I am no stranger to fine dining. If you live long enough and you make enough money (which I did at one time), you can enjoy the experience that fine dining has to offer. I’m not talking about eating out at McDonalds, you silly person. I’m talking about eating at restaurants where the price tag of a single-person meal is well over $100.00 (in US dollars, that is).
When I talk about ill-gotten gains, I’m talking about accumulating wealth by taking advantage of other people. I don’t know where the boundaries are, but wealth could be defined as the “haves” versus the “have nots”. Climbing to the top on the backs of others is simply something I detest.
People like the infamous John Chow come to mind when I think of people who get rich by using people, pretending to help them make money online. He has numerous articles on his blog that show him flaunting his “good fortune” to everyone else by describing his fine dining experiences. If you read what he writes, and believe everything you read, you would come to the conclusion that every day is a holiday and every meal is a feast.
The Rest of the People
John Chow has something like 60,000 people subscribed to his RSS feeds. I guarantee you that well less than 10 percent make enough money online to brag about it. On the other hand, I know another person who only has around 5,100 RSS feed subscribers, but I’m willing to bet more than half of them make a considerable amount of money online. His name is Grizzly and he has the number one make money blog on the net. He doesn’t flaunt it and he doesn’t advertise it outside of his circle of friends, and he has many more friends than some stupid number appearing on the page. I guarantee that more than 5,100 of his personal contacts make much more money than that other guy’s contacts.
I could have titled this section as “Grizzly versus John Chow”, but I really don’t want too much attention given to John Chow. He has a really nice-looking blog and he makes a lot of money by selling things to people that more than likely won’t help them in their online endeavors. One thing it will do is show them where the best fine dining places in Canada are.
Grizzly (affectionately known as just “Griz”), on the other hand, has one of the ugliest blogs on the face of the planet and it proves you don’t have to be pretty to be popular — not where it counts. I have yet to read one fine dining experience on it and I’ve read everything he has ever written. Unfortunately, and like Kelly Bundy (if you don’t know, it doesn’t matter), I forget as much as I learn.
One thing that Griz will do, that a lot of people won’t do, is go out of his way to help someone get ahead. As an example, I didn’t ask him to write about Post Your Own Articles dot Com, a site I recently launched. He asked ME if he could write about it. He doesn’t owe me any favors and I don’t pay him for anything. So why did he do it? That’s what friends are for.
Are you still reading?
If you made it this far, then you may be interested in visiting Post Your Own Articles to see what was so interesting that Griz wanted to write about it.
It’s a multi-author blog that’s quite different from most multi-author blogs, not nearly as ugly as Grizzly’s blog, but still as plain as I could make it. It has one ultimate goal: To make YOU money online. That is, if you choose to participate. It is 100 percent moderated and there’s no advertising on it… yet.
Another good friend of mine and a very good web developer, Stephen Cronin of “More Than Scratch The Surface” has agreed to attempt a custom WordPress plugin to control the advertising for contributors to my site — once I determine it has enough search visitors per day to justify advertising on it. I said “attempt” because there is no plugin currently capable of doing half of what I’m asking.
No Fine Dining for Me
The thing I like to do most is get ahead by helping others get ahead, whether online or in the real world. I will not partake in any more fine dining experiences until I’ve made enough money, the honest way, to be able to look at myself in a mirror and not gag on my own visage.
As a retired Marine, and just for giggles, I’m reminded of a quote from the movie “Aliens”:
All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal’s a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I LOVE the Corps!