June 5th, 2007

Should an Unavailable Domain Stop You from Blogging?

For a couple of years now I’ve been looking around for talented people here in Davao who have the potential to make an impact in the blogging world. Not necessarily to make big money, but to have a medium where they can have a big voice. So far, I’ve invited three people, one girl and two guys. Sadly, the girl is the only one who remains dedicated to her blog. That’s Kim Castillo, the author of the rockin’ Southisms blog. Anyway, I’ve gotten another girl on board recently, but right now we’re still working on her blog so I can’t reveal the site just yet. There’s another girl I’m trying desperately to convince since last year. But there’s a problem — the domain she wanted is already taken.

We discovered that the domain was already registered just when everything was set and agreed upon. I was about to buy it and begin setting up the blog. Ever since, the blog has never taken shape, just because of that domain being taken. We’ve given her about 50 other alternatives, but she won’t budge. She wants that freakin’ domain!

I feel like I’ve exhausted all my energy trying to persuade her. I’ve got four other people on my list. It’s time to move on.

What do you think?

Posted in Blogging

  1. 11 Comments

  2. Jon said...

    It isn’t a successful attitude. Unless she has some REAL reason why the domain matters that much (ie: matches her Incorporated Company name) then she’s just being stubborn. Move on.

    Jun 5, 2007

  3. Blogie said...

    When something as petty as an unavailable domain name causes everything to stall, that means there’s something else. Maybe she simply really isn’t into the blogging thing?

    Jun 5, 2007

  4. Jaypee said...

    The question is, is she worth it? If yes, then you’d probably find a way to get that domain or find a way to convince her to get a different domain. Otherwise, it woudln’t be wise to waste time and best to move on and get another blogger.

    Jun 6, 2007

  5. Andrew said...

    @Jon: Exactly. I figured that she’s just being stubborn and really not up to the task.

    @Blogie: That’s what I’m thinking too. If we did go through with the blog (had the domain not been taken), I’m 90% certain she would have abandoned it already by now.

    @Jaypee: I’m tired and she ain’t worth it anymore. The domain she wants is actually an active forum site. All the more reason to move on.

    Jun 6, 2007

  6. Karlo.PinoyBlogero said...

    I dont think an unavailable domain should stop one from blogging.

    If a domain name is not available, consider some alternatives. Having a blog domain that is relevant to your blog’s theme and content is important, however, if your blog has great content it doesn’t matter what domain name it would be on.

    Well, if she really wants the domain. You guys could check who the owner is and try negotiating with them if ever they can sell you the domain. A little warning, It can get really pricey.

    Jun 6, 2007

  7. Jap said...

    I would settle for http://www.ieatshit.com if given the same chance =) some people can’t tell whether it’s opportunity knocking or just their ego =)

    Jun 7, 2007

  8. robinson go said...

    hello fellow Dabawenyo! I believe one characteristic of a successful blogger is to be extremely motivated in what he/she does. If one is motivated to blog about something, petty domain issues definitely won’t hinder him/her.

    Thus, it’s a NO for me as well.

    Jun 7, 2007

  9. nina said...

    As they say, if there’s a will, there’s a way. There are thousand of catchy domains that are still available if you’re creative enough. An unavailable domain is a very poor excuse not to blog, so it probably means she’s not really that interested to blog.

    Jun 7, 2007

  10. Karlo.PinoyBlogero said...

    I agree with robinson go. Such a problem is nothing compared to the other things that she will be facing in blogging.

    Jun 8, 2007

  11. ericzoo said...

    There are no problems just opportunities, think creatively. make up a word. Flickr, Google and Imeem are good examples. hey drew, couldn’t find your email anywhere. mail me instead.

    Jun 16, 2007

  12. Shari said...

    It shouldn’t stop one from blogging, but it might dampen the resolve a bit. I admit that when I found out that ShariCruz.com was already taken a week before I was about to register it, I lost the will and passion to blog. I wanted that domain so badly. Took me a couple more weeks to get back on track, register Misteryosa.com, then blogged away again.

    The girl seems to be not worth it anymore. Move on. 😉 Geesh, I’d have killed to get an opportunity like hers anytime.

    Jun 16, 2007

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