The Problem – The Solution a project by Bruce Flinn

The Problem – The Solution a project by Bruce Flinn

While working on a problem the other day an idea struck me. “Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place that had the answer to my problem.” I know, you’re saying to yourself and maybe even doing it out loud as if I would hear it – “There already is and it’s called the internet!”  You are correct and that’s what got my attention.

I do research the web when looking for solutions. Often times though I find incomplete or totally useless information on some site that is only about generating income through the ads that are placed on the page.

For example: I’m a car enthusiast and I like to know what’s going on under the hood. My problem is I want to learn to tune my own car and improve it’s performance without damaging it in the process. I did a search in Google for “how to tune a subaru sti” and this is what was listed first on the search results page – After reading the first few sentences I realized this article was a complete waste of time. Anyone that knows anything about cars can see that this page provides absolutely no real insight into tuning a Subaru STI. It is an ads page placed there to do only one thing – rank in the natural search as a billboard for it’s ads. (This is a subject that I’ll get into later on another post).

Granted the subject matter for this particular problem is way too involved for a simple solution but it proves my point that when looking for real, tangible and useful information you don’t always find what you need.

So here’s what I’m looking to accomplish for every problem that I encounter:

  • 1. Describe the problem in a post on my new projects website. Details on this later.
  • 2. Do the research to find an existing solution that is usable while at the same time soliciting possible solutions from you via the comments section on the post.
  • 3. Pool together all the information I find into a usable solution or create one from scratch if need be.
  • 4. Document the solution with text, pictures, video and include all references used.
  • 5. Provide step by step instructions.
  • 6. Post follow up information and if notable enough create an eBook.

That will be the core of the project. As with all things nothing is set in stone so there will be revisions to the above steps as the project moves forward.

To facilitate the collection and dissemination of my findings I will be launching a new website to host this project. More on that later.

I want you to be involved as much as possible so there will always be an opportunity for you to chime in. Think of it as a your very own how to manual in the making. Feel free to share your thoughts on what I’m doing. There will be a page just for you to post any particular problems you’re facing – then as a community we’ll have a go at finding a solution for you.

There will be no restrictions on subject matter except the obvious ones, nothing that will offend, discriminate or otherwise be deemed unacceptable to an audience of persons with varied ages and backgrounds. I will have the final say as to what gets posted and what does not. So with that in mind stay tuned for further developments. I’m really excited about this project and can’t wait to dig into it.

As promised here is the name of the project website.

I’ll be launching this new site on Monday August 27th, 2012 at 5 PM EST. Get your lists of problems/solutions ready and we’ll have some fun fixing our lives/world one step at a time.

– Bruce