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Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:35:16 AM »
I had no idea I’d be doing this for 10 years, but here we are.

The site started very casually a week or so after I was told by my wife that she was pregnant. I was off of work because of an injury and spending most of my day leveling up my Druid in World of Warcraft. While I contend vanilla WoW was hard work, my wife working two jobs at the time was probably harder work.

I had made some money in the late 90’s before the bubble burst on a desktop icon site called Icon City, it was a lot of fun and was even featured on Screensavers (I loved that show). Then the bubble burst and the site went away for various reasons. However, in the back of my mind, I always figured that I’d end up earning a living online, I just didn’t know how for a long time.

Fast forward 10 years…

I had always liked reading the camera and lens rumor section at Northlight Images, and figured I could do the same thing, but brand it as a rumor site. About $30 later, canonrumors.com was online.

The site was never started to make “real” money, though I figured I’d see some revenue to put towards camera stuff and maybe some rent. Then the EOS 5D Mark II came and traffic exploded and I started to see I might be able to do this for a living. It wasn’t too long after the EOS 5D Mark II that I quit my camera store job and focused 100% on Canon Rumors.

I get asked two questions a lot about Canon Rumors.

The best part of doing Canon Rumors for a living?

  1. I’ve met a small circle of people that I consider some of my best friends through this site.
  2. I was never a 9 to 5 person, I enjoy working whenever I feel inspired.
  3. I love to travel and always wanted to be able to earn a living with a laptop.
  4. You continue to meet exciting new people.

Advice for others who want to do the same thing?

  1. Follow through, it took about 3 years of 5-10 posts a week before Canon Rumors showed any sort of “real” revenue that I could potentially live off of. I know some people have blown up on YouTube a lot faster, but I don’t know anything about that world. One common thing between a blog and YouTube, you must always be adding content.
  2. Grow some thick skin as soon as you can. Living on the internet does expose you to people that can ruin your day.
  3. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Be human. I realized from the start that I wasn’t a “journalist”.

Will I be doing this 10 years from now? Who knows, maybe I’ll retire a KodakCoin millionaire in the not-too-distant-future, or maybe I’ll continue to love doing this site indefinitely.

Thank-you’s (I’m sorry if I missed anyone).

Thank-you for 10 years, Craig

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Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old
« on: January 10, 2018, 10:35:16 AM »

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2018, 10:48:00 AM »
Congratulations Craig and CR team!

And a BIG "THANK YOU!" for providing this service and platform to us.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2018, 10:57:39 AM »
Congratulations to all the team.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2018, 11:01:53 AM »
Way to be, CR Guy!  Love love love this site and this forum.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2018, 11:23:14 AM »
congrats!  you have a good thing going here ... keep it up
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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2018, 11:29:41 AM »
You need a cake!

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 11:30:18 AM »
I remember when the site almost died.  Canon lawyers sent a takedown notice.  Some of us wrote letters to canon telling them that it was a big mistake.  In any event, they relented. 

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2018, 11:30:18 AM »

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 11:30:29 AM »
Oh, and someone else had a birthday last year.  I hope you don't mind, I recycled the card.   ;)
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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2018, 11:48:00 AM »
Congratulations Craig! I love this site and I believe that you have done a great work with it! Thanks a lot!

I follow some other rumor sites and their quality is far worse than Canon Rumors. Here I always find interesting pieces of information and reasoned opinions. The discussions in the forum are usually of a very high level.

I wish we can all make 10 more years together!

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 11:55:08 AM »
Congratulations to the entire team and thanks for a great website.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2018, 11:56:48 AM »
Thanks for all your work!  I've really enjoyed the site, although it has cost me a lot of money by inducing GAS.  I hope Canon now realizes that you are responsible for a lot of Canon purchases.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2018, 12:12:14 PM »
Thanks for all your work!  I've really enjoyed the site, although it has cost me a lot of money by inducing GAS.  I hope Canon now realizes that you are responsible for a lot of Canon purchases.

Indeed, why they'd fight a site that simmers GAS to a boil is beyond me.  This site, in no uncertain terms, makes Canon money -- besides the GAS frenzy discussion can create, this forum is (amongst many other things) the world's most knowledgeable Canon buying guide.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2018, 12:13:06 PM »
Congratulations!

Fantastic place and thanks for creating a place for all us canonites :)
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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2018, 12:13:06 PM »

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2018, 12:17:15 PM »
You need a cake!



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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2018, 12:24:07 PM »
I had no idea I’d be doing this for 10 years, but here we are.

Hard to believe how time flies!  I remember as well reading back in the day CR and before then, NL for a daily source of rumors.

Congratulations on 10 years! and thanks for all the advice and encouragement you've given me since I started canonnews.

Now the BIG question that NO ONE has asked .. Alliance or Horde?

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2018, 12:24:07 PM »