.

    As for the other ventures, I will start working on the voice. And for that, the first thing comes with the podcasting.

    But I still have to think over it as to how I will work in that domain.

    On the blogging side, I have to make a good schedule to keep coming with the new content. And I am somewhat successful with it by far.

    So, I am hoping to have a good productive time workin’ in the blogging! 🙂

    Good luck!

    ~ Adeel

    1. Hello Sir,

      How are you doing?

      I’m glad to know about the podcasting but curious to see whether you’d do in Urdu or English. I’d highly recommend doing it in the Urdu language.

      One of the things that I want to stop is overthinking and start doing stuff in 2018. I’m happy that I succeeded to some extent in achieving that in 2017, but still a long way to go.

      All the best for your podcasting venture!

      I’m looking forward to it.

  4. Excellent progress, Hassan! It’s not that as a blogger, we are only limited to do the writing and marketing but all the things you did in 2017 are going to profit you in the long run. But, again it needs a lot of courage and confidence to speak and communicate. I watched some of your vlogs and you did great. Even, your facebook videos are always helpful. And, BOOK READING! That’s definitely something I’m looking for in 2018. I often read e-books and have taken few courses that have helped me learn something new.

    I’m also looking forward to your niche blog ‘startedblogging’.

    Wish you lot of success and growth in 2018!

    – Arfa

    1. Arfa,

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I apologize for replying so late. I have been busy lately, but I’m glad you reached out to me on Facebook about the online bookstores in Pakistan.

      I’m paying attention to books reading myself. I don’t set strict rules for reading, despite knowing that building habits could help. The fact is that I’m managing multiple things at a time — so I read whenever I feel it.

      You might notice that you start to crave at some point if you fall in love with books reading — and that’s when I grab the book and start reading.

      Thank you for your precious comment.

  5. Gratz on starting a youtube channel. I still have a hard time listening to my own voice when I started working on a podcast. I’m still not ready to upload my video.

    1. Hi Moshe,

      Being uncomfortable with video or audio is okay. Almost everyone starts this way. A famous YouTube Superwoman once famously said, “Success lies outside of your comfort zone.”

      So it pretty much changed the way I operate.

      Keep up the good work!

  6. Hello Hassaan Khan,

    Thanks for sharing such an informative post here! Kudos for sharing those tips like video making, eBook launching, Books reading, event attending and niche blogging!

    I got seriously motivated by what I have just read on this very page and strongly believe that those important tips would give me a head start this very year.

    I am excited to hear that you did so much in 2017 but, in reality, you haven’t started yet. I must buckle down this time around and get fully pumped like you to turn my passion into an online business in 2018, just desiring to follow your determination. Thanks for the share!

    1. Hello Israel,

      I’m glad to see you here. I’m beyond happy to find out that my blog post motivated you — in fact, you’re going to take some action in 2018. It’s so great to know all that stuff.

      Man, listen, people think if they aren’t making money, they’re losing — it’s the opposite. You lose when you either don’t try or think that you can’t achieve this.

      “You only lose when you give up.” -Imran Khan.

      I firmly believe in that quote.

      I highly recommend reading this blog post: Why a Winning Mindset Will Make You Successful

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