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My first question: Is this really a big deal, or am I reading more into this than I should?
Indeed, if it is a significant travel-related site, then this points squarely to the fact that I do not know how to take full advantage of it. There must be opportunities to parlay this into some sort of sale to more savvy web publishers, or an angel investor, or something? BTW, besides vacation travelers, the site oozes detailed real estate and retirement requests, too.
Your input re whether/where/how I should start looking for contacts will be greatly appreciated! Post here, email (see profile), or stickymail -whatever you feel is appropriate.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry, BT. The short answer is Nothing has happened. I'm laughing because my sites are doing well, in terms of traffic and also financially.
But, it's becoming increasingly clear to me that print magazine publishers in my niche, the group that would likely be the next step up and could provide the partnership resources I need, are clueless when it comes to running a web project. I'm going to write this off to "other media mentality." <sidebar> I think other media mentality was the primary reason Disney failed with the 2nd manifestation of Go.com, when they said they were going to focus on travel and entertainment (but never really did). </sidebar>
And, the current vogue of dotcom-bashing is going to have to pass. Right now, I've pulled back to the bunkers and will wait out the on-going web genocide. I'm trying to console myself by buying nice laptops, desktop hardware, any program or script I even think I might want, and traveling to resorts and travel & tourism conventions [groveparkinn.com] on the company tab. It's tough, but I'll manage to get through it somehow.
I am seriously going to try booking at least two weeks at regional resorts this summer using this idea.
With two travel days, and two hours a day working, and a couple of "significant events" you could write off most of whatever the resort doesn't give you free as an expense.
I'll have to say this one of the BEST ideas I have run across here so far!
Says who? That's the problem with a virtual business, it is forever lurking there in the phone jack... follows you everywhere you go. But I've worked very hard to set mine up so I can let it run unattended for extended periods. On trips, I'm pretty content to just hit the email.