Ive got a couple of websites up at the moment and i like to think im good at design and coding. One idea i have is to start designing my own clothing range but im absolutely rubbish with flash.. Im not in it purely for profit, i like to have a certain passion about something im designing. I have big interests in crime, i watch documentaries and read books on this kind of thing and also a huge fan of the paranormal etc Id like to design something in my interest for the paranormal but there are thousands of sites out there, what could i do to make my site original? Is it possible to be original in regards to design online anymore?
Is there something you wish you had on the internet but have never been able to find which i could create? All ideas welcome!
All topics have their niches - the big ones might be gone, but there is plenty of space in between. E.g. if there are sites on serial killers, try to do one that combines serial killers with some other feature such as geography - "find a serial killer in your neighbourhood". With time you will learn what people like to read and where other sites leave gaps. Tracking and logging is essential for that - don't hope for e-mails of readers with good ideas! Be pro-active and check where on your sites people spend much time, what they read, what keywords they use.
Careful about the clothing range idea - I know a guy who spent a few thousand going down that line, scratching the whole idea before any clothes even got made! Can be a very costly path..... Paranormal is a great idea, as loads of people are interested in it. As you say there are lots of sites, but most are badly done.....on a theme from Wolfadeus' idea - why not have listings and info for haunted places/sightings in different regions? Have an 'unexplained picture of the month' competition, host a chat forum for people to share their stories etc. The originality comes from you designing the site as you want it and adding your personal 'flare' - (the best artists and designers are praised for having their own style and are rarely compared to others) Generally, don't get put off by the 'big boys' or the large numbers of certain sites - if you do the site well and enjoy maintaining it, the rest will come in time. There are always going to be facebook type sites that manage to grow from tiny beginnings and overtake the big competition - yours could be one of them!