I think this is a really interesting post. I have often pondered these questions, as I am probably at a similar sort of stage (perhaps a bit further down the track) with my entrepreneurial activities. You sound like you are really serious and have done a lot of thinking about your venture.
Have you thought about partnering up with a technical person? As in setting up a company with a percentage share belonging to you and a percentage belonging to your parter? I believe this is how most tech startups have got off the ground.
Reading Recommendation #1: Founders At Work: Stories of Startups Early Days by Jessica Livingston.
Obviously this requires you to find someone who shares your vision and that you trust. I myself have agonised over the fact that in reality, I will eventually have to team up with somebody for my webapp to get enough momentum to be successful. I haven`t found the right person yet though!
From a more philosophical angle, see below extract from reading recommendation #2: Getting Real: The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application by 37signals:
Be An Executioner
It`s so funny when I hear people being so protective of ideas. (People who want me to sign an nda to tell me the simplest idea.)
To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions.
Awful idea = -1
Weak idea = 1
So-so idea = 5
Good idea = 10
Great idea = 15
Brilliant idea = 20
No execution = $1
Weak execution = $1000
So-so execution = $10,000
Good execution = $100,000
Great execution = $1,000,000
Brilliant execution = $10,000,000
To make a business, you need to multiply the two.
The most brilliant idea, with no execution, is worth $20. The most brilliant idea takes great execution to be worth $20,000,000.
That`s why I don`t want to hear people`s ideas. I`m not interested until I see their execution.
—Derek Sivers, president and programmer, CD Baby and HostBaby
I am interested to hear what advice other people have to give you in response to this post!
I monitor the top 10 travel blogging web sites through Alexa, and I found it interesting to note that since Alexa changed their rankings TravelBlog.org has well and truly knocked Travelpod.com off the number one perch.
So either Alexa are doing something quite different, or TravelBlog has actually made up a lot of ground since they last updated their figures!
My latest project is a web site called Blavel on which users can post travel blogs and photos from their travels. I decided to create it because I get a lot of enjoyment from reading travel blogs on other websites - I find them really interesting.
One of my main goals in creating the site has been to keep a clean and simple interface that is easy to use and accessible. I find that a lot of other similar sites are very cluttered in their visual design, which detracts from the impact of the stories themselves.
The site is also intentionally light-on features at this stage as my idea is to base the development of new features for the site to be primarily driven by feedback from users.http://www.blavel.com/
I`m wondering:Am I achieving my goals of simplicity and ease-of-use?Is the site easy to navigate / does it have an intuitive design?Any ideas on getting my site out there and seen?Any other useful feedback?
Thanks in advance for your time and effort in critiquing my web site.