These posts lead me to believe that I'm not the only person in the position of having created "interesting" sites with no way to get the word out, so to speak. Once you've developed a site how do you let people know about it? How do you attract a user base? How do you get feedback on what you've done?
There was an interesting article posted a while back about SSP, or shameless self promotion. SSP seems to be the method most often employed to garner interest, and in some perhaps immeasurable form is effective. Aside from SSP though, it seems that the only other alternative is to submit an article to a place like k5 or /. and hope it gets posted. Not only does this tread a fine line between spamming and informing, but it's also a shame, because I'm sure there are great projects that simply go unnoticed or forgotten.
For example, CanonicalTomes.org was, in my opinion, a great idea, but after it's initial post here on k5, I'd be willing to wager that traffic has dropped and it's slipped to the back people's minds. Also interesting to notice is the constructive feedback that was generated by that post. I'm sure CanonicalTomes.org creator found that feedback to be quite useful and gratifying because in some sense it helped to validate the time and effort he put into the site.
It would be nice if there were a place, and even a community, in which people could promote themselves without shame, and get valuable feedback from users. A place that was both an incubation chamber, and a vehicle for promoting. Essentially, a site about sites.
So now I lead the article to an obvious conclusion:
I spent a little time last week, and started, what I hope will become the place I've just described above: kakkune.com. It's a place geared towards people with ideas in development. A vehicle to drum up interest and a place get feedback. People can create projects and make a variety of posts regarding them and get feedback from other users. Think freshmeat crossed with k5, focussed on the development of sites, not software.
I tend to believe that the k5 community is a creative and productive one, and I'd be interested in seeing what other people are up to, and what's up and coming. So, if you're working on something I encourage you to pay a visit, add your project and make a post. Hopefully, a community of feedback and ideas will develop, and the "barrier to entry" for a site on the internet will get a little easier to cross.