My Failures

I generally mention productive things I do, but I also need to check myself and analyze the things I haven’t done:

–I haven’t kept up with my online resume business: Resumite.com
–My excuse?
Charging $50 for a website where I must deal with individual people who know nothing about web pages would logistically kill my time/profit ratio. The person must email me their info, I must register DNS entries and deal with all the logistics of creating a page, then go back and forth contacting the person to check if they like the final product. I had plans to automate this process, but one site does not fit all. Even if I charged more money, the time required for each site would not fit in my schedule. This is a basically a long way of saying I was too damn lazy.

–I haven’t carried through with my traffic eradication experiment.
–My excuse?
I really wanted to do this, even though it was not a profitable idea in the short term. I wanted to do it…
1.) Because I loathe traffic.
2.) The exposure it would get.
This was a very good idea that would work perfectly in Austin if I could get around all the bureaucracy and federal laws involving public highways. The experience in navigating the government would be worth it alone. This experiment still fascinates me to this day…I’m not sure why I never carried through. I even got permission at several tall, nearby buildings to observe traffic patterns from a birds eye view. I still want to do this. I can see the headlines now, “College student defeats traffic“….or “College student causes worst traffic jam in Austin history

–I haven’t kept up with FancyBlog.com
–My excuse?

I have no excuse for not adding one blog template a day to the site. I designed the page in a dynamic fashion, but it still requires a little work to make even small changes. I need to make the site into a blog-format, something I didn’t want to do initially. I also wasn’t into this idea that much. Once again, a drawn out excuse for laziness.

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These ideas haven’t failed yet. They simply have not been carried through, which in my opinion is WORSE than having them fail.

Assessment:

Resumite.com – I probably will not fully carry through with Resumite.com in the near future.
FancyBlog.com - I want to make this extremely easy to update so it will only take me around 2-3 minutes per day to update. Still in progress.
Traffic Experiment - I’ve always wanted to do this. This project could literally erase the completely unnecessary traffic on I-35 near Downtown Austin, a stretch of road I must travel every single day. Still in progress.

Blog posted on: May 16, 2005

9 comments on “My Failures

  1. nickel

    Why don’t you just raise the price on resumite to a point at which you’d be willing to do the work? If that’s too high, and nobody bites, then you’ve lost nothing. But if you get the occasional customer, so much the better.

    fivecentnickel.com

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  2. Anonymous

    I have to say that I find your blog really entertaining. I’m in my early 30’s and read some of the stuff your doing and must say that your years ahead of your real age in financial/business intelligence. I honestly do believe that you will be rich one day.

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  3. Ryan

    Hey Nev, I was thinking if Resumite, and I think it’s a good idea. The only thing that you need to do is invest in automation of the site. Hire a php developer, from elance or something, and tell them you want to automate the entire process of setting up a resume site. Then, you won’t have to deal with personal inquiries unless there is a major problem.
    Developers don’t come cheap, but if you can pool some resources together and get it going, you could have a pretty good business. I might want to invest in it, because I think it has potential.
    Anyway, best of luck with whatever you decide to do with it.

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  4. Neville

    Ryan,

    Resumite IS a good idea. I’ve had couple of people contact me about it already.

    There is still money to be made in niche web design.

    As for investing in Resumite, I’ve got readily available capital which is not a problem. I will eventually get this bird flying.

    -Nev

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  5. Marlyn Tribbey

    I have not checked in here for some time because I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I’ll add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend :)

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