I used to collect baseball cards; now I collect domain names.
With over 70 domains, it has become a rather expensive hobby. And as I open yet another domain renewal notice, it’s time to either do something with them or find a new hobby. Having just turned 39, I decided I’m going to launch 39 of my own sites this year as a one-man shop and document it along the way.
The project manager in me thinks that’s crazy, but it may not be as impossible as it seems.
- A lot of my domains are related to the same idea, and once one is launched the code in many cases can be repurposed for a different brand, category, or target audience — creating several sister sites efficiently.
- The web is moving toward minimalist design and simplified purpose. That doesn’t mean developing websites is getting easier, but the experience for the user is becoming more streamlined with less distracting fluff and that can work toward my limited resource disadvantage.
- With open source tools like WordPress and Drupal, you can create an attractive and highly-functional site these days in an afternoon. Many of my projects may fall into a more custom category, but these days there are great tools and support communities to take an idea live sooner than ever.
Amongst those 39, I definitely want to redesign and reorganize a couple of my existing sites to bring them up to speed and closer to what I envisioned.
All these domains came from a moment of inspiration followed by a frantic domain name search. All of them live either in a notebook or somewhere in my head, but they are costing me a lot while holding me back. It’s time to turn those into something or let them go.
It wouldn’t be nearly as hard to launch 39 bad websites in a year, but that’s not my intention. I guess we’ll see how it turns out. Some may fall flat, but hopefully most of them turn out as intended and maybe a couple become something big. Outside of sports general manager, internet mogul is the dream job for boys who used to collect baseball cards but now collect domain names. At the very least I owe it to those ideas to give them a try.