Web Hosting vs. Fly Fishing Shop

Web hosting has been my life for about the last 8 years. Before that I did a variety of things, all technology related. My life has always been go go go… I would start one project after another. My most recent project that myself and others have put together has been to “almost” launch our own registrar to sell domains. Its all fun, and I enjoy myself BUT sometimes I crave the simple life.

Some days I just want to open a fly fishing shop and be done with it all. Do you ever get that feeling? When is enough actually enough? Most people in my opinion never get to do what they really want. Either their pursuit of money, career, or something else gets in the way. Ideally you do what you love AND get paid for it. However, that is not always the case. I love web hosting, I love the internet, and I love technology, but you know what? I ALSO love fly fishing.

I haven’t been fly fishing in 2 years. That is blasphemy in my house :) Bluehost is certainly more than just myself. There are 55 other people at the company that work harder, know more, and are generally great people. The ultimate goal for me is to eventually move away from technology for a while and take a break doing something that I know will make me absolutely no money whatsoever :) A flyfishing shop! Bluehost runs great whether I am there or not, so why not do something I love and get a well deserved break.Don’t get my wrong. I am not leaving Bluehost anytime soon, nor am I looking for retail space for a fly fishing shop. I am merely saying that my plans to make Bluehost function without my intervention are nearing fruition. Maybe when it comes time to scratch that itch to do the next thing it WILL be the fly fishing shop.

Anyone know where I can order BULK Elk-Hair Cadice dry flies?

Thanks,

Matt Heaton / Bluehost.com

25 Responses to “Web Hosting vs. Fly Fishing Shop”

  1. clifflyon says:

    I hear you Matt. I DID walk away. Got bored, and now I am working just as hard trying to make the world a better place.

    Let me know when you are ready.

    btw: great hosting service. I just wish you guys could support
    http://www.thankyoustephencolbert.org http://www.thankyouharrytaylor.org

    ..but I understand the business model.

    Thanks
    Cliff

  2. jean says:

    Oh Matt,

    To add Why do you write
    Thanks,
    Matt Heaton / Bluehost.com.

    All visitors know who you are.

    Why dont you put up a live chat on bluehost.

    http://www.irin.co.uk

  3. Kari says:

    I stumbled onto your blog checking into bluehost (I am looking for a new host and like to know all I can about someone befor eI do business with them)

    I just have to say, go fishing man. 2 years is too long!

  4. Clifton says:

    Hi Matt,

    My name is Clifton, and Tim was my roommate up until I got married last summer. I’ve been to your house a few times to watch movies back in the day. Anyway, I came across BlueHost through another website. Looks good.

    You sound a little like your brother. He’s ready to drop law and just teach religion or get a PhD. He wants to bag the financial opportunities and go for something he’d really enjoy.

    Here’s my neck of the woods: fusionfox.com

    Anyway, take care.

  5. Irene Lopez says:

    Don’t look up my website because I haven’t done anything with it yet.

    In response to your dry flies question I don’t know where you can find them but I do know where you can find an awesome fly fishing reel. Go to hatchoutdoors.com. They are the new kid on the block and everyone seems to love the product.

    Let me know what you think.

    Irene Lopez

  6. ron says:

    Oh man… the temptation is so strong sometimes to do exactly what you described. I’ve been checking into hosting services lately and I believe I will be back here if for no other reason than the fly-fishing post!

  7. Static Brain says:

    here you go, a place that sells flies in bulk. KBE Fly Fishing Company Good luck with the fly fishing shop.

  8. cardoso says:

    Remembers me the old joke about the guy sleeping under a tree and the consulting guy teasing him to grow some crop, make some money, hire people, sell more crop, buy some sheeps, and eventually become a big farmer, with lots of money, so he can sleep under a tree.

    “What do you think I’m doing right now?”

    I love radical changes, it’s great to reinvent yourself. About your shop, I think I know what you’re feeling. Sometimes I think about giving up IT and working on something totally different. Even searched for job oportunities at Sakhalin Island, bit it didn’t worked out.

    I think I’m speaking for everyone here saying “go ahead, try it for a while”. (also would give something to the competitors. “OK, he runs one of the best webhosting companies in the world, but can he run a fishing shop?”

  9. G’day mate,

    Nice blog. Enlightening.

    I like your hosting and everything except to be honest it’s, well… seems to be all set up so that techies or programmers understand it easily… and everyone else, well… we all get lost in all the upload, ftp, techy details…

    It’s true you know, I shouldn’t be confused when I try to do all his stuff… But I am… And I know you don’t want me to be confused…

    Clear, step by step, every point covered instructions would go far. Otherwise it’s another day’s wait to get the helpdesk email back from BHost… I expect the learning curve but a learning curve that takes me step one to step two in depth and in detail so ‘everything’ is covered.

    I’m not complaining just being honest and I think you’d appreciate that.

    Thanks

    Martin

  10. tommy says:

    Hey Matt, I work at a cube, I get that feeling like I need to go fishing about every twenty minutes. But I only go once a week… I should go more… Ya know, I think I take the rest of the day off thanks…
    tommy

  11. thayne says:

    Matt…

    Very enlightening…

    You are the freaken cup…

    Probably doesn’t make sense until you read the following…

    Have you ever wondered what makes some people capable of doing extraordinary, sometimes impossible looking things? What makes that person jump into the water to save a drowning victim, while others stand by and watch? What makes another person stand up for a cause they believe in, against what appears to be amazing odds? I’ve asked myself questions like these most of my life. Even as a child, I wondered why people do the things they do.

    Perhaps the bigger question is why don’t people do the things they can do?

    The answer begins with exploring what keeps people stuck. The first place we commonly go to is that we’re missing something, we don’t have what we need. We need more of everything – you name it, we need it: more time, money, energy, information, certainty, resources. Without these, we tell ourselves, we can’t do what we want to do.

    That is the greatest lie of our times – this underlying assumption that we don’t have what we need (or think we need, I suffer from this very badly). This perception of lack is the biggest source of unhappiness and dissatisfaction in the world today. It causes us to dream about “becoming” something, to hold out for doing that one big, audacious thing that is so big and audacious that we can’t see a way to do it!

    We have fallen in love with the idea of becoming and it is keeping us small. We are on an endless search for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, all the while not realizing that we are standing on the pot of gold. Many people travel their entire lives on this journey, longing to find themselves out there, when, in fact where they’ve really lost themselves is in here (me).

    You are the Significance you’ve been waiting for as in you yourself (matt knows this and shows it).

    Nobody’s going to bring it to you, solve it for you, or make it all better. Ultimately, we are the ones we have been waiting for. It is up to us to be who we are.

    And when is there ever a time when being yourself doesn’t matter? The reason people find themselves getting stuck is because they don’t think who they are ~ is enough – enough to get that promotion, enough to close that next big account, enough to be financially independent. This scarcity causes resistance and any time we are stuck, we are resisting the way things are in one way or another.

    When I talk about doing what we can do, I don’t mean rolling out of bed in the morning and living life like normal. I’m talking about living into our greatness — being fully, completely, vibrantly alive. I’m talking about doing the thing you were born to do. Being your greatest self is the gift you give to the world. Not being your greatest self deprives the world of what you are here to give. There’s nothing sexy or glamorous about that.

    Possessing these traits is more than believing that there is enough to go around. Here is an analogy:

    People living in scarcity see the cup as half empty.
    People who are positive thinkers see the cup as half full.
    People living abundantly see the cup as overflowing.
    But people Living into their Greatness ARE the cup.

    What’s keeping you from seeing yourself as “The Cup”?

    Matt how did you become the cup?
    Are you helping any one else become the cup?

    Thayne

  12. Chad says:

    I applaud your courage. It takes a lot of risk to leave what you may consider your bread and butter to pursue what you love, but hey! Life is short and you might as well spend most of it to stuff that makes you happy.. the rest, for stuff to help you survive.

    I know a bunch of guys who did just that. RiverBum.com

    Good Luck there buddy!

  13. Rod D'mayga says:

    After I duplicate what you did … the BlueHost
    Then, I will join you and be your business partner … setting up: a fly fishing shop…. okey.

    I will call you when I am ready, so far I need a lot of help here !!!

    Rodd
    WebitesGeek

  14. kevin says:

    Man, you need to go fishing. If that other post is right, it’s been 2 years. I would not be alive if I went that long……

  15. Nothing better than fly fishing man. Hooking into a nice silver takes all the stress away. You can’t change the world but you can change what bait you use (or something like that)

  16. 2 years is a long time no doubt. When you do decide to go next time do it up big!

  17. Very enlightening…

    You are the freaken cup…

    Probably doesn’t make sense until you read the following…

    Have you ever wondered what makes some people capable of doing extraordinary, sometimes impossible looking things? What makes that person jump into the water to save a drowning victim, while others stand by and watch? What makes another person stand up for a cause they believe in, against what appears to be amazing odds? I’ve asked myself questions like these most of my life. Even as a child, I wondered why people do the things they do.

    Perhaps the bigger question is why don’t people do the things they can do?

    The answer begins with exploring what keeps people stuck. The first place we commonly go to is that we’re missing something, we don’t have what we need. We need more of everything – you name it, we need it: more time, money, energy, information, certainty, resources. Without these, we tell ourselves, we can’t do what we want to do.

    That is the greatest lie of our times – this underlying assumption that we don’t have what we need (or think we need, I suffer from this very badly). This perception of lack is the biggest source of unhappiness and dissatisfaction in the world today. It causes us to dream about “becoming” something, to hold out for doing that one big, audacious thing that is so big and audacious that we can’t see a way to do it!

    We have fallen in love with the idea of becoming and it is keeping us small. We are on an endless search for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, all the while not realizing that we are standing on the pot of gold. Many people travel their entire lives on this journey, longing to find themselves out there, when, in fact where they’ve really lost themselves is in here (me).

    You are the Significance you’ve been waiting for as in you yourself (matt knows this and shows it).

    Nobody’s going to bring it to you, solve it for you, or make it all better. Ultimately, we are the ones we have been waiting for. It is up to us to be who we are.

    And when is there ever a time when being yourself doesn’t matter? The reason people find themselves getting stuck is because they don’t think who they are ~ is enough – enough to get that promotion, enough to close that next big account, enough to be financially independent. This scarcity causes resistance and any time we are stuck, we are resisting the way things are in one way or another.

    When I talk about doing what we can do, I don’t mean rolling out of bed in the morning and living life like normal. I’m talking about living into our greatness — being fully, completely, vibrantly alive. I’m talking about doing the thing you were born to do. Being your greatest self is the gift you give to the world. Not being your greatest self deprives the world of what you are here to give. There’s nothing sexy or glamorous about that.

    Possessing these traits is more than believing that there is enough to go around. Here is an analogy:

    People living in scarcity see the cup as half empty.
    People who are positive thinkers see the cup as half full.
    People living abundantly see the cup as overflowing.
    But people Living into their Greatness ARE the cup.

    What’s keeping you from seeing yourself as “The Cup”?

  18. I so know what you mean – I am with you on this! Fly fishing is the Zen branch on the fishing family tree. It certainly takes more effort than bait fishing, fly fishing takes skill and time. But that is the point no? you are looking for a release from the ordinary world and fly fishing or any sort of fishing offers us this. “tight lines” as they say in the community!

  19. Ben Greg says:

    Ah that would be the life, if we could all just quit our day jobs and spend life fly fishing.

  20. Awesome share. But, your layout doesn’t display as it should on this phone. You might investigate that. Are you using external CSS style sheets?

  21. fishing is an enjoyable hobby and a great past time.:*-

  22. Yes i agree, i been on the internet business for more than a 10 years, and now i combine what i like to do internet & fishing. its hard work but somebody needs to do.

    I be on the competitor hosting, and in the future i will contact Matt for give business to him, as he is on fishing business.

    Matt, if you need any kind advice on Mexico Fishing, let me know.

  23. Thanks relating to the blog post, it’s good to hear another individual’s opinion, by the way Matt I also been on the internet business since 2007. I certainly agree with precisely what you’re saying concerning the knowledge in a really completely different way to assist make new business beside our main job. Please keep up the great work as I’m undoubtedly going again to read more.

  24. Fisherman2 says:

    If you find the right location to set up a flyfishing shop it could be profitable enough. Start an online flyfishing store too.

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