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A recent favorite "read" about starting to develop domains, a resource that offers both insights and a chance to vicariously experience a bit of geo-domain development angst, is Elliot Silver's "ElliotsBlog.com". His blog is about as good a read as you will find in the category of geo-domain development. Elliot Silver just lays it all out as he goes along.
Anyone read Elliot? Do you agree that he does a really nice job and is quite open about the process?
Who or where do you - the guy/gal with too many domains - draw domain development inspiration from?
Do you have someone kicking your ass - helping to push you along the development path?
I won't name names but two of my ass-kickers . . err, helpful sources of inspiration . . are not that far away from WebmasterWorld AND I'm grateful for their steady stream of head thumps . . err kindly guidance and encouragement.
I'm also grateful that my daughter has recently taken an interest in internet marketing and web development, and therefore we're actively working on a project together. Exciting times. Quite an inspiration to action, actually, i.e., less analysis and more action. It's a bit of a "Lions, tigers and bears . . Oh my!" time. Time for dad to show he can handle the beasts . . within. Oh my!
This is a bit of a "naming names" thread, which we do from time to time, in the spirit of and with the intention of educating the masses . . or a small pod (group) thereof. ;)
Who do you read as you move ahead towards development? Why? What concrete value have you gained and how have the insights gained helped to accelerate the process for you?
Who has been thumping you on the head or kicking your butt lately to stop domaining and start developing? Is it working? Why?
[edited by: Webwork at 7:18 pm (utc) on Aug. 26, 2008]
Back to the original question, Webmaster World is my major source of ideas and insights for web development. Some days there's a lot of dreck to wade through, but every once in a while some nugget of wisdom provides a new how-to, new inspiration, new energy, a new area for investigation.
I can't find it now, but one post by "Claus" three or four years ago created an "Aha!" moment that I consider a turning point in my career as an affiliate. The insights arising from that one post put my whole business on a more solid footing.
Outside of WebmasterWorld, I owe a great deal to a friend/client who is forever pushing me to check out something new he has discovered, and to look at old things in new ways. He views cyberspace through very different lenses than I do, and I have learned a great deal from him. As for concrete value, how do you put a value on a friend who gives you faith in yourself that "I can do this!"?
PubCon has to be on the list as well. Every PubCon I've gone to has taught me something that increased my profits enough to pay for the trip and then some. Some of that even happened in the official sessions!
three or four years ago
Things which remain great over an extended period of time can provide external inspiration Like Music, Art, Architecture or a classic garden.Info on the mechanics only provides inspiration while it is personally a new subject to you.
I read all the domain blogs and really otherwise a lot of self-congratulations, promises of 'big things to come' (vomit), or just a bunch of links to other sites.
What appeals to domainers is that he is out to build businesses from really solid domains, not as a corporation but as one person. He is the first to admit that he doesn't know much about the techical side and I suspect that those who closely follow every step he describes generally know a whole lot more than he does, yet they find it all strangely compelling.