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A Technological Flip Early

What does an entrepreneur do when they are faced with choosing between multiple startup ideas?

Since my work situation has changed, I’ve been faced with this question myself. Should I keep working on business ideas I’ve been dabbling with for a few years, or do a flip and focus on one great idea, that may have come to me in my dreams (I really can’t remember).

I talked to my friends and family, a great help, and did some research online. One of the biggest things that helped set a clear path, a section in an article on Forbes about Abbreviated Business Plans. So I spent a few hours writing and researching a brief business plan for each idea. There where a few common themes about some of my business ideas:

  • Others trying in the space and not succeeding
  • A small market potential
  • Large capitol requirements
  • An industry shift, for example:
    • brands going direct to consumer
    • Self publishing on social media

With all those negatives one thing is for certain technology was never a barrier to entry. Which helped lead me to my new idea, which although it exists in a competitive market, it posses some attributes the others did not:

  • A huge market potential
  • Multiple sources of potential revenue
  • A clear weakness in the existing industry
  • Multiple clear exit strategies
  • Still something I’m passionate about

On the plus side I have a few pans B, C, D, E and maybe even all the way to Z (No I didn’t write that many, the rest I told my dog, :p), if one of them doesn’t work out. Just look at how many successful entrepreneurs have failed at first, Steve Job, Max Levchin, Henry Ford and the list goes on.

A New Theme

I recently launched a new theme on LawrenceStewart.ca, and to cut down on code maintance, I’ve made the theme flexible enough to support WindDude.com, which just relaunched with the new theme!

The exciting news for you is, I plan to release this theme shortly to the WordPress Community! There are just a few more bugs and enhancements to sort out in between my big projects which are staying hush for now.

Get $10 Free at DigitalOcean

I’m moved my hosting to DigitalOcean. To celebrate just follow this link to get a $10 credit. #sofast

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New ‘WindDude.com’ Beta Site Live

For the last week I’ve been working on a new site for winddude.com and I’m proud to announce the Beat version is alive. The theme is still in development, I have a few more features to work out specific to the WindDude webpage, and a few minor things to tweak, once I’m happy with it there I am pleased to announce I will develop the theme for public use.

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Here are some of the features already implemented:

  • Large featured header image (this may become a slider)
  • Masonry / Pintrest style layout
  • Fluid and Responsive Layout
  • Widget enabled Sidebar and Footer
  • Sticky Widget area on the homepage
  • Custom Logo Upload
  • Infinite Scroll on Trigger
  • Plus much much more!

Check it out at WindDude.com

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10 Years of WordPress Infograph

Check out some interesting facts about WordPress which celebrates it’s 10th birthday today.  What began as a small bloggin software is now the most commonly used and most important CMS (Content Management System) in the World.

MarketPress created this infograph to celebrate, also check out the link for some great prizes from MarketPress.

 

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The most annoying Type of Internet Ads

I’l start off simple, if you are an advertiser or publisher on the web and you put auto playing video advertisements or talking advertisements on a text or image based page you should be dragged out and shot!  Advertisements before videos, that’s fine, we’re used to it from TV. You know the ads I’m talking about, you open a link in a new tab, all of a sudden someone starts talking but there’s no video, or even worse you’ve open multiple tabs and have multiple people talking in the background?  This is the most offensive thing in the World!

I’m ranking you up there with telemarketers for being utterly annoying, and offensive.  Publishers it pisses people off, and wrecks your user experience.  Advertisers, I will never buy your product if you use one of these ads.

Figure it out, a long term strategy is better than getting a few idiot now and pissing the rest of us off for a long time.

A good general rule is don’t auto-play anything on your website, ads or your own content.

A few New Things to Reports

I’ve added a few new features to this blog, and thought I’d share them with you.

If you look to your right on the sidebar you’ll see “Around Gnarly Inc Network”.  This display the latest 6 posts from all over the Gnarly Inc Network, which LawrenceStewart.ca is part of. This widget comes from a great plugin called Network Latest Posts, which is available in the WordPress plugin directory. What the plugin does is pull the recent posts from all the blogs in your network and displays them in your main site (or any internal site) using shortcodes or widgets.  The plugin works with WordPress 3 Network (multisites).  I’ve still got a bit of css styling to apply to sidebar widget.  You can also see the plugin in effect on GnarlyInc.com.

Nest you notice in the previous post to this (by date) it is an external link to a post on another site of mine, this time GnarlyBabes.com.   To accomplish this I used a plugin called
Quick Page/Post Redirect Plugin, which is also available in the WordPress Plugin Directory.  The plugin simply redirects the post links on the homepage to the url you specify on the “Add New Post” Screen.  It’s great for getting the job done quickly, but in the near future, I’m going to look for an alternative solution, because one key feature I want to include is a visual separation of external links from regular posts.

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Gnarly Babes – My Latest Project

It is no secret that I love sexy girls.  And without going full on Porno Bikinis are the sexiest you can get, sometimes even sexier! So I’ve created Gnarly Babes as a fun project that I hope to develop into something more.

I created Gnarly Babes to share sexy pics of extreme sports babes, and babes showing off their banging bikini bods!

I’ve got a few things left to do on the site, like the feed from twitter, user submissions, plus driving more traffic to the site, and hopefully generating more user feedback!  But I’ve been doing a not bad at updating it regularly so check it out!

And check back here for updates as I develop this project and others.

My first Plugin: Simple Glossary

My first plugin is now available in the wordpress plugin directory. Score!

Simple Glossary is a simple plugin for building a glossary on your WordPress website.  It is built using custom post types and compatible with WordPress 3.0+.

You can find out more,including installation insturctions here.