I respect Rick Schwartz. I work every day to achieve what he’s already achieved. What bothers me is that over the last year I feel he’s turned into the preacher that’s always on the corner at Macy’s. Like the preacher, he may be right in what he’s preaching, but they both keep having to turn up the microphone a little every day to get our attention.
What I’ve seen in my last two years of paying attention to this industry is that behind the scenes it is very divided. There are the old school guys that don’t like many of the new people that have entered the industry and view them as pompous young people. There are the new domain investors that don’t care for or respect the old guard thinking they got in early and couldn’t do it again. Both are mostly incorrect. And of course there is Switzerland, Morgan Linton, whom everyone loves. The bridge between the two worlds. Me, I don’t judge anyone until I meet them and then I judge my ass off. I have to admit that other than Ron Jackson, most of the older domain investors are not outwardly friendly. That is not to say they are not friendly people once you meet them, I’m just saying they are certainly not going to approach you and introduce themselves. But I never expected them to. Until I do something to deserve their attention I don’t expect it and we’re right back to Rick.
He deserves our attention for what he’s done over time. He doesn’t need to be over the top and grab the headlines each and every time…..but that’s who he is. It’s what got him where he’s at so why change? But there is one problem. As the amount of domain blogs grows and noise in our industry increases, the attention span and duration of that span is decreasing. With all the craziness on the net, it takes more and more to shock. The latest shock headline about Chef Patrick showed the divide and the “that was so last month” attitude. Hardly any one chimed in. Half the responses are Rick himself. It told me a lot about our industry and much of it was positive.
I was impressed how the industry decided to keep their feelings to themselves rather than bash someone before they know any facts. Good or bad they didn’t give Rick the pleasure of using his blog as forum to say if you are for or against. He wanted an open discussion and he didn’t get it. Two, anyone who cared already knew the news and like me, felt it wasn’t worth talking about. Even Scoop left it alone (edit he did an article about not doing an article) . This also told me that the industry is forgiving. We all have done things we regret and made mistakes. With my big mouth, I’m glad to know that I can make a mistake and not be blackballed by everyone.
I do have a bias. Patrick is a friend. A guy that helped me get started. Introduced me to people that have helped me make money in this industry. He spent his time at a domain conference to introduce me to everyone he knew at the show. It didn’t benefit him in any way other than being kind. It’s these kind of people that I will give the benefit of the doubt or stick with them when they screw up. This isn’t about money in my case and I understand the person that was financially affected would be upset, as well as his friends. That’s something that they will have to work out.
In short. Rick has one great piece of advice. Dot com is king. Put all your money in dot coms. And there’s been no better piece of advice if you want to make money in this industry. We domain bloggers have our blogs for a voice. How we use that voice is completely up to us and our perogative. I am going to still read every post Rick writes because there is some great stuff among the emotion and over the top presentation. It just seemed in this case to be a post because enough people weren’t mad. When they weren’t mad, he brought out the megaphone and turned it up. We were accused of having blinders on , when in reality we all just had earplugs.