It’s been nearly a decade since I registered this domain and launched the first incarnation of Aaron Command on my dorm room PC. The original plan was to share files with my buddies and host some school-related projects. We had no idea what a ride we were in for.
By 2001, blogs were all over the news so I decided to start one. It was old school, straight HTML, hand-crafted in Notepad. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was even less interested in writing about what I had for lunch than the world was in reading about it.
Amazingly Facebook now drives $800M in business annually by getting people to babble on about that kind of crap. Actually, the truth is all that money actually came from shady CPA offers on Farmville, but we’ll save that for later posts.
Fast-forward to 2003. I decided to throw the doors of the “blog” open to a couple of cantankerous friends and for the next couple of years it was a glorious upward spiral of testosterone, poo-flinging, ranting about politics, culture, the decline of Western civilization etc. – basically young, angry American males at their best.
After a few years of this we all decided that we’d rather get laid once in a blue moon instead of pissing and moaning on the Internet full-time. So we stopped blogging. Rohit moved to Florida and got rich. I somehow ended up in the middle of rural China getting my ass kicked by Shaolin monks and coughing up blood. I think Kyle spent a lot of time getting drunk and passing out in ditches. I think he still does.
The site was neglected for a while and ended up being used mostly by Chinese spammers to sell Cialis and other male enhancement products (boy, did they have our demographic figured out). By 2006, no one was posting anymore, but I wanted to keep earning my precious 37 cents a month from Adsense, so I wrote some code that would scrape headlines on big news sites and post that instead. Gotta fund my addiction to those $3 Big Bite hot dogs somehow, man. Once every ten months I got to treat myself.
Earning 1.2 cents a day on Aaron Command is how I began to make money online. (Guyz – if I link to myself will I be #1 on Google tomorrow?!?!) Fast forward to 2009 and I’ve gotten a little wiser about how to play the game. Command Media was born shortly thereafter and let’s just say I’m doing a little better than 1.2 cents a day.
With 2010 and the Command Ten Year Anniversary looming on the horizon, I’m doing a hard reboot of the site and giving it a new purpose, but the truth is that it’s really the same thing I’ve been pursuing for years. The Information Revolution has freed us from the constraints around where we live and how we work that the Industrial Revolution imposed. I’m going to use this site to show you how to live and work anywhere, make money doing practically anything you’re passionate about, and live by your own rules.
And just like on the old site, I still plan on calling things the way I see them, even if it gets someone’s panties in a bunch. These days I’m old enough to know better, but young enough not to give a fuck.