I go away for the weekend for a seminar and I come back to a love fest
Really I do apprecaite the kind words.
I've had many conversations with people here on this forum both on the phone, private messages and via instant messages, and it's really the community that allows another person to grow. There's a wealth of information provided here through the HD forums and what's great is that we don't have people who are trying to "one up" another person for the sake of doing it.
There are so many experiences that each of us have had in web hosting over the years, being able to share that and allow others to learn from your mistakes or fortunes is what it's all about. There's more than enough hosting customers on the internet that we can all get a piece of the pie and not have to hord the whole thing for ourselves. We all have our own niche markets, so sharing shouldn't be a problem.
When I talk to clients, I always tell them - "I don't want ALL your business, I just want most of it". I'm not greedy. I understand that there are other hosts out there that are better suited for the client (and I'll even give them recommendations for particular niches), but beyond that, we want the rest of their business if we deserve it.
With regards to the paypal fees and Artashes. When we were talking months ago, I told him to keep the money in his pocket and when I fly up there to visit some point next year, I'll collect on it and he can buy me a beer
Keeping the forums here online as much as possible and running as fast as possible is as much a benefit to you guys as it is to me! This is one of the places on my daily list of forums that I visit, so if it's slow or offline, I get upset
And for Romes, NOTHING is ever free! There may not be a dollor figure changing hands, but there are other compensations through a barter network that pay the bills. We do this with a number of sites and forums (don't every one come flock to me looking for us to sponsor the site!). There's evaluations put in on BOTH sides of the table to make sure that the trade is of benefit to both parties. HostingDiscussion was a great fit for us, and for me personally. But NOTHING is ever FREE
Thanks everyone for the kind comments and words. Would love to put faces to names and voices to them too, so if you ever get time and feel like chatting up a storm and trading ideas - drop me a PM, and I'll give you a number or skype or IM to call
Love hearing about other people, what they're doing, and how I can do something similar in my own market.