Forget about controlling a corner of the web; put your stuff where the readers are
I have long thought that the best way to build a web presence was to embrace reality rather than compete with it. YouTube is better at video serving than I am. Blogger, Tumblr, and WordPress make consistent pages on a more stable platform than a series of HTML pages that I can build in Dream Weaver. iTunes can distribute a home made radio or TV show for me. Flickr and Picasa will host my photos and give me slideshows. And why would I try to build a forum community, when there are already communities at Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter?
If you can’t beat them, join them
And there are bazillions of other third-party sites that can solve problems for you right now for zero investment. SmugMug allows you to open a professional photography store. Google allows you to