Have We Really Been Doing This Eleven Years?

Doesn’t time fly by when you’re having fun! This weekend Loquax becomes 11 years old. The first two years were “part time” but I’m now in my ninth year of running things full time… not bad for a site that we expected to last a few months and one we had no idea whether we could afford to run several times during the early years.

Despite existing this long we’ve spent very little (actually almost nothing) on PPC and not used Google Adsense on the site. Our advertising budget over the last few years has probably been around ยฃ1000 – in fact we’ve solely grown organically. Sometimes I wonder “what if” had we done things differently or had we embraced PPC, but on the other it’s extra work… and I can find enough extra stuff to do without having to spend money to do it!

Are we happy? Well, yes… can’t complain (although it may sound otherwise at times)! Every day Loquax exists is a bonus because we never expected to last this long, nor did we expect to be in a position to work as we do. Yeah sometimes it’s a pain but it’s our business, it pays the bills and it can be a lot of fun too! In fact it’s the best job in the world.

Any regrets? Personally I sometimes wish I’d stayed a lot quieter on forums and blogs (even my own)… speaking out, questioning and having an opinion isn’t always the easy route to smooth business relations … but then I’d rather say as it is and hope people take that as a good thing.

At least by being upfront and honest you soon discover the nature of others … fortunately there’s some good decent folks in the industry and we’ve been fortunate enough to make some genuinely decent mates along the way.

Would we sell? A year or so ago I was asked about selling Loquax at Expo. My answer, I think, shocked them! I just said “no, we’ll switch off the site and stick up a picture of a duck sat on a sunny beach drinking a cocktail with a note saying thanks – we’ve gone on holiday”. I think he thought I was being funny… I wasn’t… and the answer still stands (mind, never say never!).

Another 11 years? If in 11 years I’m writing a “Have We Really Been Doing This Twenty Two Years” I’d be surprised. I’m not sure how much life there is left in the old duck, but that duck in the sun won’t be up for a while… but you never ever know … do you?

And Thanks… to everyone who has supported us over what seems an eternity now!

5 Comments Have We Really Been Doing This Eleven Years?

  1. Chris Clarkson February 6, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Happy Birthday! Having only fell into this industry 6 years ago, I think you’re very lucky to have found it that long ago! It’s always nice to put your Phd to work ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Jason February 7, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Phd has been very useful… although to be fair I did spend in research an extra 3 years after completing it.. mind, it took that long to discover just how useful it was and what a fantastic career path lay ahead (i.e. there wasn’t one).

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  3. Lammo February 7, 2009 at 1:45 am

    There’s life in the old ducker yet! Print this out mate, and stick it somewhere near your computer:

    “In fact itโ€™s the best job in the world”

    Your words, and never a truer one spoken. We truly are lucky to do what we do (and get paid for it), and we should never forget it (no matter how crap the day is going… and I’m having one of the worst days in a few years)

    And finally.. “related posts.. Goodbye Rupert Lowe!” hmm…. whatever happened to him? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Jason February 7, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Rupert Lowe… yeah that was a bit of a false dawn wasn’t it.

    After the FA Cup Final against Arsenal I think he said he wanted to take Saints to the “next level” – didn’t realise that the next level was The Championship and then League One. At least our match today was postponed, saves another Saturday afternoon of torture! :o)

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  5. Joe Connor February 10, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Happy Birthday guys!
    Really interesting, Renegade Publishing Ltd quietly passed its 11th anniversary on 12th January 2009. It’s been a fun ride – I wouldn’t sell cantBarsed either – but I would sell most of my other sites.

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