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The Lowdown is compiled by DN Journal Editor & Publisher Ron Jackson.

This Is a Special New Year's Day for DNJournal.com - The Publication Launched 15 Years Ago Today!

As an eternal optimist I have always loved New Year's Day. The start of a new year symbolizes a fresh start and an opportunity to have not only a better year than the one  before (no matter how great - or not so great - it may have been) but possibly one's best year ever. It is a blank canvas ready to be filled in with whatever you want to make of it. That is enough to give the day special meaning for anyone but for me it has significance even beyond that.

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In addition to a fresh start it marks the start for DNJournal.com. On New Year's Day 2003 - 15 years ago today - I launched this online publication with no great expectations. It was not something I planned to do when I discovered and got involved in the domain investing business in the spring of 2002, even though I had spent most of my previous professional life as a journalist (most of that time as a TV reporter).

As a newcomer to this field I was hungry for information about the industry. In my previous career that kind of information usually came from trade magazines. To my chagrin I could find none about the domain industry nor little information of any kind on the ins and outs of buying, selling and monetizing domains. So, the only solution I could see was starting a trade magazine myself. It turned out that many others were looking for the same kind of information I was and the publication - never meant to be my primary business - essentially took on a life of its own and swept me along 

for the ride (for a more detailed description of my start in this business check out these two autobiographical Cover Stories: My First Year in the Domain Business: A Rookie's Diary from 2003 and Filling Niches: The Alternate Road to Riches: My Sophomore Year in the Domain Business from 2004).

It has been an extraordinarily rewarding journey that has taken my wife Diana and I around the world and allowed us to make hundreds of fascinating, creative new friends across the globe - people who continue to inspire me and our readers on a daily basis. Had they not been willing to share their stories and expertise there would have been no DNJournal. We could not be more thankful for them and for the dozens of sponsors who have supported us over the years including several who have been with us continuously for over a decade. In fact our very first advertiser, Sedo, is still with us 15 years later! Having worked in media  throughout my life I know how rare the kind of steadfast support we have gotten from this industry has been. Again, I also know that we would not be here now without it.

On that New Year's Day back in 2003, when DNJournal.com first went live, I had no idea how much it would change my life for the better. On this New Year's 

Ron Jackson

Day, the same possibility exists for each and every one of you. You have a blank canvas in front of you - so start painting! I wish you all the best in whatever you choose to do and hope 2018 will indeed be your best year ever!

(Posted January 1, 2018)

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