I never thought this day would come, and to tell you the truth, I'm a little bit confused as to how to feel about it. Suffice it to say, this is a bittersweet moment. As you might know, my site has been getting quite a bit of traffic as of late, especially after the extremely popular Hoverbox Image Gallery. March was a record month for sonspring.com, totaling just over 82,000 visitors! The picture below was taken from my Mint stats, shortly after the month ended.
I figured that rather than hang on and wait to see what happens, it would be best for me to cash out now, while my blog is still worth $178,959.18. With the stock market being what it is, and public opinion being so fickle, I just don't want to take a chance that the next big Bryan Veloso will hit the blogging scene and steal away the traffic I have been getting to this site. As proof of my blog's value, I have taken this screenshot, just in case it would plummet.
That number is obviously on the extremely high end. I simply never imagined that anyone would actually want to buy my site, especially considering that it's more of a personal sandbox than a money-driven blog. That being said, I was approached by venture capitalists recently who promised to pay quite a substantial sum of money in exchange for relinquishing control of this site. Of course, I cannot divulge the exact amount of money that changed hands.
Normally, I would not have considered this as an option, but their offer was just too good, and I have several student loans to pay off. They have assured me that the domain name will be used to promote a good cause. Additionally, they have not made me sign a non-compete contract, so I will still be able to blog about technology and web related topics over at the Godbit Project.
I will also still continue doing occasional freelance and pro-bono work, but it might be awhile until I get another portfolio site online. For now, the buyers wish to remain anonymous, until they have time for re-branding. I just wanted to thank all of the readers who regularly frequented this site. It has been a great run, and I hope to keep in touch with you through other channels. As of today, April 1st 2006, I no longer own this site. Thanks for the memories!