How Fat Boss Hog and Why Guy Tony Robbins Teach Me – and You – 2 Critical Blogging Lessons

August 4, 2014 31 thoughts
Kelli, a Fijian woman resting on a coconut tree and a bunch of boats in Savusavu, Fiji.


I’ve been known to make some strange connections.

Does it get any weirder than this?

Boss Hog from the old school American TV show Dukes of Hazard, Why Guy and Motivational Guru Tony Robbins, and blogging? How do I connect the 3?

First, let’s learn about Boss Hog and how his story teaches you a blogging lesson.

Here in Savusavu, Fiji, we’re treated to 3 TV channels. Yes, 3 separate TV channels. Before you of 700 to 1,000 TV channel blessedness laugh or cackle at our puny 3 channels, they rock.

1 channel in particular shares some current and old school shows from the United States. Among these shows is the 80’s classic, The Dukes of Hazard.

The Dukes chronicled the story of 2 good old boys and their Daisy Duke wearing sister in the Southern US. The foil, or villain, or simply, the sometimes bad guy in the show was a corpulent, portly character named Boss Hog.


Blogging and the Boss


Boss Hog was a clown. He tried to catch the good guys, the Duke brothers, in the act, trying to frame them to send those good old boys to prison.

He never really succeeded but looked like a silly fool trying to do so.

The thing is, Boss Hog was a chubby fool, an idiot. He always mucked up in the end. He was the laughingstock, the buffoon, the loon, the comedic foil, the guy everybody laughed at.

At the show’s end he often pulled out a smorgasboard of food and ate like a fat pig.  Roll credits. Fun laugh. See you next Friday for the next episode of the Dukes of Hazard.

The thing is, Boss Hog teaches you a most critical blogging lesson. Goodness knows he taught me a blogging lesson.

I hadn’t watched the show in 30 years. Really. Yeah I’m 39 years old. Anyway, I Googled “Boss Hog” and found out the actor who played this fool – who I always assumed was a light, B-type actor, and not much else – was an exceptionally intelligent, talented, driven, distinguished human being.

The man who played Boss Hog was a man by the name of Sorrell Booke. He was a counterintelligence agent during the Korean War. He was a classically-trained actor. He earned degrees from both Yale and Columbia.

Sorrell was fluent in 5 languages, including Japanese.

I was stunned. My jaw-dropped. I was flabberghasted. Guys, if you saw the fool that he played, or if you watched the show, you’d be shocked too.

I *assumed* I knew everything about the guy based on 1 dimension through which I knew a professional actor. Boy was I wrong. He was so, so much more than a funny laughingstock on a TV show.

He was a brilliant, gifted actor, who served his country in a pressurized, dangerous working environment, one which few people on earth can enter into, and leave alive.

Where’s the blogging lesson? Let’s dive in….


Assuming and Blogging


I recall seeing more than 1 successful blogger displaying their latest $50,000 check, or their latest and greatest trip to Tahiti – East of us here in Savusavu, Fiji – some 3 to 4 years ago.

I saw all the trappings of success. I assumed that this success came easy to said pro bloggers. I assumed they NEVER had to face the hardships I had to face. I mean, I had it worst, I thought, based on my totally baseless, stupid assumptions.

I saw 1 aspect, 1 element, 1 dimension of these bloggers – that being, successful living – and I made a snap judgment/assumption; these guys didn’t have to go through what I went through, so it’s natural that they found success much more easily, and it’s natural and normal for me to have struggled through years of failing blogging.

I made an assumption and I got punished by that assumption. Even if bloggers shared their struggles they couldn’t have had it worse than me. This was my blogging belief, and the more I held to it, the less responsibility I claimed for my failures, and the more I lent out my precious power.

It was easy for these other people because they were successes, and because I never got the facts, or tuned into the truth of their painfully difficult past. I also labeled the Boss Hog character as a total fool, and even though I didn’t see the actor as a fool I figured he was a B movie actor who accomplished little else in life.

Our 'hood in Savusavu.
Our ‘hood in Savusavu.

When I learned how much these successful bloggers went through, and how they fought and clawed to succeed, I got to the truth of the matter. I no longer blamed my failures on the fact that my struggles were worse than theirs. In many cases, they were nowhere near as worse.

I owned my failures. I owned the fact that these wildly successful bloggers went through deeper failures (acquiring the truth, instead of making assumptions), and the minute I moved forward I succeeded more quickly because I reclaimed my power.

Just as I was shocked, and woke the frick up, when learning about the actor’s amazing prior life, and his brilliance, so was I shocked when learning the struggles of successful bloggers. My problems were darn small compared to theirs, the truth of the matter was, as I learned….”the rest of the story”, as Paul Harvey would say, or the truth.

The truth set me free. I could stop comparing, and start realizing that the massive problems of these pros helped build their success.




Assumptions suck. Assuming that other bloggers:

  • Succeed because they’re more talented
  • Succeed because they’re lucky
  • Succeed because they have more money to invest in business-related stuff

….is a mistake with dis-empowers you….because you explain away your failures, due to the “fact” that you’re not talented, or lucky, nor do you have the cash to invest in your blogging business.

Once you stop assuming and discern the truth about pro bloggers, by learning your past, you’ll learn that they worked intelligently and persistently to get past obstacles, and that you need to do the same.

Thanks Boss Hog, for teaching me a lesson in making stupid assumptions.

Learn about blogging pros. See what they went through to arrive. Stop assuming they always had it easy. Then, you can no longer explain away your failures as legit, because you “have it so much worse” than other bloggers…..and you’re free to own your failures, and to succeed.


Tony Robbins: The Why Guy and Blogging


Last week I spoke to my neighbor here in Fiji. His name is Raja. Raja explained how he did the tech work for Tony Robbin’s world-renowned Namale resort in Savusavu, Fiji, a hop skip and jump from the crib.

Robbins asked Raja if he could complete the task of wiring his hotel conference/meeting room for feeds from around the world, as TR often does live talks in California but beams the feed to his devotees who’d rather watch the speech here in paradise, in Fiji.

Raja was up to the task.  Tony noted he’d love to pay Raja because he was so grateful to find a local who could handle the job.  Obviously, he’d have to fly someone in from the States who’d work at a significantly higher rate if Raja couldn’t handle the job.

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Raja said “no” because he was on the job as a technician for a local business.

Tony told him to come back on Saturday when he was off the clock. Raja obliged.

You see where we’re heading….and why Tony Robbins, the “Why Guy” and personal development guru, has become so darn successful.




Raja came back on Saturday. Tony met him at the bar and asked him what he was drinking. Fiji Bitter of course. They shared a few drinks, and then Tony told Raja anything off of the menu for dinner.

Raja went with 2 lobster tails.

Now, this is the local technician who is receiving a salary from his employer. The guy who’s already getting paid for the job that he’s doing for the Namale Resort…yet….Tony Robbins wines and dines him, as if he were a VIP Client.

Robbins asked him if he wanted anything. Like, as in, what do you want?….and I’ll get it for you.

Raja thought about it for a second, and responded with a piece of tech equipment that could help him spot disruptions in electrical lines. Nothing like this exists in Fiji of course, and in truth, the USA is one of the few spots where he could find the expensive device. Robbins said that he’s work on it.

TR had to go but before he left he handed Raja an envelope. My Fijian neighbor had an idea what was inside the envelope but waited before opening it.

Before Robbins left he told the bartender to take care of Raja  – making it an open bar for the techie – and also told the resort taxi drivers that Raja will be receiving a ride home each day, on the hotel’s/his dime.

The sunsets do not get better than here in Savusavu, Fiji.
The sunsets do not get better than here in Savusavu, Fiji.

Raja finished dinner, hopped in the cab and on the way home opened the envelope.

Tony stuffed it with both US and Fijian dollars – half and half – and the amount that he “wanted to pay him” was roughly 500 times the daily minimum wage here in Fiji.


Getting Paid


500 times the daily minimum wage in Fiji.

Do you knda get the feeling that Tony Robbins is appreciative? Or that he cares deeply about the people around him?

Oh yeah…..the expensive device that Raja asked for was shipped to Fiji 2 weeks after the discussion. The shipping fees alone must have been quite handsome, and the part itself was obviously not cheap.

Tony Robbins will teach you all that you need to know about blogging: care.

Do you think Tony cares? He treated a technician from a local company who was already being paid for the work he was doing, like a VIP movie star, or CEO, or any of his other higher roller clients, because he was genuinely appreciative that Raja would be able to help him out.

The entire experience – along with the bucks and tech device – he gifted to Raja was an authentic, genuine show of appreciation for a guy who helped him out in a big, big way.

This is one of the reasons why Tony Robbins is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. He makes most of the people he meets, or connects with on some level, feel special, because he genuinely cares about each person he’s been blessed to connect with in person, or through the internet, or through his powerful seminars.

As a blogger, how much do you care? You better care, if you want to become memorable. You better care, and not only care, but demonstrate how much you care by:

  • Responding to every comment on your blog….even if you need to stay up to 4 AM, to do so…
  • Responding to emails from other bloggers; chatting with them, offering advice, asking questions
  • Responding to retweets, Facebook Shares and Google Plus shares with Thanks
  • Guest posting on blogs, sharing your best content
  • Posting comments like content on authority blogs; adding immense value with 5 or 6 paragraph, thoughtful, insightful pieces
  • Being appreciative of life in general

These are a few examples. If you think through your blogging campaign you can find 1,001 ways – and more – to care, to be genuine, and to help people by going the extra mile. Or 10 extra miles. Just like Tony Robbins.

How do I care? Easy. Instead of writing a 600 word, solid post, 7 times each week, I publish a 2500, or 3000 word, in-depth, resource-type, pillar-style posts for people to read, digest and use for their advancement.

I care about you. I want you to come along for the ride. I want you to blog from paradise, to retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. I want you to pick up blogging tips through my posts, and to be inspired through my travel pictures.

I care. I learned from successful folks like Tony Robbins, to care, to go above and beyond and to express your appreciation like a boss.


Fiji, Boss Hog, Tony and Blogging


I’d never have seen the Dukes of Hazard on TV unless I was watching a retro channel back in the States. Being in Fiji made it easier for me to watch the show on primetime TV, so I could learn Boss Hog’s inspiring story.

I wouldn’t have heard the story about Tony Robbins from our neighbor, unless I was in Fiji, and the cool thing is he recounted it from his personal experience with TR.

Traveling can introduce you to a flood of creative ideas, to a bunch of inspiring people and to all sorts of fascinating experiences which accelerate your growth as a blogger and person.

If you’re feeling stuck as a blogger, take a road trip. Or a flight.

More than anything, don’t make assumptions. Don’t see a successful blogger in 1 dimension, by totally ignoring their past struggles, and their prior life, to create an excuse to be a blogging failure yourself. Learn more about these pros to inspire yourself to kick butt and to become a pro blogger.

Just in case you forgot where we are, my lovely fiancee Kelli reminds you.
Just in case you forgot where we are, my lovely fiancee Kelli reminds you.

Learn how to care like crazy. Be genuinely grateful for your blog, and your life, and express this gratitude by taking care of your readers, your clients, and the folks who promote your blog posts….as well as taking care of people in your offline life.


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  1. Amy, ditto, 1000%! Stunned that he was such a guy. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Amy Says:

    Wow, I had not idea Boss Hog was such an amazing man. I never really thought about him as a person beyond his TV character (who I strongly disliked). It really is crazy how easily we make assumptions about other people and use those assumptions to either hold ourselves back or over elevate ourselves. Great Article!

  3. YF, it’s always best to share that this is a real business, and takes real effort to work, versus selling it as easy. Sure, blogging and prospering online is 10 times easier for me now….after working smart and persistently, I’ve built a network of friends and know what to do, to prosper. But I still need to work, and I needed to work for years to reach this point. Thanks so much.

  4. Rohan, I enjoy your analogy. The caring water makes our blogs grow, and we care one person at a time. Resource-style, longer posts are doing really well for me. Each blogger has their own style which may evolve over time; the secret is to listen to your readers and to keep doing what’s working. Thanks Rohan, great to see you again buddy 🙂

  5. Hi,

    Ryan. I was just wondering what happened to your last blog’s post. (more than 3000, I guess).

    Anyway, its refreshing to see your take on blogging from different perspective. You learn and teach very differently. There is a saying, “One can learn anything, if they are determined.”

    Assuming always land one in trouble. Blogging is no easy job, one needs to go through all the pain before the sweet success.

    And yes, caring is the water for the plant of blogging, one need to water it daily for it to flourish. Awesome post.

  6. YourFriend Says:

    Your 1st Paragraph
    I strongly agree with you on that point.I hate well-settled bloggers showing blogging as a piece of cake.All they do is just show their monthly income report and bribe other people into that hell of blogging.

    The real problem starts when people write articles about Earning Money Online and they put Blogging on the top of the list.

    Thanks for dropping by mate 🙂

  7. No way Carol, you are about as detail oriented and observant a blogger as I know! Chat soon, and hope you enjoy your Wednesday, as ours is winding down 😉

  8. Carol Amato Says:

    Okay, sorry to be so thick… lol That’s an awesome story, and you told it masterfully. Talk soon, Carol

  9. Hi Adrienne, I saw you respond to someone’s comment recently, and I knew that based on your actions, what your statement was going to be in regards to the point made; you gotta MAKE time to comment! I can’t imagine how late you stay up some nights to respond to call comments, or to comment on other blogs, with the depth and number of comments you put out there. Evidence of your success is so easily seen. Thanks so much for sharing Adrienne, chat soon!

  10. Adrienne Says:

    Hey Ryan,

    Oh, I remember Dukes of Hazzard. Haven’t seen that in years and I would have to see pictures of them again to remember who all played who but I vaguely remember them all.

    Now you know what happens when we assume right! Either way we all still do it, I think it’s just part of our nature. I use to do the same thing all the time. Probably why I was so late actually connecting with others because I “assumed” they were really successful people and didn’t have the time or cared to connect with me. I would visit someone’s blog and was just under the impression. I assumed without even taking the time to connect with them and then later learn what an idiot I was. I can only imagine the number of people that do that to me too.

    I think though if we can learn this then we’ll be better off and benefit us all.

    That’s a great story about what Tony did for Raja. I’m not really surprised though, I really hear Tony is a great guy.

    You know people ask me how I’m able to respond to all comments all while still visiting plenty other blogs. They never seem to have the time for it but what I tell them is the same thing you mentioned here. I find the time because to me it’s important. To me it’s about the connections and in order for me to do that I have to stay in touch. I have to be everywhere, I don’t want people to stop seeing me. Is that time consuming? You betcha but I love it and I’ll take the time.

    Thanks for these lessons and I’m excited about your new eBook. I think it’s awesome and can really benefit others so I’m anxious to see how well this will be received.

    Awesome job and you have a great week. I’ll see you a little later.


  11. Thanks so much Carol…..what a comment 😉 Actually Raja was on the job so he couldn’t take a tip, or anything in addition to his salary, as like on most jobs this is not permitted. This when when Tony Robbins gave him a cool $1000 USD, which for Fijians, is an absolute fortune! The daily minimum wage is like $2. Justin B, again, another successful person who knows how he became successful….by giving freely….thanks so much for sharing your insight Carol, and you do the same!

  12. Carol Amato Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    The only person in the trio I am familiar with is Tony Robbins – LOL! Shows how much TV I’ve watched, eh? 🙂 Glad you gave the background.

    Absolutely, when actors do a great job, they really draw us in and have us believe they live, breathe, eat and sleep that person, and it’s real… Awesome job uncovering the identity, true worth of this gentleman and hat’s off to his having served in our military.

    Assuming is a dangerous activity, agree fully on this. Done it myself, we all have.

    Ah, love that phrase, ‘reclaimed my power.’ I also had a breakthrough – it was early this year, and I can’t begin to describe the freeing experience that was that filled me with drive and confidence.

    As they say, until we’ve walked in another man’s shoes…

    I was a bit confused, Raja said “no” – or did he only say that cuz he was “on the job” technically speaking, or was Tony trying to convince him with the extras and cash? I sort of missed that part.

    Love the theme of caring, Ryan, awesome!

    I’m sure Tony is definitely a very caring person, but he’s also smart marketer and a complete master at knowing how to elicit an emotional response from a potential client/employee. He definitely wouldn’t have to go to the extremes he does, but it’s very effective, and there is something to be said about the phrase: “It’s more blessed to give than receive.” Just heard Justin B. say this about his grant a wish foundation involvement.

    Great list of ways to show you care, Ryan, I couldn’t agree more! 🙂 Attitude of gratitude, love it!!

    Have a blessed day and thanks for sharing this great story!

    Talk soon,
    – Carol

  13. Donna, what a wonderful comment. I imagine the stories you heard from actors and actresses are about as inspiring as you could imagine, in such a competitive-minded industry. People go through so much to get to the top, that people who don’t give so much, well, they could never understand. I finished reading a book by comedian Adam Carola a few minutes ago. His path to becoming successful was full of poverty, heartache and depression. But he kept at it, and he made it. Donna, you definitely are lending the hand out everywhere you go and I know it’s a secret to your happiness. Thanks so much 🙂

  14. You are spot on Ryan about making assumptions.

    Now I remember the old TV Show the “Odd Couple” and in one of the series, Tony Randall put up on a chalk board Never Assume because it makes an Ass out of U and ME.

    We tend to assume things about those who reached high levels of success, but there is always a story behind it.

    I’ve worked with many actors/actresses in my off line business and heard the stories of pain, doubt, and failure. I learned so quickly that these people had a job to do and it wasn’t all glitz and glam!

    When you Talked about Tony Robbins, it really got to me. I’ve always liked that guy because he gave me that “genuine” feeling. And now, I have the proof of the pudding with what you shared.

    We as bloggers are in the service field. No matter if we blog about technology to how to eat beets….We must step up and give all the time. We must be the givers in all facets of life.

    To me, it is like a road I’m on, and whatever I pass, I can lend a hand without expectations. It is the only way I know how to live because that is the essence of a happy life.

    Great blog post!

  15. PD, I think we’ve all done that at one time or another. Life is so interesting, when we sit back, soak it up, and learn to look deeper into people, or even, circumstances. TR absolutely rocks Phil. He’s a dynamo, and one of the seminal personal development gurus of our age or of all time for that matter. Definitely a smart download. Thanks so much as always, appreciate it dude!

  16. Phillip Dews Says:

    Never Judge a book by it’s cover. A mistake I made a few weeks ago and one I regret because it’s my brother!
    I was in hospital as you know after doing my ankle in and while waiting to see the doctor a lady in a wheelchair with her leg in plaster came up and waited next to me!

    Anyway me being the person I am I started to chat. Eventually I happened to say ‘I wonder where my Brother is‘.

    My Bro David has worked at Good Hope Hospital for over a decade now.
    What does he do?‘ came the reply.. ‘Oh he’s only just a porter here.
    No he is not just a porter, Your Bro is so much more than that.

    I instantly regretted saying that. She was right, my brother David really is so much more than that! There are so many facets to our lives that we forget what they are. I made an assumption on one of the closest people in my life. I regret that.

    Our life’s facets are what make us unique and beautiful human beings. I have learned my lesson now and when I see people walking down the street I wounder what their life is like and about. That I think is what we all need to learn to do!

    Great writeup dude! I just been on TR website and have now downloaded his eBook – ‘Re-Awaken the Giant Within’. Have tweeted dude…
    – PD

  17. Hi Brittany, agreed so much on TR; he is such a high energy dude this story doesn’t surprise me much. Right now, definitely ghostwriting but I only launched 1 eBook before now and it wasn’t a smart launch….it was a failure, but I learned so much from it. So this new release – eBook coming out with a blitz tomorrow – should go quite nicely. Thanks so much for subscribing Brittany!

  18. Ryan,

    Stopping by after your awesome comment on my IBA guest post– loved this! I’m a big Tony Robbins fan (isn’t everyone though?) and it doesn’t surprise me at all to hear that about him. He’s so awesome.

    I often feel like I should write longer, more in-depth posts too… I think I just have too much A.D.D. in my writing at the moment! =)

    What have you found to be your most profitable blogging-related endeavor? Your ghostwriting services or your ebooks? Or something else? I love to hear people’s success stories. I’ve subscribed to your feed. Looking forward to getting to know you better!

  19. Yep buddy, it’s a challenge to get past the mental blocks we set up for ourselves but when you see the results you want….it’s all worth it 😉 Thanks so much for sharing YF.

  20. Andrew, man is it so important to share the rest of the story. Well put! People need to know that anybody with a desire to succeed can do this, because we all had to fight through struggles to get where we are. Then, you’ll be sharing your successes more than your failures, so people can become inspired by your lifestyle…..but my About Me page, as well as prior posts, explains what I went through to get here. You’ll be here bro, count on that 😉 Thanks again the way, your posts have been quite awesome. Keep up the great work.

  21. Hey Ryan,

    Although I never made the mistake of assuming that more successful bloggers didn’t go through hardships and struggles, I do get really upset when some of them act as though it’s so easy to make money. Just because they’re doing it, they’re flashing it in the faces of people and even mis-leading newbies into thinking that they can get rich just like them.

    Only problem is, they don’t tell them about the struggles they had to go through to get to that point.

    ‘m sure assumptions happen all the time – if they happen in life, then you better believe they happen in blogging. Every new blogger that’s successful I meet, I don’t go assuming anything and certainly don’t have animosity towards them … everyone has had to go through some sort of struggle to get where they are so I leave it at that.

    Great post here Ryan, and I need to step up my game so I can be blogging from paradise one day. Just like yourself.

    Have a great rest of the week, my friend.

    – Andrew

  22. YourFriend Says:

    Indeed, this post is full of lessons.Writing post that is more than 1000 words really takes heck a lot of energy, not only from the writer’s side but also from the readers.I usually contain myself from 400-600 Words.

    Making Assumptions
    That’s the worst thing you can do. Making assumptions always results in you limiting yourself.Never assume and never judge the book by its cover.

    Care for others
    Care to get cared. Share to get shared. Respect to get respected.
    I guess Tony learned that lesson from Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion
    Action and Reaction are equal in magnitude but opposite in direction

    Traveling is great for Bloggers
    It gives you a chance to see things from different angle.Staying at one place and following the same routine may get really boring sometimes.Change is good for you.It opens new learning opportunities.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  23. Wow Mo, amazing story. You are one smart cookie! I’d seen Hogg with double G’s, now I know for sure. As for assuming it really can limit an individual terribly, on so many levels. Some feel I had it so easy, or that I’m a “natural” when it comes to creating, and posting, but I only because a “natural” after working for 20,000 hours over the past 5 years. I’ve spent so much time working on my craft that’s it easy, peasy to churn out content now. Thanks so much Mo for sharing your story.

  24. Mo' Millis Says:

    What a really great post Ryan. I dig it. Learning early in life I happen to be a good example of “don’t assume”. When I was a young, long haired rock musician I was put off for being “dumb”(for lack of a better word). In reality I was an avid songwriting guitarist honing gems at age 15, and at 17 penned a song that I later received an Editors Choice Award for, from the International Library of Poetry. I was also taking the BIG college evaluation tests in high school, SAT’s and what not, and came outta that a certified genius. And work. That was coming home from school to go spearfishing and lobstering to make some pocket money. I grew up in the islands, born in Key West. It took many years for some close folks to get past that, and some are still unaware they’re even making an assumption.
    So, yeah, you start assuming things and you will be fooled. Not all bad, no, but it’s something you wanna think on before hitting the Publish button.

    On the Dukes bit, you grabbed a great scenario with that whole Boss Hogg image and how it’s played up. Btw, it HOGG– H O to the double G, HOGG. Like Snoop DoGGy DoGG, or the RB to the B I double D. Even the Jefferson Davis Hogg name is a pun. Though I still don’t get the southern white cop being named Roscoe P. Coltrane of all things. Also, Boss Hogg, he wasn’t really overweight and wore a fat suit to play the part…
    …the point I’m getting at is, we are programmed to assume. The producers of Dukes are basically willing to spend tens of thousands of bucks making big ads, hiring huge crews, national syndication, etc, and it’s all relying on us to assume week after week, through countless programs–and foreign re-re-re-runs. We never let them down. That’s how embedded it is in us all.
    Thanks for the flashback Ryan.

  25. Aha, very clever KC. It’s funny how we assume people do spring froth from the ethers are some type of dynamo, an evolved species that is blessed with super hero like abilities. Nope, it doesn’t work that way. We must work, and care, and persist to see success. Thanks for your wonderful comment, as always.

  26. Kelli Says:

    Hey Ryan
    Amazing post as always–you always make the most creative associations, which make for unique, entertaining and thought-provoking posts. The part about not making assumptions is particularly important. People don’t spring froth from the ethers tops in their field. At some point, they were just like you–the spark of an idea, a blog with one lonely post,etc…

  27. Ken you’re right bro. This takes up plenty of time and of course, it’s all worth it. Every minute is….but it’s a job, a business, which requires a serious investment of your energy. Yep dude, I don’t mind much either as we went for months in spots in Thailand and Bali, with no TV at all…it’s just been such a treat 😉 Thanks so much, and have a great week in Bali.

  28. Richard, first off, thanks for buying my new eBook! I just checked in yesterday, really appreciate it my friend. Secondly, awesome comment as always. I hear you; I sometimes see blogs where 2, 5 or even 10 comments go unanswered, let alone 50. Even if you’re a famous celebrity, who’s as busy as can be, take 100 seconds of your day to respond to 4 comments, and to thank your readers for sharing their thoughts. Like .000001% of folks on this earth are that busy, so virtually nobody has the busy excuse. It simply shows that you care. Thanks again Richard!

  29. Richard Says:

    Another thought provoking post Ryan. Thumbs up dude.

    3 tv channels? Ok, but I bet you appreciate every channel when you have some down time, some beer in front of tv time. There’s a lot to be said for appreciation when there isn’t much on offer.

    And I bring that full swing around to blogging, and what you say about caring. It beats me when bloggers don’t bother to respond to my comments. It beats me even more when they hardly have any comments. If they can’t respond to 3 comments left on their blog post.

    When I started my blog some 17 months ago, a blog comment was like gold to me. I would read and reread it, and take time out to reply and say thanks.

    Just saying thanks shows you care. And blogging is such a personal thing, because often than not, the commenter is engaged in the blogger just as much as the content they are commenting on.

    I like the insights into Tony and Boss Hogg, and of course you are spot on with your commentary on them, and the links with blogging.

    Keep it up!

  30. Ken Kai Says:

    I think the mistake a lot of people first make is they think that this can all be done in their spare time.

    I’m not saying it’s impossible, but if you’re going to be running a nice twitter account, as well as several other social media accounts and providing great content for your readers, it really does eat up time!

    3 channels over in Fiji though. Damn dude! Haha, wouldn’t bother me all that much though. Can’t say I watch TV all that much anymore.

    Great write up Ryan. Tweeting now.


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