About Richard Barrow in Thailand

People keep asking me why I don’t have an “about me” page on my blog. The main reason is that I am a private person and don’t like the attention that my work sometimes brings me. I’m flattered and very surprised when people recognize me on the streets, but in preference I prefer to work anonymously. Which is why I have a rule to turn down any requests for interviews. I know it sounds strange to say I am publicity shy as my name is everywhere on my blogs. But, unlike some other bloggers and people on social media, I chose right from the start to use my real name in order to be accountable for what I say and do. I think there are too many “bar stool” experts on forums already who hide behind anonymity.

I often get asked by people how much money I make from Twitter and Facebook. The quick answer to that is “zero”. The same goes for the majority of my websites. Yes, it is true that I am sometimes invited on TAT media trips but they don’t pay me for it. In fact, it is often the opposite as I usually have to take unpaid leave from my day job as a teacher. The way I see it, they are helping me visit places that I cannot normally afford on my own so that I can share pictures from around Thailand with my followers. However, I am under no obligation in promoting any place we visit. And if you follow me, you will know that I’m sometimes critical if there’s something I don’t like. I also enjoy doing many road trips by myself around Thailand as I have had my own car for many years.

You won’t find any advertisements on my websites. Nor any affiliate links or sponsored posts. I don’t accept payment for endorsements or promotion of events and attractions. If I like it, I will tweet or post about it for free. The simple reason is that I enjoy what I do and I like helping people. I also love traveling, finding new places, taking photographs and sharing them with my online friends. I am very happy with my life and consider that I have the best job ever.

I know some people don’t believe that I do all this for free. Maybe it’s because they would never do it and so don’t understand why I would do it. But it was the way I was brought up; to do volunteer work and to help others without expecting anything in return. My parents set a good example for me in their countless hours of volunteer work, and I followed in their footsteps. Naturally I am honoured when I receive praise for my work. It certainly encourages me to work harder. But that’s not why I do it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I apologize if I didn’t actually tell you much about myself!

14 thoughts on “About Richard Barrow in Thailand

  • January 17, 2017 at 1:12 am
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    Hi Richard,

    First off all I would like to say that I am a big admirer of your dedication to Thai news, events and latest happenings. Keep it up!

    The reason for my email is simple: I would really appreciate your feedback on my new site launched last December!.The URL is http://www.bkkme.com.

    If any of the stories published on the site take your fancy, it would be fantastic if you could help us out with a quick share on your hugely influential Twitter account. (I recommend the teacher story). It would really help us out as we have limited human and financial resources right now.

    That said, if it’s not your thing, we understand! Granted, our site is aimed at quite a young demographic and we do go for slightly sensationalist headlines – not everybody’s cup of tea.

    Nevertheless, we hope you keep up the excellent reporting and maintain your insightful blog.

    Best regards,

    Will Gibson
    Editor & Founder, BKKme.com

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  • March 9, 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    Hi,just thought to ask a question,visited the grand palace area today 9.3.17,unable to go in due to our clothes restriction,no problem will visit again,but what was noted ,many police ,army, being inspected and advised,ladies in smart black outfits with sparkly pendants , Going into the palace, hundreds of them.hardly any traffic on the surrounding roads,are you able to inform what is happening,

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  • March 24, 2017 at 8:50 am
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    Hello Richard, I see lots of good pics taken with drone in your vlogs. Could you give some advice how to go about drone shots in Thailand so that everyone around including law enforcement are happy? I did some research on the law but I would love your comment on its practical application. I will be staying near the river in Bangkok and would love to make few flights from some quiet pier or uncrowded boat with captain’s permission, could I run in any problems doing that?

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    • March 26, 2017 at 12:26 pm
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      It’s very difficult to fly in Bangkok these days. Too many people have drones now and so many places ban them. Anyway, by law you are not allowed to fly near buildings or over crowds. Which is most of Bangkok.

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  • October 15, 2017 at 10:04 pm
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    Hi Richard,

    Can you help to check on 26 Oct 17 most of the shop closure, will they resume on 27 ? or till 30 oct.

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  • February 5, 2018 at 6:39 pm
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    Hey Mr. Barrow. Im doing a project on your blog and what youve been doing and I was wondering if I could get me some more information on you, because there isnt that much on you, personal.
    Thank You

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    • February 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm
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      Firstly, thank you for considering doing a project about me. I am flattered. The reason that there isn’t much personal information about my life is that I don’t do interviews. I’m a private person. I am not like other bloggers who sell themselves. I am not doing this to get rich and famous.

      So, are you a student? Can you tell me something about yourself? Maybe I will reconsider just for you.

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      • February 6, 2018 at 2:40 pm
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        Ok. Yes I am a student needing to do a project on blogging and needed personal information for my project.

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        • February 6, 2018 at 4:39 pm
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          If you need more information on me. Im a student studying in Chiang Mai @NIS and I’m a freshmen

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  • February 11, 2018 at 7:17 am
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    Hi Richard,,been follow you’re facebook and twitter for long time already but just see you’re picture for the 1e time… i think i see you around but not sure…do you come sometime’s for coffee ore healthy juice with Nok at Tipp plaza in Pattaya? If so we speak many times to each other…555 but maybe i am wrong..keep up the good work !
    Greetings Mike

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