Darren Rowse, of the ridiculously popular Problogger.net, owes me a coffee. After discovering my blog in 2002 and starting his own, he went on to make half a million dollars, pay off his mortgage and start one of the world's biggest blogs. I reckon he owes me a coffee.
In this mornings postings, Darren writes about his 6 defining moments as a problogger. Discovering my site was the first and the other 5 don't really matter because my blog put him on the right track. He owes me a coffee!
Problogger is voted Technorati's number 2 favorite blog in the world, coming right next to BoingBoing. I have voted for both blogs in the past, but have a special spot in my heart for Problogger, since its a damn helpful blog but also because there is some lineage to my poor humble tallskinnykiwi blog, producing a familial parental urge to vote for it. Darren bloody well owes me a coffee!
And i will be in Melbourne in a few months at the Forge Grassroots Festival to collect it. I think Darren will also be there. Or so he told me. Make that a latte, Darren . . . extra large!
One of Darren's choices as a blogger was to be vulnerable and honest about how much money he was making, despite the Aussie tendency to hide success and punish it when you see it happen to others (tall poppy syndrome). Quite risky, actually, for Darren to go public but a good choice and thousands of bloggers are grateful. I know a lot of bloggers have been helped along by his advice, including some young people in India who are involved in Christian mission.
Darren also has a blog called The Living Room, which explores his community's journey as a part of a spiritual movement embraced by a lot of young people [but vilified by others] called the Emerging Church. If i lived in Melbourne, I would probably check it out.
Related: More on the Grassroots Festival (Say hello to me if you see me)