No camera = No Photo

I was going to snap a picture or two, to throw something strange and relatively uneventful up here tonight.

But alas ...

Christy has the camera with her at work. So I can't.

So, instead, you get to hear me ramble.

But actually I do have something I wanted to chat about:

Not too long ago, Christy and I were planning on (and actually started) a site about family traveling. We started out with a bang ... but it quickly blew out in a cloud of smoke, as just another time waster.

And I'm realizing that I have a tremendous amount of these minor, little time wasters that I can't keep up with.

And getting to my point ... and some advice ... if you care to listen? (Some of you may want to read on, I know, because a couple of you have actually asked for my thoughts on this - so my ramblings are not totally from out of nowhere)

Here's my point:
Cut out the extraneous stuff that doesn't get you where you want to go. This comment is particularly in regards to running online businesses.

Here's what tends to happen with websites ... you build one and get it running. And then you get an idea for another ... and so you get it running. Pretty soon, you have ten of them going, and you can't keep any of them updated or current. And then, you're not getting anywhere.

Not to say I haven't learned a lot, and that I haven't gotten ahead through all of this practice. BUT - my point is this - I think I could have been much farther along if I had focused on one or two things I was effective at. Instead of pursuing 15 separate topics.

To be honest, I'm still planning on keeping several of my best sites running. But over the next few months I will probably start phasing out the ones that are irrelevant, that don't bring in any money, and that I haven't touched in months. And then after that - I think it would be smart to look at how to sell the profitable ones and develop them into even more profits going forward.

Imagine ... that was free! That was pretty good - huh?

And, to think, I was the Best Man for a guy who suggested that no one should ever follow my financial advice.

Here's just a little warning - take everything I say with a smidge of patience.


Jason V said...

Go to your library, and get the book "48 days to the work you love" by Dan Miller. (we had the audiobook on CD here)
I think that you should figure out which website(s) are the ones that matter to you and that you have passion for.
Dump anything that isn't profitable AND you don't care about, sell the ones that are?

There is a formula they talk about, and passion and dedication are 2 of the factors. How can you put your best into a site if it's not your core passion???
(or any job for that matter?)

Jason V said...

PS: Get a 2nd point-and-shoot camera to keep with you. Duh!