I’ve been wondering how to write this post for almost three months now. There is something important that I want to say to you all, but I also want to say “Hey, stay, keep reading” after I’ve said it, because I have a lot of things I want to explain. I try not to ramble in my posts, so I’ll just come out and say it: I’m no longer the owner of PluginID.
Don’t be too alarmed though; I haven’t owned the site for three months, and not much has changed around here. A product has been launched, posts have been written and I’m still far too active on Twitter.
However, I no longer pull the strings. This means that I am going to be writing less frequently and I will no longer refer to myself as the owner of the site. For now, the only decent blog I actually own, is ViperChill.
Despite the change of ownership, very little is going to change here at PluginID. The new owner is actually a close friend of mine, and someone I’ve known for many years. This was not about the money, but all about a new vision (which I explain further down). I won’t reveal exactly how much I was paid for the site, but in an effort to keep the transparency I’m known for, let’s just say it was a mid five-figure deal.
Why The Change?
Stepping back a little from this site has been on my mind for quite a while. The main reason for the change is that I feel like I have already accomplished my main goal which was to document my personal growth in different aspects of life. In the last 19 months since writing here, I have:
- Quit my day job
- Started making a living for myself online
- Setup monthly payments to two children in Vietnam so they can go to school
- Been featured in the UK’s 2nd biggest newspaper
- Continued to travel the world with the chance to stay anywhere with an internet connection
When I started the site, not much was going right for me in life. Now, just over a year and a half later, I feel like I’m exactly where I want to be, and doing exactly what I want to do. In other words, I really love my life right now.
I have made it my mission to share as many lessons as I can on my personal journey, I’ve just achieved things in far less time than I expected.
My other reason for handing over the reigns of this site is simply the time that running a large community consumes. If I allowed it, running PluginID could take up my entire day. I decided for 2010 that I want to massively cut down on the number of projects I’m invested in; it just so happened that the “next step” for PluginID aligned with someone wanting to buy the site.
A New Face, and A New Journey
As I have said from the start, PluginID was always my place to document my struggles, goals, and achievements. Right now, I feel like I’m coming to a point in my life where I’m very content with my situation, and most of my goals aren’t going to be shared by the average person. At least, not right now.
PluginID is one of the few blogs online that has never accepted guest posts. My reason behind this was so that an audience could get used to someone new in the field (me) and it would give me a chance to make my mark. I’m still not a fan of accepting guest posts, but I am a fan of following a new journey, a new mission, and learning some lessons.
From February 1st, Bud Hennekes (yep, the guy that wrote this awesome post) will be in charge of 90% of the content written for this site. I’ve been a fan of Bud for years and reached out to him a few months ago when I wanted to create another product. I believe he is the perfect fit for the site, and his situation in life right now is scarily similar to the position I was in when I started PluginID.
Just to be clear, Bud is not the new owner but will be writing most of the content for the site and will be working closely with myself and my friend (the new owner).
What I’m Doing Now
I actually have quite a surprise in store for you guys that may annoy or surprise some people. Although I have loved travelling for the last few months and will continue to for quite a while yet, I have decided to look closely at my next challenge in life and decide what the sensible action to take is.
Now that I’ve leaped over some massive hurdles – such as making enough money online to support my lifestyle – I have a few more that I want to jump. The first, is to make enough money so that my brother and sister have no financial issues for a good few years. Ideally, by the date I’ve scheduled for myself, I want to give each of them at least $100,000.
Outside of home, my longer-term life plan is to open a school in a less-privileged country such as Thailand or Vietnam. This is something I wrote about on the first ever post here and I still believe I can make that a reality. Finally, my biggest goal (and the one I dislike talking about for some reason), is to own (not run) a nightclub. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for the last four years and is still a dream of mine.
Although it’s probably not something that makes a lot of financial sense .
Because I have such big goals, I think it’s best that I spend some time in one place to help me reach them. Travelling the world has many advantages, but I don’t find productivity to be one of them. I have decided to move back to Cape Town, South Africa for at least a year to make my next dreams a reality. I know South Africa well and there are at least 30 people there who I call close friends, so it will be a nice place for me to stay while I write the next chapter of my life.
Of Course, a Massive Thank You!
I have been delaying the writing of this article for way too long but eventually decided I just need to be honest with you guys, and then let whatever happens happen. I have tried to say what I’ve said here without losing any of you as friends, readers, or subscribers. I’m sure what I’m saying here is going to disappoint a lot of people, but I hope that you all understand my decisions.
I also hope that you will all stick around for Bud’s content (there’s some great stuff ready to go live) and I can’t wait to interact with you all after I write an update here in a few months with how things are going. I could go on and on about the individuals I want to thank, but I would only end up missing someone out and feeling bad.
So, as the most genuine words I’m ever going to write, I want to say: thank you! Readers, bloggers, commenters, haters, linkers, emailers. You name it. Thank you.
I have changed more as a person in this last year and a half than I could ever imagine, and a lot of that is down to communicating you awesome people on a daily basis.
From here, I’m personally very excited to watch Bud’s own journey unfold and see what he achieves along the way. It has been a great ride, and I appreciate you sharing it with me.