You get to a destination one step at a time. Your history of blogging comes one blog post at a time. It's the accumulation of both that adds up to something or brings you to a planned or unplanned destination.
Below are my original thoughts before I ever made my first blog post. If nothing else, I think you can agree, I have been true to my word. Like I wrote the words right now! That gives me great pleasure. Time is my best ally and always has been.
I want to take a moment to thank all my sponsors for the last 11+ years. Oh, never mind. I have never had a sponsor. I don't answer to anyone. I believe what I believe just like I assume my readers do. I just choose to share because mine are strong, long, deep and proven. Let the chips fall where they may. My reaction, my opinion, my beliefs will be the same, friend or foe. I search for answers and there are no property lines when it comes to thought. I never have to bend an answer to satisfy someone in the industry. Numbers and facts are the only ones I answer to. I filter out the noise.
So here is to another year of sponsor-less posting and free thinking. Whatever pressure I get, whatever blowback I get, it all happens after the answer not before. After the post, not before. And my only answer to that," It is what it is."
1450 Posts, 22,500 comments. Averaging more than 15 comments per post. Going on 12 years. Adding to those posts of 1996-2007 where I shared much of what I was discovering in REAL TIME and even then most just dismissed it and worse. I tried.
And as I read this, I may have not satisfied everyone, some you can never satisfy, but I was true to my word and I sure as hell satisfied myself. I lived up to the standard I set and that has more value to me than anything. Thanks for being part of it!
I enjoy your posts and it is educative as much as its entertaining.
Thanks for sharing.
Bloody awesome Rick.
I have been following you since the beginning and your solid, proven advice and onservations have steared my well.
Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts, I for one will be forever greatful.
It’s great your ad-free Rick. Not owned.
Thought this post was going to be a Rickroll or some other trick lol.
Ad-free is the only way to be!
Keep on rolling, Rick ;-)
Love this couple lines of yours…
“I want to take a moment to thank all my sponsors for the last 11+ years. Oh, never mind. I have never had a sponsor. I don’t answer to anyone.”
Real numbers don’t lie.
Whatever and wherever you post, I will always read.
Thank you Rick for being straight. Always enjoyed reading .I go back years back to reread some of your past articles and learn why you do what you do.
Thanks for being you and answering to no one.
FUCKIN A!!! you wrote the Domain Bible Rick. Have a great day my friend.
Thank You for starting your Blog and for the time and effort you put into it!
Time,Money and good health- are my best ally and always have been.
I hope you will take the sponsors’ money and still do write what you like and see who the suckers are.
Take the money and run!!
Since you are no longer in the social media- you can remove those facesh*&hit and twitter banners on the blog??
You also assume to know what people think. Most people read your blog entries and don’t even comment. Most people know they don’t know much and listen to what you say. It is just hard when you are getting started and listening to someone who already has ‘made it’ and you still sitting on a dirt pile with not much cash. The only reason people would be turned off is while you are giving advice you are also yelling stuff that should be seperated out into some other post on why people aren’t listening to you. If you had some online realtime chat where people could enter and ask you questions you would probably see alot of people show up and ask you alot of questions.
May the Schwartz be with you!
The Schwartzinator never has to say “I’ll be back.” Because he never really left. ;)
I always enjoy and get inspired reading you blog Rick, but I take exception to your statement that said ‘a 9 is a 9 forever. There is nothing we can do to change a 9’.
Depending on how you look at it, a 9 can be a 6. Also, 2 and 2 are not always 4. If you are a bit creative, you can make 22 out of 2 and 2…
Rick, every day since I met him, I follow his writings on his blog, and in the interviews that you grant.
I can only say that it is unique in its environment in this domain market, and you have always known how to differentiate the market segment for each of its (.com).
Finally, in my previous comments of his post, I have let you see that you are more than a book from the past, you are current and the best teachers I have been able to read of what you have written during these years for me.
Happy Day Jose.
Internet wouldn’t be the same with Rick Schwartz. I will also point out that Rick doesn’t get paid by “registrars” like some others without credibility does.
Great post. Thanks!!!
Thank you Rick!
Start charging for access to your blog.
I want my advice from Killers.
Show no mercy and take no prisoners.
You are too nice. ;)
Richard, you should start posting over at Namepros. Teach how not buy Pigeon Sh*t. Rick! It’s a messy place!