I have been writing articles on my blog since 2007. I have been fortunate to have the advertising support of many domain industry companies over the years, and I appreciate that. By accepting advertising revenue, I have felt obligated to publish articles on a daily basis. I usually take the weekends off from my blog, but that’s about it.
For the past 15 years, I have spent many hours each week searching for interesting topics to write about, writing articles, responding to comments, and performing general website upkeep and maintenance. I have made great friends and gotten to know many colleagues because of my blog. By publishing this blog, I have forced myself to stay up to speed on the latest industry news and trends. All of this has helped me become a better domain investor.
The new year is a good time to make a change, and I am going to take a break from this blog.
As advertising renewal dates have come and gone since last Spring, I haven’t offered the opportunity to renew banner placements. The remaining advertising commitments expire on Saturday. With no advertising commitments in place, I am comfortable to take time off. It may be a month or two – or it may be longer. It is an open-ended break.
Besides the income, the thing I like the most about domain investing is the flexibility it gives me. I can take my kids to practices or classes in the afternoon. I can play tennis or go for a bike ride or a run during the day. I can have lunch with my wife or do errands. I am able to travel anywhere in the world and still operate my business. Domain investing is an ideal business for me.
Despite having this flexibility, I have never felt completely free with the blogging obligations I put on myself. No matter where I am or what I am doing, I feel the constant need to publish content that will interest readers. I enjoy writing about domain names, but the commitment has become a burden.
This is not a “goodbye” post. My full focus will be on my domain investments. I thoroughly enjoy buying and selling domain names. Spending more time on my domain names should help me fine tune my business. Maybe I will pick up some more hobbies or do some community service or volunteer work. I will probably write an article from time to time. Perhaps I will return to my blog in the future.
I wish you continued success with your business. I will be working hard to continue growing my business, and I hope you continue to grow yours as well. I appreciate many of the interactions I have had with readers and commenters, some of whom I call friends. I am grateful for the friendships and connections I have made with other investors around the world.
Until next time…
Well deserved sabbatical!
Thanks for being a beacon in the industry and shining a light on so many hidden topics.
Will miss your daily posts for sure Elliot. My guess is that you will miss it after a few months, and return with renewed enthusiasm. The domain industry is ever changing, and it is in your blood. Happy New Year Pal. Fred.
Take the time you need.
I have learned from your commentary and wish you well!
Thanks for all your insight! Enjoy your time!
Thank you for your dedication, insights, hard work and your friendship. Enjoy your well deserved break.
The pressure to crank out content is legit…
you deserve an opportunity to take that stress off your shoulders.
Enjoy the break from creating — talk to you soon.
You get the Best Domain Blog of the Year
See ya at the tennis courts or the US open
You’ve earned it and we’ve enjoyed it! Look forward to your return when and if that will be. Enjoy the break
You have made wonderful contributions for years. I hope you feel free to come back again on a less stringent schedule after refreshing, All the Best, Tasha Kidd
Thank you, Elliot. Great blog! I will surely miss it.
You most definitely deserve a break. Enjoy yourself!
The love of the blog and 15 years of how do you say man love is too much for me. Have the rest in pieces My friend!!
You’ve done very well with domaining and this blog Elliot. Thanks for all your interesting reads, and enjoy yourself with your extra time to be with your family etc. Best of luck!
You have contributed much my friend. We have discussed this for awhile and I am happy you made the decision to follow through with the break. It will be a good thing. I pretty much only do my 1x a week Random Sunday thoughts on LinkedIn and even that, with no advertising pressure, requires consistency and thought, never mind a daily blog. You have known this for a while and good for you! You can always pick back up whenever you want and will always have an audience.
A big congrats, Elliott! You always have great content! Hope to read more in the future and wish you nothing but the best
You’ve had a heck of a run Elliot and I’ve enjoyed reading you articles over the years. Change is good and nothing is forever. You can always return in earnest when you feel like it. Your website has a place in cyberspace for anyone to visit, anywhere and any time.
Thank you very much Elliot for many, many years of great articles, enthusiasm, funny thoughts and extremely valuable insight. Please know that your work is much appreciated by many. Enjoy your time with whatever direction you choose!
Your insights and committment to the industry have been and are much appreciated Elliot. Will be on the lookout for updates as need and circumstances present themselves. All the best to you and your family
Thanks for all you have done. I have read your blog daily.
Thank you for all your efforts!! Level headedness can be hard to find in the industry. I appreciate you being a shining example, or a north star to normality when the domain waters got choppy. I wish you well in your hiatus, and look forward your return!
Well deserved, enjoy it dude!
I understand what you mean by that burden, in a way you do feel like stuff always has to get up. Take all the time you need and when you feel the urge to come back it will be like you never stopped in the first place. Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family Elliot.
Appreciate greatly your measured and balanced approach to reporting on the industry. If and when you return, I’ll continue to be a reader.
Thank you and best wishes. I hope to see you back. Enjoyed your posts over the years. Mike
Thank you Elliott, I’ve enjoyed your blog for years, wishing you all the best!
Don’t forget to phone home, E.T.
Your #1 fan
Congrats Elliot, thank you for your writing over the years, always a great read knocked out in a professional, assertive manner that you might see in a broadsheet. I hope you enjoy your sabatical!
Enjoy your family time , I’ve enjoyed your writing from the time you started with Elliot’s blog . You have helped many new domain investors and seasoned veterans as well.
Although you built a nice buisness with your blog the $ never seemed to be your motivation . It was the connections you made and Information your shared and comments you garnered,
Thank you for all the time you spent !
If you decide to come back and write again the industry will be better off.
I understand completely, I am a writer for dn.ca and the daily commitment can be all consuming. Fortunately I have other members contributing material but I can relate completely. Often my wife will remind me that I spend too much time writing.
The new year is always a good time to make a change and when the time is right you can make your big comeback. Nostalgia is real and we will not forget your contributions regardless of how much time passes in between.
My best to you and family, may the new year bring you the joy you’re looking for.
Maybe you will learn how to write postive articles, rather that your hit piece click bait crap that you spew 24/7.
Thanks for all your hard work Elliot! I hope that you still post once in a while.
Elliot, you deserve it…your hardwork shows in the content you produce… thanks for sharing the countless hours of research on a fascinating industry and have a great New Years!!
Everyone deserves a break. Thanks for writing for so long.
i just like my ‘erection’ Elliott but happy for you, your the best and keep up the great work.
not you work hard make more money honey, love your mistress lol
Thanks for your consistency and hard work over the years, Elliot. I think ElliotsBlog was the first domain related blog I ever came across.
Elliot, thank you for your contributions to the industry over so many years.
Lots of luck mate! Read you every day.
Thanks for all your hard work Elliot! Your blog is like domainpedia… we can find everything about the industry here. Enjoy your free time and family.
Wishing you the best for 2023 Elliot! You’ve always been a go to for me when it came to domaining. I appreciate your work. Thanks much friend.
You had me at hello.
Elliot, thank you for all the trove of information, tips, and insights that you shared with the domain community over the last 15 years. You definitely deserve a break. Your followers and subscribers will be waiting here patiently for you to return.
I’m sure you are enjoying your time off the blog. Thank you for being a source of reliable domaining news, insights, and advice. I’ve been reading your blog since it was called Elliot’s Blog.
Things are definitely changing fast, and domaining is not exception. Nowadays, you don’t really need a domain name to start a business, or make money. All what you need is a channel to stream your stuff, and you are all covered. If you make it, you might still need a matching domain but priorities have changed for sure.
Thank you again, and good luck.
Hello, have a fantastic break! You deserve it!
Well deserved, I would definitely take a break. But you might consider taking a “publisher” role in the site, and having a writer/reporter/journalist type take on the role of content posting.
I have had several people ask me this and/or ask me to publish articles on my blog. I briefly thought about hiring a writer or two but decided against it.
The site wouldn’t make enough money for me to pay writers while leaving enough left over to make it worth my while to deal with publisher-related headaches.
In addition, if writers work for a couple of months and pursue other opportunities as would be their right, I would then have to write articles again to ensure advertisers get the value they expect from their banners. It’s nice to have that guaranteed income, but it comes at the cost of having to produce content on a regular basis.
In short, hiring writers doesn’t solve the issue of not wanting to deal with the day to day management of a blog.
You definitely have make some valid points, Elliot. What I would consider is scaling back to a more ‘limited’ schedule of posts, perhaps once a month and only when there is a “big story” that you really want to share your thoughts on.
As someone who has had a blog for over 10 years, I have, too, taken a hiatus here and there–and have always come across a story or issue that I wanted to post about. So, I went ahead and posted it.
There are a few ways to monetize the site, such as AdSense.
It wouldn’t really work. Elliot has influence with domainers because he’s rich and can hold himself up as an example to aspire to. If he hired some guy at $1 a word to write the blog for him it would look desperate and would tarnish his reputation.
You have set an example for many of us with your post, you deserve this break.