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Year End Reflections

The end of the year is a good time to reflect on your accomplishments and regrets as a domain investor, and your contributions to the domain community.

This time of year there are celebrations in various regions, religions and cultures. For many, it is a time to pause the activity of day-to-day life, spending time with loved ones, or simply relaxing and reflecting.

As the year draws to a close, it is also a good time to consider what have been your accomplishments during the year

Perhaps you had a great year sales wise. Possibly you had your biggest sale ever. Maybe you learned and applied new skills. Perhaps your portfolio is smaller, but better, through a careful evaluation of what names to retain. Was 2022 the year you tried new marketplaces? Did you sell a number of domains that are already in use by thriving startups?

Also take stock of how you contributed to the domain community. Perhaps you helped someone deal with a technical problem, shared tips and techniques that you have found useful, or simply offered encouragement to someone to set realistic goals and avoid missteps.

In your review of 2022, it is a good time to honestly ask yourself whether you have regrets. Those could take many forms, like not adequately researching acquisitions, registering too many low-quality names, or investing beyond your means. 

But it could also be regrets for something said or done. While we can’t rewrite history, we can learn from it.

I wish you the very best. I hope that your 2022 was successful, and that 2023 will be even better.  

About the author

Bob Hawkes

Domain analyst and commentator with particular interests in quantitative analysis, new uses for domain names, nontraditional end users, and bridging the gap between the domain community and end users. Background in science, research, education, outreach and communications, as well as almost two decades running a small home-based business. My first domain name acquisition was 2001. I hold a modest domain portfolio with legacy, country code and new extensions. Based in western Canada, but my domain outlook is global! My goal is to provide fresh insights and an evidence-based balanced outlook on the domain industry.

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