No. I am not saying anyone who can’t make it to a conference is a douchebag. I’m saying that all the guys that comment on the blogs with the smart ass, derogatory, insulting, insane, incoherent, statements, don’t show up at conferences. The negative, criticizing everything that is not as they expect people, aren’t there. The guys pushing their terrible names didn’t buy a ticket. The creeping tiger hidden dragons weren’t present to try and give me a sense of the person behind the randomness of their words. What was there were REAL people who had real names with real companies. They spoke real words that had to be backed with consequence of the action. In short, it was a group of professionals ( for the most part) ready to make some money, have some fun, and learn from those that already are, the exact contrast to the Internet.
Ninety nine percent of the BS that we put up with on the Internet will never make it to a live event. It will backed with bullshit reasoning about they have nothing to learn, or its a waste of money. Yet almost everyone at these conferences make a living in the domain business. Many of them are at the top of the domain investor pyramid. Frank Schilling made it. I guarantee he has a lot less to learn than most of us. He has talented people there to take care of business but felt it necessary to come. He doesn’t need to be there….but he is. Because he’s not an ass. He’s a positive professional that realizes that nothing replaces a conversation in person where you can see their eyes, their reaction, with all the walls down.
It was great to be in an environment of successful people. Most are looking for even more success but didn’t criticize those that had yet to reach their level. Nobody called people names, criticized actions, or pushed shitty ass names at every turn of the corner.
So all you new people to the industry, PLEASE don’t read these blogs and comments and think this is the real industry. Go to TRAFFIC, to Webfest. You’ll see a real industry with very successful people making money in hundreds of different ways. It’s expensive to go to these conferences. But business takes real investment. You’re going to have to spend a little money if you want the attention and information from the real domain investors. You can shake the hand of someone you’ve read about and respect and tell them it’s a pleasure to meet them. On the Internet you show respect to someone and it will be full of a combination of those that a agree and others that call you a kiss ass and lackey. At a conference it will be met with a “thank you” from that person, usually followed by a nice short conversation. That same Internet that we make are living is full of great people and douchebags. Conferences do a great job of filtering out the douchebags.