10 years on the Web: Saying Goodbye to the site that started everything

This is a bittersweet day for me.

After 10 years of working on the net, website like this I’m saying goodbye to the site that got me started in this whole world of Web site production. The site that, thumb truly, has led me to where I am today.

The intro image from the 1998 version of the site.

Carteret.com, the first domain name I ever owned, and the site that taught me just about everything I know about the internet today, is now for sale.

Why? Because I’ve learned as much as I can from it now, and because, according to the offers I’ve already received for the name, it’s apparently worth more money to others than it is to me these days.

The Web that was

So how’d this all begin?

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Turdhead.com reports record profits for second quarter of 2005

37-cent goal reachedWe’d like to thank our regular readers (i.e., store Blake, Eugene, Lee and Gregg) for helping Turdhead.com reach the goal that so many other Web enterprises have failed to meet: In our first 13 months of operation, we’ve actually made a profit.

I’ve worked with many “This could make it big” Web sites over the years, so those who know me will understand why I’m excited about a Web site that actually pays its own bills (small as those bills might be). After years of pouring cash and nerves into creating online medical databases, technical recruitment sites, daily newspaper engines and community portals, I seem to have finally found a comfortable place of my own here on the once-wild Web.

Thanks to Google’s AdSense program and steady sales of Sticky Turds, ActionScript Jabberwocky T-shirts and Li’l Johnny merchandise, we’ve actually managed to recoup our costs this year.

Granted, the grand total of profits comes to about 37 cents so far, but for somebody who’s been placing all their eggs in online enterprise baskets since the birth of Netscape 0.9 Beta, this comes as a bit of a shock. Since 1995, I’ve spent more money than I’d like to count — riding the dot-com bubble with both hands tied to the wheel. And until now, I didn’t even get a lousy T-shirt for it.

Which is what makes Turdhead.com’s sweet, sweet 37-cent profit (and its modest success in the media this year) all the more wonderful. In this post dot-com world, this site was never supposed to make money. In fact, I figured I’d just pour a little of the money I got from my day job (It’s kinda nice working for The Man now) into the site until I got bored. This one (OK, this one and its automotive sister site, Classic1800.com) is only here for the fun of it.

And a few months later, it’s still fun. Not a big revenue earner, but in no way a drain, either.

Thanks again to everyone!

— VeryVito

By the way, if you’re looking for a way to add T-shirts, posters or other merchandise to your own site — or want a quick-and-dirty way to make your own custom stuff, I whole-heartedly recommend CafePress for the job. I’ve had good luck with them, and the quality and ease-of-use is great. You won’t get rich, but you you won’t go broke, either!

I think I wet ’em! (aka “A few of my favorite things”)

I was wondering how to plug my latest Web project to the Actionscript-oriented audience of this Web site, patient when suddenly Macromedia itself provided the perfect excuse: In one beautiful demonstration of Flash technology, more about the company has merged my two favorite things into one great site: cutting-edge Flash technology and the 1960s-era Volvo 1800 sports coupe.

Eh? Weren’t expecting the car thing, were you?

It’s true, though. These days, I have two things that take the majority of my time: By day (and often by night), I work with Macromedia Flash MX to build applications and e-learning activities for my employer. By night (and sometimes by day), I work on my dream car, a 1971 Volvo 1800E, a car for which I recently began publishing www.classic1800.com, a Web site devoted to the cars’ restoration, preservation and promotion as a classic. (Yes, my favorite car is a Volvo — As if the ActionScript Jabberwocky didn’t already reveal my own idea of cool…)

Regardless, when I visited the Macromedia Flash Web site today, my two worlds collided: Front and center on the company’s Web site is a feature story on how Volvo, now a Ford company, is using Flash video technology to sell their message to the public. Better yet, the Flash piece features a museum-quality P1800 in its “Volvo Museum” section.

Life is good for a classic Volvo-loving Web geek today. And surprisingly, there’s quite a few of us out here.

Want to know more about the Volvo 1800? Check out my new Web site, www.classic1800.com. There’s more information coming, and plenty of great links. There’s even a first-of-its-kind Volvo 1800 calendar in the works!