Seems everyone wants to be a blogger these days perceiving it as a fast road to riches. Truth is it's a hard, time-consuming and thankless job that very few bloggers who start out with the best intentions are able to sustain over time.
Dan did make two of the biggest contributions to my blogging success, first suggesting I change my original black background color to white so older folks like him with poor eyesight could read it. He also suggested ditching my photo and instead creating the postmark branding that I have use ever since, the image that tends to stand out on domaining and twitter feeds.
I think the best way to memorialize Dan is to reprint the first letter he ever sent me and the post I made via VIP channels that he was reacting to:
Hi 'Sports Fans'
My name is Dan Brown I am over 45, even though my personality is much younger. I worked at the race tracks in So.Cal for 14 years (from hot walker to trainer). Won a few stakes races and placed in few 'graded stakes'.
Was working for a mortgage company in 2000 when I first turned on a computer. Like most, I did not 'get' domain names and missed the boat. Registered my first domain in 2002 and then in about 2004 started to become "addicted"
Went through a long ~ long learning process...mostly from Dnforum. From 'type o's to industry specific domains. Have not made any sales over 12k. currently own about 2000+ domains. I live in Long Beach, Ca. were I kinda take care of my brother who has some what of a disability.
So, there's not much out in the world for an x-horse trainer...so it was either I learn about domains, or learn how to say "would you like that order super-sized" about 300 times a day...LOL.
I send Frank news, because I like it and want to help out with somewhat relevant information. I have never met Frank, but I think it is quite obvious that his opinions matter and his willingness to share his thoughts on the "future" of this industry is...'priceless'.
Right now, I think the next 2 - 5 years is going to bring the most dramatic change in the world of domains and search engines...and I do not want to miss it. If you have read any of my post...you know I have my own 'unique' thoughts on both domains and SE's.
I am an just a "idea guy" about the domain industry and the search industry and just looking to turn a few of these into reality.
I guess that's basically it...in a thousand words or less...LOL
Can I post this all on my blog? It is really good stuff...and I think it will help people appreciate you more...without the "comment" morons that post, after you make a blog post.
Best,Dan (of: since you never got the chance, I am reposting it here in your memory)
Gone - flitted away,
Taken the stars from the night and the sun
From the day!
Gone, and a cloud in my heart.
In the spirit of the season we're giving thanks to the pioneers, fighters, doers and givers that inspire us and make up this year's group of Domaining's Most Fascinating People for 2012.
Catch up on more of Domaining's Most fascinating People for 2011:
We know some of them already, and we're inspired by their stories of altruism, of creating fresh opportunities for those who are much less fortunate. It takes vision and commitment - and a rare perspective that sees the world with clarity far beyond personal financial success.
And revisit 2010 Awards:
Be inspired by the success of people who did the work to transform their dreams into reality. Every one of these Most Fascinating People 2010 knew that the true path to revenues and riches is to build a brand with an actual business model based on differentiation, relevance and value.
Barbara Dillman Neu
Mike Sullivan & Fusible
Lori Anne Wardi
Francois Carrillo / Ron Josephs