Recognize, and admit defeat
And low, on this day, for it was a sad day. For one project died, and like a Phoenix from the flames, another arose.
Yeah, long story short, I’ve binned, H-i.im. Why? Well, because it ended up being flooded with spammers, and no paying members.
In truth, I never put that much work into it, not for want of trying you understand, but every time I started writing about a feature, a competitor announced something killer. It was a chore, and again, if I’m being truthful, my heart really wasn’t in it.
Started off with the best intentions, but got bored, and faced an uphill battle, one I was always going to lose.
Hey, I was never going to win in the first place.
Took a step back
I stepped back, back into the comfort zone. Something I actually enjoy. WordPress, and the products that are part of it. Taking stock of things, I decided to revisit an old project, one I really, really should have stuck with. WP Deals.
Man, I ballsed that one up. If you want a brutally honest account, take a look at the post I wrote on it. Who knows where I would have been if I’d kept it going? Suffice to say, I’ve reimagined it, and I am going all in.
All guns blazing and what not.
What is WP Deals?
In simplest terms, it’s a WordPress deals via email newsletter. Nothing more, nothing less. No fancy wonders of WordPress, no news, no dramas, just deals.
I really do not want the headache of a WordPress newsletter, with all the latest and greatest happenings. There’s nothing wrong with that, it’s not for me. I’d rather focus on finding cool products, and helping business owners and developers get the word out.
That is what I enjoy, making a fuss, getting the word out, and trying to make a difference when it comes to WordPress products. Showcasing sweet products that can help consumers, I genuinely enjoy it.
I want to empower consumers, with the latest and greatest, so I thought I’d give WP Deals another roll of the dice.
This time it will be different, I’ve started from ground zero, deleted all the subscribers, a fresh and clean start. I’m not going to beat around the bush, it’s hard work doing this.
But, and as always there is a but, it’s something I really enjoy doing. The same cannot be said for H-i.im, I saw an opportunity to do something, took a risk, and it didn’t pay off.
Sure I ran WP Deals a couple of years ago, was doing well, and if you’ve read the blog post I threw together, you’ll know why I failed.
That was then. This is now,
Over the two years since, and it’s going to sound mad cheesy, I’ve gotten more of a foothold in the WP world, not as a developer you understand. But, I have a voice, and damn it, if I ain’t going to make that work for me.
I’ve spoken to lots of developers over the last two years, understood their pain points, and offered advice where I can, purely from a consumer point of view. Through this, I’ve made relationships with them, and dare I say it, I’m going to put them to the test.
I want them to do well, I want their products to be seen. I’m not going to ram the aforementioned down people’s throats, but people NEED to be made aware of new products, and heck even existing ones.
I don’t agree with a lot of the WordPress content that frequents the web, a large percentage of it? Well, it’s quite frankly sh&t, so I’m all about being different.
Running my WordPress directory has taught me a few things. For one, people are looking at new ways to get their product out there. Not every product owner has deep pockets, I get that. That’s why I set up the directory, and that’s why I’m revisiting WP Deals.
Why subscribe to WP Deals as a consumer?
- Signing up gets you automatic entry to win one of a selection of prizes, provided by WordPress business owners.
- 4 Email newsletters a month, no more.
Why use WP Deals as a business owner?
- Password protected deal pages.
- Email newsletters will contain a password to access the deals page. No scrapping of content, and ending up on crappy coupon sites.
If you want more reasons to subscribe to WP deals as a user, check this out.
If you’re a WordPress business owner, take a look at this.