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January 13, 2008

The first project

A_new_project My plan is getting clearer. I have a few projects in mind that I think will work well as extensions of grow-a-brain, or as standalone enterprises.

The first & easiest to achieve will be a new blog that I’d like to develop together with 2 or 3 other entrepreneurs. It will be a blog with a holistic bend. It will focus on a narrow topic, dealing with certain aspects of meditation & personal growth. I believe that we can build an affiliate store behind it that will be commercially viable, and capture a good market share within that segment.

I’d like to find 2 or 3 successful individuals to investigate the concept together with me, as I don't wish to do all the work alone, again, for no pay.

The first person will take the roll of main writer / blogger of this project. Ideally it should be a person with background and/or experience in meditation or mind-expansion of various kinds. I’d like to find somebody who already produced a well-written body of creative works, whose work habits will allow him/her to write at least weekly, somebody I can comfortably converse with on a daily basis, somebody honest, intelligent, funny, hard-working, down-to-earth, etc. So basically, somebody just like me…

The second person should be a web-developer who will become part of the team, design all on-line materials, the blog, the store, etc. You have to have verifiable background in building & maintaining sites. I believe that we can achieve high volume, and you’ll have to make sure it works seamlessly.

The third person should be a business manager who will run the project together with me. In the end, it may take only one versatile individual, or maybe two, to fulfill these three positions.

If you have any interest to explore this project with me on a confidential basis, please shoot me an email (realhanan aht yahoo daht com) with a cover letter & a resume, and we’ll talk. I may ask you to sign a NDA.

If I find the right partners, and we get going, I hope to get the project on-line and running within 4 weeks, and dedicate a minimum of 6 months to make it a commercial success.

Good luck!

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I wish I had the time to assist you in the venture but I do not. However, I would highly recommend Joomla CMS for your endeavor. It is an Open Source, highly customizable and stable content management system. It also has an extremely active developer community with hundreds of stable extensions for blogging, affiliate advertising and e-commerce. What makes Joomla stand out the most, in my opinion, is the template system. Just because a site uses a content management system doesn't mean it needs to look like one. Here are some links for you:

Joomla homepage: http://www.joomla.org
Joomla Extensions: http://extensions.joomla.org
Great Themes: http://www.yootheme.com

Good luck on this venture, I'll be keeping an eye on ya!

P.S.
I am not in any way into the New Age/Meditation thing but one of my clients is New Age Retailer Magazine: www.newageretailer-digital.com Thought you'd be interested.

Cheers,

Chris

Posted by: Chris at Jan 14, 2008 9:53:54 AM

I really like the idea of a blog with a "holistic bent" although at first blush your description of "certain aspects of meditation and personal growth" does sound narrow. Would you consider expanding to include Health & Well-Being? I know I would love a source for news on alternative medicine, nutrition, etc.

And would you consider selling "the best" in products such as essential oils, candles (soy, lead free, etc.), incense (e.g., Gonesh), and other products that aid in relaxation/prayer/meditation? Perhaps a music download area (specializing in Indian/Native American/Celtic and/or spiritual-type sounds)? I would also love to find products like: tapestries, prayer rugs/mats/cushions, soft flowing clothes (e.g., Kurtas), teas, books...I think you probably get the picture. :)

Thanks for allowing us to share our ideas with you!

Posted by: Freya_B at Jan 21, 2008 2:35:36 PM