Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. Turn and face the strain.
Ch-ch-changes. Oh, look out you rock ’n rollers.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. Turn and face the strain.
Ch-ch-changes. Pretty soon now you’re gonna get a little older
Time may change me, but I can’t trace time.
Change is scary. Change is exciting.
Change can make me angry. Change can fill me with joy.
In recent weeks, I’ve had some changes that totally pissed me off, and some that excited me.
You may not think they are that important, but to me, they shake me to my core.
Levi’s 501 jeans
First, and foremost, I’ve always worn Levi 501 jeans. Always. Since High school or so. That’s like 40 years, that I’ve been wearing 501s. As you know, 501s have a button fly.
I’ve only worn pants with a zipper to my own wedding and to work when I had to.
My wife, who buys all of my clothes, (She says that I’m clothing challenged), just found out that they quit making 501s in my size.
I have a unique physique, awesome in stature. I can get them taller and skinnier, or I can get them shorter and fatter, but not tall and fat like me.
She dragged me to the Big and Tall store and we bought a pair of Levis with a zipper.
I’ve never been so ashamed in my life, but at least I can wear pants now when I’m on a conference call.
Cascadia Sparkling Clear
I’ve been buying this carbonated flavored water from my local supermarket for years. They have a bunch of flavors, but I’m addicted (and I mean that word literally) to the White Grape flavor.
The flavor is not phony. It has no weird aftertaste. It doesn’t taste like candy or chemicals. It’s like a fresh, ripe, sweet grape, bursting with pure sunlight and goodness.
It’s the best water I’ve ever tasted, plus there are zero calories.
I went to the store a few weeks ago and it was gone, replaced by another brand. I started to shake, but held it together until I got out of the store. I bought a couple bottles of the new stuff.
How does it taste? It tastes like crap.
I went to other stores in the area and they all had their own in store brands. I bought samples all over town. Nothing compares.
I finally called the manufacturer. They said that brand was only manufactured for that store chain.
Since that store decided to use another brand, they don’t make it any more.
Let me repeat that. “They don’t make it any more.” This goodness and truth and beauty has been ripped from hearts, never to be tasted again.
I’ve been in mourning ever since I found out.
On a recent day trip with my lovely wife, we wandered into a section of California that we’ve never been before. We stopped a small shop in the middle of no where.
They were surrounded by orchards of pistachio trees and were in fact, selling those pistachios in the shop. After some samples, we bought a bunch of them.
The cool thing is that they flavor their pistachios. Not only are they biggest and freshest, they have the best flavors.
I’ve since ordered them online and recommend them to anyone who loves pistachios. My favorite are the Onion-Garlic flavored pistachios.
I went to Trader Joe’s today. I didn’t buy pistachios.
I was approached over 4 months ago by a lawyer, representing a client, who wanted to buy my domain name, walton.com. I told them no, that I wanted a large amount of money for it and that I would NEVER sell it.
I got that domain name in 1995, when I first started developing web sites. It’s been a part of my self identity every since. Talking to a client or potential employer, I could tell them my email was email@example.com and they would be impressed.
I was “that guy who owned walton.com”.
The lawyer came back with a substantial offer. I realized that they were serious. I was floored. I mean, I had to lay down on my bed for a while. I countered with another large number, and we started negotiating.
Part of our deal is confidentiality, so I can only tell the actual price to people who “need to know”.
As much as I think that YOU need to know how much, I think their lawyers might differ on that point, so I’ll just say that it’s enough that I’m actually willing to sell it, but not enough to quit working.
I went through about two weeks mourning the loss of it. It was a tough decision.
Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.
I’ll never be “that guy” again.
The deal is not final quite yet. It can still fall apart. I always say you shouldn’t count on anything until the check has cleared the bank.
I decided that I’ll now be “that guy who sold walton.com for a lot of money”. That’ll be pretty cool too.
When the deal is signed and the check has cleared the bank, then I’ll be sad for a little while.
I’ll take a moment and mourn the loss, the end of that era.
You can’t get better without changing. If things don’t change, they can’t get better.
The immediate change is that the web site is now going to be located at “http://www.waltonwebdesigner.com/”.
I shut down “http://www.waltonwebdesigner.com/” in anticipation of the sale. My email will now be firstname.lastname@example.org.
The biggest advantage that selling the domain name gives me is a break from having to take every web site project that comes along. I want to change the focus of Walton Communications from building web sites and doing SEO towards training and coaching.
If the sale goes through, there will be a new, additional web site, devoted only to training and coaching.
I’ll still do everything that I do now, but I’ll put all my effort into promoting that new site.
What About You?
In this upcoming transitional period, I’d love to hear what I can do to help you the most. I want to create training and coaching that actually solves the problems that people have.
What problems can I help you with?
What is the biggest obstacle you face trying to sell your products on the Internet?
What’s the biggest “pain point” that you have?
What’s your biggest dream?
Please leave a comment below telling me your answers.
You’ll help me shape the future of this enterprise with your comments.