Well, the nomination phase of Domainer’s Choice Awards is now open. I thought I’d ramble on a bit about what it took to get it this far.
First a little history behind the birth of “the Awards”. I’m a firm believer in positive reinforcement and competition. Those are two of the ingredients in the recipe for improvement. I think public accolades in the form of awards achieves this nicely. And they’re FUN!
In 2008 I presented the first Domainer’s Choice Awards at DomainFest.com. It was a huge success as documented by DNJournal You can see the winners here
Domainfest.com was a wonderful host for the awards. They gave me their final dinner event to present. They sponsored by supplying the dinner, the room, a booth at Domainfest and all the many expensive charges that are involved in using hotel event space. During the planning, they only asked questions as needed to fit the awards into their conference. They would have been happy to host the awards in the future but after some thought, I realized it would soon become the DomainFest awards. I didn’t want the awards to be swallowed up by a bigger event. They were named Domainer’s Choice Awards for a reason. In order for it to be what I wanted it to be, it had to stand alone and be independent. It may run along side of a different event in the future but always as an independent program. Life got in the way of that happening until now!
I never stopped thinking about bringing the awards back bigger and better. I’ve watched all of the awards that have happened between 2008 and now and know the pitfalls. I know the cheats. I know what erodes confidence in the process and thus casts a shadow on the winners.
I wanted to use a third party voting system for both phases of the voting but after talking to many experts in voting, I was convinced that the first phase, the nominations, need to be done in house and moderated. The website announces two disclaimers: Continue reading →
This post has nothing to do with new gTLDs. It has nothing directly to do with Frank Schilling.
What it is about is people. It’s about our industry. It’s about how we so easily give people big titles – visionary, game changer. It’s about the long list of righteous titles people have self proclaimed and we have accepted.
I haven’t seen a single visionary amongst the domainer community. Not a game changer in the bunch. If in 1970 you foresaw the internet opening up for commerce and prepared for that event..you could be a visionary. If you noticed early on that there were things happening in this interweb thing, jumped on and did well, that makes you an entrepreneur not a visionary. If you saw something being done and did it better, that’s not a game changer, that’s an improvement.
We applaud and cheer and draw attention to and even fill the wallets of members of our community that actually should be kept behind closed doors so the mainstream world doesn’t see them as representative of us. Just because they are loud, vulgar, and scream about the wrong doings of other people doesn’t mean their own house is clean, but nobody looks at that. Even if you point out the hypocrisy in these loud vulgar rants, there’s always the group that worships a person who is big and bold with total disregard for the what the message is. That’s like going into a bar at 2:00 am and taking the loud mouth drunk who is ranting at the politician on the tv screen and electing him mayor! Of your town!!
A true domainer has entrepreneurial blood in their veins. Entrepreneurs cannot be fans or followers as it’s against the nature of the beast. Hobbyists and wannabees are fans and followers and some will mature into domainers, others will go broke being groupies following a false idol. Continue reading →
Domainer’s Choice Awards nominations are opening soon! Since the first awards in 2008 we have received dozens of requests to bring the Awards back. And we listened. We listened to what you liked about the Awards. We listened to what you wanted to see in the Awards. We listened to your comments about the strengths and weaknesses in the various other awards in the industry. We listened and we built the new Domainer’s Choice Awards !
We are giving it our best effort to keep these Awards transparent and honest. You will be required to register on the site to place your write in nominations. This gives us a small layer of safety from cheaters but the real need for this is that we are using a third party voting service for the final vote. They REQUIRE a voting list and the email addresses from your registration become that voting list. The company we have chosen is Votenet.com
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Social Media Networking – Not just one phrase but three steps of a process:
I spend a fair amount of time on social media sites every day. It might surprise you, but I’m not there because I wondered what your sunset was like last night. Nor do I really have that much interest in what you had for lunch. That glass of wine you thought we all wanted a look at, not so special either. While all of this is fun to see, it’s always cool to peek into somebodies life, it’s not why I spend a chunk of my valuable time there! Animal and baby pics and videos I do love but that’s not my reason for being there either. I’ll take the split second to like or share them though if I think there’s some humor, cuteness, beauty etc.
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Seems like everyone is a broker these days. I wonder how they qualify themselves as “brokers”? Is it a calling like nursing, religion and teaching? Maybe it’s a revelation type of thing .. you wake up one morning and just know you were meant to be a broker? Whatever it is there are something you should know about hiring a broker.
If you are hiring a domain broker he/she is your employee. Make your expectations and requirements perfectly clear in a contract. Some of what I expect from a broker of my domains: Continue reading →