Category: Owning a Niche

Katz Got Your Tongue

Well, it happened again yesterday. I was standing in line at Starbucks awaiting my turn to order (tall, black, dark roast) when I heard a young woman say my name. Except that’s not what happened. What she said was, “I need to get back home to feed my cats.” What I heard was, “I need to get back home to feed Mike Katz.” Which of course, makes no sense, since I had just eaten lunch and I don’t even know where that woman lives. This phenomenon, known in the literature […] Click to read more…

It’s Good To Be King

(Listen to this post, here.) According to the Data Storytelling daily newsletter published by Chartr (hey, they’re statisticians, not good spellers), my first name – Michael – was the most popular boy’s name in the U.S. in 44 out of 45 straight years. That’s correct. Beginning in 1954 and running through the next four-plus decades with just one exception (David, in 1960), Michael took first place more than any other name over the past century. Not that I find this surprising. Throughout my entire K-12 education, I was rarely the only Michael in any of my […] Click to read more…

What’s Your Value Imbalance?

(Listen to this post, here.) Did you hear the recent story about Shaquille O’Neal? Apparently, and according to the … let’s say, “journalists” … at Inside Edition, the retired basketball star was jewelry shopping at a store in Atlanta, when he overheard a young man talking with the salesperson about layaway terms for an engagement ring. So, Shaq pulled out his credit card and paid for the ring. I love that story – and not just because any video involving Shaq is an opportunity to gawk at how insanely large he […] Click to read more…

Give Up The Funk

As a man over … let’s say, 40 … I have discovered that exercises intended for younger people, no matter how well designed, are potentially harmful. It all began at the start of the pandemic, as I searched for home-based exercise programs. That’s when I found Jeff Cavaliere. Jeff’s a physical therapist (which gave me confidence that he knows what he’s talking about) and the possessor of a physique that looks like someone hit the “enhance” button on Photoshop one too many times. I have no idea how old he is […] Click to read more…

All Niches Are Not Created Equal

(Listen to this post, here.) Statistically speaking, it’s due to arrive in my inbox any day now.  The “it” I am referring to is the more or less, once a year request that I receive from a parade of strangers who share my name.  The email usually goes something like this:  “Hi, my name is Michael Katz too and I see you own michaelkatz.com. Would you consider selling it?” I’ve owned that domain since 1999 and my answer to these inquiries is always a polite, “Sorry, but no thanks.” As […] Click to read more…