Hey, maybe I'm crazy! Really... I mean, it is well within the realm of possibility. To think that a guy from a tiny farm town in Iowa could somehow even hope to snag a small percentage of the hits that craigslist gets a day could truly be considered insane. But, here are a few things that make you know that I may not be crazy.
#1. I didn't bet the farm on this one. I just bet half my cows, so to speak. But, it was all happenstance anyway. My friend Terry owned this huge company in Canada with all of this server space and speed and talent at his disposal and I spouted off one day about how Craigslist was getting almost impossible to live with for a guy wanting to actually advertise anything that he hoped to make $5 on. Terry agreed, I thought up stuff and he created, designed, debugged and hosted it for pennies on the dollar, because he could see the advantage to it as well.
#2. I am morally centered. Not to say that Craig and his crew are not, but the reality of it was always this. Craigslist was where you went to find a hooker. Plain and simple. Now, i tried to justify this in my mind a million times. "Come on, Craig, YOU aren't a pimp. YOU aren't doing anything wrong by putting an 'adult services' link on every city sellfreeusa page. You're just paving a highway. If they choose to drive down it, that is between them and their God." ....
Wrong. It is a sad state of affairs when even Craig and his crew at craigslist tried to hold onto it, even after numerous young women were killed and only finally ended the practice when public outcry became great enough. My public outcry was much smaller, quieter and deep inside myself. I just couldn't live with it and i didn't want to be a part of it. As the father of four children, 3 of them grown, I just couldn't do it and still look at myself when I shaved in the mirror in the morning. Maybe that's the reason that Sellfreeusa.com won't succeed and if it is, then I don't want to be a part of it. Bottom line for me is that I MUST to stand on the fact that if a man's ways please the Lord, even his enemies will be at peace with him. I am doing my best to do the first, so that God will do the last and let this project grow and become something good for, not just myself, but hundreds of employees down the road.
And that is enough soul searching for one night. God Bless and I hope that you and your friends go and look at the sellfreeusa.com page we created in your hometown and start using it. It's there, and regardless of what weird goodies we may be working on in the background for the future, just remember... it really is now and always will be completely free to post photo ads on... forever and ever and ever...
Thanks for the ads Craig and Melissa Hull Founders www.sellfreeusa.com