The Other Dot Com Lifestyle

A while back, I made a video post call The Dot Com Lifestyle that showed what can be achieve if someone is willing to change his mindset and really go for it. That post was one of the most popular posts I’ve ever made and received a ton of positive feedback.

One of the readers who read the post was Brian Johnson. Brian lives in Nebraska and I had a chance to meet him during the Top Affiliate Challenge. Inspired by my Dot Com Lifestyle video, Brian decided to create his own Dot Com Lifestyle video. It’s a little different than my lifestyle but the goal is the same. I’ve posted both videos so you can compare. Which Dot Com Lifestyle are you living right now?

John Chow Dot Com Lifestyle

Brian Johnson Dot Com Lifestyle

65 thoughts on “The Other Dot Com Lifestyle”

  1. Matt says:

    “Yeah, yeah, I’ll get the rent paid”…LOL classic stuff.


    1. Sorry, I just had to beat Ryan to this spot….lol

      1. That wasn’t really a comparison of the Dot Com Lifestyles, it was more like the Canadian vs. American lifestyle. lol

        1. Tushar Dhoot says:

          woot Canada for the win πŸ™‚

      2. Ryan McLean says:

        lol, that was cool. I watched your video awhile ago and it was very touching. Its great that you can spend lots of time with your daughter, unlike many people who work regular jobs. Bravo John.

        1. Sohail says:

          Agree πŸ˜‰

      3. Collin, that is the best move I have seen all month…LMFAO,

  2. BloggerTests says:

    When I was younger, money meant everything to me. I thought that if I only had plenty of it, I’d be happy. Now, some 15-20 years later, my focus has changed. Today, while running a couple of businesses, time is more valuable than money to me. There’s never enough of it. I wish I could have at least one day a week completely free of meetings, appointments and other daily tasks.

    You made a great point in the video, John!


  3. Paul Fisher says:

    Very nice. Shall we all join in?

  4. Glenn says:

    The video doesn’t seem to be loading for me?

  5. VlogHog says:

    I always notice that people who make a lot of money say money doesn’t mean that much to them.

    What they should say is, “Now, money doesn’t mean that much to me.”

    Thanks again for the videos.

    1. says:

      nice point out – all who have made enough money should say this only… because if they say money doesn’t mean much to me then why you made it… ?

      isn’t it!

      Great Point! Bookmarking thought!

  6. That video was pretty funny, love the ad placement. Got props in there for ShoeMoney and his own site.

  7. Pretty entertaining. I think hes hoping to make it to shoes blog too with the t-shirt.

  8. Mitch says:

    Funny and sad at the same time; I think that’s most of us. lol

  9. FixThePig says:

    Gotta love what the dot com lifestyle provides. Today it can be tougher then ever to make ends meet and keep the Pig Full; having a blog and creating a secondary or primary source of income can really help pay the bills!

  10. AverageGal says:

    The dot com lifestyle definitely has it’s perks; especially raising a family! My girls and I love that we’re able to spend more time together.

  11. browie says:

    Thanks a lot John for showing my video. I totally forgot about the video when I met up with you. I’m glad you found it somehow. I have summers off and it just came to me as I was taking my daughter on our daily walk. So I planned a few things to do and it went ok. LoL

  12. Theresa111 says:

    Oh John! Your daughter is so perfect. I really enjoyed your video and am glad to hear the ring of sincerity in your voice as you speak about the true treasures of life. I hope you may come by for a visit sometime. Take care.

    “Sleeping Kitten – Dancing Dog!”

  13. LOL, maybe if Bryan didn’t have a betting blog his video would be like yours John.

  14. Nice video, its kinddaa slow

  15. Man I really wish I could live that lifestyle. I have a couple of websites and I get 100-200 bucks a month from it. I just want to get more you know and quit my job.

  16. Indeed… the .com lifestyle is business lifestyle… the other aspect is that which is so much older (family 9.0 is well entrenched, lest we forget) and far more valuable.

    While we may aspire to 9 figure EBITDA numbers and 6 figure daily uniques for site traffic, it all means very little when it comes down to the true accomplishments in life: our family (children, in particular) and true friends who will be there when we fall back down to 2-3 uniques per day πŸ˜‰

    Proof in the pudding is the uber-entrepeneur: Larry Ellison… he’s only worth perhaps $20-30B given the recent market correction and yet, you can be sure that it hits his psyche and wellbeing in a major way…. (and I say this as a huge Oracle and Larry respecter)….

    Keeping values in perspective is a primordial concern…..

  17. No one said it was the rich dot com lifestyle. I guess it’s all in your perception. πŸ™‚

  18. James Wilcox says:

    I’m sure “Brain” appreciates the name change too… πŸ™‚

  19. Keral Patel says:

    My .com lifestyle is great right now πŸ™‚ Total freedom plus working on the things that are also my hobbies. So it can’t get better then that.

  20. James says:

    Lol that was funny..

  21. wisdom says:

    LOL at make up the 2 dollars by working all night.

  22. Rory Hansen says:

    Oh man, Brian’s video is hilarious. And sad. Now, I don’t know what to feel…

  23. Arfan says:

    Haha I wish I had a Life style spend time with my family

  24. In a typical domain name you have two dots….Dots use to be called “stop” or “rests”…So the lesson is to pace ourselves and take rests and stop to smell the roses in the midst of the journey. πŸ˜› Sorry – that wonderful lil enlightenment hit me now at 1am and I just had to share after watching the vid and reading everyone’s comments πŸ˜›

  25. Diana says:

    Interesting sincere heartfelt sharing in the video. It is good that with the internet and blogging, we can have both time and money to do the things that we enjoy.

    Diana @

  26. Mario says:

    Very nice video John.

    I look forward to watch the next episode.


  27. lazy drunk says:

    Nice post. Not for me tho.

  28. Mike Huang says:

    I still love Mr. John Chow’s video more! πŸ˜€


  29. I guess, re-runs also exist on the internet.

  30. First you want to have more money, and when you eventually get the money you want to have other things. Better health and more time etc, I like to read John’s blog it has depth in it.

  31. I thik I like your dot com lifestyle better John.

  32. Tyler Cruz says:

    lol, that was awesome.

    Hmm… making friendly parodies of the top bloggers videos – great idea for a blog…. *hint hint*!

  33. marita says:

    Brian should be a comedian! The BK coupon cracked me up πŸ™‚

    You both got supercute babies!

    1. browie says:

      What’s even better is I literally found that while we were walking. Another interesting thing was I did not know the mowers were at the park either LoL. It was fate.

      1. marita says:

        That’s pretty funny –
        your girl is so cute, she kept looking at the camera and then at you!
        She was really trying to figure out what the heck was going on.

        So, when do we get to see part 2?

  34. andy says:

    Funny video!!!! I am working hard so maybe some day I can have that life style.

  35. John,

    Nice easy day at the park. One of my dreams even though our youngest is a tween now.

    I’ve spent thirty years of 12~14 hour days, in Hollywood and engineering design and build of digital tv and film facilities, and now the day job has vanished…

    Trying to figure out all of this PPC, CPA, CPM, and web marketing has been frustrating to say the least!

    Maybe I can find a sharp mentor who can set me up for the dot com lifestyle?

    Respectfully, Nicholas Chase – ‘the video guy’ at BlogWorld Expo 2008

  36. Caleb says:

    Everyone is little different. my thought was to actually take this one step further and make an informercial…sort of like Obama did last night 😎

  37. Sirko says:

    very funny stuff, but john your video is much better! πŸ˜‰

    regards, Sirko

  38. Karl Hadwen says:

    Haha that was so funny :D, great post loved it πŸ˜‰

  39. MLRebecca says:

    Great videos! Brian’s was hilarious! I really enjoyed watching the difference in the dot com lifestyles between you and Brian. Thanks so much for posting these!

  40. angelin says:

    Pretty nice.. You have good life.. John.. Congrats.. You have money, you have wife.. you have kids. cool.. and I ?:)) I’m a poor student >:P πŸ™‚ Time to time.. come to my blog.. and give me some advice.. I need.. Thanks..

  41. Gaming says:

    Hmmm…..still eating ramen noodles here……

  42. whateverebay says:

    Hmmm, interesting. The videos are a good example of the Pro Blogger and a New blogger. Once you have been blogging for a few months your video may show pulling hair, shuffling for stories, writers block etc….. We need comedy πŸ™‚

  43. I remember your post. Your video was good. While everyone else was working, you were able to go to the park with your daughter. Living the Dot Com Lifestyle is a wonderful thing.

    Brian’s video is comedic!

  44. Interesting facts to know about each. πŸ™‚

  45. BusinessX says:

    I like it a lot. The way one he mimics John Chow’s dot com lifestyle while wearing a shoemoney t-shirt (and bought it, didn’t even win it!) to saying he will be up all night to make up his two dollars for Red Bull. Love it.

  46. The second video is a much better picture of the “average dot com lifestyle” . It is great that John Chow gets to spend much of his day in the park with his daughter, but the reality of it is that most of us are in the developmental stages with our blogs, and the John Chow dot com lifestyle just isn’t in the near future for us. Keep plugging away…

  47. Ben Pei says:

    I want to live the john chow dot com lifestyle!

  48. No offense, money is everything. No way anyone would be able to just kick at home and play dad all day if they didn’t have the money to avoid the regular working world. Blogging is the exception; and is an exceptional industry in what it allows for.

  49. AnitoKid says:

    Great stuff, John!

  50. John your lifestyle is even better than the Wall St bankers who earn a disproportionate amount of money even when all their investors lose. You make a lot of money for working intelligently and you don’t have to steal a penny. Bravo

  51. Shhhitsasecret says:

    I wager video #2 is a little more accurate of the lives of most readers of this blog.

  52. My is a perfect nada. No money, no time, nothing. I must be a real monkey after all.

  53. Kevin L says:

    Brian’s is more like it…I love “you have to loose money to make money!”

  54. I think Brian’s video is hilarious, and sad. Now, I don’t really know what to feel now.

  55. Dfunda says:

    your video is better than brian

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