Go ahead, make my day

Self portrait

Or maybe Clint Eastwood

A few days ago I received this email:

“Apreciado Jim:

Un real . You are over the top for a blog (lot’s of our age people don’t even know what that is) and I am blown away with all of the great stuff that you have on the site.

Are you getting funded properly? We both are not “Capitalists” but I want this to go viral.

There are many people like me.

In fact one of my fraternity brothers “not the billionaire” started a blog that got really popular and he just did a book. I will forward that piece.

However, you hit the heart of many people Jim. How can you take this Galactic, and why on earth did you spend so much time in the HVAC world?? Actually it is a great place to grow….



Holy smokes, Dave!  Thanks for the exceedingly kind words, and the permission to use your message in this post.

I have been basking in the glow ever since.

Dave is a business pal of mine from a previous life.  He is a senior international executive with a major US based company.  He was born and raised in Colombia and he knows I’ve been trying to learn Spanish.  Hence his intro in the email.

He is a guy for whom I have great respect and coming from him such kind words carry much weight.  I didn’t even know he was reading this stuff.  That got me thinking.

One of the odd things about blogging, at least for us beginners, is it’s like talking to yourself.  I get some nice feedback in the comments occasionally  but sometimes I wonder what, if any, readership it’s getting.  Wordpress allows me to see how many people visit and what articles they click on.   That number has been growing nicely.  Those who choose to comment are a tiny minority.  Of the others, I’m left to wonder if their reaction is like Dave’s or if they read a few lines and thought, “What a bozo!” before moving on.

Hopefully, more of you cast your vote with Dave.  If so you might be interested in some of the answers to his questions:

The good news is that it costs me nothing other than time and effort to do this.  So, no funding is needed.  The bad news is, there is also no money in it, at least not yet.  I’m not sure how to monetize it, but I think I need a much larger audience to attract advertising.

I did just learn that some of you may be seeing ads on the blog.  They never appear on my version.  Wordpress tells me they place these and it provides revenue to them.  That, in turn, provides their hosting service to me for free.  Works for me; hope they aren’t a distraction for you.

Converting some of this material into a book has been on my mind of late.  The blog is a nice discipline to keep writing in a way I never would otherwise.  Seems publishing a book has also gotten far easier, as this guy describes:


It would be great to see this blog it go viral!  If you are willing to help….

  • Anytime you see an entry that might appeal to your friends and associates, please send out an email with a link.
  • Encourage them to subscribe.  It’s free!  You, too, and all your family.
  • Please comment on the blog entries and click on the button that sends you emails when other comments are posted.   Slowly this is growing but it seems folks are afraid to be the early contributors.
  • If you have a blog and think something here would be of interest to your readers, by all means please link to it.
Psst.  Pass it on.
So go ahead, make my day!
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  1. Trish Rempen
    Posted February 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the kick to work on actually publishing….like many, I have an ‘unprinted book’ rattling around my life. This may get me (and others!) one step closer. And – you too!

    • Posted February 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      Only one? will it be about….

      getting caught up in the revolution in Iran and fleeing with only the clothes on your backs and all you worldly possessions left behind?

      or arriving in Liberia just in time for the revolution’s start and having machine gun toting rebels invade your home the first night?

      or your travels around the world for Pan AM?

      or your years as a rug merchant haggling thru Europe, India, Pakistan, Cairo, Nepal, China and God knows where else?

      or the art of rhino herding by elephant back?

      or tips on bog-living on the moors?

      or how to raise three boys to follow their hearts across the globe?

      or maybe just about your experience kidnapping an innocent American bicyclist in Ireland?

      Regardless, I’ll be waiting for it! (My pal Muk has got nothing on you!)

  2. John
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Just wanted to let you know that I do read your stuff – keep it coming, vato!

    • Posted February 6, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

      Gracias, amigo vato!

      Ah, y feliz cumpleaños!

      También, dígale a su Cuñado, gracias por leer esto y para suscribirse y comentar!

  3. Posted February 6, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I’ve only just started following your writing but I really love it and I’ll continue to share with my (meager collection of) readers!

    • Posted February 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

      Thanks DD….

      …praise from peers means a lot. Glad you’re here and glad I get to read your stuff, too.

  4. Tim Winings
    Posted February 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff Jim…keep it up!

    Your pal in Cleveberg

    • Posted February 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Tim…..

      ….good to know you’re one of my readers!

  5. Posted February 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    I always enjoy it! You’re on my blogroll and I’ll spread the word. :)

  6. Posted February 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    PS: I just discovered this little bit of info:

    “Statistics Summary for jlcollinsnh.wordpress.com
    There are 2,072,977 sites with a better three-month global Alexa traffic rank than Jlcollinsnh.wordpress.com. We estimate that 80% of visitors to the site come from the US, where it has attained a traffic rank of 261,979, and visitors to the site view 1.7 unique pages each day on average. It has a relatively good traffic rank in the city of Tulsa (#4,810).”

    looks like I only have to climb over 2 million or so other sites to achieve world domination. Oh, and thanks Tulsa!!

    • Posted June 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      May I ask where you got that statistics summary? I’d love to find the same for myself. Also, be careful about monetizing – WordPress has some very strict rules about that and I’ve heard they enforce them. If you get to the point where you’re ready to monetize, you may need to move off WP. Sorry to break the news. But until then, it’s a good place to be and I’m certain your numbers will grow. I’m going to tweet you to my few but loyal fans.

      • Posted June 23, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

        Ha! That was a bit of a challenge remembering/finding the site again, but here it is:


        Glad you asked. The new numbers:

        #416,640 worldwide
        #58,905 in the USA
        73% of readers are from the US, 8% from Canada, so the international readership is growing.
        2.4 unique page visits, up from 1.7

        Thanks for the heads up on WordPress. There is so much about this blogging process that remains a mystery.

        And, thank you for tweeting the blog on to your friends!

  7. Posted February 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    interesting read.. keep up great site. I’ve often thought of getting some thoughts down into a book myself – not 100% sure what I’m waiting for.

    – beneficialbard.com

    • Posted February 8, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

      Welcome YBB….

      and thanks. glad you are enjoying it.

      BTW, I just got back from your site and tried to post a comment but the system wouldn’t let me. Just FYI. This is what I had said:

      “Hi YBB…

      congrats on beginning your journey! cool griffin.

      chances are the developed world will muddle on and money will be the key to navigating it long into the future.

      I look forward to reading more.”

  8. Trish Rempen
    Posted February 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    (….thanks for reminding me….! )

  9. Posted February 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    It’ll grow. Don’t worry! Unfortunately you don’t post very many pictures of cats wearing sunglasses or people getting hit in the nuts. That would put you on the fast track to internet stardom.

    But honest writing, regular updates, and solid advice will always be needed, and slowly but surely, I have no doubt that they will come. Have you considered submitting articles for publication on other blogs or even in print magazines that may cater to the same audience you do?

    Anyway I wouldn’t get too hung up on visitor counts and graphs. The main thing is that you enjoy doing it.

    • Posted February 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, you are right. I noticed a spike in visitors to the entry with the bare-breasted Tahitian girl.

      Funny you posted you comment just now. When I logged on tonight I noticed a huge spike in visitors. Seems someone named Le Javier posted a link on Reddit:


      Thanks LeJavier!!

      And thanks to you MR for your kind words and comments. always good to hear from you. word is you’re in Morocco at the moment?

  10. Posted June 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Trish, I’d read any of those, especially the first four. Please write them and let us know when they’re done!

    • Trish
      Posted June 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      You guys make me laugh. I’m working on it!
      (23 more pages this morning…bush flying in West Africa..!)
      And that kidnapped bicyclist in Ireland-? That was Jim…!

  11. Eduardo
    Posted February 4, 2014 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    I Said it before, and I say it again, your blog is awesome. It’s Colombia by the way.


    • jlcollinsnh
      Posted February 4, 2014 at 9:27 am | Permalink

      Thanks Eduardo, I never tire of hearing it. Keeps me motivated! 😉

      Thanks too for the correction. Hard to believe this post has gone so long with that misspelling. :(

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