I am proud of what I've accomplished in my absence. I've been busy with work stuff. DRMBlog.com's readership is way up. We've been boingboing'ed twice and been featured in Wired. I've sold my first legitimate advertising on ChipNews.org (rather than just Google ads and affiliate programs). Jimmy's gCensus.org has about 6000 links to it in the span of less than a month.
My level of distraction has decreased. Perhaps it's because I've got so much to keep my attention focused.
We're in a mad dash to get the next project live. We'll need some beta testers for it. Hope to have something up by the beginning of next week.
I originally came to update this journal to post a rant about domain squatters who buy a domain for 10 bucks and try to sell it for 3500. I let voterawareness.com lapse last year because I saw that VoteSmart was already doing what I had planned. So I moved on to something else. Now I want the domain again so I can run with a new idea, but someone else has snatched it up. They want stupid amounts of money for it.
I started to write an email but that provoked a discussion with Jimmy about the similarity between real estate land hoarders and domain squatters. I didn't send the email but I really want to.
I despise domain squatters and the companies that harbor them. My interest was only curiosity of how outlandish the asking price would be. Rather than develop something useful to readers or that builds lucrative residual income, domain squatters infest the internet and just force those who do produce something worthwhile to to be more creative.On 6/30/05, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> wrote:
Domain prices are NOT on the rise. You can buy a standard top level domain for $5.99 from some registrars. Your companies only try to artificially inflate the prices by decreasing supply of .com domains. Your clients (or it could be your company by itself) wait until domain names lapse and then snatch them up.
Web developers just choose to work around you, find better solutions, create catchier names and just generally get over your attempts to pollute the internet.
> Hi Ginger,
> You recently expressed an interest in the domain name, VoterAwareness.com. The original price for this domain was $3088.00.
> I am pleased to let you know that the seller has lowered their price to $2780.00. As you may already be aware, domain prices are on the rise and this price will likely increase.
> If you are still interested in this domain, please let me know and I will send you the discounted purchase link.
> Amber Burke
> (301) 776-8787