Reflections On A Sunday – 27 December 2015

If you celebrated Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful time with friends and family. For those that didn’t, I wish you “Happy Holidays”!

Here are a few thoughts of mine for the last week of the year.

Reflection 1

As I look back on this year, I am reminded of this famous opening passage from “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way ā€“ in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only”.

  • I’ve made some wonderful new friends this year; including many from India during my speaking engagement at DomainX 2015.
  • Also had the privilege of assisting many people and businesses acquire domain names. Thank you for your business. šŸ™‚
  • It’s also been great to see existing friends and mates do well in their businesses. I love your entrepreneurial spirit!
  • On the negative side, it’s been sad to see a couple of unsavoury incidents this year.
  • The auDA 2015 Names Panel was a real eye opener for me. Unfortunately my stance cost me a few friendships. Very sad about that. But I’m more convinced than ever that there is no need to “grow the market” when we only have 3 million .au domains!

Reflection 2

There have been some wonderful sales this year in the .au space. A lot of them don’t get published for confidentiality reasons – but having been party to a few of them, I know how good the market is.

More and more small businesses are seeing the value of domain names – and starting to understand that it is an investment rather than a cost. A website promoting your business works 24 hours a day; 365 days a year. It adds to credibility, and is always the “silent salesman”.

I think the year ahead holds much promise and excitement. šŸ™‚

Best wishes, Ned