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

DN Journal's First Decade - 2012: The 10th Year of the Ride of Our Lives

In addition to a new Cover Story marking DN Journal's 10th Anniversary (celebrated on New Year's Day 2013), I have been featuring some of the key people and events we have covered over the past decade in a series of Lowdown posts the past couple of weeks. I last touched on 2011 Thursday. Today we complete the journey with a glimpse at some of 2012's many highlights.

DN Journal's signature elements appear at different intervals with the daily Lowdown (which you are reading now), the weekly domain sales reports and our monthly Cover Stories and Newsletters

There is also one annual element - our State of the Industry article that appears each year as our January Cover Story (being published around the middle of that month). In it we have many of the industry's top executives, attorneys, investors and developers comment on what they view as the key trends and events of the year just passed, as well as what they expect to see in the new year ahead.

NameMedia CEO Kelly Conlin and Oversee.net CEO Debra Domeyer were among the industry leaders featured in our 2012 State of The Industry story. You can revisit it now to see how closely the various predictions made at the start of 2012 panned out by year's end.

Two popular CEOs - NameMedia's Kelly Conlin (left) and Oversee.net's Debra Domeyer show they can lead on the dance floor as well as in the corner office at the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference's official  party at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Neu).

In 2012 we also continued to draw from the industry's remarkably deep well of amazing personal success stories from around the world. Our April 2012 Cover Story - Great Scot! How Tommy Butler Went From Gutting Chickens to Developing Glasgow.com and Dozens of Other Successful Sites was a prime example, detailing how Scotand's Tommy Butler built a geo-based domain empire in his home country. 

Tommy Butler (right) speaking at the 2012 Domaining Europe conference in Valencia, Spain 
with DomainHoldings.com CEO Jason Boshoff listening intently to what he had to say. 

One of the most fascinating things about domain investors and developers is that they come from every walk of life. Tommy gutted chickens while others have been everything from lawn mowers to  electricians to doctors and lawyers (and everything in between). Even commercial airline pilots - the field where Bob Olea, the subject of our July 2012 Cover Story, first made his mark (and continues to do so as a United Airlines captain).

At the start of his career as a commercial airline pilot, Bob Olea 
gets an on the job visit from his wife Trudie

In 2012 we also published our second Cover Story on industry giant Frank Schilling, following our biographical 2007 piece on him with an update covering his new role as one of the industry's leading providers of services to other domain investors via InternetTraffic.com and DomainNameSales.com. In October 2012, Frank picked up a record third T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Domainer of Year Award. He is also in T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s Domain Hall of Fame and, in the photo below, is shown on stage with eight of his fellow HOF members including 2012 inductees Michael Mann and Chad Folkening. I've written Cover Stories (still available in our Archive) on every one of those on stage with me (with Frank Schilling and Michael Mann each having been featured twice).

Nine members of T.R.A.F.F.I.C.'s Domain Hall of Fame on stage together at the 2012 T.R.A.F.F.I.C. Awards ceremony at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida. They are (left to right) Ron Jackson, Dr. Chris Hartnett, Adam Dicker, Howard Neu, Rick Schwartz, Michael Berkens and Frank Schilling along with 2012's two new inductees Michael Mann and Chad Folkening. (Photo courtesy of Louis Rafael Rosenthal of RookMedia).

The past 10 years has been a remarkable ride. I want to thank every one of you who has let me accompany you on this amazing adventure as well as every one that has dropped in here to read about it (you and our advertisers are the most important people of all because without you DNJournal.com wouldn't exist). Now let's get that next decade started - I can't wait to see what it has in store for all of us!

(Posted January 5, 2013)


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