Are you still shocked when you hear the latest statistics associated with the growth of internet-use, online social communities, blogs, and domain-names?
I was presenting a ‘€œBlogging 101’€? overview to a roomful of recruiters yesterday at the DFW Texas Recruiter’€™s Network luncheon, and the room was filled with raised eyebrows as we discussed the numbers:
Blogs ‘€“ according to Technorati’€™s latest reports:
- 75,000 + blogs created daily
- Currently tracking 34.5 million weblogs and doubling about every 6 months
- 1.2 million posts per day (about 50,000 posts per hour).
Now, add in the mind-numbing stats swirling around MySpace:
- largest online social networking portal on the web, touting 61+ million registered users with 21+ million unique visitors.
Next, throw in the crazy stats on domains:
- hovering somewhere around 70 million.
These facts barely make the blogging-obsessed flinch; different story for those 100 or so ‘€œblog-free’€? folks attending the presentation. When I asked for a total count of those who actually have a blog, only 4 hands raised. Four out of 100.
I then realized that 96 of the 100 attendees were all thinking the same thing:
‘€œWho is this freak?!’€?
Well, this freak has been diggin’€™ blogs for almost 2 years now. By day, I’€™m a recruiting manager for a wireless company and chief Talent Blogger. I have a blast posting about job-related topics and reaching out to the community of job-seekers, as well as the 2 or 3 people in the world that have wireless phones permanently attached to their faces.
By night, I’€™m Doughmain-Blogger. Yep, I’€™m one of those nutjobs that believes there are only two kinds of people in the world: those that are blogging, and those that will be.
As such, I decided to register a few (ok, about a hundred or so) blog-related domain names. My blogging-buddies think I’€™m crazy ‘€“ and I am. I’€™m just crazy enough to believe that one day, a few domain names that also have the words blog, blogger, and blogging attached, will have some kind of value (notice, I said a ‘€œfew’€?). AOL’€™s recent launch of bloggingstocks.com certainly added a bit of fuel to my blogging-fire.
Have I sold any blog-domains yet? Yes – three sales closed and two sales pending. The proceeds will most likely be enough to pay for a weekend trip to Six Flags for the fam (no complaints here).
Will I be retiring any time soon? Of course not. But I can tell you this; this blogging freak is having fun.
So, what’€™s your opinion on blog-related domain names?
Will they sell, or smell?
Matt Craven is the former editor & publisher of The Blog Herald. Currently, Matt is the co-founder of Bryghtpath LLC, a consulting practice located in Woodbury, Minnesota. Matt's presently looking for new blogging gigs. Ping him at matt (at) bryghtpath dot com. You can follow him on Twitter.