We didn’t actually plan to write our 6,000 post on what is the 6th birthday of TheDomains.com.
Our first post was published on December 4th 2007. (yes I know its technically tomorrow)
Time really does fly.
For those keeping count in addition to the 6,000 posts, there have been over 81,000 approved and published comments and well over 5,000,000 visits.
Our first story on the new gTLD’s wasn’t until June of 2008, in a post entitled “So are you Ready For Hundreds of New Domain Extensions?”
There were 181 responses to the post and no one envisioned that hundreds of new extensions would really become over 1,000.
One of the first responses to the post was:
“If 300 new extensions are added, I am predicting that 300 extensions will fail; bring them on. There have already been extensions that were added that didn’t do well.”
Now thousands of stories later there is still a huge split in the domain community as to what the new gTLD’s will bring, but instead of being 5 years away they are now upon us as you can basically register a new gTLD today. No matter what your opinion of the new gTLD program is, if you were a reader of TheDomains.com you couldn’t say you didn’t see it coming.
For the record this is what I said in that post;
“Our guess, .Com’s maybe become even more valuable as confusion will reign when people have too many choices, they will naturally default back to .com’s.”
That was 2008.
Later today we will circle around and come to a our own current state of the domain report.
Of course, new gTLD’s is just just one of they many issues we have covered in our now 6,000 posts and 6 years of blogging.
ICANN, UDRP’s, lawsuits, domain sales, live and online domain auctions, Domain Conferences, meetups and shows; the roll out of .Me, .Cm, .Co and .XXX extensions, parking, monetization, the birth and death of mini-sites, sales of existing businesses in the space, bidding scandals, good-doers and bad actors, successes and failures, the famous and infamous.
We covered those inside and outside of the industry, public companies, registries, registrars, domainers, domain investors, cybersquatters, end users, buyers, game changers and game players.
Like I said its been quite the ride.
We don’t know where the road will take us but we appreciate each and everyone of you that has come along with us for any part of the journey.