Can’t say I’ve been successful, but I can say that by the sounds of things you are too scattered (though you seem to recognise this yourself). My advice to you is to concentrate on One thing for a longer period of time, try to avoid multitasking.
I understand and also experience what you are talking about, the desire to be active in many fields simultaneously, but its not possible. Well it is, but your penetration in any one field / area is very limited as a result – and will never be enough to become a leader / success in any one area.
Many of the success stories, either on Envato or elsewhere begin with lots of hard work and more often than not, specialisation. Find one area in particular that you are interested in and devote all of your attention / energy to that area until such time as you are an authority on it.
If you need to dabble in supporting technologies, then do so, but only to the extent that is required to support your primary area and no more. (I would even leave this dabbling until later too). You will probably be surprised how quickly you can be up to spead with a certain technology if you give it all of your focus. Cut back on your expenses and remove some of the financial pressures on yourself and then spend a few months solidly cramming your head with new knowledge skills. (huge resources out there in all web areas / technologies). Then come out blasting, do some great work, develop your personal style, get a client or two, get a partner who complements your chosen area and take it form there.
I tend to go for the hibernation option, but if its a laptop I’d unplug it while hibernating, as it doesn’t need power and the battery (and your electricity bill) may suffer if left plugged in then.
I normally only shutdown my PC once every 2 weeks, or in between if I’m updating or installing new software etc.
I’m usually running about 5-8 programs at the same time and I leave them all open including all documents that I had been working on, I just save everything before hibernation.
I don’t generally notice much of a slow down as the two weeks comes to an end. I imagine its mostly temporary files which are not being emptied. Not sure about this. But then again my PC is a bit of a monster, so it may not be the best judge of this.
I remember on my old laptop, I did see a slight slowdown if I hibernated instead of shutdown for long periods.
In general I hate having to save all of my documents, and close the programs, especially in photoshop which can have so many uncategorizable things open like screenshots, experiments, old files, reference items, etc. Too many decisions – where to save, what to call them, what format… Its almost like the tab stress in the browser, (having 2 million tabs open, and not wanting to close any of them ever )
The momentum you see from the top sellers is made up of a few things, which are universal accross the marketplaces.
The top selling files are promoted more than other files, which obviously makes them more likely to sell again, even if a similar or better version is submitted later by another author. The “it’s sold many times so it must be good” applies here too.
Envato promote the top selling files / authors on their other sites / blogs. Many times this takes the form of author interviews, best items round up or how to’s, using said author or file as a good example.
There is nothing wrong with either of these and obviously both of these are great from Envato’s point of view because the top selling files are pushing sales (read revenue) for envato and bringing traffic and encourage new authors to sign up after seeing the “potential” or being an author at envato.
So the sometimes unflinching momentum of the top selling files and authors is a result of these things. Obviously the files and authors in question have to be great, but there is also a combination of many other factors (marketing, timing, demand, general appeal,...).
So having a top selling file or being a top selling author is not reserved for the best of the best, but once you get there, rest assured it will be easier to remin there than get there because all of the above mentioned helper factors kick in.
Congrats Fabio, that’s some serious sellin.
Congrats also to Dani.
It was becoming clear that at some point in the near future there would be a photo marketplace because phototuts was launched a while back and it doesn’t have a partner marketplace to cross-promote with.
Web apps, could be added to code canyon, but in my opinion web / mobile apps are more of a once off thing, rather than having appeal to many buyers. Especially if source code is involved.
Have done some work with moogaloop and I did get the sense that it was buggy and their info was out of date. Got some strange erros many times which came and vanished again. Its definitely a liability to be building upon that API for clients or AD items while they are tinkering around under the hood.
CJ, I had been wondering how you managed to replace the controls in that item.
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LOL , Fooken legend of a movie.
-5, snow & mulled wine, ya gotta love the festive season. .