What a week! The new semester has really started rolling and for the first time in quite a while, I am taking a class that is way out of my comfort zone. The class is called graduate research methods and it is tough! It essentially deals with a lot of model building and statistics. Why did I take this when I could have taken some other class that I could just breeze through? To learn!
Getting out of your comfort zone often times is exactly what it takes to push you to the next level. Political science has become a fairly data heavy practice and therefore I figured if I wanted to up my game I needed to understand the research side of things better.
Another good benefit of understanding data packages is that once you understand how to use them, you can apply this knowledge to other fields. As long as your fundamental theory is strong you can begin to explore other fields. Think of Nate Silver and how he has transitioned from sports statistics to political statistics. I am really excited about learning more about this.
The only downside is the amount of time it takes to learn something fairly difficult from scratch. This means many more hours locked up in a room making myself feel stupid (that is until I get it). It also means less time to write, brainstorm new ideas, and tweak my site. Oh well, the semester is over in May and will be here before I know it.
On another note I am super excited to talk about a new friend I have made through a program I entered called Bloggers helping Bloggers. Jana from Daily Money Shot started the program and J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy came onboard shortly after. It pairs experienced bloggers with not so experienced bloggers in a mentor mentee relationship. This is truly a unique experience and when I heard about it I signed up immediately. This is like trying to learn the drums and having Josh Freese teach you for free! It’s really awesome!
The mentor I have been paired with is John from Mighty Bargain Hunter. He is a really great guy and already within the first week of the program I have learned a lot.
John and I have had some discussion on how I should go forward with the 30ss and talked about some ideas I had been thinking about for quite some time. I am truly excited about this learning experience and as well as some upcoming changes to the site. There is a lot of positive things going on around me as of now and I want to keep the momentum going.
If you are interested in the program I suggest you check out when the program will be opened up again. I don’t think you will be disappointed.