This post isn’t for sympathy or a search for “you do a good job” comments. It’s a a story of reality. The reality is writing a site completely on your own is draining. The time it takes to write, gather, and research takes hours and the time to criticize takes seconds. It’s not about money. From that standpoint things couldn’t be any better. It’s about taking a plate and filling it until things fall off the side. I chose to do all the things on that plate so nobody is to blame but me, but something was going to have to give. It all came to a head this week when I got tired. Tired from the nursery, tired from Ironman training, tired from traveling, and a few emails that pissed me off. I simply sat down and said “I don’t feel like doing this anymore”.
I am a very positive person. I carry a smile with me every where I go. I can see benefit and usefulness in most everything I experience. At the same time you won’t see me using the words “amazing, incredible, and must see” because I am also not easily wowed. Too many people get excited over people accomplishing normal things. So it’s with these thoughts that made me sit back and ponder what I have to offer a reader and whether I think I can provide a reader anything of value. Above normal. I also question whether I am willing to “deal” with the light minded people that feel use criticism of others to make themselves feel better. In short, do I want to spend the time necessary to make a decent site and can I enjoy myself along the journey?
I also got into a short “conversation” with Francois of Domaining.com. He has a difficult job. He’s built a platform that draws people from all over the world. He has two objectives, one to make money and two, to try and present a professional presentation of the domain investing world. Most of the popular sites in domaining.com are personal blogs written from an individual point of view. The readers of these sites have taken interest in both the professional and personal side of the writers. There are articles unrelated to domaining that pop up and others that promote their own products. I understand Francois’ point of view that it’s hard to sell ads if a blogger can simply write an article of promotion and have it up on the feed. On the flip side, a writer can write whatever they want because it’s their blog/site and their content. If Francois takes down feeds or complains, he comes across as an ass but yet he sends tens of thousands of valued readers to all the blogs. He took down one of my articles because it promoted a domain and I blew up at him. After I settled down and a few emails later, I took a look at things from his side of our relationship. I realized he was doing his job and probably would have done the same thing, but it also got me to thinking. Do I want to have half my traffic based in one person’s control? I answered that one quickly. I should not bother me because Francois helped me build this site to what it is today. Quit bitching and grow the partnership. If I have a problem talk it out. I did and now we’re completely on the same page.
During my self questioning I also sent an email to a few of the higher profile bloggers that I either highly respect and/or have become friends. The responses were all that I needed to to keep writing. From Berkens to Elliot, they were simple words and advice that made me realize that we all feel the same way at times and good things aren’t easy. They take effort and sacrifice but at the end of the day, you are the only one that can make a decision, but make sure it’s based on the right things. They pointed me to the right things.
The world is made up of lazy people but I don’t put myself in that category. If people spent as much time actually doing as they do making excuses as to why they don’t accomplish things, they would likely be more productive. But there is only so much time. Most people say they don’t have the time to do something but the reality is they don’t want to MAKE the time. I can’t make any more time. Berkens, Elliot and Andrews of DNW do this for a living. They have the most time, experience, and respect of anyone in this arena and therefore should have the most/best information. When a company or person wants information shared, these are the people you go to. As a completely unrelated business owner that has to devote the majority of time to that venture, it is impossible to “compete” with them. It’s a choice I’ve made, but I am a competitor by nature. I want to do well. To put up a quality site that others want to read. It gets to me that most people don’t consider my site of value, but I do understand why. It drives me to work harder but as things stagnate and you can’t do things the way you want to do them, there comes a time when you have to quit or pivot.
That’s why I’ve decided to hire or take on another writer. Someone that has a little time each day to help do a story and some research. Perhaps to scour places like Dailychanges.com to dig up information on new registrations. Research some recent sales and who were the buyers. Information that I cant seem to find time to gather. And of course, the person has to have a good sense of humor and enjoy life. It will be a chance to make a little money but also chance to learn and meet the great people of this industry. I personally will continue to do things exactly like I do but I want to offer more. Same humor and style that I’ve been using, just more. From this point on, no more bitching about not getting done, I will build a team that will get it done.
So thanks to all that read the site and continue to come back. Part of writing a site that is a complete reflection of yourself is when you don’t enjoy the reflection. Fortunately it was short term and I realize I absolutely love writing and for the most part would continue to express my thoughts and findings regardless of whether anyone reads or I have advertisers. Once I lose that feeling, THEN you will see the end.