Today marks TheDomains.com 4 year anniversary
So as I do every year, I have to once again start off by blaming my friend and fellow domainer Sahar who told me to start blogging.
I would say more but its a family show.
With that out of the way, I thought to celebrate my 4 years blogging, I would recount the worst things about writing a blog to celebrate the journey (that’s what they always call it on reality TV, a journey)
1. Every conversation I have starts with this phrase: “You can’t blog about it, write about it, its not for publication.”
Everyone I talk to, starts off every conversation now with that phrase.
What did you have for dinner last night?
Well you can’t blog about it, but I had a pork chop.
Do you have a girlfriend, yes her name is Ann but don’t blog about it.
2. Not being able to write about stuff people tell you not to write about it.
When someone tells you about a million dollar sale or about some news about the industry but says you can’t write about it, well its brutal.
While I always honor these requests, its not easy.
Especially if its really good or really juicy news, everything in your body wants you to shout it from the mountain top but you can’t.
3. When you don’t write about something someone tells you not to blog about, only to see it in writing by someone else.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve been given info on a domain name sale or industry news or something big omn the industry and told “but you can’t write about it because it “hasn’t cleared legal” or “is just in Beta” or “it can’t be published just to see it hours or days or weeks later on another blog as “A World Exclusive”.
Usually you get the answer, “sorry someone else released it”, or “you were sleeping” (the 6 hours I get a night).
4. Its Hard
Blogging is a tough deal.
Since I started blogging, Frank Schilling stopped, Sahar stopped and most recently Rick Schwartz announced he was basically calling it a day.
Its the domain industries loss.
Its your loss.
When I started in the industry there wasn’t one blog.
There wasn’t anyone telling you how they found success much less giving that information away for free.
For a while you had some of the smartest domainers whoever lived giving you information and advice for free that in most industries people pay big money to hear.
Now there gone.
There voices have been extinguished.
and you are not better off for it.
Some of the pull back is because of the inordinate amount of time it takes to write a blog, moderate comments answer comments, deal with spam and other gameplaying
So on this our 3rd anniversary I would ask readers of all domain blogs to appreciate the resources that have been made available to you.
Because one day, in the blink of an eye, they can be gone.