The Cost of Fame
The Cost of Fame
That’s my story and I’m sticking too it.
“I blog for money”
People ask, why do you blog, why do you have a web site? I have said for years,
- To make enough money to travel. -
Bangkok Thailand - Southeast Asia
Khao San Road
Wednesday, January 16, 2008Andy of HoboTraveler.com
I do not do it to make my Family and Friends happy, that to me seems somewhat self-centered, here look at me, I am here, I am there, you are home working.
I do it for normal reasons in a way, it is a job.
When I see anyone trying to promote his or her photo, or market himself or herself as special it concerns me. I feel bad that I need to put these logo thingies on this site.
I tried to minimize it, and make the reader know, I am there, they did not give me a no holds barred recommendation, and they just reference me.
The bottom line, I want advertisers to give me money, if they see these logos; it makes them feel safe to be associated with HoboTraveler.com.
Fame or being well known brings the ugly out in people; I am not talking only about people who become famous. I am also talking about admirers, but envious detractors, people want to take them down.
Fame is funny, like being loved by the gay reception person in the hotel. Who really gives a shit that this gay person likes me. He is not doing anything bad, he likes me, however it annoying to walk down the stairs and listen to some boy talk like a girl. This is fame, talking but not real, and creepy.
What is very sad, it this blogging or web logging has evolved from what I thought was a real, online travelogue thing to a constant, insidious attempt by bloggers to write articles that will make them famous. I write many very annoying posts to my mother and readers, and now which very few people really do not know. I have started funneling off many of my day-to-day diary thoughts to the Help Center on HoboTraveler.com. I just do not need someone reading all my thoughts on Thailand in a mass media way. So when I think it might get hate mail, I send on to help center, when just feeling and thoughts that for sure nobody can figure out why I was thinking them, I need to channel them onto the help center.
I also do not think anyone really want more than three of these posts in their box per day. Hard to modulate or throttle myself, the truth is, I like to write, it is soul smoothing, like taking the tablecloth over my soul and spreading it out and rubbing the wrinkles out the cloth with warm massaging strokes and a sense of accomplishment.
The cost of fame, or the bargain that fame offers is strange, I had an offer from a TV Channel to so something about five times in the last year, if I was on TV, I would make about 20,000 US Dollars in one big swoop, if not ten times more. It would super promote my web site.
The problem is this, and I have never said yes to any of them because they believe I would lie for them. I would get on and agree with all their muckety muck. Therefore, because I know I do not want to just go along with the gang, I lose 20,000 to 100,000 dollars. I am not going to Smile and agree to their lies.
The point is this, I earn money to do what I love to do, I love to travel, and I have about 10 times the money I need now to travel. I also have about 10 times I use for travel. I use the money for playing on the internet, making a big personal, what-I-want (A true Traveler) hotel site. It is the hotel site I want to get on, or at least after it is fully of hotels.
Envy is FAME, I learned this in my Real Estate business, and I remember telling my friend Mike,
- Mike, if I make any more money and get any more well known I will have zero friends. -
I had saturated the city, about 50 percent name recognition. I was up to President Bush status for my city. And President Bush is a good example, the longer he is well known the less the world likes him. This is what fame is, it is an ugly stone being thrown daily.
I love good or add to the conversation post, however post are not just well wishing, they try to somehow prove me stupid, what for, why, I am just pointing out something and a person mocks me or tries to be clever and put comments with hidden meanings.
I am here in Thailand, I have had about 15 people write and want to talk to me, not people that comment on the blog, people that am clueless to know who they are or what they want.
I am slowly making policy and sad policy, I am not going to meet people anymore, it is just a waste of time. Their motivations are normally to try to pull some follow me link juice to them from me. They somehow want to prove to themselves they are equal to me or some other little dick ideas. Fame is Envy, not love.
IF I put my photo on the page, this list of people would not be 15, it would be 50, and I would be running for Laos as I type…
When I was in Africa, the Ten Commandments of the Christian Bible took on another meaning. The West African people are more base level honest or primitive. They mock, are jealous, are full of all them seven deadly sins not listed in the bible, but well known.
Wiki list these:
These all to me embody the person who wants to be famous.
I enjoy a just reading of my work, I sometimes want to remove the photos to make the reader just think, get no visual endorphin rushes, just cerebral propositions to think about.
Just is a big pile of readers who does not pay for your book, read free and just likes what you write. No Public Relation Releases, just good solid writing that tells a story people want to pass along.
Writing can make people feel good, and this is a good thing.
I had one of them pivotal thoughts the other day, I was thinking about reading books. I like to read books, and I like people who read books, we can have these conversations about books. I am looking forward to meeting Wade ofhttp://www.vagabondjourney.com
Not so much as a traveler, but as another reader, his quotes are inspiring in his blog to me. Just yesterday, he quoted
“An uncomfortable bed free is better than a comfortable bed unfree.”
By Jack Kerouac (Tells the true story of travel, not so inspiring.)
Ok, Jack is nice, however I know learn about Wade by who he quotes or the books he talks about.
This is the blog fame problem for me, there is not always an exchange, people read my online blog, but give me know way of knowing who they are. When a person makes comment regularly I get to know who they are by the way they make comments.
I blog for money, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Maybe, I try to get a wrench out and adjust your morals a tweak when I hope you are not looking.The Cost of Fame
You must be a natural business person. I sit here reading your blog and think one moment you are worried your travels are in jeopardy because your are not making enough money off your site. Then within about 2 months you can turn it around, launch a new hotel site and now you have 10 times the amount of money you need to travel with. You did the same when you use to sell real estate. Must be something to do with that type A personality you talk about. Did you have the same passion for real estate that you have for travel? I guess you might say you pulled it all together with getting your personal life together and now doing what you love. You hit rock bottom, but somehow were able to rise again. Pretty amazing if you look how far you have come. For me I seem to be running in circles and not found my niche yet. It seems to me that you could do a TV show with integrity. But then you would not be annonomous anymore and be stuck riding in limos. Not many hobos riding in limos. Later Andy.
I was extremely worried about the site about 2 months ago.
Traffic had fell continuously for about 8 months. The question is, can I bring it back up. Yes, I believe I can, yesterday 11,000 unique visitors.
The Hobo is both a theme for the site and a way of life. Trying to travel from place to place and work.
Is a Hobo independent. I think anyone that got on a train and just went was independent.
I refuse to trade my independance for fame. This are ways the well wisher and inquisitive people can invade my life whether I like it or not.
TV puts words in good peoples mouths and somehow makes a good person turn into the villains.
Like my friend Gary says, you can't beat a person that refuses to quit.
What you write here is awesome. To allow yourself to be purchased is to live in bondage. . .even if it is fame that is doing the binding.
It seems as if you may as well have a day job if you were to comply with the TV offers.
I have witnessed too many people living behind the bars of their own wealth to not fear this route.
Good on you, Friend.
Oh yeah, I thik most people would find the books that I read incredibly boring hahaha
Just a lot of antrho texts and ethnograpic studies haha . . . nothing too exciting haha.
But I know what you mean about the certain connection that obsessive book readers seem to have with each other.
You can really talk books with a person all day long haha. It is a topic that can almost cover anything . . .sort of like a travel blog.
I wish you the best and will write more soon,
So you dont want to do a TV job , who cares. As long as you give interesting stuff to your readers they will read.
so by reading your blog, am indirectly and anonymously helping you. to make $ and to get on with your travel. So am paying the cost for your fame in kind ? Andy of Hobo is famous.
you write something interesting, public domain, ppl read it.
you have a comment section , ppl comment.
you cannot control what ppl comment and how they are.
but because you have a comment section and ppl are different not all saints.
It is because someone is owning a coffee shop , a hotel and do that all their lives, that ppl like you can travel. Now you dont travel for the hills and rivers do you ?
I dont understand why you need to wash your dirty cloths in public. and crib about how ppl act. for you stand to benefit from controversies that generate more hits for your website so that can support your travel and keep you FREE.
SO GO back to LIFE BE GOOD mode. Am sure you will.