Back in early 2008, I read a post by Arn, the owner of macrumors.com where he described the growth of his site to a point where he was earning more running macrumors than he was doing his day job so he quit. As it turns out, he was a physician running his own practice (and earning well over 6 figures he said). Right then and there, I knew I wanted to do the same thing (tho I'm not a doctor nor am I earning anything like a doctor).
The birth of planet5D
And so, when Canon announced the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, I decided that was my chance to be like Arn and created planet5D. As some of you know, it started out as the wiki and then I added news to that. Eventually, in March 2009, I moved over to a new site and started doing the blog with WordPress like you see today.
What you may not have ever known or thought about, but I too have been writing and managing planet5D as my hobby – I had a day job and was doing everything with planet5D in the evenings and on weekends. Well, as of today, April 23rd, planet5D is now my ‘day job'. The company I was working for decided that paying people overseas to do application development very cheaply is a better way of doing business than paying people (like me) with 30+ years of experience and have let a whole bunch of us start new careers (ok, it is called a layoff – I was trying to put nice words on it – I could spend an entire blog post going off on them about this ‘great' idea, but you want to read about cameras, not my thoughts on the economy and large companies shortsightedness).
This little hobby has indeed grown incredibly in the last 18 months – almost to the point where it can be my full time job. And blogging isn't as easy as it looks so I'm happy to have more time to dedicate to expanding planet5D and I'm very excited!
I now have the time to dedicate to not only digging for news like I have done in the past, but now I can properly handle all of the tips and news items y'all send my direction. And, if you have news or a product, or a video, or even stills (yes I said it!) you'd like to announce on planet5D, please use the contact page and let me know! I will have more time to really do those right now.
So, what does this mean to you the planet5D readers?
More of everything! I have some great things that I've wanted to do with planet5D and now I can accomplish many of those. So you'll see more news and some great new things coming your way.
In fact, we're planning on doing more regular UStream live interviews and group chats so keep an eye out for those.
But since planet5D isn't yet earning enough to replace my old day job, please help me stay away from a day job!
Since I'll be clothing and feeding my starving children purely from the income we receive from planet5D, you'll see a bit more advertising and you'll see me asking you more often to use our affiliate links to buy things. Many people tell me they're afraid of using affiliate links because they think it will cost them more, but in fact, it costs you nothing extra to use my affiliate links. The vendor pays me a small commission to bring them visitors and they don't add any extra fees.
So, it would really help if next time you are planning on buying something from Amazon (even if it is music, books, clothing, diapers, food, etc), or B&H, or Adorama that you come to planet5D and click on one of the affiliate links to take you over to their site so I could get a tiny commission from your purchase! I also am an affiliate for the DVDs on the training page and for pluraleyes so if you plan to buy those, please come back thru the planet5D links instead of buying them directly?
You can also get to many of the affiliates thru the planet5D Review site – and please don't forget to add your product reviews over there – it will help planet5D as well as other buyers make their decisions.
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planetMitch is excited!
So there you go, things are changing in my life and the last couple of weeks have been very very hectic with finishing up my day job and NAB and preparing to run planet5D full time. I hope you're excited as I am and I know you'll be pleased with the additional features and news coverage we have planned for the near future.
Rest assured, I intend to continue to respond to you (our readers) with more great stuff – and planet5D will continue to be the “best Canon HDSLR site on the planet!”
And thank you for helping us reach that goal!