Yesterday I wrote a blog post about a new domain investor who has been tweeting about his investments in .CX domain names. I wrote the post, hit publish, and woke up this morning to a stream of comments. What I saw honestly didn’t feel great, it was either people really slamming this new Domainer or commenters calling me a jerk for picking on a new investor.
So I think I went too far and I feel bad about it.
I think what I was responding to is a somewhat protective feeling for new domain investors that I think can often read what other new investors are doing and mimic their strategy. I do think there is very little data around .CX being a good investment and I guess I felt that Johan was writing about it on Twitter as if it was a successful investment strategy.
I’ve seen new domain investors go down the wrong path and lose a lot of money doing it. For some, they have the play money, but it’s sad to see someone that invests money that is very meaningful to them and their family into domains just to lose it all. I do think .CX is a very risky investment and that’s really what I wanted to get across in my post. I have also talked about the dangers of investing in domains that violate known Trademarks so felt that was important to bring up as well.
Okay, now all that being said, after reading my post again I think I come off sounding like a jerk. I emailed an apology to Johan and he sent a nice and well-written email back, and yes – he felt singled out and I can understand why.
So I’d like to take a minute to apologize publicly to Jothan for my post yesterday and some of the wording that I used. Looking back on it, yeah – probably not the right way to share my opinion.
For new domain investors who read my blog, I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you’re getting started in the Domaining world, I’d be very careful with putting too much money into things like .CX domains…but I probably just could have said that without dragging Jothan through the mud.
That being said, there are two kinds of people in this world, those who will never apologize for anything and think everything they do is right…and those who know when they screw up and apologize. I’m in category #2 so Johan – I’m sorry about that, it wasn’t the right way to share my thoughts, you seem like a good guy and you deserve a warm welcome to the Domaining world. I hope to buy you a beer someday and would welcome an interview with you on my blog so you can share your journey with us.