The domain investment industry can be isolating, and although there are domain forums to discuss business, there isn’t always the same level of camaraderie found in a traditional workplace. Attending a domain conference is a very good way to meet other domain investors, but for some people, the travel and/or expense isn’t feasible.
I recommend reaching out via phone to people who you would consider colleagues to have a conversation. I don’t necessarily recommend calling someone specifically to pick their brain or ask a bunch of questions (which can be annoying), but if it’s a peer you’ve interacted with before, a phone conversation can be helpful in starting friendships and establishing business relationships.
Just like calling a domain owner to inquire about a domain name can yield more positive results than emails can, a phone conversation can do the same thing. Chances are good that the person you call will be interested in speaking as well, and you might learn a thing or two in the process.
I did experience such a phone call before with a domainer/logo designer whom I met through the brandbucket’s fan page, it was interesting coz I designed for that dude more than one logo for his listed domains but never knew it was the same owner I’m designing for (I am a logo designer and a domainer too).
The best conclusion I had was that I’m not the only one out there who is thinking the way I do about domaining which gave me some relief specially that I am a newbie to the industry.