If you are a subscriber on any of my marketing lists, then you got the message below in your email inbox yesterday. I'm republishing my email note in its entirety here, for the benefit of all my readers who aren't subscribers. I apologize if you've already seen this.
The Times They Are a-Changin'
WARNING: This is a LONG email. If you're one of those TL;DR sorts, just click the link immediately below and you'll keep getting my silly emails.
Today marks a change. Monumental to me, maybe not to you. I'm turning my whole business upside down, or as I like to say to my kids, downside up. You know, just to get that quizzical look your canine gives you when you try to speak “dog.”
You may have noticed that I've been AWOL for quite some time. It's a long boring story but it goes something like this:
I'm *done* with internet marketing. Over the past 5 years, I really tried to “fit in” and be like Mike. I've met nearly every well-known internet marketer on the planet, from Frank Kern to Jason Fladlien, Brian Johnson, Wilson Mattos, James Jones, and a thousand others. Most are good guys. Really.
But I don't fit in. I'm a square peg in a round-hole world (you don't know how true that is)…
I'm not a marketer. I'm a regular guy, doing regular things, that any regular person can do. It's just that I'm doing it and you may not be. I write. I blog. I am involved in social media. I'm a tech guy. At least I used to be 🙂
So I'm shirking the hypey, overblown bullshit that goes on in this arena. I cannot tell you how disgusted I get with the two-faced crap my *former* peers put up. For example, they will tell you that your biggest problem is “Shiny Object Syndrome” (you buy too much stuff and you never put it into action–it's true) but then they go on, often in the same breath, that you need to buy their crap.
You know, because their crap is better than the next guy's crap and their crap isn't really crap.
You need their crap. And you need to buy their upsell, downsell, sidewaysell, etc.
But don't buy the other guy's crap. Unless I recommend it (because I get a fat commission if you buy it)…in which case, buy 3.
Sense a theme here?
Yeah, I really don't like the way internet marketers work. Many are “churners and burners.” I've never been that way and I never will be that way.
I want you to be my friend. I know that sounds like Mr Rogers (trust me, I'm NOT wearing a sweater), but it's so true. I value the relationships I build, even if they're “virtual.” One day, we may actually meet.
And I know that I have met some of my subscribers, live and in the flesh. Heck, some were my friends before they signed up to any list.
So you can tell that I have a bitter taste in my mouth for the way this “industry” works. But make no mistake:
I'm not going anywhere. Au contraire. I'm going to do more of what I like to do and what I think resonates with you. Most of you got here because of my WordPress tutorials. Some joined because you saw me at a Meetup or other speaking engagement. Still others just stumbled on by one of my websites, liked what you saw, and signed up.
It's all good. I'm totally inclusive. If you want to learn about how to get stuff done on the internet, I will help you to the best of my abilities.
All that said, what I'm going to do is stop sending emails out to all these segmented lists. You are on one of them (maybe multiples, in fact).
No longer – I'd like to build my “tribe.” You can join up by clicking the link below or you can simply ignore all this and go about your merry way. Over the next several months, I may remind you that I now only have ONE LIST that I'm regularly emailing and that you should sign up.
In building this tribe, you must know what my commitment is to you. And I'd like to get a commitment from you, too.
First, here's what I endeavor to do. I will keep creating content, training courses, and educational materials. I will only mention specific products (mine or others') from which I think you will derive some real value.
What do I need from you? I need you to read my emails and give a look at whatever I'm sending your way.
My “virtual door” is always open – if you ever have a question or need to talk about something, email me (reply to this email – that's the easiest way). I'm also quite easily found online on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Skype.
That's it for now.
PS – Here are some YouTube links, in case you're a music nut like me:
–> (The Times They Are a-changin') http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCWdCKPtnYE
Truth be told, I'm more like a Rolling Stone:
PPS – Yes, I know you didn't come here for the music (or DID you?), and I know some of you probably hate Bob Dylan and his hippie ways…well, sorry.
So that's it. I hope that you come join me.