A Quick, Honest Look at Where’s MH370

I find honest reflection something that very few do. Why do we insist on living in the shadows of our truth? I mean, let’s just be honest, put all of our cards on the table and see where we’re at. If you’ve been one of the (very few) people following Dan & I’s progress over the past… 7 years you’ll know that the projects are slow, progress non-existent & blog posts imaginary. But alas, let’s take a peep at one of my larger projects Where’s MH370.

1 Year of Sobriety

I told myself that I will be sober for a year. It was tough, sure, but I got there. It’s done. First Sunday of August. An entire year. Great, now what? I’m not too sure what the point of writing this blog post is. I don’t want to gloat, I don’t want any recognition, I don’t want to be reminded of this “achievement” as its been nothing but counter-productive. When this weight comes off it wont be freeing, it will be a burden.

Embracing the Useless

For years I’ve said that I build products that no-one wants or needs and yet somehow they find an audience. This couldn’t be more true if you take a look back at my past projects and see how they’ve taken off, and been embraced by people all around the world. From How Many Midgets Could You Eat – the first website I created back when I was a teenager that allowed users to take a quiz to figure out a score to an incredibly stupid question – to Ship Your Enemies Glitter and then to the more recent Hardcore Prawn Lawn.

All of these sites share a similar theme which is why it makes sense that Dan and I would eventually come to create UselessWeb.com, an aggregator of all the crazy, useless websites that people like us have created.

Self-Publishing “The Most Offensive Kids Book Ever”

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Who would have guessed that self-publishing a full color, illustrated search & find activity book would be so fucking complicated? Not only has it been a semi-expensive lesson in creating a physical product, but it has also led to death threats, legal threats and a shit ton of hate from people online. Listen, I’m not complaining, I’m just making an observation; I guess it was kind of expected when you create a book as controversial as Where’s MH370.

A Project Update: Random Useful Websites & Discuvver

Back in August last year Dan and I created and launched RandomUsefulWebsites.com to a wave of exposure and traffic. Thousands of upvotes on Reddit, hundreds on Product Hunt and hundreds of thousands of visitors within a few days. By all means it was a successful product launch for something that took us only a couple of hours to build.

A few months later we had the idea of turning it into a fully functional website with a ton of new features and an updated database of useful websites. This is when Random Useful Websites was transitioning to Discuvver. I had an awesome looking website designed however over time the project stalled and it never got properly finished.

Not to dissuade us, we started capturing user email addresses on Random Useful Website’s, signed up for a MailChimp account and watched it grow over time. Today the account has around 2,800 email subscribers.

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