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This Invention: A Family Content Network

A journal, information and resources for establishing a Family Content Network, as I am doing - essentially a framework for managing all your Family's online assets and inventions for maximum exposure and revenue. This blog began as an inventor's journal, and retains the overall parent inventor's context and mindset.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

FCN Methods and Starter Materials

To help others establish and grow their own Family Content Network (FCN), we've begun release of some of the material and methods. Note that this guidance is only one way of approaching the Internent "ContentSphere" for the purposes of monetizing your family's online assets; but it's based on sound practices and methods, constantly updated to reflect industry trends and tools, and reflects the growing success of similar online content networks. In short, it's a plan, and it works!

The first article can be found under "New Articles" on our Family Content Networks website.

This first article simply sets the stage and explains a little about what an FCN is; future articles and resources will more fully cover things like SEO (Search Engine Optimization), using Del.icio.us and Technorati for links, distributing your content through Blogburst, etc. We will also explore the roles and responsibilities necessary for your family to adopt, in building this network - which is in fact a network of trusted people and trusting consumers.

The methods we've built and are following can be summarily illustrated as follows; all the details underneath this picture are available and will be released gradually as we continue to build our network, and others begin theirs.

The basic cycle of activity can be summarized by the numbers:

(1) - What great, unique, in-demand content to you have and wish to share or monetize? (The Content and Brand)
(2) - Who wants or needs it, and where are similar items typically bought and sold? (The Customer)
(3) - How should it be packaged, for where it's going? (The Packaging)
(4) - How would someone most easily get it from you, pay for it, and see more? (The Distribution)
(5) - How do you know if you're successful or not? (The Back Office)

The use of the word "Family" in this arena should be clarified - it doesn't specifically refer to the type and nature of the content (like, for example, content just for families and kids, like on the Disney Channel). It refers primarily to the fact that the content is being produced and managed by a Family; your wife, your sisters, cousins, parents, children.

I will stress, however, that success is directly related to the level of trust achieved among your family and customers, i.e. the content managers, publishers and consumers. This means that if the people using your network expect to be producing and using legal, family-friendly, useful, non-threatening material, they are entitled to receive just that. So deal only with information that's acceptable to the general public, or risk marginalizing your network, and limiting its growth.

Good luck, and get going!

Tip of the Week: Notice that the image link in this post (if you examine the source code) leads back to a directory on my website...the image is managed there, for use in other sites or blogs, instead of being uploaded to Blogger where it's harder to reuse.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Morph is Complete

The morph in my focused activities from a physical creations to a virtual ones is complete....with the initial site page for "www.familycontentnetworks.com" launched today. In the coming weeks, volumes of material will be loaded into this site to catalogue the FCN discipline, and info for others to find their way. This blog will continue to be a news/journal site for all FCN-related activities, but will maintain an "inventor" flavor - who knows, perhaps the actual invention that started this all will stage a comeback! (meaning, I figure out an alternate way to approach the orginal problem).

Saturday, August 19, 2006

(45) Another Content Site

This is getting wacked - www.realestate-virginia.blogspot.com, another FCN site to add to the list, though this is primarily to drive traffic to ingridmyers.com, so won't have a lot of affiliate advertising on it.

The FCN business plan is shaping up; I should have (1) a "brand" page soon, (2) a process document regarding how it operates and steps to take to join and maintain the network, and (3) guidance regarding referral/link tracking and revenue-sharing. The local Women's business network actually has a pretty good referral system going, though it's focused on physical referral to offline business, vs. online referral to online OR offline business. Might mimic some of the governance around that.

Now all we need IS actual revenue, to share. Made $10 this week...paid for this month's domain hosting charge, so we're officially in the black! (um, without considering our laptop investment, time spent, printer/paper/ink, etc.).

Sunday, August 06, 2006

(44) The Family Content Network Keeps Growing!

Two more content ideas blossomed this week, linked into everything else (but based on our family's expertise) - Technical Resume reviews and comments (me and my wife, already underway), and Classic Piano Instruction information (my Dad - coming soon).

It just doesn't stop, once the family vault of capability is opened!

As of this post, I'm going to officially claim the term "Family Content Network" (FCN) as a "linked web of cross-referenced online properties and related content, woven together with a binding semantic theme (such as Family Services), and provided and managed through the efforts, expertise and knowledgebase of a Family Unit".

Friday, August 04, 2006

(43) Hack that Stroller!

Here's what our stroller's starting to look like, all pimped and hacked up, plus starting to benefit from the invention/business-building process...but not quite ready for "prime-time!"

All the stroller accessories hanging off the stroller, plus many more, can be found at www.slingwheels.com.

Growing List of Family Content Network sites, generated from this invention process!

- Family Content Networks

- Security Screens

- Internet Safety for Parents

- Washington, DC-Area Real Estate

- East German Paintings

- Technical Resume Reviews

- Computer Training and Online Safety for Children and Adults (developing franchise)

- eBay Affiliate shopping and information

- Northern Virginia Development and Transportation Issues