I don't think I could ever truly accept being called a Dot Com Mogul. It's way too pretentious and egotistical for me. If anything, I'm more of a Clark Kent to a Lex Luthor. However, a while ago, John Chow came up with a check list of things that would need to be done to attain that honorary status. Let's see how I measured up for January.
- 1. Your income must come about as a result of the money you make from the Internet - CHECK!
- 2. The minimum internet income level is $10,000 a month (you cannot add income from other sources to hit this $10K level) - CHECK!
- 3.You have no jobs outside of the internet - Totally Unemployed! CHECK!
- 4. You have a personal blog with your name as the domain name - Well...uhh... Yeah! CHECK!
- 5. Your blog must be updated at least once per week - Twice on Sundays. CHECK!
- 6. A Google search of your name must be at the #1 spot - CHECK!
- 7. You must be willing to help dot com mogul wannabes - My comments and MSN are always open. CHECK!
Well, looks like I made it. For January, I have Dot Com Mogul status. Now I just need to work on the other 11 months of the year. I don't think I'll quite make it for February, but oh well. I'll just keep plugging away. Being able to make those requirements in the first place means that they are achievable, and once something is achievable, you raise the bar. That's why I want to add a couple more things to the list.
- 8. Give time, money, or anything of value to a charitable cause each month.
- 9. Personally help at least one person establish their online presence via a blog or website or help them enhance one they already have every month.
I always thought that the list was lacking some social responsibility aspect. We all have a duty to give back to society and that is reflected in number 8. I also felt that giving people an opportunity to express themselves on the web, like I'm able to everyday, was something that a true Dot Com Mogul should be encouraging as well. That brought about number 9. Here's what I did about it for January...
In January during CES, I took part in the TigerDirect Charity PC Race where I was able to build a PC to giveaway to a school of my choice. Although my time of 7:47 was only good enough for 4th place, I did beat John Chow and Bob Buskirk. In the end, we did something good, despite our little competition.
Initially, the PC's were to be donated to a school, and a US one at that due to the Tax issue with TigerDirect being a US based company. However, after a bit of leg work, and a couple of phone calls, I managed to get them to ship it to one of my favourite charities, the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. I should probably get them some games to play on it this month. That's on my to do list. That takes care of number 8.
For number 9 in January, I helped friend and over featured extra, Leo Chiang launch his web presence. His blog was lovingly crafted by me and it appears that he's having quite a bit of fun with it. My help a webless person project for February this month is already in the works.
The journey continues!