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The Past Three Months…The Next Three Months

The other day, I received a message through Facebook from one of my subscribers:

“I was worried because I stopped receiving your emails and your sites are inactive. Any chance you’ll be back soon?”

My response to her is what I’d like to use as a foundation to explain what’s been happening over the past several months… why I “vanished” from the world of the Public Domain for nearly three months. Some of you know the beginning, but I feel that I owe you more details about where I’ve been, why I pulled back from Internet Marketing and what the future holds.
Many of you are aware that a year ago, my Dad was diagnosed with brain cancer. We’re blessed that he’s still with us for another holiday season, but the past few months have been difficult for him with seizures, blood clots, a further degeneration of his speech and ability to walk, etc. Also, in September, my wife and I filed for divorce…it was a mutual decision but it still was what it was…with stretching financial responsibilities, relationship adjustments, emotions…you know how it works….

And so, my divorce and all the changes associated with that, the loss of close friends (because of divorce) and my Dad’s struggle with deteriorating health from the brain cancer really put me into a bit of emotional overload, to be honest. So much was happening all at the same time that I had to pull back everywhere I could… kind of like a dark night of the soul. Of course, we all go through them…I’m sure you could tell me stories…perhaps much worse than my own…but the thing I discovered is that you don’t know how you will respond in situations like that until you go through them. For me, something had to give and I honestly felt like just walking away from everything (as you can obviously tell). I lost my drive and passion for business…creativity stopped, I could think of anything to write about…and I came to the point where it had to be family (and me) first if I would ever have a chance at coming through all this stronger and wiser. So I unplugged almost completely. During that time, I also did not respond well to e-mail, if at all, my customer service was been extremely slow, I stopped e-mailing everyone on my lists, and I neglected friendships and business acquaintances that I had been nurturing and were (and still are) important to me. I’m not happy about those areas of failure…I can only offer apologies and a new commitment to get things back on track and improve the areas I allowed to slip. It wasn’t my intent, but it happened none the less.

During that time, I had a lot of amazing support from friends and family, and from friends in the IM community. There are a few people that I owe a deep debt of gratitude to for their amazing support and friendship over the past few months. Whether they realize it or not, they’ve been lifesavers to me. I want to publicly thank my close friend, Ed Owens and my business partner, Marsha Blessing for their encouragement and listening. I also want to thank Jim Edwards, David Hancock, Warren Whitlock, Rhea Perry, Donna Fox, Ben Mack, Eric Farewell, Lynette Patterson and a few other IM friends who were also lifesavers for me…more than they know. Thanks to them, I’m still in business and am excited to move forward again! My Twitter friends have also been amazing with encouragement, friendship and prayers…if you’re not on Twitter, you’re missing an awesome community of people who care (you can follow me at: http://www.twitter.com/tonylaidig). So, thankfully, it appears my “Dark Night of the Soul” is coming to somewhat of an end…and I’m glad.

So that’s been the past three months…

Things are beginning to return to normal now (except for Dad’s health)…I’m getting adjusted to single life after 21 years…although, with my ex-wife moving 4 hours away next week and my youngest daughter moving with her, there will still be some adjustments. Plus…because I can’t have pets at my new place, my husky, Kola, is also moving. I do visit Dad everyday though and it’s been great to “be there” for him and Mom.

Over the next few weeks, there will be a number of changes in my business in an effort to get everything updated and back on track. I’m in the process of updating all my websites with new, current contact information so that it’s easier to get in contact with me. I’m moving away from all my old e-mail accounts (mostly due to ongoing server issues) and creating new e-mail accounts for interaction. I’m moving several sites to new servers and autoresponders, as well as updating outdated websites and more. I’m also updating my customer support help desk to make it clearer and easier to use and will be responding much more quickly to those needs as well. And the best news of all is that I’ve been writing again and will be blogging and releasing newsletters on a more regular basis…yay!

I also have some new products planned that I’m extremely excited about. Some have been in-process for a while, like Info Gold Extreme (which should be ready by the end of January, along with some new ones you don’t know about just yet…grin. Over the past few weeks, I’ve also identified and tested some new Public Domain research strategies that are very cool and VERY effective. I’ve been finding some of the best, most amazing content in my entire career in the past few weeks, and I’m going to tell you exactly how I did it! Watch for that report in the next week or so!

Lastly, I wanted to do something for the Holidays…something special that I haven’t done before as a way of saying “Thank-You” for the past year of friendship and exploring the Public Domain together and to say “Hello!” again! So I pulled together a bunch of FREE gifts for you as well a couple special offers on some of my most popular products to help you leap into the New Year with new ideas and opportunities.

Click here to learn more and to celebrate the Holidays with me and to get your FREE gifts!

12 Responses to “The Past Three Months…The Next Three Months”

  • You’re the man Tony… Can’t wait to see where you go from here!

    I have endless faith in you :)

  • Josee:

    Hi Tony,

    Sorry to hear about your Dad.
    My prayers go to you and your Dad.
    Hang in there !
    A new Life awaits you.
    Take care.

  • Anthony:

    Dear Tony

    There are times when you have to take time for yourself, and i’m sure that everyone of your readers and friends understand this. You will be back stonger than ever.

    Blessings to you and your family.

  • Jenny Tucker:

    Hi Tony great to hear that things are picking up for you, I’ve missed your emails! May I offer my best wishes to you for 2009 and hope that this next phase of your life is a good one.

  • Mike:

    Sorry for your troubles, my friend. My prayers are still with/for you.

    I hope nothing but the best for you and yours during the coming year.

    I’m there if/when you need anything.

  • My heart goes out to you and your family, Tony. Thank you for your willingness to open yourself to the online community – sharing our stories often helps us and others in ways that we can’t anticipate.
    May God bless and comfort you.

  • Tony! We love and support you. Stay in touch through the good and the bad. Our prayers will remain constant through it all.

    You provide such a high value in content and in friendship. Thank you! Keep up the good work, and stay in touch!

    David Hancock, Founder
    Morgan James Publishing

  • Percy:

    Hi Tony,

    Thank you for letting us all know you were ok, Like so many others I too worried about you and how you were doing. I can’t begin to imagine how hard your life has been the past few months but I’m glad to see you are working through the challenges that life has placed in front of you.

    I want to share a few things with you to let you know the impact you and your blogs, reports and personal thoughts over the past two years have had on me.

    I have enjoyed your personal stories about your family, I have purchased my first digital SLR camera and reignited my interest in photography after reading some of your posts. I have begun purchasing books and magazine content from ebay, etc. after buying your products.

    But more importantly man I really feel like I know you, you share so many aspects of yourself that have really helped me it’s tough to cover them all here. I mean it’s Everything from your mentioning Egg Harbor New Jersey (my mothers home town – I’m a South Jersey boy in California now) in one of your reports to the PD tips you have shared from the heart in your webinars.

    I get pumped when I read your reports, listen to your webinars, etc. They’re funny at times, always informative, inspirational, encouraging, positive, uplifting and much more for those of us who follow your teachings.

    No I have not achieved the level of internet marketing success that you have for a variety of reasons. But I make no excuses for that because I know the reasons, the biggest of which is inconsistency.

    With your help I have achieved the knowledge, motivation and inspiration to keep going in my quest to build a successful online business. I truly am not far from achieving the success I seek and I am not discouraged at all.

    Do me a favor Bro, take whatever amount of time you need to adjust to your family situation. Just remember that all of us down stream are glad we’ve had the chance to get to know you, laugh with you, learn from you and support you during this tough time.

    Funny isn’t it how the internet has brought all of us strangers together to the point where you don’t feel like a stranger any but more like family.

    I have sat on the sideline for a long time, reading everybodys’ post, reports, ebooks, etc. I have never felt compelled to respond like this till now.

    Why?

    Because someone whom I’ve never met in person but I consider a friend though all that you have shared through your work needs my support even if all I can give is moral support.

    Thank you for the works you have created, and I have not and will not hesitate to share your products with my friends. God bless you and your family and I’ll be looking forward the new wiser, slimmer, and recharged Tony Laidig in 2009.

    Have a Great Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Percy Miller

  • Blessing Tony!

    It takes a big man to tell of his feelings and also courage to go with them and experience each and every one and not hold them in.

    Until you go through that dark night of the soul and come out the other side healing cannot occur. I for one know how hard it is!

    I am sure if everyone looks inside themselves they will understand where you are coming from and where you are going.

    One thing I can say for sure Tony is this, when everything seems to be crumbling around you, the hand of God is involved as he has something far more wonderful and bigger and better than you could ever imagine waiting for you.

    Spend the most wonderful Christmas ever with your Dad and Mom. My families prayers will be sent to you all.

    Tony, We have a family tradition that has been handed down to each generation – On Christmas Day at 12 Noon we always make a toast to “Absent Friends and Family with Best wishes and healing for everyone and their families around the world who are sick and experiencing difficulites” This year we will also add a Special Toast to you and Your Mom and Dad.

    Cannot wait for newsletters to start rolling again.

    May 2009 bring you only the greatest of lifes riches.

    Blessings to all,

    Love and Light

    Maggie

    From Australia 2008

  • Beth:

    Tony,

    Sending good thoughts your way.

    Your gift of books, reports and special deals is very generous.

    However, the best gift is that you are returning from your down time and continuing forward.

    All the best to you and your family.

    – Beth

  • Mark T.:

    Tony-

    Thank you for sharing. Just know that your loyal readers are here for you! You are such an asset to the IM and PD community, and when the dust settles, your renewed vigor for your work will propel you to new heights.

    Thank you so much for the holiday surprise. . . Christmas came early!!!

    Enjoy the holiday, and I can’t wait to see what you have planned for 2009.

  • Charlotte:

    Hi Tony,
    great to hear from you again.I have also missed your emails (and that made me thinking..I get about 50-80 emails a day from “internet marketeers” – I hope you forgive me for putting you in that category for the moment, it is just for the sake of the argument – and I can honestly say that if someone else stopped sending me emails for the same reason as you, I would not even notice and I would not care.
    But your emails I did miss. Which in itself is a very good lesson for me on how to approach your readership. ) So you see, even by stop sending me emails I learned something from you !
    Delighted to have you back and thanks for sharing. I always think there is a reason for everything that happens to us. It is difficult so see the light while you are in the middle of the storm but remember that without chaos you cannot evolve to a higher existance.
    I do hope you can reunite with Kola soon. And best wishes for the health of your father.
    Blessings from Charlotte in Greece

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