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What a Month, Week, Day

And none of it would be possible without the great readers of this blog. It sounds almost trite to say it — ’cause everyone always says it — but it’s true and it must be acknowledged.

I’m gonna take the rest of the day off, as it’s my 49th today, and I’ve already gotten an excellent birthday present. I just completed an hour interview with jimmy moore and man did we have a blast. He pretty much gave me free reign, I got in a cussword or two…it was so much fun and man was I pumped. And I did it 19 hours into a fast. I was alert. So I hope that when it airs likely in May, all y’all’ll have a listen.

This is just the latest event in a pretty surprising month. On December 31st it was looking like I was going to fall short of making another successive traffic record. I needed to break 56K visits and I went into the 31st with only about 50K. Then, all of a sudden, traffic was pouring in from boingboing, then Fark. They had picked up on my no-soap, no-shampoo post. By the end of the day, 85K visits and nearly 150K page views. Now here we sit with still a couple of days left in January and I’m pushing 115,000 visits and 230,000 page views. Wowzers.

And then just in this last week I’ve done interviews on the paleo / primal / evolutionary fitness life way with Der Spiegel and then a couple of days ago, with Maclean’s, Canada’s largest weekly news mag. I’ve got to thank Art De Vany for the Der Spiegel deal. They spent a whole day with him and requested to speak with others, so Art set it up. Maclean’s was an out of the blue email from a reporter doing a piece on paleo. It should run late next week, she says.

I’ve also got to thank Rusty Moore at Fitness Black Book for this generous and excellent writeup yesterday. Be sure to include Rusty in your fitness links.

Well, I’m just about 20 hours into a fast right now, so I think I’m gonna go hit the gym.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

35 Comments

  1. matt brody on January 29, 2010 at 09:58

    Happy birthday…to you, me, Oprah, and Tom Selleck. Looking forward to hearing the interview, Jimmy’s been on a roll with great guests lately.

  2. Candice on January 29, 2010 at 10:01

    Richard, it is so great to see the recognition starting to gain momentum. It is well deserved. Your blog has been a wonderful resource for me on many topics from cholesterol & saturated fat to Vitamins D & K and cancer. I lost two days of productivity to reading back posts when I first found it but it was time well spent.

    -C

  3. Candice on January 29, 2010 at 10:01

    Oh – forgot to say … Happy, Happy Birthday!

  4. Diana Hsieh on January 29, 2010 at 10:04

    Happy Birthday!

  5. Organic Gabe on January 29, 2010 at 10:06

    Happy Birthday, Richard!

  6. Jeanie Campbell on January 29, 2010 at 10:19

    Happy Birthday, Richard. Great things are happening – can’t wait to hear Jimmy’s interview with you.

  7. Paul on January 29, 2010 at 10:20

    Did you mean “Der Spiegel” ?

    Happy Birthday!

    • Richard Nikoley on January 29, 2010 at 12:46

      Thanks for the catch. Fixed it.



  8. Krys on January 29, 2010 at 11:07

    Happy Birthday Richard! Thanks for spreading the word through your fantastic blog!
    Cheers!

  9. Lute Nikoley on January 29, 2010 at 11:48

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SON, LOVE YOU, even if you do kick my ass once in a while, verbally that is. Never miss reading a post and I am very happy for your great success. Have a great day.

  10. Sarah Madden on January 29, 2010 at 12:40

    Lá Breithe Shona duit! (Irish for Happy Birthday) Hope you have a lovely day. And THANK YOU for all your great FREE insight, knowledge, humour and outright food porn that you have so kindly provided over the last year.

  11. Lute Nikoley on January 29, 2010 at 13:01

    Yes, we are very thankful for all the FREE valuable information we get through this blog. Saves us a lot of time from doing the research on our own. And time is money. Please take note of the “DONATE” on the upper right side. Thanks,

  12. Neil Fraser-Smith on January 29, 2010 at 13:21

    Happy Birthday from Australia Richard.

  13. Jimmy Moore on January 29, 2010 at 13:48

    Richard, you did a FANTASTIC job in the interview today. Of course, I didn’t expect anything less than the best. Can’t wait to share it!

  14. golooraam on January 29, 2010 at 13:49

    Happy Birthday from a fellow bay area person

  15. Impatient Irene on January 29, 2010 at 13:58

    Why do we have to wait until may?

    Does jimmy have this timed perfectly with the new promotion of some random scam or another “healthy junkfood” garbage launch or something?

  16. Jimmy Moore on January 29, 2010 at 14:03

    Why so cynical, Irene? Patience my dear. I have been recording like a madman since the beginning of January and have guests booked to be recorded through the summertime. Right now there are 24 interviews already recorded that are ahead of the one I did with Richard today. If it weren’t for my sponsors and faithful podcast listeners donating towards helping me keep this thing going, then there would be no show. So, in the spirit of Richard Nikoley, why don’t you shut the fu** up and make a freakin’ donation if you truly give a damn!

    • Richard Nikoley on January 29, 2010 at 14:30

      Indeed, Irene. What Jimmy said.

      I’d actually wished to have touched upon this during the interview but I really HATE the shit Jimmy catches because of some of the problems and issues HE FRANKLY AND UPFRONTLY TELLS EVERYONE ABOUT!!!

      Would you rather he be a fraud? Would you rather he not tell anyone what he eats — which BTW would not be my choices, but I have a different perspective.

      Listen up: one of the reasons “Paleo” is now gaining amazingly in prominence is BECAUSE of pioneers in low-carbing, just like Jimmy.

      He even may have a desire to “go paleo” — who knows — but he is in a sense kinda locked in, because if he’s going to continue to deliver the amazing values he does, he’s gotta live. You know, disk brakes were proved far superior to drum for decades before they became standard. Why? Because manufacturers had invested too much into plant & materials to just dump them. So for years and years, we got discs on the front, drums on the rear. And now, at long lat, almost all cars come with discs 4×4. Maybe you should start a paleo food line, pay Jimmy to advertise, and he could eventually dump the low-carb grains? Ever think about that, or is it just easier to tear down the enormous values he produces consistently and regularly?

      Jimmy is a powerhouse when you consider the astounding quality of voices he brings us, and I’m talking not about myself but the physicians and PhDs doing cutting edge research. Did you listen to the podcast about the ketogenic diet and fasting as a treatment for cancer? What if it saved a loved one? Then would you still dis lowcarbman? I doubt it.

      Look, I’ll tell Jimmy to his face: “I think your diet could be better, buddy.” But that’s his business. My business is that I have received far more value from Jimmy that I could possibly repay.

      Thanks, Jimmy.



    • Impatient Irene on January 29, 2010 at 18:32

      Sorry, I just find jimmy creepy and annoying.

      You’ve made your way without hawking chocolate, so can he. Not to mention diets he’s promoted yet is totally unfamiliar with and too lazy to investigate.

      Everyone takes their shots around here, you just called the world’s most famous mayor a criminal scumbag 50 times over, jimmy can withstand some shrapnel (as the great gary del’abate would say) I’m sure.



    • k on February 1, 2010 at 13:16

      take a chill pilll bro for real



  17. Tim Rangitsch on January 29, 2010 at 14:03

    Happy Birthday, thanks for the blog work, and lookin’ forward to the Podcast.

  18. Meredith on January 29, 2010 at 14:13

    Happy birthday! I am looking forward to listenting to you on Jimmy’s show. I never miss one.

    I love this community of like minded bloggers. You all reinforce a healthy way of life that conventional wisdom tries to scare us out of living. I especially appreciate people the likes of you who are much lounder and ballsier (I made that word up) than myself!

    Happy 49th.

  19. Kurt G Harris on January 29, 2010 at 15:15

    Happy Birthday, Richard.

    Now go for a run with 2112 on your ipod!

    • Richard Nikoley on January 29, 2010 at 15:24

      Thanks Dr. Kurt. Perhaps I’d be better off with your interview, though. Actually, I haven’t listened yet, but I’m setting aside a special tranquil hour this weekend to do that. Can’t wait to hear your “bullshit” bleeped. I was tempted to toss an f-bomb, but the last thing Beatrice said on her way to work this morning: “no f-bombs!”

      Ha! What a joy to live this life. Glad you’re not among the white coats I delighted in calling “assholes” during my interview. Hope Jimmy doesn’t bleep it, but if he does, I’ll get it.

      I did get the opportunity to call Alicia Silerstone a ditzy blonde, however, though I completely missed the chance to talk about the ‘Dean Ornish Chubby Face Diet.”

      Well, Jimmy thinks I may be back on in the future, so there’s that. I’ll have another shot

      Oh, PS, I did get a chance to mention how cool it was that you, Dr. McGuff, Dr. Mike Eades and Dr. BG sometimes come to the non-medical opinion but nonetheless helpful rescue of my readers with probs.

      Alright, now I’m giving too much away and Jimmy’s gonna be pissed.

      I’ll stop now.



  20. Jimmy Moore on January 29, 2010 at 15:30

    Nah, you’re good, Richard! I’m thinking of releasing excerpts of upcoming podcasts on a YouTube video clip as a teaser in the near future. I’ll have fun with yours. As for bleeping the a-hole comment, that’s up to my producer. We do bill the podcast as “clean” so it probably will be. 😀

    • Richard Nikoley on January 29, 2010 at 15:36

      I’m gonna enjoy it anyway. En plus, The bleep actually adds drama. Live well, buddy. You’re having a blast, livin’ a dream, and it’s maybe even more important that a vida low-carb.

      Salut!



  21. Jimmy Moore on January 29, 2010 at 15:38

    Living THE dream! You’re right on my heels, too. 🙂

    • Richard Nikoley on January 29, 2010 at 15:43

      Seriously, I’ve learned a lot from observing you. Tim Ferriss, too. Highly recommend following him on FB & Twitter to get a sense of how social media gets used. And his updated 4HWW is amazing.

      What I’ve learned? So many of the things I neglected out of sheer laziness were actually beneficial and now I understand why.

      I used to have a talk I gave years ago at conferences for the industry in which my business exists:

      “The Virtue of Procrastination.”

      I may blog of it someday.



  22. Jimmy Moore on January 29, 2010 at 15:46

    I’m a BIG FAN of Tim Ferriss and appreciate his expertise in this area. Time management is of the essence to maximize opportunities to get the word out to as many people as possible. I’m constantly looking for ways to improve because I still have a lot to learn. Haven’t gotten the newly updated 4HWW yet, but am anxious to read it.

  23. Jim Purdy on January 29, 2010 at 16:51

    “all y’all’ll”

    Finally, after wading through numerous technical articles, I came across a technical term we Okies can understand!

    “all y’all’ll!”

    LOL!

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    • Vendo on January 29, 2010 at 18:39

      “Rebels make the world more exciting”

      Too true!

      Congratulations, and happy birthday!



  24. Tin Tin on January 29, 2010 at 20:00

    Happy-fuckin-birthday Richard!

  25. Rusty - Fitness Black Book on January 30, 2010 at 15:56

    Richard,

    Happy late birthday buddy. Your site is kicking butt…glad to see that 🙂

    -Rusty

  26. Trish on January 31, 2010 at 09:59

    Better late than never–happy birthday!

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