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November 21, 2002

Why I've been suspiciously AWOL lately.

Well as the economy continues to crawl our family income also crawls. Almost all of my efforts at earning an income on the internet have failed, but there is one that I believe has a potential. But it will require quite a bit of work to build.

So for the next several weeks I'll be revamping the Math part of LookListenLearn.org and putting it on its own domain (www.arithmatic.net -- yes I know it's mispelled. The slogan will be "because our goal is an A in arithmetic" and it will be written arithmAtic.net)

I'm expanding the features to go all the way up to Algebra, and include an automated teacher that will keep track of a student's progress an make assignments based on how they do on each subsequent assignment. My plans now will be to charge $20 a year subscription per family, with a limit of ten students per family. Once the site is finished, I'll be needing to spend a lot of time marketing it so it will expand.

The two lessons I learned from my previous message board site was that if the product is of good enough quality, the people will come, but you still have to find a way to pay for it, and when using script, CPU usage is priority one. I've learned how to script with an eye toward conserving CPU usage so that the site should have very little overhead until there is well over a thousand subscribers. At that time I'd have more than enough revenues to pay for a dedicated server.

The feedback I've gotten so far from people using LookListenLearn:Math has been very positive (my wife was almost speechless the first time she actually looked at it.) The new version will make the existing version look like PC DOS.

Oh, also, after the script is finished, I'll be needing beta testers, so if anyone's interested in a year's free subscription, let me know and I'll put you on the list. For those who don't have my email address you can get ahold of me at Comments at JackLewis dot Net.


Posted by Jack Lewis at November 21, 2002 04:28 PM