Recently hit my 1 year anniversary here (and VIP status along with it) and wanted to post a little thanks to all of you I've networked with and all I've learned from. I've owned a handful of domains for many many years starting with a large music community from 1999 to 2004ish. Since then I've grabbed a few domains here and there with development ideas, but obviously like many of you, life just moves too fast, and next thing you know, it's years later and you still haven't developed your domains ... That's why late last year I decided to focus on domaining .. which I'm loving! So 1200 posts (and 4200 likes) later, I hope I've managed to help some of you along the way just as others here have helped me. I've tried to participate a bit in appraisals, and lately I semi-regularly post lists of domains on Auction or at $5 closeout. Please feel free to subscribe and let me know if you find it helpful ... https://www.namepros.com/threads/ategy-com-best-expiration-auction-and-closeout-domains.1006428/page-5 I've had a pretty distracting first year as a domainer due to multiple things in the "real world" so to speak. I have maintained the discipline of going through the lists about 3 hours a night for the daily auctions, but beyond that I've been struggling to find time to get all my domains priced (why is it so much easier to price other people's domains than our own? lol), listed, and setting up an actual marketplace. So I also told myself I had to wait before celebrating my VIP/anniversary until I've listed my domains and set up my first marketplace .. quick start is now live at Ategy.com (feedback on names/pricing most appreciated) I've made a few small buys/sells here via the forum, as well as one $xxxx "offer after auction" for a 100+ domain portfolio at Flippa. Also, after selling Bookworm // dot // co for low 4-figures a few months ago, I'm now also happy to report I've sold my 2nd (Rewired) and 3rd (Longevica, my first big .com sale) 4-figure domain sales, despite not having a marketplace or landing pages, nor doing any outbound marketing. Bookworm: https://www.namepros.com/threads/first-significant-sale-as-a-domainer.1015480/ Rewired: https://www.namepros.com/threads/2nd-significant-sale-rewired.1048969/ Longevica: https://www.namepros.com/threads/third-significant-sale-longevica-3k.1050367/ So things are slowly falling into place. Over the last year (particularly the 2nd half) I've picked up what I think are some solid domains at good value acquisition prices. Mostly on auction or closeout. Actually wanted to start a thread specific to that for a while now to better get to know some of you who I'm competing against! (Just started it now .. lol: https://www.namepros.com/threads/domains-you-won-at-auction-or-closeout-in-your-account.1050374/) Some of the things distracting my time have been dealt with (not all unfortunately), so I'm really looking forward to a much better 2nd year! THANKS: I'd have to say the biggest part of tackling the domain learning curve, and more importantly simply to reinforce what I already partially knew was thanks to Domain Sherpa and my dog Steamie! I seriously cannot thank @Michael Cyger (@DomainSherpa) enough for those reviews and interviews .. along with all the regulars whose time I'm also very appreciative of (@Domain Shane, Andrew Rosener (@MediaOptions / @arosener), @ikehook, @Ali, A-d-a-m @strong, @michaeljkrell @Giuseppe Graziano, @Doron Vermaat, @Frank.Schilling, @Travis M, Aaron Wilken, Monte Cahn (@mcahn), James Booth (@BoothDomains), Dave Evanson (@Sedo), Richard Lau (@locosman), Ammar Kubba, Larry Fischer (@changejobs), Matt Overman, @Domainzy, @Joe Uddeme, Sam Dennis and any others I might have missed). Not only where the shows extremely informative .. but also super fun .. and really made my step into "domaining" enjoyable. I walk my dog about 60km a week, and always listened to music. But the switch to listening to old Domain Sherpa reviews changed my world (really wish I would have found them sooner). I've already listened to them all 3 times and feel like Mike, Shane, Andrew and Frank are long lost Uncles giving me advice .. lol .. I'm really happy to hear it's coming back. So thanks Steamie ! lol .. Check his FB page if you want to see the cutest dog in the world: SteamieTheHotDog.com ! Double thanks Shane, Ike, Travis and Aaron for their work at DSAD.com, which has also been a great source of information. Also big thanks to Andrew Allemann @DomainNameWire for his weekly podcasts that have also been super informative! Extra thanks again to Domain Shane, Mike Cyger, Andrew Rosener and Ike for the occasional email/pm exchanges. All of you feel like long lost friends because of the large number of hours you've been in my ear, and the extra personal exchanges were really motivating! Thanks to @Eric Lyon and the rest of the NP staff .. this forum is a helpful resource for all of us! Also a big thanks to all of you here at NamePros (WAY too many to list .. lol) .. some really cool people here amongst all the craziness! Thanks again to everyone I've interacted with during my first (of many) year(s)!