A few domain name news stories for Wednesday.
With a holiday week, there are a lot of stories I haven’t gotten to, so let’s get caught up…
When Ron Jackson started writing DNJournal, he was smart enough to decide to focus on feature stories rather than “breaking news”. After all, it lets him work at his pace. He’d rather have people like me cover the breaking news while he focuses on features. And that’s a good thing, because he’s really good at it. Witness his latest feature, a story about Rick Latona. It’s an interesting read, and it puts into context how Latona runs his businesses…
Speaking of Rick Latona, he has launched Vino.com. He made a smart move by avoiding the typical wine e-business and opting to run a wine-of-the-month club instead. You might notice some design similarities between Vino.com and Latonas.com.
The WhyPark charity auction has contributed nearly $3,600 to a yet-unnamed charity. The bidder who bought EquityFirm.com for $775 will get to choose the charity.
> He’d rather have people like me cover the
> breaking news while he focuses on features.
Has he actually said or indicated this Andrew ?
If so, it’s quite a compliment.
Andrew Allemann says
@ Lda – he didn’t specifically say me. He just meant anyone else 🙂
Stephen Douglas says
Brings me back to that “thick skin” story… I’m a little upset that a domain I submitted to the charity auction by Whypark sold for very little money. It was worth 10 times the amount paid by the buyer… hey people, it’s a charity! Put some money in there! Ok, that rant is over.
On another note: Here’s an anecdote for fans of domaining, domain newsites, and the show, “SURVIVOR”:
The quote for the Theme Of This Story:
“This ain’t no social event”
Russell Hantz: Survivor Show finalist, Jerk/No Morals/Most hated/But-revered-by-people-who-want-to Win-at-any-cost, but as he lost the game, to his disbelief and disappointment, afterwards he publicly attacked the female winner by saying:
“This ain’t no social event!”
“THIS AIN’T NO SOCIAL EVENT!”
Many articles have been written on why Russell’s ambitious, conniving, use-and-abuse tactic was so successful on its face during the game, but devastatingly useless at the end. Most articles I’ve read say that his ultimate failure was that he forgot it’s “not all about him and his goal of winning by manipulating people,” but how they perceived him at the end after he had worked to vote them out of the game.
What the show analysts discovered: You shouldn’t be so driven to do anything and everything with the sole focus of beating everyone into the dirt to be Numero Uno. Why?
-Because you WILL do something unethical.
-You WILL skirt the edges of morality.
-You WILL utilize your best resources and most powerful friends to unfairly take advantage of others.
-You WILL eventually take a stance of “eat the babies if there is no other food around.”
– You will, at some point, doing something to WIN that will instead become your Waterloo.
– Your Waterloo may just be how a lot of people you took advantage of come back to haunt you.
So by beating his competitors in the battles but failing to maintain a “social relationship” with them, he created enemies that came back to hate him. They didn’t vote for him to win in the end, which is the ultimate goal in the game, SURVIVOR.
In the future, there WILL be attention on this idiot who is single-mindedly full of himself – because he’s in the position to make money. What he fails to consider is that he will taint his name, blacken his soul, and the secret of his delusions of grandeur will eventually make him a laughing stock, or worse.
I think I’ll write a blog about Russell Hantz, who I just described above. It will be a morality play that few domainers (includes companies) will probably read, but stay tuned. I just hope there aren’t any domainers out there with Russell’s idea of success being:
“This Ain’t No Social Event!”
Domaining is, in fact, a social event.