Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old

Canon Rumors Guy

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I had no idea I’d be doing this for 10 years, but here we are.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.canonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/iconcity.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-32902" src="http://www.canonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/iconcity-728x126.jpg" alt="" width="728" height="126" srcset="http://www.canonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/iconcity.jpg 728w, http://www.canonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/iconcity-225x39.jpg 225w, http://www.canonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/iconcity-610x106.jpg 610w" sizes="(max-width: 728px) 100vw, 728px" /></a></p>
<p>Fast forward 10 years…</p>
<p>I had always liked reading the camera and lens rumor section at <a href="http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/rumours.html">Northlight Images</a>, and figured I could do the same thing, but brand it as a rumor site. About $30 later, canonrumors.com was online.</p>
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<p>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.</p>
<p>I get asked two questions a lot about Canon Rumors.</p>
<p><strong>The best part of doing Canon Rumors for a living?</strong></p>
<ol>
<li>I’ve met a small circle of people that I consider some of my best friends through this site.</li>
<li>I was never a 9 to 5 person, I enjoy working whenever I feel inspired.</li>
<li>I love to travel and always wanted to be able to earn a living with a laptop.</li>
<li>You continue to meet exciting new people.</li>
</ol>
<p><strong>Advice for others who want to do the same thing?</strong></p>


<ol>
<li>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.</li>
<li>Grow some thick skin as soon as you can. Living on the internet does expose you to people that can ruin your day.</li>
<li>Don’t take yourself too seriously. Be human. I realized from the start that I wasn’t a “journalist”.</li>
</ol>
<p>Will I be doing this 10 years from now? Who knows, maybe I’ll retire a <a href="http://www.canonrumors.com/kodak-and-wenn-digital-partner-to-launch-major-blockchain-initiative-and-cryptocurrency-crcoin-coming-soon/">KodakCoin</a> millionaire in the not-too-distant-future, or maybe I’ll continue to love doing this site indefinitely.</p>
<p><strong>Thank-you’s</strong> (I’m sorry if I missed anyone).</p>
<ul>
<li>My wife Theresa</li>
<li>My son Caellum</li>
<li>Every single person that has read and contributed to the site and forum</li>
<li>Keith Cooper at <a href="http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/rumours.html">Northlight Images</a></li>
<li>Peter at <a href="https://nikonrumors.com/">Nikon Rumors</a></li>
<li>Geoff at <a href="http://www.gwellstaylor.com/blog/">gwellstaylor.com</a></li>
<li>Ethan at <a href="http://ethanmeleg.com/">EthanMeleg.com</a></li>
<li>Peter at <a href="http://fotoart.ca/">Foto Art</a></li>
<li>Joe at <a href="http://www.cameracanada.com/">CameraCanada</a></li>
<li>Jim (You know who you are)</li>
<li>Mitch at <a href="http://blog.planet5d.com/">Planet5D</a></li>
<li>Barry at <a href="http://www.barryandersson.com/">BarryAndersson.com</a></li>
<li>Glenn at <a href="http://www.glennbartley.com/">GlennBartley.com</a></li>
<li>Dan at <a href="http://shuttermuse.com/">ShutterMuse.com</a></li>
<li>Are at <a href="http://f32.no/">f32.no</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.bhphotovideo.com/?BI=2466&KBID=3296&KWID=EZ">B&H Photo</a></li>
<li><a href="https://mpex.com/">Midwest Photo Exchange</a></li>
<li>Sam at <a href="https://www.hostduplex.com/">Hostduplex</a></li>
<li>Sebastien at <a href="https://impeka.com/">Impeka</a></li>
<li>Andy at <a href="https://www.andybiggs.com/">Andy Biggs Photo Safaris</a></li>
<li>Roger & Drew at <a href="https://www.lensrentals.com/">Lensrentals.com</a></li>
<li>Jeff at Pier55</li>
<li>Justin at <a href="http://jvlphoto.com/">JVLPhoto</a></li>
<li><a href="https://dustinabbott.net/">Dustin Abbott</a></li>
<li>Bryan at <a href="https://www.the-digital-picture.com/">The-Digital-Picture</a></li>
<li>Graham at <a href="https://breakthrough.photography/">Breakthrough Photography</a></li>
<li>Chris Weeks</li>
<li>Adorama</li>
<li>All of the Canon Rumors forum moderators, they have a tough job.</li>
<li>Everyone at Canon that likes this site.</li>
<li>Everyone at Canon that doesn’t like this site. ;)</li>
<li>A big thanks to the Canon crew that filled me full of beef and malbec at Photokina</li>
<li><a href="https://petapixel.com/">PetaPixel</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.dpreview.com/">DPReview</a></li>
<li><a href="http://fredmiranda.com/">FredMiranda</a></li>
<li><a href="https://5daydeal.com/">5DayDeal</a></li>
</ul>
<p>Thank-you for 10 years,

Craig</p>
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Maximilian

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today

Congratulations Craig and CR team!

And a BIG "THANK YOU!" for providing this service and platform to us.
 

ahsanford

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today

Way to be, CR Guy! Love love love this site and this forum.

- A
 

Mt Spokane Photography

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today

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.
 

neuroanatomist

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today

Oh, and someone else had a birthday last year. I hope you don't mind, I recycled the card. ;)
 

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SPKoko

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today

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!
 

RGF

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today

Congratulations to the entire team and thanks for a great website.
 

drmikeinpdx

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today

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.
 

ahsanford

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today

drmikeinpdx said:
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.

- A
 

canonnews

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today

Canon Rumors said:
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?
 

Click

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Re: Happy Birthday, Canon Rumors Turns 10 Years Old Today

Congratulations Craig. :)
 

slclick

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Here's to 10 more! Great job Craig!
 

FramerMCB

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Congratulations Craig!!! On 10 years!!! And for having one of the best "RUMOR" sites on the Net.

This is my go-to site for info (and for humor, insight, techno-knowledge from the many forum contributors)! Interesting that I already had Dustin Abbott and Brian Carnathan's sites bookmarked to my favorites. These guys have great sites too and I absolutely love their reviews as well as their great photography and tips they have for any who peruse their sites. I also like very much how all of you (and others' who run other sites I've been to) are also very responsive when people comment/ask questions.

God bless you, your family, and the entire CanonRumors team!!!