Has this ever happened to you? You come up what you think is a unique idea for a website or product. You check to see if the domain is open and it is. You get excited about new possibilities. You start thinking about all the things you could do only to dig a bit deeper and discover it has already been done?
That just happened to me tonight. While on an hour long drive with my family tonight I started some brainstorming and came up with what I thought was a pretty cool idea until suddenly I realize that I wasn’t the only one who thought of it.
Certainly I could make the argument that I could do it better. But do I want to run with an idea that isn’t original? So non-original in fact that while the domain name was open, another blog with the exact same name does exist, just with a .wordpress.com at the end? Do I want to try to succeed off from a concept that has been done before, albeit not all that successfully?
It is hard to feel good about an concept when you can imagine someone down the road claiming you ripped off their idea.
And so, here I am, deflated a bit and reminding myself I don’t really need another obligation. Telling myself it really isn’t worth pursing if I can’t pursue wholeheartedly.
I’m back to the daily grind so to speak, until the mood to do something fresh and different strikes me again and I search for that perfect idea, the idea that hasn’t been done and is truly my own. Perhaps it is my entrepreneurial spirit that frequently puts me in this position because it only feel natural to search for something new.
Am I the only one who does this?