I Never Knew I Had So Many Friends

I turn 60

Yesterday was my 60th birthday, a milestone I guess! I spent the day relaxing, watching the cricket on TV, doing high intensity aerobics in the gym and playing Tennis. Had dinner with the family, altogether a lovely day.

What I did spend some considerable time with was replying to all my friends on Skype and Facebook. There were 60 of you who sent me greetings, one for each year!. This includes long time friends I don’t communicate with that much, my cousins and other relatives, and some surprises!

Among them were many long time members of the TSA, a syndication group I belong too. It shows how a group working together can make things happen. I owe them the PR3 ranking on Google for johngaydon.com

Do You Live In A Virtual World?

I am not sure about everyone else, but I find myself living in a virtual world! Sure, there are real people in my circles, but many I have never met face to face. Of the people who contacted me yesterday, only my mother and mother in law were within a reasonable driving distance! To get to everyone else takes some serious travel.

Our little girl, Skye, is nearly 6, and it is when she was born that I went underground, preferring to make my money from my computer. I have done pretty well from that, but I now see the value of actually talking to people! It probably coincides with school starting. Regular free time during the day!

Time To Get Back To Business

My rant is that those of us who are in the on line world can easily get caught up in it to the exclusion of real people! I am now finding the concept of getting back out into the business community a little daunting, even though I know what I am doing and can do it better than most.

We can easily get caught up in that safe world where we write and send messages and look good, regardless of how life really is. Perhaps the internet is one big fantasy world, sort of like second life.

John’s New Business Direction

My new direction is using my skills to help small businesses in the real world. It is adding another income stream to my arsenal. I will post updates as I move forward. Writing this puts my intentions on paper as I push myself back into the business community.

I will be using a combination of syndication, article marketing, blogging, video marketing, citations, directory listings, keyword research, and a whole list of magical things that make it all work.

No selling here. I don’t want to say too much until I have the runs on the board. Please leave your comments. Do you feel isolated in your office on the net, and if so, do you have any plans to change it!


  1. Hi John,

    Happy belated birthday! I hope that you are happy in everything that you do. It sounds like you are enjoying your success and I wish you the best.

  2. Hi John,
    Happy Belated Birthday! I like what you have to say here. My story is different. I never went totally underground but maybe I should have 5 years ago. I am beginning to understand what internet/affilliate marketing is all about and I don’t think I want to be one of those people.
    I built my business by all face to face networking groups. Granted I never acheived the numbers to be successful, but still receive a small monthly residual paycheck.
    Through this wonderful TSA group, I am “dipping my toes in the pool” to give internet marketing/blogging a shot. In MY case though, I found out the hard way that I still need my “9-5” job to pay my bills and survive. Only time will tell how this will all play out.
    I cant wait to read more of your posts!

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    • John Gaydon says:

      Hi Tom,

      Don’t get discouraged, it is possible to let go of that 9 to 5 job in time. It has been 11 years since I had a real job now.

      Like it or not, those of us who are successful tend to develop multiple streams of income. Maybe it is not what the super rich recommend, but for those of us who don’t yet have a fortune, I find it a great way to live.

      I wish you every success in your endeavors.

  3. hi John,
    Belated 60th Birthday! Congratulations on this awesome milestone. I know how hard you work and just how successful you have been online. Despite us never yet meeting face-to-face, I do feel that our mastermind sessions enabled us to get to know each other and learn about our lives better than if we had just remained FB friends. I miss our MM sessions and hope that we can resume them oneday. They were valuable to me. since then I have continued to build my online presence and an offline presence too. I believe that my offline networking will soon overtake the online networking but each supports the other. I consider you a friend even though we don’t connect as much anyone. Here’s wishing you abundant success this year and ever year here after!

    Best wishes,

    • John Gaydon says:

      Hi Clare,

      Thanks for you kind words. I do appreciate you and consider you a friend too.

      Life presents a constant stream of challenges, and this has led me to moving back into the world. It is exciting although I am still finding my feet in local search marketing. I have my first client and am in the process of completely revamping their internet presence. What I can see is that it appears easier than dealing with all those people who want to make a fortune in MLM without doing the hard yards. I get to use my skills without threat of government intervention!

      I trust all is going well for you.

  4. Hi John:

    First off, happy belated birthday!

    It is easy to get caught up in the virtual world. Even though I don’t run an online business I do have a lot of contacts online. Virtual friends should never take the place of face to face friends.


  5. John,

    I did the 60 thing a couple of years ago. May you have many more happy birthdays.

    You have voiced one of the big concerns I have sitting in front of a computer screen for days on end… no human contact. We’re in the process of moving out of South Florida and it will require me to meet people face to face to accomplish the move and get established in our new home area. And, that’s a good thing.

    Good luck with your next stream of income.


  6. Hello John,

    Cngratulations on your birthday the other day. I am a also bit late sorry! 🙂

    Yes I also life on Cyber Space , that is my home and i cant live with out it at
    all. I never met my business partner Steve Vernon face to face but we are closer than brothers.
    The World become a small place to live in.

    All the best with what you plan for 2012.


  7. Hello John, a belated happy birthday! I wish you the best in your new direction. I very much understand what you mean by “virtual world” – it’s a very interesting phenomenon to say the least, the way we have so many connections and friends we’ve never actually met in person.

  8. Hello John, and congratulations on your birthday the other day. I am a bit late sorry!

    Regarding my online activities – I’ve been building my business online (both part-time and full-time), since the year 2000. I actually got really serious about it, in the year 2002. I’ve been lucky because over the years I’ve been part of a team, and we’ve met each other over the phone once and often 2- 5 times a week. I’ve also been to lots of events, mostly international, where I’ve met my online partners face to face. That’s the best part about meeting people online – meeting them face to face down the track.

    I love doing things this way and would miss the internet terribly if anything ever happened to it!

    Regards from Julieanne

    • BTW, speaking of friends, did you see that joke on Facebook? It was a picture of a casket a lot of empty seats and 2 people talking. One said to the other “Strange, I thought there would be a lot more people here for his funeral, he had 2,000 friends on Facebook!”.

  9. Hi John, and a happy belated birthday to you on your milestone day! Yes, is the answer I do have more friends on line than I ever did in the 3-D world. However, I do make it a point when speaking to people in my offline business about Internet Marketing. I have been pretty successful with a few local businesses because I have asked them “have you ever considered taking this business online?”
    With a little help and coaching, they are doing so much more than they ever could have done taking their business online. There is one client of mine in particular that I had just suggested to do a Face Book Fan Page. She listened, She did it and now She is blogging. Her fan base in her store went from 5 to well over one thousand. And they look forward for new things coming in.
    It is totally an interactive business.
    So what I’m getting at John is that when you take your knowledge off line I am sure you will build great relationships with the folks you are working with.
    I even go so far as to asking my bank to get a little more social. Anyone where I do business with off line, I suggest an on line plan. Of course, I have papers all prepared and a card I leave them. They sometimes try to train a person to do it but it flops.
    They come back to me asking “what do you charge???” It is a great and wonderful way to help our home tribe lol

  10. Happy Birthday John. I am wishing you many more – each happier than the one before. 😉
    I worked for a long time in schools and that was all about personal contact with everybody. I really liked that and when i started concentrating more on online, I found that i really missed seeing people. So now I also do some marketing work with a local newspaper and I get to go out and meet all,kinds of folks and it has been a very pleasant experience.

  11. I am working off line mostly and slowly going on line .. I have a great group of connections on line and enjoy taking advantage of both worlds!  Good luck to you as you  spread your wings back into the off line world.. and Happy Belated Birthday!!

  12. Happy belated birthday and congratulations – I love new beginnings!

  13. My business is online and I had a problem with just communicating with people online. I decided to start attending meetups, tweetups, and even conferences…then actually speaking at them. I think a combination of both helps a long way and keeps me from feeling like I am in some cave.

    I often write what I plan to do and I always encourage people to do that…just did that in my last presentation. It gets them involved in the inner workings of you and your site, especially if they connect with you online or on your blog regularly.

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