I’m not afraid to admit it. I am not news. I am opinion. Despite what DomainGang says, there are really only five regular sources of new domain news. TheDomains, DomainNameWire, DomainIncite, DnJournal, and occasionally ElliotsBlog. This is not to dismiss the value of other blogs including this one. I could list out 15 domainish blogs or sites I read fairly regularly that in my opinion are both entertaining, informative, or both. But you may hate them.
It is a plain and simple fact, unless one those 5 sites put up the story it didn’t happen in the eyes of the majority of readers. All writers want an audience, they want to be relevant. When it comes to breaking domain news, the rest of us are irrelevant. Each one of us provides a little something that makes us unique. Mike Sullivan is a better interviewer than anyone in this industry. Morgan Linton has the youthful enthusiasm and drive that most older domainers wish they could rekindle. Fusible does a fantastic job with stories on domain name history and development. Me, I just try and provide a sense of humor and a little insight to what I’m doing and what I’m trying to accomplish. I throw out what I’m thinking and see what blows back at me. When people say they don’t read my blog, it doesn’t bother me. I realize that to many people, my blog is irrelevant.
For many people it hurts to not be acknowledged for their deeds. Domain Gang has written a lot of quality articles about developments and news in our industry. It is natural for other sites to write about their opinion on the matter. Many times the opinion of the other sites is viewed by the domain industry as more important than the original article. Whether it’s based on time the site has been up, the popularity, the power of the person behind the site, it all comes down to how the general public views the content. I find it difficult to blame someone for “stealing the thunder” when that someone is the only one capable of making thunder.
This isn’t personal, this is life. There are people higher on the food chain. There are ways of climbing the food chain. Usually it involves time, sometimes it’s respect, usually it’s a combination of all that plus a lot of hard work. Many times, you do all those and you’re still not popular. Those 5 blogs I mentioned all deserve the respect they are given. Yes, I realize that Rick Schwartz, Frank Schilling, Sahar, and many many others fit into the “top reads” category but they don’t blog every day like those mentioned above. Your personal favorite is exactly that, your personal favorite. It is not right nor wrong and it really doesn’t matter. To criticize anothers opinions on anything is sophmoric. Any opinion can’t be wrong, only facts. Opinions are thoughts and every site in the world has the right to express theirs. You also have the ability to not read them. Domaining and Namebee have the ability to turn off sites you don’t want to read and your fingers can type or not type out the rest.
So filter what you think is noise, quit the bitching, and let’s have some fun and make some money. I’ll put my violin and pom pons down and get back to real work.
PS. I didn’t link all the sites because those people get enough traffic without my help