When it comes to Domain Investing, do you tell people you buy and sell domain names or is their shame in the game? This post grew out of three interactions. Interactions that are unrelated in every way.
A couple years ago I realized I had an unpublished interview with a gentleman I had known for years.
He shared with me some of his biggest sales that were unreported. We have a good relationship but he had not been around domaining for a bit.
So I emailed him that I was going to publish the interview, just as an fyi. He emailed me back saying he would prefer that I didn’t. I was a tad perplexed, he had been around for years and people knew he was a domain investor. I asked why? He told me he just would rather not have his name brought up anymore in domaining circles.
That’s a one off event, a personal preference, moving on. So last month someone had mentioned to me that they were uncomfortable with the people they work with finding out they were a domain investor. He actually had a domain name he thought his company could want and asked me if I would approach them?
I said sure, and he replied back to me that he had second thoughts, maybe someone could still find out that he was the domain owner.
So I was talking to a long time friend in the biz on Wednesday, not telling any names or specifics I relayed the previous story.
I figured since he was involved in domaining for probably close to 16 years he would find it a bit odd, someone was worried coworkers would know they were a domainer.
I got the opposite. He started off with, “Do you think I would tell my old man this is what I do for a living?” I was like why not? He replied, “My Father would have no respect for what I do. Instead I tell him and my Mother that I am an Internet consultant.”
Now I know plenty of people who will say something along those lines, but it’s usually because they don’t think people will understand being a domainer. I know I have been out (pre-pandemic) at a few parties and each time I mentioned domain names, the person said, “Oh GoDaddy” or “Do you work for GoDaddy?”
I was not thinking people were using another term for fear of coworkers finding out or that family would not respect the profession.
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