Welcome to the premiere edition of 50megs
Monthly News. This publication keeps you informed
about the profitable, innovative, or just plain
fun online activities of your fellow community
members. And who knows? The stories we present
here may give you great ideas for your own web
How would it feel to have your own web site
featured in the New York Times? Brad Barnett
knows. Brad is a 23 year-old Ford Mustang
enthusiast from Birmingham, Ala., and is creator
of the wildly popular “Brad’s Mustang Site.” Brad has
become known as one of the world’s most
enthusiastic Mustang hobbyists.
We recently spoke with Brad about his unique
and popular passion to gain some insights into why
he does what he does.
Brad, thanks for talking with
No problem. Glad to do it.
Could you tell us what motivated you to
create your site?
The site started out
as just a place for me to save some images of
classic Mustangs, but kept growing and growing as
I learned more about the cars. Thanks to visitor
feedback, I've learned a hundred times more about
Mustangs than I did before I created the site. I
don't make any money off the site; I just do it
because it's fun!
What do you want people to know about
I'm just a regular guy
with a hobby. Sure it's out of control, but it's
just a hobby. None if this would make any
difference without the support of my wife,
friends, and millions of Mustang enthusiasts
What mark do you want to leave on the
Right now I'm known as the guy
with the Mustang site, and that's just fine with
me. Maybe one day I'll be the guy with the classic
Mustang collection. :-)
How has your web site changed life for
you and your family?
The site has
become more popular than I could ever imagine. I
once had someone come up to me in a parking lot in
other state asking if I ran Brad's Mustang Site
and that they had recognized my car. My mom
coincidentally ran into two of my site's visitors
in a grocery store parking lot who were thrilled
to have met "Brad's Mustang Site's Mom." The
popularity of the site led to two mentions in the
New York Times, which has increased traffic and
membership in my Mustang club, Magic City Mustangs.
What advice would you give to someone
who is just getting started on their own web
The most important step is to
benchmark. Visit other sites--both related and
unrelated to your subject matter. Make a list of
what you like and don't like--content, technology,
layout, color schemes, navigation, download time,
etc. Your best design information will come from
others' mistakes. Next, make it unique. What will
you offer that will set your site apart? Finally,
just get started. If you don’t get going, you’ll
never know how successful you might have been.
Thanks for your time Brad, and best of
luck with the site!