Chiang Mai Digital Nomads (Digital Gonads and Why I hate on them)
I have a close friendship with about 20 people in Chiang Mai. We're either programmers, hackers, marketers, local businessmen, bloggers, and designers. All from different countries, languages and backgrounds nearly everyone has been here for years and what I think really what we all have in common is the hate of Digital Nomads.
The term "Digital Nomad" or what I came up with "Digital Gonads or Nonads" used to be a real idealistic term something you would strive to become. Living and working where you want and on your pwn terms. Nomad, didn't mean you had to keep moving around rather than you could if you wanted to. For all intensive purposes we probably are all digital Nomads. Then why do we hate the term?
Something Changed a few years ago, what was a strong community of people actually doing it morphed into these snake oil salesmen encouraging people to uproot their lives and come to Chiang Mai so they can "mastermind" with successful people who are actually doing it.
The problem is though most of these people are not successful at all, some which you're about to learn have not even made a dime online except to swindle people out of their money with mastermind retreats and Free meetups where they try to sell you more stupid shit.
The people whom I'm close with have never paid for some course on "how to live in Thailand and become a digital nomad". They never consulted "masterminds" and "gurus". They just do it. To be completely honest with you if you messaged most of the people here and offered them a free Steak Dinner they would probably just meet you then you can ask them whatever you want, no need to buy some stupid course or go to some boring meetup or yoga retreat. For example if you buy me a bottle of red-label i'll take you on the craziest night of your life in Chiang Mai!
Is the Digital Nomad Scene in Chiang Mai a scam?
This video pretty much sums it up and you will do well to watch it or follow the reddit thread. I've been saying the same thing for years.
A few months ago I started dropping negativity in the groups about these gonads, and found out I wasn't alone. The people who also feel the same as I do are in fact digital nomads themselves but they feel that people are using the term itself for their own financial gain. The self proclaimed biggest gonad of them all and former pickup artist responded with a post about negativity. Which was strange because being negative about negativity is still being negative. He would have been better to write a post about why you should be positive. At least for me, my negativity is not baseless which you'll find out why now.
This is just one example of 100's I've witnessed over the past few years which has made me cringe about the label Digital Nomad. I went to the meetup a few weeks ago to find almost a hundred people hanging on every word as some 20y/o kid talked about how he's crushing it making $2000 a month that affords him to become a nomad and how you should come to their upcoming mastermind group.
Says it all really. Why would anyone pay good money to learn from some kid who's barely making minimum wage. What is even more sick is the fact that the people who were running this event were accused of sexual molestation. Oh here's some choice words from one of the organizers:
Following the thread on Chiang Mai Digital Nomads group it quickly becomes apparent that if you don't be negative and question what these people are up to they'll just keep scamming people. Actually I'm quite inspired by some of the acts of digital nomads, for the majority they are good people.
There is a growing rift however between expats like myself and the Digital Nomad scene on Nimman. The main reason is that the digital nomads just use this place and provide no value to the locals. They don't care to speak the language, make Thai friends (that they don't actually fuck) and believe that spending money here is their best contribution. The people who started this Nomadness have had no success online, one teaches English to Chinese students to make money and pays for a 500 baht for a bus ride to get his tourist visa renewed while trying to sell seats at a fictional Nomad campus. The whole thing makes me sick and give the people i know a bad name.
If you are a digital nomad that's great do it, be it. Just don't be dickheads like these guys. Would love to know what you think?