The other day I found out that according to the “experts”, my website www.lifeofanarchitect.com is valued at $173,062 and I thought to myself that can’t possibly be correct. The content on this site could surely be had with some loose change and 3 ketchup packets. Right?
After conducting the exhaustive research and profound critical analysis that this site has become known for, I discovered that “content” was not a consideration in determining value (obviously). No, it has everything to do with traffic volume, page views, etc. – empirical things that don’t judge you if your preferred writing style is “run-on sentence” and “I made all of this up”. The facts don’t even care about the facts as long as someone is coming to the site.
Which got me thinking – “$173,062!? I’m selling this mofo!!”
So I did a screen capture so that I could show everyone that despite my predilections towards hyperbole, I didn’t make this up. How could anybody make something like this up?! It’s insane –
Wow … that looks super real and full of technical beep bops; it must be true. My website is worth (swallowing hard) … gulp … $173,000.
Up above, one of the sites that is inexplicably associated with mine is www.lifeofchrist.com– I suppose that makes complete sense if you consider how heavenly my … haha – okay, I just can’t finish that sentance. Here is the value screen shot from that website:
Oh boy, am I in trouble now. I hope the big guy upstairs realizes that I think his site is worth a lot more than mine. Probably … I uhm, … let’s see, how do I put this…… I haven’t actually ever been to that website. I know, I know – say 10 Hail Mary’s and 5 Our Father’s. Dominus Ominus and so on…
[20 minutes later]
So I decided I am going to sell my website to the highest bidder – as long as it’s more than $173,000. So to help promote the 15 months of activity and experience that comes along with the purchase of www.LifeofanArchitect.com I put together a little video to help visualize just a little bit of the experiences I’ve had, the posts I’ve written , the graphics I’ve created, and some of the people I’ve met. For those of you that have been fans (or readers) of the site for a while, you’ll probably recognize some of what you are about to see. (both videos are the same, I am just covering my bases with 2 video viewing platforms – YouTube and Vimeo – hopefully one will work for you and the device you are using)
With a little sweet calculator time, I discovered that $173,062.04 equates to:
265 posts = $653.06 per post
3,950 comments = $43.81 per comment
1,762 photo’s = $98.21 per photo
The truth of the matter is that I had no idea what I was going to get out of this blog but I was doing it for me – my own personal reasons. And after making that video I realized that I have been thinking about this entire website in a very non-architect type of way. Since there always seems to be some sort of self-imposed deadline here, I tend to think of this site as a series of events that occur along a linear pathway. While that is technically accurate, this site has become more about the entirety of the experience. The amount of really amazing things that have happened to me since I started are mind boggling (even for my mind if you can believe that). I am honored to know that what I have been doing is so well received, and despite Pride being the #1 deadly sin, I am extremly proud of what I do here .
I owe everything to you – the reader, the commenter, the retweeter, the emailer (well, not so much the emailer) and the fellow traveler. I realize that I could never sell my website … for less than $250,000. And since we all know that isn’t going to happen, I suppose I’ll see you back here tomorrow.
Cheers, and thanks again. I do hope you watch the video – I’d really like to know what you think.