As an investor, being open minded enough to change your opinion whenever the arguments overwhelmingly point in that direction is a huge advantage. Most people don’t do this, primarily for ego-related reasons.
Since I own DomainingTips, I’ve obviously asked myself this question quite often, especially over the past couple of months: will domainers change their opinions after reading some of the articles I’ve written or after reading the debates in the comments section?
As some of you know, I’m also an economist and as an economist, I’ve heard/watched/read quite a few debates regarding “fundamental” topics such as “Capitalism vs. Socialism”, “Keynesianism vs. Austrian School” and so on.
The interesting thing I’ve noticed is that when it comes to these “fundamental” topics, people rarely change their opinions. Why? Hard to say. Maybe it’s because throughout their lives, a lot of factors have contributed to their current opinion (cultural background, family, friends, occupation, you name it) and it’s so deeply ingrained in their subconscious that changing it would be a herculean task.
Will the same thing happen when it comes to new gTLDs?
In my opinion no.
Why? Simply because we’re talking about a relatively new topic and therefore, opinions aren’t as deeply ingrained in people’s subconscious as those related to issues such as “Capitalism vs. Socialism”, “To Vote or Not to Vote” and so on.
The commercial Internet itself which arguably emerged in 1996 or so is not even 20 years old and most people haven’t been earning a living online right from the beginning, so while some of them might have fallen in love with their argument/position regarding the Internet or domains, it’s still not as deeply ingrained as the arguments/positions they have been exposed to since childhood.
Therefore, I’d say that yes, a lot of domainers will change their opinions when it comes to new gTLDs after reading articles/debates and that’s precisely why I for one think not twice but ten times before publishing an article.
The post itself, the debates that take place in the comment area, all of these things ultimately help domainers make informed decision. As a blogger or as a person who posts a comment, it would be a mistake to assume that there’s no responsibility on your shoulders whatsoever.
In fact, the exact opposite is true and as I’ve said on DomainingTips on more than one occasion, the domaining industry as a whole is far more important in the grand scheme of things than most people realize.