More Talking and More Doing

I’ve been quiet for far too long, as mentioned in the last update.  Recently, in the continuing quest to take over the world one set of bingo cards at a time, I ran into a snag.  I can solve the snag, that isn’t the problem.  Thinking about how to solve the snag, however, made me realize that :

  • it requires programming effort
  • it is really difficult for a technically disinclined person
  • it affects a lot of link-chucking people, like bloggers
  • it gets in the way of some people making money
  • it has a solve-once apply-anywhere model to it. 

So, basically, it screams “I Am A Viable uISV Problem“.  And its got an obviously achievable minimal solution and an iterative improvement path which could keep me busy for quite some time.

When I realized this, I got that far-away look in my eyes, and I started to see code and database schematics and promotional schemes.  (Hey, THAT certainly didn’t happen last time… guess I’m learning…)  I just have to do this now.  So I snapped up a catchy domain name (might not end up using it, but at the moment I’m liking the branding potential) and will shortly grab my sketchbook and start capturing design documents.

I’m crazy busy at work and can’t do another one week long coding binge to get this accomplished, so it will be a longer term project.  Artificial deadlines work very well for me, and there has recently been a bit of a buzz about something called the 30 Day Challenge on the Business of Software forums. 

I’ve got little interest for anything which purports to be for complete Internet-commerce newbies, as it smacks of Make Money Online and I have my sights a little higher than $10, but I love the idea of a peer group and a deadline.  So I’ll make any of you readers out there a deal: I’m going to start developing my new project starting on June 1st.  I will offer it to paying customers on July 1st — exactly 2 years after BCC, come to think of it.

In the meanwhile, I am going to be posting about everything and the kitchen sink, like I usually do: a bit of code, a bit of design, a bit of marketing, etc.  If you also have an itch that needs scratching, and you get in touch with me by the 1st, we can informally develop and blog in tandem.  This will be very informal — no rules, no mandates, just a bit of community and some of that lovely “Its early and rough but at least the page displays, let me show you my new toy” interaction that we’ll surely need after long nights and missed weekends.  Rather than develop a separate domain for the purpose, I’ll just post my contributions to the discussion on my blog — I suggest folks try that as the barrier to entry is nothing and we’ll have plenty of issues building websites without having to build a website about building our website.

This offer is open to as many people as want to take me up on it, for whatever you want to do.  (Within reason — I’m not going to devote 3 seconds of my life to considering the merits of Porn Collector 2008 or Payday Loanz4u).  I’m interested in seeing what you come up with, and can’t wait to show off my new baby as well.

Come back to the blog on the 1st for the first of many posts on the topic.  (Ideally I’ll be blogging daily but can’t commit to that.)  I plan on unveiling at least the problem domain and general gist at that point — having done this once I’m much less worried about getting cloned these days than I used to be.

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8 Comments on “More Talking and More Doing”

  1. Peldi Says:

    Patrick, let me know if you’d like to use Balsamiq Mockups for mocking up your next application. I’d be happy to give you a license for the Dekstop app in exchange for some private or public feedback on using it for a real project.

  2. Bob Walsh Says:

    Patrick, Today bingo cards, tomorrow the World! is an approach that works – best of luck on the new microISV venture and drop me a line if I can be of any help.

  3. Bracken Says:

    Patrick, I think your idea sounds great and I would be interested in talking with you about it. I couldn’t find an email on your blog site, so I sent you one at your bingo card creator email.

  4. Yakov Says:

    Hey Patrick,

    It’s Yakov from Mixed In Key. I’ve been reading your site for a long time (we’re happy E-Junkie customers too) and I’d love to help.

    Will you please send me an e-mail and let me know if you use MSN or AIM for an occasional chat to help you along?

    -Yakov


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  8. Sherrie Says:

    Patrick,
    I’m new to BoS and have been lurking reading many posts and a lot of your insights. I’d like to be a part of your vitual team. I have a small game app that’s been on the back burner for a while and this time frame will be perfect to get it out of my brain and out to the public.

    Looking forward to watching the progress on projects.


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