It only feels like five minutes ago that I was buying this domain name.
But in actual fact, it was 10 years ago that I first purchased it!
And now here we are ten years later.
Lets take a moment to cover my achievements so far – which considering I knew nothing about setting all this web stuff up, felt pretty considerable at the time!
After I had made the domain name purchase, I had to spend some time connecting the domain name to the web hosting space.
A simple enough task (you would think) but not for someone of my limited skills back then.
(Well okay, my skills are still quite limited to this day, but just not quite as limited as they were back then!)
Both the domain name and hosting were bought from the same company (123-reg at the time) so that did make it easier as I only had to work with one companies instructions.
(Even to this day I prefer to have the same domain name registrar as I use for the hosting, that way I can avoid one company blaming the other should a website ever fail to function for some reason.)
That being said it still took me a few days of struggling to actually get any files uploaded to the site even after I had successfully connected the domain to the hosting account.
But it was still an achievement for me back then to have actually managed to have bought a domain name and web hosting in the first place!
After a day or so I finally got an HTML file uploaded to the websites root.
It was a rather colourful document informing visitors that my website was still under construction – because in truth I had no idea what I was doing when I was trying to build it!
But I was still just practicing creating HTML webpages back then.
So in a sense, it was still another achievement in the long rather painful process of setting up a website.
I eventually found out how easy it was to use a free tool called “Kompozer” to create webpages and I then created several more.
(Shame Kompozer no longer seems to exist on its own website for you to look at, but it is still apparently available as a download from sourceforge.net if you want to take a look at it.)
In fact, I wanted to create several pages before I even really needed them because I was creating a navigation menu with some other free tool online and I did not want to have to go back and edit the links on the navigation menu later.
(Not the best reason for creating the pages on a website, but as you will know I was never that good at web stuff!)
It was not until many months later that I even set up a WordPress blog anywhere on the site – sometime in late January 2011 in fact.
Here is the link to my first post – which has been deleted by accident along with the rest of site a couple of times over since the original date of publication!
Even when I did finally decide to install WordPress on the site, I still held on to the belief that it was best to maintain at least some static HTML pages on the site, as I mentioned briefly in this post, because I read somewhere online it was important to do so.
(I think it was something to do with Google thinking that only spammers used all WordPress sites or something stupid of that nature!)
Then finally came the day a few years ago when I made the decision to transfer the site over to WordPress entirely.
After much more struggling I finally achieved a total WordPress transfer (as I explained in this late night video post) and have never looked back since.
That brings us right up to date.
The tenth anniversary of the site has just passed by.
And now we have a website that is hopefully much less unnatractive.
Have I achieved what I hoped to when I started this site a decade ago?
Not even close!
Have I achieved anything with the site?
A little. I suppose.
Nowhere near as much as I had hoped to, but there have been faint glimmers of hope along the way.
Just barely enough to sustain me, sadly.
I have certainly proved that I am not a blogger.
I demonstrated that well enough by failing to post updates on this site for many months at a time.
I have just occasionally made some cash without too much extra effort than I expected.
But sadly nowhere near enough to ever hold my interest or warrant posting about it so others could do the same.
The simple truth is that far too many times over the years I just give up and stopped doing any work on this site.
I focused only on my crappy day jobs, and did not even bother looking at my website.
In fact sometimes even when I was not working I did not bother to challenge myself online.
I allowed myself to forget my dream.
(A dream to become a millionaire by the time of my 40th birthday.)
I became the complete opposite of one of those guys you hear about who made a million bucks their first month online.
I made very little after ten years online!
Anyway I dont want to end this 10th anniversary post on a sad note.
I do have big things planned once more that will make my previous efforts to make money look tiny by comparison.
I will not go into details in this post, but I would just like to quickly mention that I am trying some other affiliate funnels out to see if I can get a large and reliable income stream going.
You will probably notice some new banners to direct people into the new funnels appearing on the site soon.
But I will probably post more about that in the coming month(s).
Suffic to say that the funnels I am directing traffic into soon will be ones that can potentially pull in several thousands of Dollars by the end of the funnel process.
So hopefully that will present me with some very good news to post about.
So keep a look out for that!
Exciting times ahead I think.