The Record Breaking Blog
Here's what's up, what's down, and what's going on in my record-breaking world.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Just a quick note to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and to say that hopefully by this time next year Santa will be bringing me a big fat check for $7,500,001, which I will be gladly sharing with my awesome supporters and the many charities on my list. What a Christmas that will be! For now, keep supporting the feat to ensure you get a slice of Santa's pie and remember that we're all in this together and I need YOU to make this happen. So take advantage of this holiday season, when you are surrounded by family and friends, to tell them all about the crazy 25-year-old who wants to break a world record, give away a total of $3 million, become a multi-millionaire, and create the most publicized Ad in history all with TheRecordBreakingDomain.com! Don't be shy, spread the word...I'm here with all my relatives doing the same!
Monday, December 26, 2005
Yesterday I had my first podcast interview with Vernon from 808talk.com in Hawaii. It was different from all my other radio interviews because it wasn't live and so it lasted a lot longer. Also, since it's a podcast, anyone can download and listen to it on the 808talk.com site at any time and at their own leisure. It will also be available on iTunes starting on Monday, so it could potentially reach MILLIONS of people! Vernon was great and I talked at my usual methamphetamine rate, but we covered a lot ground and it will hopefully give my idea even more much-needed exposure. If you found out about my site from the awesome 808talk podcast, please let me know when you sign my guestbook. With all the recent media attention and what's happened to me these last few days, I am more confident than EVER that I am going to sell this baby and make many people a lot of money and myself a multi-millionaire. It's just a matter of time...
Monday, December 19, 2005
I've now arrived in Punta del Este, Uruguay, a summer resort town with beaches, parties, casinos, and sunsets, I'll post a few pictures of this place as soon as I take them. Today I saw one of those small planes flying in the sky here carrying a sign with an advertisement on it and I got the idea of advertising my domain in the same way when the beaches are full so everyone on there can see it and wonder what the heck it is and then visit this site. I'm going to find out who takes care of that and depending on how much it costs, I'll give it a shot. It would be awesome to have a plane flying my little domain name around, and I'll definitely take pictures and post them up if I do!
I've also given my site a bit of a Matrix makeover with the blue pill/red pill dilemma to compel new readers to actually read my argument for why this domain will sell to avoid people brushing this idea off as "stupid" without really understanding what it's all about. I'm hoping this will get even more people to believe in this idea and support it all the way!t all the way!
In other news, I got an e-mail from PayPal saying that I cannot use their services for any "games/contests involving the distribution of prizes or monetary compensation" and so I had to remove the PayPal donation buttons. I'm looking into this, but I may have to remove the prizes for the Donations so I can continue to accept them without PayPal giving me any heat. Donations are important at this stage because they help me raise money to pay for new and creative ways of advertising my idea (like the airplane advertisement I mentioned before). I'm also looking into doing some merchandising to raise money and create walking billboards. This is a cool idea because if people are walking around with TheRecordBreakingDomain.com t-shirts and caps, then more and more people will find out about my idea. I found this one site called cafepress.com that seems to do it all and requires no money up-front, so it looks ideal (it's the same company the people from SaveToby.com used). I know you guys won't wear them if I don't make them cool, so I'm going to spend these next few days designing the t-shirts and stuff so you guys actually buy them! If you have any ideas or suggestions regarding this, please drop me a line.
Well, 2005 is almost over and I hope everyone's year has been awesome. For me it has certainly been a thrill of a ride. 2006 is now upon us and I can't help but wonder with utter excitement what it has in store for this little domain...I have a feeling it's going to be something big...very big...seven-figures big.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Wow, I can't believe it, in my last blog entry on December 8th I was talking about having hit the 20,000 visitor mark! Now, 4 days later, I've hit the 30,000 visitor mark! Traffic is picking up very quickly thanks mainly to new supporters linking to my site and helping spread the word. And I'm sure that after my interview on the 16th this will multiply even further. Everyone has been great and the support just keeps growing, this is all very surreal. I didn't expect to get this many visitors until at least next year, so I'm ecstatic about it.
I also got a new suggestion to donate to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, so I've decided to pledge $25,000 to help protect "our civil liberties in the networked world." My life is now spent mostly online, so this is something I want to help protect and maintain. If you have any charities or foundations you would like me to donate to once I sell this domain, just visit the charities section above and make your suggestion.
I'm still in Bariloche, Argentina enjoying the fresh mountain summer air surrounded by crystal clear lakes. The other day I climbed up one of the highest mountains in this region, Cerro Catedral. It felt like being on top of the world, probably what it will feel like the day I sell my domain:
On top of the world.
Then, I got the cool idea of advertising my domain in this very secluded and exclusive place, so with the awesome help of my very patient girlfriend, I wrote out TheRecordBreakingDomain.com in stones on the summit of the mountain so that every future visitor who makes it up there will know I've been there.
Advertising my domain 2,000 meters above sea level.
If that did not break the record for the highest altitude domain name, then it definitely broke the record for the highest altitude domain name written in stones!
This was a lot harder than it looks!
Anyone who reaches the summit of Cerro Catedral in Bariloche, Argentina will see these stones, walk over to them, wonder what the heck a domain name is doing written in stones that high up, then visit this site just to find out what it's all about, and connect in a very unique and long-lasting way to this very domain name which they will never, ever forget. This is the very same curiosity principle that will attract millions of visitors to this site once this domain breaks the record.
Does anyone still think I'm joking here?
Friday, December 09, 2005
Yesterday I hit the 20,000 unique visitor mark for my site, less than a month after the launch! That's better than I expected at this stage of the game, so I'm really happy about that and everyone's support has been phenomenal. In fact, I have almost 30 people who are linking to my site via their own unique referral link (and vying for the $500,000 grand prize!), which is helping attract a growing number of visitors to this site from all over the world. Many of my supporters are also telling their friends and spreading the word which has also helped my traffic considerably. I've also noticed that a greater proportion of the recent visitors think I will break the record...I'm not sure what has changed to convince more people, but I'm glad that's the case. I also got a new interview lined up with Vernon from 808talk.com, a podcast in Hawaii...that will be my first podcast interview and will hopefully help attract even more visitors and supporters! It should happen on the 15th of December, so I'll let everyone know when it's up.
I arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina yesterday and will be traveling to beautiful Bariloche today. I will try and post a few pictures of this magical place in the Andes mountain range as soon as I can. I'm taking my laptop with me so I'll be in touch from there.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
I got a call from Rob Ervin, a producer from 700 WLW Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio to do a live phone interview on the Gary Burbank Show on Friday, December 16th at 3:40pm US Eastern time! I think that's going to help me get a lot more exposure for my little idea and hopefully even more support. I'm really glad the media is picking up interest in this. I think the more media interest I get, the more supporters I will have, and the more supporters I have, the more media interest there will be, so please keep supporting this record attempt! I need as much publicity as I can get in order to catch the eyes of an interested buyer! You'll be able to hear my LIVE interview on this site: www.700wlw.com/streaming.html...so don't miss it!
If you look at the winners of last month's prizes, you can tell that this is truly a WORLD record attempt with worldwide support! The random winners were people literally from all over the world: New Zealand, Sweden, India, Venezuela, United Kingdom, and the US! That's the beauty of the internet, it lets us all come together regardless of our geographical location. So if you want to support this feat because you believe we can break this record, then you could be a winner no matter where in the world you are!
Friday, December 02, 2005
OK, Thanksgiving got the better of me and I've decided to more than DOUBLE my pledge to Charity to $1,000,000! I figured it wouldn't really hurt me that much to pledge more now, since I would still stand to make a cool $4.5 Million-and-one after I sell this domain and pay $2 million to my supporters and $1 million to charity. It actually feels good to help out. I got an e-mail suggesting the Cure Autism Now charity and so I've pledged $10,000 to that charity as well. I have a lot more money available to pledge, so if you have any charities anywhere in the world that you'd like to suggest, please click on the new Charity link above.
I was really busy this Thanksgiving weekend re-working my entire site. I've made the site wider and the menu buttons bigger so it's easier to navigate. I've removed the initial clutter from my homepage and added a cute little light bulb [I've since changed the light bulb to a more thought-provoking handicapped sign] with a very daring question: "Do you think I'm delusional?" I thought it would be fun to pose this question to every visitor on my site considering that if you search for my name, Andres Kello, on Google, the first result is a guys blog asking himself if I'm delusional. In all seriousness, if you read what I want to accomplish, yes, at first it seems completely unrealistic and makes me look a bit - delusional - but if you've read my arguments for the value of this domain, and gave it some time to sink in, I think you'd start to see the real diamond in the rough this domain represents. I have a feeling that a lot of people who think I won't sell this domain are not actually reading through my site and are just blowing the idea off without really giving it any thought, so I decided to make it a bit more interactive and interesting so people read through until the end.
So, do YOU think I'm delusional?