I think my point here was better made by Webline, that the way you`ve
posted your topic seems to say that every time you have an idea, you
just go out and grab a domain name. Then you`re saying that because you
don`t follow through on the idea, but "might" at some future time, you
just hang onto the name.
(Actually, on yet another re-reading, I`m seeing it`s a deeper
problem...addressed at the end of this posting. You seem to believe
that a domain name is the equivalent of an idea, and that`s simply not
true. An idea is a mental vision of something that doesn`t yet exist
but that might exist with some effort and action.)
What it comes down to is problems for people who first have a busienss,
then try to get a useful domain to match what they`re already doing.
It`s that backward approach that Webline speaks about, and what I guess
I was reacting to.
I`m not really opposed on a theoretical level to investing in domains
and selling them later. That`s plain old capitalism, and I`m certainly
a conservative capitalist. :-) What`s bothering me has more to do with
the underlying proposition. Ideas, in and of themselves have no
particular tangible value. It`s only after they`ve been turned into
something tangible that they begin to take on value. And then, only if
others (the marketplace) perceive that value.
So to keep it more focused, I`d say in a different way that your first
step is to settle on one particular idea. Decide if that`s what you
want to accomplish over the next 2-4 years. Write up a business plan,
and begin the process of putting the idea into practical application.
The problem isn`t having ideas and no clue what to do next. Rather,
it`s getting an education as to how to implement an idea. It`s an
unfortunate side-effect of modern education that so few people have
learned the basics of building something. Even so, with online
tutorials, places like Startup Nation, and physical classroom studies
at, say, community colleges, it`s not that hard to learn.
Words do not create anything, all by themselves, contrary to modern
philosophers and their ramblings. Words are a necessity to us as a way
to capture our observations and store them for more than ten seconds.
You cannot create anything by giving it a name first, the hoping for
"something" to happen. Instead, you create something then search for
its appropriate name. If one doesn`t exist, then you invent a name to
So: of your above thoughts, which one strikes you as the most appealing for the next few years?