Hello, happy Saturday, and welcome to my weekend musings. As many of you know this has been one of the busiest times in my entire life. Techstars Demo Day was September 3rd and since then we have been meeting with investors non-stop. This has left me with very little time to blog but a lot of time to reflect on how I see my blog growing as we take this next step with Fashion Metric.
First and foremost, I’m still a domain geek, don’t worry I don’t see that ever changing. That being said, Domaining for me has become a passive investment strategy rather than something I actively do on a daily basis. I’m still buying domains every month, and I’m still selling domains every month, but I look at Domain Investing a lot like I do the stock market or real estate market.
Like most businesses you get out what you put in so I don’t expect to see my income from Domaining skyrocket anytime soon, still it’s going to bring in six-figures in revenue this year and since that is crushing my stock portfolio, I can proudly say that domains have been a great investment vehicle for me.
Now 100% of my focus is Fashion Metric and as such you probably won’t see me at many domain industry conferences or events. Most of the conferences I attend now are in the startup or eCommerce space like Shop.org which we are attending this week in Seattle.
I see my blog as my way of staying connected to the industry and for me to continue to share my thoughts and experiences as the industry continues to change and develop. I have been invited to speak at some pretty awesome startup events about domain names and I am excited about sharing more about our industry with the startup community which largely thinks of all of us as cybersquatters.
I want to change this thinking and help show the world that there is a big difference between a domain investor and a cybersquatter. You’ll see more posts on my blog about this distinction as well as on Medium.com where I write to a more broad community.
I will also be adding more writers to the blog that will help me take this to the next level. There are tons of great domain blogs you can read to catch-up on industry news and I hope you’ll stay plugged-into my blog to keep up with the intersection between domains and startups two industries that are changing and growing every single day.
On top of that, it’s about darn time for me to share some of the experiences we’ve had quitting our day jobs and running a startup full time. It hasn’t been easy but so far it has been the best decision I have ever made. If any of you are thinking of taking the plunge hopefully you can learn from what has worked, and more importantly, what hasn’t worked, for me.
I have always put a lot of emphasis on case studies and tutorials and that will continue to be the core focus of my blog. I’m not a news reporter, never have been, never will be. I’ve always enjoyed teaching and that’s where I’ve always found my blog can add the most value to readers.
So whether you’ve always wondered what a cap table is and why it’s so important to startups or if you’ve been trying to figure-out why your domain lease deals keep falling through, I’ll make sure to bring you my own real life experiences and the tough love you might need if you’re headed in the wrong direction.
I still can’t believe I started this blog almost 7 years ago and I couldn’t be more proud of where it is today, and where it’s going tomorrow. Thanks for coming on the journey, and welcome to the next stage in the adventure!