Thanks for all your feedback on my newsletter idea…I decided not to do it, and here’s why

One thing I really like about having a blog is that it can be a great way to vet ideas and get feedback. Last week I wrote a post about a new idea I had, a newsletter that curates domains that people are thinking of dropping, and offers them up for sale for something in the $25 – $50 range.

A number of readers chimed in on the idea and brought up a really good point that I don’t think I had thought through enough – going through lists of names and managing all the back-and-forth communication is going to be pretty darn time consuming.

I spent the weekend camping on Mount Tamalpais, which was a great way to disconnect and let my mind just relax a bit. I find getting into nature is a great way to think through things, by just letting things sit in the back of your mind you can sometimes get surprising clarity.

Here’s a few of the comments that really resonated with me…and I have to start with Snoopy since he’s one of my most active commenters and honestly does tell it like it is:

Another one of my readers, Ravi did a solid deep dive into the reality behind what it would really take to do this:

Another reader, Steven brought up a problem with my pricing strategy that I also thought was pretty spot on:

Of course, there were a number of people who liked the idea and said they would be interested in seeing the newsletter get off the ground. What was nice about getting all of the feedback is that I had a couple days to really think it over and take into account what everyone had said.

While I think someone could run with this idea I do think Ravi said it best, “needs lots of time (yours) and prompt execution” – given that I work 60+ hours a week running a startup, the only time I have for Domaining is on the weekends, and well, I like hiking, camping, and generally unplugging during the weekends. Giving myself a task that’s going to plant me in front of a computer all weekend or for hours at a time doesn’t feel like something I want to do.

So for now, we’ll file this under “ideas I had that if I had more time might be worth doing but aren’t going to happen right now.” Thanks again for the feedback, now back to your regularly scheduled program!

{ 17 comments… add one }

  • Bob August 12, 2019, 10:32 pm

    Hi Morgan.
    How about an Emerging Trends (focus on tech) the domain industry tends to be forward focused.

    • Snoopy August 13, 2019, 12:19 am

      That is a huge distraction, there is very little demand for “tech” domains and trying to chase possible future trends is a waste of reg fees.

  • Mika August 12, 2019, 11:19 pm

    Perfect choice of picture with that story, made me laugh 🙂

  • Matt Holmes August 13, 2019, 6:31 am

    Great update and so sad, but I think you’re totalling right.

    I think I’ll just keep renewing for another year. But was really hoping you were my ticket to get $50 with it!!!

    • August 13, 2019, 11:14 am

      Here’s a handshake for that..

    • Sam August 13, 2019, 1:56 pm

      Just curious… which registrar are you using to renew your domain? I use my FAVORITE registrar for all my domains, including and of course BTW I am intent on parting with both of these rare and brandable startup-making names so let me know of your interest here in the comments section. First come first
      serve. No low balls. Thanks for letting me participate. – Sam

      • Brett August 13, 2019, 6:14 pm

        Hi Sam, how’re ya doing today man? It’s so good to find you here again! Almost feels like we are here stocking each other! But dontcha worry pal, I got a wife and kids! LOL. Anyway, switching gears. Let’s just say for a moment that I’m interested in purchasing the Beef name from ya. What kinda action do you think one would get in terms of rankings and/or traffic? I see it as a *potential* opportunity to break into the post-patty hamburger game and knock it out of the park. I will keep monitoring this online community for your answer. It’s important to make informed decisions here, so I appreciate any and all info you can provide. Thank you for your time and expertise.

      • Snoopy August 13, 2019, 7:51 pm

        They are terrible domains, study the market and start again.

        • Sam August 14, 2019, 3:06 am

          First Of All, I have studied the market, beginning in the 1990s and up to and including the present day. Second Of All, it is merely your opinion that my domains are terrible. I think they are creative and fantastical. One men’s trash is another man’s treasure chest of domain names. Also, good people can disagree.

          Now my reputation as a FOREMOST domainer has been put into question, and so I must take certain steps. That is why, I have decided to share my knowledge of buying high-grade startup-making domains here with you all. An article within an article. A how-to if you will.

          How to Buy Awesome Domains
          1. Think creatively
          Is taken? But do you really want it? Or do you really want instead? That’s right. You see what I did there? The first one is forgettable, the ladder is brandable. Go with your gut and think creatively. You have to romanticize the name you want, make love to it.

          2. When in doubt add a word (or two)
          Is your namesake domain taken? Is your name John Turner? Ok, how about I bet you it’s available. And you know what? It’s memorable, and we all know what that means.

          3. Think About the Future
          Trends are hard to follow, try to think beyond the now. Right now, humans use hair dryers to dry their hair. Think about how antiquated this is. What will we use in the future? Personally, I think it’s all going the way of smart devices and AI, think Siri and Cortana. Put it all together, and behold: There you go. Wherever technology takes us, if you can decipher it, you might just be able to buy a great name that hasn’t yet been thought of. Just be sure to register it at your favorite registrar!

          I’m thinking of making this a regular piece on the comments section. If you all want to read more let me know. your vote matters! Thanks for your feedback.

          • Snoopy August 14, 2019, 3:22 am

            I’m assuming this is all a joke. Cut up the credit cards if you are for real.

          • Brett August 14, 2019, 3:32 am

            Hey Sam. Before I cast my vote on wether or not I want you to make this comment-article thing a regular feature, I’d like to know what you plan on doing with it. How would you expand this section? Where will you take it next? I want more tips, more insight. Don’t just say “Alice Blows Hair” is a great name and move on, tell us why. Also, I’d prefer to leave both Baby and Child Jesus out of it. All that aside, I’m all for it man. Just let me know the answers to my questions here in the comment section of this guy’s article.

          • Sam August 14, 2019, 5:33 am

            It looks like we have an “audience divided” situation here. Some of you want me to keep posting articles within the comments section of Morgan’s blog, and some of you don’t. Therefore, I’ve decided against doing this for now, but thanks for all the feedback.

          • Brett August 14, 2019, 5:42 am

            I’m so sorry to hear that man. It would have been nice to get your insight here in the comments. I think the community would have benefited. Also, I don’t mean to criticize but I think the voting period was WAY too short. C’mon man, I urge you to reconsider in the interest of the domaining community at large.

        • Sam August 14, 2019, 5:44 am

          Brett — I’m sorry pal, but it’s been decided.

  • Ravi August 13, 2019, 10:00 pm

    Hi Morgan,

    I am glad that I was able to give a view here…

    It is great that you are sharing your thoughts…like you said it really helps when you can hear different angles and proceed accordingly.

    Keep doint it..


    • Sam August 14, 2019, 5:30 am

      Thanks for the feedback Ravi. Much appreciated.

  • elevator August 13, 2019, 11:32 pm

    I would rather suggest that the newsletter should be a marketing type for selling premium names for investors like other does instead of selling about to expire names.
    Selling premium names are worth working upon so that domain investors can send you their names and help with your status.
    You know some names are good but may not sell without ideal exposure.


Leave a Comment