I joined NP in 2007, and I don't remember why and how. I wished I was active in 2007, read a few posts here and there, but then, that's spilled milk, water under the bridge. Sometime in July I tried to register on NP when I got a message that this email was registered. I did a forgot password and low and behold, I got a rest password. 13 years old dormant account lol But I was happy to get it back. It felt familiar. Well, I have been very active on other Bulletin Board for 15-16 years, and most forums I was active on have died. This was like Nostalgia. I hadn't been active in a forum in 6-7 years. So you can say I started domaining in July/August this year. That is also when I bought a bunch of crappy domain names. But I am not new to domain names. In fact I am not new to after markets as well. My godaddy auction account is 14-15 years old, and I have always bought my domain names from godaddy auctions. I have also been buying SEO domains for a long time. And everytime I start a new website, I always buy from godaddy closeouts because of the domain age. . But all this, and even though I have bought domains from "SEDO" **gasp**, I never knew there was a profitable business right under my nose, of people buying and selling domain names for 1k to 10-20K I mean I knew about the sex.com sale and the likes. Who doesn't? But I never knew of the premium domain marketplaces. Despite having bought from SEDO (which I only recently discovered when I checked my emails) It may seem strange to you, but I bought a domain because I needed it for a project and apparently it was via a SEDO lending page lol All right under my damn nose. I had a few domain names, and I did have a lot of offers, which I always though were spammers, so I deleted most and hid behind proxy and throwaway emails. It was in July when I got a mail from a godaddy broker itself on a name I owned, that I managed to re-open this NP account here and asked about it, And that opened a floodgate. I started reading, looked at other domains, and I got so excited, I have sold 6 figure websites, but man it takes a lot of effort to create and sell a 6 figure website and then you still feel bad because they are income generating assets And here I see you all buy a domain name for 500 bucks and flip for 5k and I am like what in the name of holy Moses. And that is when I aggressively started reading about domaining, made lists of what the popular guys were buy, got through their portfolios, what kinds of names are selling at what range, get confused AF, go through Domain sherpa and old posts, and I think I started buying and buying. Another thing I found is that the people in this industry are very helpful and eager to help. I made some great friends, and I hope I will see some success in 2021. But 2020 has not been bad either. July, I hand registered a lot of names on expired domains .net Some single word names that were junked. Many .org and .nets because I didn't know so many good .net and .org dropped lol Not sure what i am gonna do with them. I paticipated in a few auctions and made some BAD decisions. I bought a domain for 2000 bucks because I thought it had development potential. It does, but it was a bad domaining decision August same thing.. more hand regs September .. Began to see a pattern in what sells and what doesn't sell. And started participating in a lot of auctions with a strict Proxy and only buy if I win. I also bought a few liquid domains, I thought of doing quick flips but paypal fees etc cut into profits. I still have them, but since they are liquid, i won't lose money. Like I bought 3 random LLLL for 85 bucks each. I bought some LLL.net and org.. LLL.in, LLL.co and what not Oh well.. October, Still addicted to Hand reg, I need a deaddiction, but much lesser. Started winning decent names in Auctions. November.. Lucky Lucky Month.. I sold 4 names. One for 3000, 1000+, and 6000 all bought in October and november. Really really fast flips. All inbound. I had so far spent about 10K on my own money, but I would say I spent more than half of that on Liquid names (LLLL.com, LLL.net, LLL.org, LNL.com) which I can flip any day here on NP for a little profit.. I boguth them as safe investments lol and also to guage the auctions. I won a few auctions here on namepros where I bought on BIN and I got messages to buy the names from me for a quick profit, so I would like to think my valuations have been on the right track. I also missed a couple names on such quick BIN when I was second guessing. One name had a 500 BIN. I thought the seller will reduce the BIN to 450 so I put the thread on watch and waited for a few hours and someone else Binned 500. Lesson learned. That was an easy 10K name there. Some gems pop up here from time to time. Anyway, my November sales put me in the black and I feel so good. And, I Spent all the money from my Nov sales on several news names in 200-300 range, few in 500 range. I also stopped hand reg, except for submitting to Brand Marketplaces. I have been able to get 50%+ approval on my hand reg. My closeout purchases have not been that lucky lol. December... So far the lucky streak continues 4000 + 1399 + 299 so far.. And I used some of the proceeds to buy about 60 brand bucket names. Will see how my brandable play works out I have also managed to sell several of the hand regs for 100-199 range between august and now, because I didn't know what to do with them to I put them at 199 on marketplaces.. My next plan to to stop buying the 200-500 range names and start buying in the 1500-2000 range to improve my portfolio quality but damn, the auction are so expensive. I guess, We all need to find out our own niche. I don't have much advantage from my decade of online business. I have been a SEO and all I do to get traffic is rank on Google, create massive social pages, etc, so domain name was never important. So I am a bit biased and in fact my experience works against domaining, but domaining has helped me immensely in my online business lol. While studying names I have found so many new niche that I can dominate. Anyway, thanks for listening to my Ted Talk. I don't know if I shared anything useful, but hey I am still learning. I like sharing stuff, so maybe in time, I will be able to articulate better. Right now, my mind is full of stuff from information overload. I am not good enough to give advice or anything, but I do have opinions on a lot of things, which could be right or wrong. Just wanted to share my short Journey which I started as a way to distract me during the Pandemic. I don't know how else I would have spent this lockdown, had it not been for the rows and rows of pending delete names, rows of names sold by Nikul, Ammudamus, DNgear, Hiren, federer, the SH sales data, portfolio of the big guys like NameBuyer, BMugford, Rizm,.. the Sherpa interviews, brandable Insider podcast, josh.co podcast and so on... I didn't even realize how the time went by. And I didn't lose money in the process while building out a 1000 odd name portfolio (Well it helped that , 200 are 99 cent .realty and another 500 are 99 - 1.99 cent .cos) I am doing everything, from .in to .io to .co to brandable marketplaces, to parking (made over 200 usd in december so far on Bodis). and I am enjoying the journey. I enrolled with DNAcademy in november to improve my picking skills. The fact that Mike Cyger teaches a data based approach to domaining is what suits my style too. While people regret that they didn't start soon enough, I feel blessed and grateful for all the tools and information that are readily available today. Other than the fact that I might have been able to buy some cheaper names, I think this is a great time to start domaining. My only regret is that I have enjoyed the journey so much, I missed not doing it earlier. Everything you need to learn is out there. And excellent tools. I stopped buying names I like. I only buy names that other people will like. Eat what you like. But only buy domains that other people will like There are so many things to learn. I have so much raw data to study, lists to prepare, and so on and so forth. ........But I have promises to keep,. And miles to go before I sleep,. And miles to go before I sleep. Keep learning.. And here is a fantastic 2021 to everyone.