Is Domain blogging dying? Maybe, but these fine folks are still doing what they can to keep things alive

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Rick Schwartz jumped back on the blogging scene this morning to write a post about how Domain Blogging is dead. I have to say, usually when Rick says something he’s done the research, has the data, and it’s usually right, or turns out to be later on. Love him or hate him (I’m in the love category myself) you have to admit, Rick says it like it is and does the work to prove it.

I don’t consider my blog to be a domain blog, this is MorganLinton.com and I write about a lot of topics from startups to gaming to crypto, and yes I still do talk about domains but it’s not my core focus. This is a personal blog and I write about the things that are interesting to me. Rick called me out in his article for writing a sponsored post on Friday…I wish Unity or Unreal or PluralSight were sponsors…but they aren’t, I’m just interested in learning how to build a game (for fun) and wrote about what I’ve learned about picking a game engine.

While I personally do still check Domaining.com daily, I also typically unplug on the weekends and have noticed, like Rick pointed out that there’s usually not a lot to miss if you do checkout for the weekend. Still there are a lot of great blogs that write super interesting content that I do read so I thought I’d mention them here to give them credit for keeping domain blogging alive.

My favorite blog right now is Michael Berken’s blog TheDomains.com, he is still going strong and Raymond has done a great job of continuing to make sure there’s solid content there every day along with running his own active blog at TLDInvestors.com. Shane is still rocking and putting out a ton of content on DSAD.com, Konstantinos is also still blogging up a storm and isn’t ever afraid to speak his mind on OnlineDomain.com. Elliot rebranded from Elliots Blog to DomainInvesting.com and he still blogs daily with a focus on domain investing.

Of course Ron Jackson is still writing great content at DNJournal.com and Andrew has done an incredible job of keeping an incredibly consistent and informative domain news blog at DomainNameWire.com. And I couldn’t possibly leave out what many consider their daily dose of domain humor – DomainGang which is still going strong and is the only domain blog I’ve seen to add hashtags to their post titles. Maybe Theo knows something we don’t know?

Last but certainly not least is the longest-running video program in the domain industry, DomainSherpa, originally run by Michael Cyger and now run by domain broker Andrew Rosner from Media Options.

Wow – looking back up this post, that’s a lot of links! But I think these guys all deserve credit for working hard to bring quality content to the domain industry. While I agree with Rick, the weekends can be a little light, and yes – blogs have sponsored posts that can be a bit boring to read…but still these fine folks are working hard to keep the domain blogging world alive.

But I agree with Rick, it’s just not what it used to be and maybe that will change or maybe writing text blog posts just isn’t as relevant for the next generation of Domainers? Millennials tend to prefer video content, Snapchat, and Instagram over text blog posts, maybe the next generation of Domain Blogs won’t be blogs at all but You Tube or Twitch channels?

I think the reality is that the world is changing, and with it comes the way that people consume content. I think the real trend is that text blog posts are becoming less relevant. I know for me personally I actually watch Twitch more than I do regular television, and I spend a lot more time on Twitch than I do reading domain blogs. Still, I think the domain bloggers who are still going strong and putting out fresh content daily about Domaining are doing a great job of keeping the community alive, the question is, will this need to change to grow the community as we move forward five, ten, and twenty years into the future?

What do you think? I want to hear from you, comment and let your voice be heard!

P.S. There are two blogs that I should have included in my original list above – DomainIncite and DotWeekly, sorry guys I knew I was going to miss a couple of people here, keep up the great work!

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  • Joseph Peterson May 20, 2018, 12:37 pm

    What was it that domain blogging supposedly once was and isn’t now?

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  • Kevin May 20, 2018, 1:45 pm

    “”What was it that domain blogging supposedly once was and isn’t now?”‘

    Writing and reporting of original domain news or content. NOT – the easier-to-do, click-bait ‘copy and pasting’ of multiple NP forum threads and content, that’s now become the norm by some.

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    • Raymond Hackney May 21, 2018, 7:26 am

      Kevin I believe the couple blogs that do that are doing something with Namepros to get that content out.

      When I make mention of a post I add commentary, context and it is either something newsworthy or what not to do for new investors. Namepros does not ask me to post it.

      But I do know what you mean, I think the industry has gotten smaller and everyone sees the same stuff so many places, blog, forum, Twitter it gets monotonous.

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      • Kevin May 21, 2018, 10:21 am

        Ray, when you post a (one) NP thread, you comment/expand on it. The other (2) simply just copy paste 4-5 NP threads and use that as their whole content, with no follow up comments. And as for getting NP content out there, NP does it themselves. Just seems like lazy blogging to only copy others content, and offer nothing more than such! IMO.

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  • John May 20, 2018, 1:50 pm

    One word: google.

    tldinvesting.com is a parking page, btw.

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  • Morgan May 20, 2018, 2:17 pm

    @John – good catch, meant to say TLDInvestors.com, updating now!

    @Joseph – I think rewind five years ago and the blogging community was just a lot more active with a lot more breaking news, original stories, etc. I’m not saying that doesn’t happen at all now, but it feel like the frequency has gone down…

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  • Donna Mahony May 20, 2018, 2:45 pm

    Doesn’t anyone read CircleID these days?

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  • JF May 20, 2018, 2:48 pm

    Can’t discount DomainIncite – I think Kevin provides some of the best/most in depth coverage of regulatory issues that affect domain investors.

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    • Morgan May 21, 2018, 11:54 am

      @JF – good point, I think both DomainIncite and Dotweekly should be on my list, adding them now!

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  • Frank Mueller May 21, 2018, 5:25 am

    in 99% percent of the cases

    it’s not 99% – which is true

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  • Raymond Hackney May 21, 2018, 7:21 am

    Thanks for the kind words Morgan, I think the post still says tldinvesting.com.

    I think people read less blogs and use social a bit more, it also becomes with time, some things can only be said so much. I try to ask people what they want to see more of and what less of? The results contradict a lot of the time. Give me no lists more gossip, give me no gossip give me more sales how to, etc…

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  • Suresh Raghavan May 21, 2018, 9:12 am

    Frankly , its way too US centric, there is more stuff going in the rest of the world, there is not much or any coverage of domain name markets ( of cctlds) , which is were most of the growth is anyway. I am talking cctlds or large economies.

    I would like to see more stories on .de , .co.uk , .in , .cn ., .ca, .fr and so forth.

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    • Morgan May 21, 2018, 11:53 am

      That’s good feedback @Suresh. I think the challenge might be that most domain bloggers don’t buy and sell ccTLDs very much. I know for me I’m very .COM focused so don’t know too much about the ccTLD market. It would be great to hear more from the global domain community – love to know what kind of success people are seeing investing in ccTLDs.

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  • Tom S May 21, 2018, 10:05 am

    Hey Morgan,
    I’ve been a hobby domainer for about seven years. I’ve sold a few names but am not profitable but it’s just a hobby, and a hobby is usually done for your own enjoyment so I don’t mind the money I spend on it. I trimmed my portfolio to a number that is easy to renew without hurting me financially. I feel like some of us are getting a little discouraged the last couple of years about the business. Some domainers have quit blogging or turned their blog over to someone else. Changes in the ability to acquire dropping names cheaply and the continued amount of work it takes to sell a name can take some of the fun out of it. But I am still hooked on domains. For me, it’s still fun to check all the blogs you have mentioned above. I would like to thank all of you for the work you do. All of you who blog must still be passionate about what you do. I think we’re just in a bit of a readjustment in the industry right now and something will change that will bring back the excitement.

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  • Jose May 21, 2018, 11:14 am

    Rick has returned with his blog thank you for his return, never stop making him continue with his interviews and twits.

    How well your writing things have changed is not the same as before, although I am subscribed to the domain blog that you write in this post.

    I started an equal with the long time to realize that it was not like many of you to write a domain blog, it would be more personal to write what I like and what I can write better without leaving the domain and its market with links some news from another blog or article, but no more you have to be and live in the market.

    I have left Wordpress.org and start a blog with Wordpress.com

    Now I have retired in the country that I live has reached an age that for them those who govern decide for all of us, including me.

    There are several possibilities to continue with an activity that gives the name of active retirement, it is crazy world not being able to decide for ourselves what we want to do, the body of each one and his mind knows when you should stop working.

    The paradox is that those who decide for you or me, they take their retirement with part of the money from our taxes, as always.

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  • Adam May 21, 2018, 9:21 pm

    There’s not much going on is there ? People are still selling domains. Whoopee. What’s there to talk about. Scandals ? Dicker? Sahar ? Really that’s getting some chats going I suppose but there’s very little hot button stuff, very little no developments,etc. There’s been consolidation and things of that nature but it seems that the whole industry has matured in to just a boring business sector where you can bang out some bucks . . . and the good ol’ days of the Wild West domaining are gone. The amount (or lack) of content being published reflects the activity in the industry imho. I imagine it’s a struggle to keep churning out daily stuff . Kudos to guys like Jamie, Shane, Elliot, Andrew, Raymond, etc who put the time in to do that work.

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