Andy Hagans and The Art Of Leaving It All Onstage
Here’s the long answer.
Back in 2002 I promoted shows at the ledgendary Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans. Howard Kaplan, the owner, is very particular what bands he puts on his stage but because I am who I am he gave me a night I could program myself.
The first band I decided to put on stage for my “Best New Music Night” series was a band called Squint. I had heard the CD and thought they sounded great.
Well, the night of the show it rained. No, I take that back. It was like a monsoon. There was no way anyone with any sense was going to come to a rock show. Since the band was from out of town (Dallas, I think) they showed up anyway and decide to perform.
I told them I wasn’t going to pay them.
They didn’t care.
They performed one of the best shows I had ever seen in my life.
All for a crowd of 3 people.
After the show I insisted on paying them. They refused to take the money.
Dane, the lead singer told me something important.
“Whenever I get on stage I want to leave everything there. No one leaves thinking we didn’t do our best.”
Which brings me to Andy Hagans.
Andy Hagans is a smart and funny guy. He knows more about search engines, link-building and stuff like that than I ever intend to know. He even gives some of his services away to worthy causes like the Uganda Action Network.
But Andy doesn’t leave it all onstage.
And it infuriates the hell out of me.
BizNetMedia looks like it could have been a model for other businesses but instead we get a stupid link contest.
It’s not about the traffic you get. It’s the quality of the traffic. Andy knows that.
But Andy doesn’t care.
And that’s part of the problem. I really feel sometimes that Andy doesn’t care about me, his audience. And that can’t be good.
Andy can show you how to make money. But if that if that’s all you are in it for then maybe you should just get a regular fucking job.
So am I a lover or a hater of Andy Hagans?
Short answer: I haven’t decided yet.Explore posts in the same categories: advertising, Andy Hagans, blog media, blog networks, branding, content, hype, Know More Media