Turtle or Hare, Which One Are You?

Are you a turtle or are you a hare? Let’s find out, huh?

With the upcoming 5 year anniversary of KeyWebData.com I decided to reprint the very first articles I wrote. You know like before PageRank, before FireFox, before WordPress and definitely before Google, circa 1999. Here it is with a little update at the end.

Are you a turtle or a hare?

Major “YAWN”.

Not exactly a ground breaking euphemism, huh? Don’t worry, it gets better.

First of all let me tell you I am a TURTLE.

I am NEVER the first one to the finish line.

I am NEVER the one that “gets it” the first time.

I used to be frustrated that I was not the wizkid that always seemed to be Mr. Popularity and “The instant success”.

In the many opportunities I have had over the years, I have never have been “one of the chosen few”, the golden boy with the inside track to success.

This has driven me CRAZY most of my life! I am a pretty smart guy, where is the heck is my personal success. I work my butt off and the other guy always gets the gravy.

Then realized that this is NOT a bad thing. After 20 years of fighting the system and asking “why not ME” I realized this is my best attribute.

I am a definitely a TURTLE. I keep plodding along in my own little way, making just a little more progress each day.

BUT I NEVER STOP MOVING! I learn something NEW, EVERY day.

If you are one of the Hares out there, just take a little break to rest on you laurels and savor your success.

Better yet, look over you shoulder to see where I’m at! And I will, PASS YOU BY.

Then you will have to move twice as fast just to catch up.

Sooner or later you will have to take a rest, and guess who will still be out in front, plodding along as usual, extending his lead.

NOW a word for the rest of us “TURTLES” out there.

Honestly you guys, when was the last time you learned something really NEW?

If you already have a website, when was the last time you added something original?

Still posting to FFA’s and free classifieds? (I told you this was from 1999)

When was the last time you learned something so original, you tore your site apart and rebuilt it from scratch?

When did you read something like this in some marketer’s newsletter?

Heck, I haven’t even tried to sell you anything yet! Com’on just what are you waiting for?

Except for mannequins and politicians, NO ONE, ever accomplished anything by standing still.

until next time turtles and hares,

– Chris Lang (spring, 1999)

WOW I wrote that in the very first few months I owned an computer. I had just come back from losing millions, my business and my home to two con artists. If you have ever seen the movie “Pacific Heights” I lived that movie. I have won and lost more than most will ever have.

When I was talking about being a turtle, it had nothing to do with the internet. But it sure seems to 10 years later.

What has happened since?

Some of the worst luck and the best luck a person could have. In fact I have come to believe that I coined the phrase “Bad things happen for a good reason” but that is another story too.

PotPieGirl took my advice (or some) and did a site redesign after our little talk about outgoing links sucking the life out of your site.

She did kind of mention that this site is 5 years old and the I should have way more incoming links than I do. Well, looking back on the article I wrote 10 years ago I better read it every day because it has not been a pretty 5 years on KeyWebData.com.

Yeah, KeyWebData.com has been around for a while, but it has been through allot. September 3rd, is KeyWebData’s 5th birthday.

  • 5 different topic themes
  • written in 3 different web languages
  • 2 different server platforms
  • 3 different databases types
  • and blog software I wrote myself

Now I have finally settled on WordPress and moved all the email delivery stuff to: Email Jedi

In 2002 I had written a Website Analytics package that took 2 years of my life and immediately went out of business when Google bought what would become Google Analytics for millions and gave it away free. Thanks Google.

I conceived a far better application than FeedBurner, wrote the beta software myself and dumped it when I realized I would have to become a corporation to support a web app of this scale. Worst mistake of my life, or at least one of the many…

Fell in love with an adorable woman and promptly watched as a crazy family tore us apart. 2 more years of my life down the drain. Good god, those people could have been my inlaws!

I decided to rewrite the RSS app as a standalone blog application, then I realized that I was just reinventing WordPress and moved to the WP platform in 2007. And here we are.

One September 3rd, I turn 45 and this messy little website turns 5 years old. It has been a rough 9 years on the internet, but I have enjoyed every minute of it and would probably do it all just about the same way. If not, then I would not write 5 web languages, understand databases, server architecture, SEO, email delivery, and be as multi-talented and oddly skilled as I am.

I am looking forward to celebrating all the success that the last ten years of hard work has set me up to enjoy, Labor Day Weekend, 2008.

One Comment

  1. Posted May 31, 2008 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Nice post! Personally, I think multi-faceted life experience is MUCH more valuable that ‘instant success’. Life certainly takes odd twists and turns, doesn’t it? Heck, just five years ago, I NEVER would have imagined that I would be where I am today – or DOING what I do today. But- life brought me here.

    As they say, “When you write your life plan, be sure to write it in pencil. It is bound to change”.

    Man plans and God laughs (love that one…lol)

    Thanks for the advice on my blog – and a very happy early anniversary to you =)

    Jennifer