Saturday Musings - There and Back Again...

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When I first went on vacation I’d somehow convinced myself the world would end. How could it possibly continue without my considerable effort…..not surprisingly I eventually understood that everything worked fine without me. Have you ever had thoughts of grandeur where you wonder whether your enterprises will collapse without you?

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During the first weeks of being away I would regularly check my email and I even replied to a number of them. This brought mild (and not so mild) rebukes from the team back home who politely (and not so politely) told me I was on vacation and to butt out.

It was about week four that I discovered depths of relaxation that I’d forgotten existed. This feeling of bliss was amply supported by being on a cruise ship where the biggest decision I had to make each day was what I would have for dinner. It was wonderful...!

Vacations aren’t real, they’re more of an aberration from our regular lives. When you think of it, vacations are like the carrot that for most of the year is just out of reach…..but I have to say, it’s nice to have a munch on the carrot every now and then.

After traveling around Europe and seeing some incredible sites a dose of reality occurred when I returned home and glanced at my PC sitting forlornly in my study. It hadn’t been turned on for 6 weeks and it beckoned like a puppy wanting a good scratch behind the ears.

Pushing the power button brought a cheerful chirp from my faithful friend and a joyous hum announced its awakening hard drives. The three screens in front of me sprung to life and it wasn’t long before I started wading my way through the quagmire of my online reality as I caught up with the latest pictures of cats (which is very important), what my friends were doing and what had happened in the last 6 weeks in the domain industry.

An hour later I pushed my chair back from the desk, closed my eyes and took a deep relaxing breath. I could almost picture the waiter bringing me another drink with an umbrella stuck in it….sigh…..like I said, bliss. That’s just when my wife let me know the trash had to be taken out….back to reality!

Have a great weekend.

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Getting the Most from NamesCon

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I’ve been attending conference for most of my working life and I’ve found that it’s a real skill to get the most out of an event like NamesCon. Although everyone will have their own style I thought that I’d share how I prepare and approach a major industry conference.

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For a start, flying from Australia to Las Vegas isn’t cheap and combined with the jetlag at either end it’s really is a 10-day venture. To get a return on the investment of the direct costs and for my time I’ll want to make sure that I manage my time very carefully.

Before scheduling meetings, check the agenda. Nine times out of ten there will be a number of sessions that I will like to attend. Block these times out or you’ll find you can miss some great input that could potentially transform your business.

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Wolftalker
Good advice
11 November 2017
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I agree that the new gTLDs are more of a long-term play but there are some good ones out there that are beginning to get traction.... Read More
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Personal Musings - Thinking About Life

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I’m finally back after an extended five-week vacation and the recent ICANN meeting in Abu Dhabi. It’s amazing how much can transpire in such a relatively short time…..it’s clear the domain industry doesn’t rest for anyone.

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From a personal perspective I would highly recommend to everyone that you take some time off from the hectic life we all lead. One or two weeks is great but there’s nothing quite like at least four weeks help you really think about your life.

During my time away, I had numerous epiphanies while I sipped on yet another drink with a little umbrella stuck in the top. By the way, when you’re on vacation you really need quite a number of the umbrella type drinks as they seem to assist the thinking process a lot. It was during these times that my mind began to really contemplate what the domain industry is all about.

For the first time in a while I began to really think about questions such as, “What really is domain traffic?”, “How to solve scaling development?”, “What other domain revenue streams are possible?”, “Is it possible to generate quality traffic for a domain?”. All good questions that continue to require more thought.

I also began to contemplate some “life” questions. For instance, I reconfirmed that I really enjoy what I do. I love building ParkLogic, working the team and David Gibbs, my business partner. As you may have guessed, writing articles for whizzbangsblog continues to be a passion and I consider it a privilege to have friends in the industry from all over the world.

While Roselyn and I strolled around Lake Garda in the Italian Alps chatting about what we planned to do over the next few years we received a phone call from our son, Timothy. Some of you may remember Tim as he helped man a ParkLogic booth at DomainFest a number of years back. A very short summary of the call was, “Dad, I’m thinking of asking my girlfriend to marry me. What do you think?”

We were both so excited and happy at the news! The very next day he asked Ruth if she would marry him and she said “yes!” How great is that!

It goes to show that when you think you have everything in place that something can completely blindside you (for better or worse). The next time you get away and start thinking about your life never forget there may be a little surprise along your journey! In the meantime, we need to plan a wedding 😊

Have a great week!

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mgilmour
Loved catching up with you as well Joe! Many thanks for the congrats as well.
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Heading to ICANN Abu Dhabi

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For the past five weeks Roselyn and I have been traveling all over Europe. It’s been fantastic to experience different cultures, food and a lot of adventures but now I’m focused on ICANN in Abu Dhabi.

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I’m writing this from the Rome airport where we’re catching an Emirates flight through to Dubai. Once landed, a car will take us to Abu Dhabi and the conference.....so please bear with the brevity of the article.

For those of you that have never been to an ICANN conference they are something to experience. As well as the normal policy work a huge amount of business is conducted in a very short space of time. You literally have thousands of representatives from registries, registrars, hosting companies and ancillary businesses in the same room….so a lot gets done.

What can be a little intimidating for first time attendees is the fact that everyone seems to know everyone else. This shouldn’t be a surprise as many of the attendees have spent the last twenty plus years charting the course of the Internet together. Despite this, what I’ve found is the great majority are really wonderful people trying to do the best for the businesses and organisations they represent.

I’ve found that each ICANN related conference has been very worthwhile attending as they have given me a much wider appreciation for all the stakeholders in the domain community. Sometimes, as domain investors, we can become quite myopic in our thinking about what is and isn’t important.

Some people complain about ICANN taking a long, long time to make decisions. I personally like this as I know nothing is going to leap out of a dark corner and sideline my business. If ICANN does anything on the policy front that impacts my investments, then I’ll know about it for literally years before it’s finally put into practice.

If you’re attending ICANN then don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to catch-up for a drink or two….in the meantime, I’d better go and catch that flight!

Cheers!

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My Journey Into Social Media - Part 2

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Don't forget to read Part 1 in my Journey into Social Media...

I’d fallen into a marketing trap. I did a market survey of one (ie. me) and decided that everyone must be like me and not be particularly interested in social media.

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It’s dangerous to make assumptions that aren’t tested and after I’d detangled myself from my preconceptions I stood back and came to the conclusion I was wrong. It’s like a domain traffic investor believing what they’ve always done is the correct path while they watch their revenues plummet…..they’re just wrong. As Einstein said, if you keep on doing the same thing you’ve always done and expect a different result then you’re crazy.

My conclusion is that Social Media is becoming less and less about plates of food, cats, dogs (I’ve now becoming addicted to these….sigh….) and the like and more about communication and the sharing of emotional experiences. I post articles from my blog because they mean something to me and I want to share them. I also post pictures of Roselyn because I love my wife.

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