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On Indefinite Hiatus

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It is with a very heavy heart that I have to put an end to my participation in this Web brand and network of Websites.

When I started this effort last September, I had visions of making it into a full social network for both cigar lovers and those involved in the industry. That didn’t work … oh well.

But through the use of this blog, some important underlying technologies, great search-engine optimization, videos about cigars and booze, and sweepstakes/giveaways, I was able to quickly build Stogie’d into a mid-tier brand among those serving the cigar enthusiast.

I also learned how to spell words like “enthusiast” and “aficionado” the first time I typed them in … without triggering Firefox’s dictionary (squiggly red underline) functionality. So I got that going for me. Which is nice.

I learned a lot along the way. I mean … a lot:

I learned that some local cigar shops are eager to help people like me out (Signature Cigars, The Tobacco Leaf), while others couldn’t care less whether I existed or not (I’d love to mention the offending chain of stores in the DC area that fits this category, but I’ll bite my tongue on that one).

I also learned that there’s not nearly as much camaraderie among cigar bloggers as I thought there would be; although I did meet several who conduct their sites like I do — with a sense of openness and a willingness to help anyone, even if they might be considered “competition.” Among the truly good people are the people behind Stogie Fresh, CigarFriendly.US and Stogie Review. The truly bad are … well, I’m not that kind of guy.

Most of all, I had entirely too much fun serving a community that is very tight and cohesive, but needs voices out there to protect its rights. I was proud to be one of those voices, but I know there’s plenty of others out there who will carry on the cause. I will continue the fight in my private life, though.

Why am I putting the site on hiatus? My real business is taking off very quickly, which (very unfortunately) means I have don’t have the kind of time that’s needed for this blog or the videos I did for it. I loved, loved, LOVED doing both, as they tapped into some talents I hadn’t used in quite a while. If nothing else, I proved to myself that I still have the chops to write, build a quality site and shoot/produce some good looking videos.

By the way, if you know of a business needing to improve their digital marketing — whether they’re a business depending on local customers or one that’s more business-to-business (B2B) or nationwide in focus, have ‘em give me a holler.

All of that being said, if anyone out there wants to take over Stogie’d somehow and make it their own, please let me know. I’m amenable to a lot of different kinds of arrangements. Please use the Contact form at my company’s main Website to get in touch with me.

I’m not pronouncing the site “dead,” because I want it to continue on under someone else’s careful hand (that hopefully has a cigar in it). In fact, it’s my hope that it will continue.

In the meantime, my experience with this site and its success in its short almost six-month run is going to make for a great case study. I’ll let the cigar community know when it is published.

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About Bob Woods

A cigar lover for many years, Bob is combining his appreciation for cigars with his experience and expertise in a wide variety of digital-related areas with Stogie'd. When he's not working on Stogie'd, Bob is creating all kinds of content for his company, CruxBridge Media. He is also vice president/general manager of Electric Advisors, Inc.'s residential division.

Comments

  1. Lloyd L. says:

    Bob,

    Sorry to hear your ‘real business’ is taking off! Just kidding, sort of. You’re one of the good guys in the cigar blogging community. I enjoyed your site very much and hope you stay in touch via Facebook or Twitter. Best of luck and continued success in your career.

  2. MoBarbq (Wes) says:

    It’s a shame to see one of the “good guys” leave. You are so correct in the things you said, and I also bite my tongue in not saying how I really feel about some of the cigar folks online. You, Sir, exemplify integrity.

    You fulfilled your promises, which to me means a lot. I am tired of people (especially certain denizens of Twitter) saying that they will do such and such, and then they never do.

    Bob, you are a jewel, and I wish you all the very best. May your life be blessed and full of joy.

  3. Agent 86 says:

    Thank you Bob, for what you’ve done. I hope to see things come back sometime down the road, hopefully someone with more time and finances than I jumps in and helps keep things going on. Best of luck with your business.

  4. Bob Woods says:

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Rest assured that my first cigar of the week this week will be to you all and everyone else who supported the site!

  5. Mark says:

    I was wondering where you had gone off to. Sad to see an informative site go mate. Best of luck from us Aussies.

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