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What is your soul worth?

Written by David Harry   
Monday, 14 January 2008 21:02

They say every person has a price. What’s yours? I ask because from time to time I get emails from people that are interested in having me review some product, service or website here on the ol trail. As long time trail riders know it is more about the therapy and the passion not about the $$$. Now let’s not get crazy though (that’s what the therapy is for right?) I do certainly find cash to be more than just a little handy from time to time. I have just never had to use this blog as a revenue platform… just a place to hang out.

What's YOUR Price...Enter the Soul Reaper

I was approached by a company looking to promote their service and asked how much it would cost for me to review it. I answered that I really had no set price, but if they wanted to tell me some more about the site and let me have a go at it with a demo account, I could then discuss it further. I though that was reasonable – if I like what they are promoting I am happy to give it some pixel time, if not I would politely decline.

The next email I received merely offered $45 and asked for my PayPal addy… erm… weird, I swear I was already starting some kind of dialogue here? Ok, what the f*ck ever, I went on about my business.

Once again today, there was another one-liner email inquiring about my availability to do a review and the PP addy to send my windfall of cash to.  Did these folks even READ my Blog? I can be a bit of a live grenade that lost the pin a long time ago and it seems unlikely they caught that. I shall of course resist the temptation to actually mention said peeps by name, as discretion is said to be the better part of valour.  But it is tempting….

Spare some change?

I have no idea where my would-be benefactors are located, but around here I couldn’t get out of the corner store without dropping $45 which means buying my soul in the form of blind sponsored endorsement is out of the question. Now, if you throw in say, 3 goats and a few chickens, we could be on to something here (hee hee). I know there are many bloggers out there that make a living as such and I have no problems with them, I do think the advertisers might want to do some homework before waving such huge wads of cash in the face of a volatile blogger.  All they really had to do was tell me some more and let me see the goods... WTF is so hard about that?

So tell me…. How much is your editorial integrity worth? We’re at $45, 3 Goats, 2 Chickens – suggestions welcomed.


The Adaptive Mind

Written by David Harry   
Saturday, 12 January 2008 05:51

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Aristotle - Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC - 322 BC)

I was looking at that little adventurous prose tonight and simply had to relate it to the ongoing experience unto paths unknown in my world of search. While I tend to run in circles around my office like a child that has just Think about it...had their favourite candy usurped when I am excited about a given post in the Blog-o-sphere, I do temper it where possible. I know I reside in a world of link bait that often seeks eye balls over personalities and that I can deal with. I understand that what I believe others may not. I realize that I am wrong in many things I believe today as experience has been my greatest teacher… but I always listen.

Myopic; short: lacking foresight or scope; "a short view of the problem"; "shortsighted policies"; "shortsighted critics derided the plan"; "myopic thinking"

One of the secrets to longevity in the business world is the ability to adapt as a caterpillar does to flight. Rarely have I met a business person that began the journey into the unknown from the same perch that they sit upon today. It is most certainly wise to have goals and an over-all plan of action… it is fine to dream as well…. But being open to the ever changing landscape of your personal realities will ultimately lead you to the final hour.

I say to you, those that are uber focussed… in the zone… wear not the blinders of self assurance. Nothing is more valued in the world of business than the ability to adapt. It is you see, the essence of evolution and our fate should we care to address it or not.

I have come to understand the lot in life that is my status as a warhorse after nearly 20 years of self employment and adaptations that took me from a career as a brick and mortar consultant to a yappy, grumpy old online anomaly that is but a twig upon the shoulders of the mighty river called life at this point… where we begin is seldom where we land. Be sure to always keep openness to allowing yourself to grow in directions that you may not have originally intended, allow the river to do some of the work for you.


This little ditty was inspired by a young in-house SEO that I was chatting with today… so let me end it with some more words that are wiser than I could ever pen;

It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.
Sir Winston Churchill
- British politician (1874 - 1965)



SEO and the little voice in my head

Written by David Harry   
Friday, 04 January 2008 03:03

 Something occurred to me today when I was losing my mind and slowly slipping into the reality that may be my ignorance. The most devious and dastardly little voice crept into my mind’s eye and whispered unto my being. Could it be, maybe just a little, somewhere deep in the recess of the game that is my industry, a sense of hypocrisy exists that isn’t immediately self evident? Is Google really alone in leading the sheep?

Bear with me along this trail for a few moments. Nothing bothers me more than misinformation and the often seemingly chaotic appearance that SEO can have. Once upon a time as a forum hound it would bother me too no end; put out one fire and 3 more pop up in its place. Finally I gave up and decided to write more here instead and hopefully pass sensibility when I can.  But there was that voice today that was looking at the entire mess from a more objective view point and it asked;

I am hearing voices...DAMMITIs Google the only one that should stand accused of creating FUD?


And I ain’t talking about Rocket Science peeps….so don’t go there…


I mean really, look around you folks. There is no lack of people screaming about ‘New Ranking changes’ and the fairness of said illusionary instances. Others are talking about a minus this penalty or minus that penalty (how many have we had now?). I passed by freaking DP looking for a quote and found that the natives are so freaked by all the Paid Link and PageRank fiasco that they can’t even tell the difference between ToolBar PageRank and actual PageRank (not sure they ever did grasp that one). And this list could go on and on.


… where in all of this lies our responsibility?

Read more... [SEO and the little voice in my head]

the Ramblings of a Mad Man

Written by David Harry   
Thursday, 06 December 2007 20:46

Can U see what I see?I had the good fortune to be chatting and playing with the ever lovely Shana last night about a variety of items from Blogging, Qualitative Research Books and Holiday Cheer (see icon) to Hot Chicks, and Ninja’s. It continued an ongoing dialogue in the limited space within my cranium about the world that is Social Media (and blogging) and I have come to understand that I am a bit of an oddity in the blogging world in that I am really just writing because I am (currently) enjoying a space that I have complete editorial control over. This is not a means of branding, at least not in conventional sense, as I tend to be brash at times.

It is not a means of income as I do not sell Ad Space nor participate in affiliate angles and the like. It could be considered a networking lever, but even there, it is a select few that take the chance to do more than a passing drive-by pleasantry. Beyond that, I don’t really write up how-to posts with the nitty gritty of what I do best, as I believe in teaching someone to fish, instead of giving them the fish. One can have the best paints and brushes available; this alone does not ensure joy upon the canvass. I seek to impart knowledge that can be used in many situations over the finite points of doing the leg work for the uninitiated.

So what am I doing?

I think of it many times as I do with teaching martial arts, there is no single solution, only variables that can be adapted to given situation with the best possible chances for success. There is no magic bullet and no written sonnet can play the tune of success. It is the wise person that takes the words and conveys them into situations in their real world in an adaptive mind. Many of us have spent time on the forums and heard many a weary traveller that wanted the simple answers of ‘How To’ and paths to the traffic nirvana dreamed of by start-ups from the beginning of this sorted mess.

So, in the end my fine peeps, I seek to entertain, enlighten and amuse. I am not blogging to be an A-lister or to make a few cobbles of cash. I am merely expressing the things I find of interest and would talk about with a close friend… so you dear reader, are my friends and partners on this ride through the web-o-sphere. I once started writing here because I wanted somewhere to express. Along the journey there were those that actually enjoyed my tormented lament… so now I write for not only myself, but those kind enough to follow along. Let me leave you with a quote I passed along to my fav supporter Shana (now, now Charles, she’s cuter)….

The belief in an external world independent of the perceiving subject is the basis of all natural science. Since, however, sense perception only gives information of this external world or of "physical reality" indirectly, we can only grasp the latter by speculative means. It follows from this that our notions of physical reality can never be final. We must always be ready to change these notions - that is to say, the axiomatic basis of physics - in order to do justice to perceived facts in the most perfect way logically. – Einstein

In many ways, all we are is what others perceive us to be; as such I appreciate those that enjoy my little corner of the world and its tribulations. May I never need this space for revenue, it would ruin all the fun :0)

Until next time – play safe.


Giving Thanks

Written by David Harry   
Thursday, 22 November 2007 20:27

Hullo peeps… I am Canadian, and fiercely proud of it. The lion’s share of my clients, over the last 10 years, have been Americans. When America has a holiday, in many respects, so do I. In appreciation for my ‘American Cousins', some thanks. I spent last weekend ‘home alone’ with my little darlings all which is all the thanks I need for me life. I decided to sit back and relax for a while.

Let's spread some love!

I have also been knee deep in patents and other research for my recent post and some slated for later this week(end?)…. While I do that I decided to take a few minutes so throw some love around… Ya can’t buy a link around here, but I do throw them out like tasty treats when the occasion presents itself…

The MadHat – well… for being himself.
Bill Slawski – for giving me someone to play mental badminton with
Charles – smartest non-SEO … SEO guy I know.
Jeff – for being Canadian, UPM visions (and the 12 pack he owes me)
Steven - for giving me the reporting bug

FantoMaster – for the term ‘waxing sectarian’
Wolfie – for being a rockstar
Shana (a.k.a theNanny) for all the love
Danny, Jill, Rusty, Rand, Andrew and more… for being themselves, which gave birth to me.


Sphinn – for giving me something to play with
Google/Yahoo (and sometimes Live) – without ya’ll, what would I do?
Matt and Aaron – for the edu-tainment
Search Engine Journal, TechCrunch, SlashDot, WebPro and SEW Blog for aknowledging that I exist. Sweet stroking...


In the end…. I suppose there are 2 spots closest to my old withered heart.. Site Reference and WebWork Shop… 2 places I could always sneak away to and rant all I please. Thanks for the love and support to all the crowd there….

So there ya have it… a couple egg-nog a-la Rye and some love for all… did I miss U? Ready to kick my ass? Damned sorry… just writing on a whim… email, I shall fix it.. hee heee…

Just giving some Thanks….

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